When something seems off

Posted August 31st, 2011 by Stacy Kravitz in Child, Health, Parenting

At a recent party, a good friend confided in me that she felt something wasn’t quite right with her young son.  She couldn’t put her finger on it but he was angry, irritable, … different from her other kids.  Knowing that I have a son with Autism, she asked me, […]

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What’s in your school’s soap?

Posted August 30th, 2011 by Jessica Haney in Green, Health, Parenting, Uncategorized

The list of optional kindergarten class school supplies in my school district includes hand soap and antibacterial wipes. Since the skin is the body’s largest organ, I am of the mind not to put anything on it that I wouldn’t want to eat. That includes artificial colors and perfumes. Soap […]

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Safe and waste-free school lunches

Posted August 23rd, 2011 by Jessica Haney in Food, Green, Parenting, Uncategorized

Anything that makes preparing lunch easier is a hit in our house. Two years ago, I discovered LunchBots stainless steel containers when I was shopping at (formerly A few weeks before my son began taking lunch to preschool, I bought two of the “Pico” LunchBots — small containers […]

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Mind the Gap

Posted August 22nd, 2011 by Robin (noteverstill) in Child, DIY, Living, Parenting, Preschoolers

We had a problem in our house, and you may have it, too. Tell me if this sounds familiar: Girl gets big, graduates from crib to bed. Girl brings seventy-kazallion small essential toys and dolls with her from crib to bed. Bed, unlike crib, has no bumper. Toys fall into […]

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Finding a New Playgroup

Posted August 16th, 2011 by Michelle in Parenting, Preschoolers

From the time I became a new mommy, I never had to go out and find a playgroup. I was lucky to have close girlfriends who had their babies within weeks of my first son, Bito’s, birth. Voila! An instant playgroup was created! We now had a reason to get […]

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Reflections on Delaying Kindergarten For a Year

Posted August 5th, 2011 by amy mascott in Child, Parenting

Our son turned five last August, and he was slated to start Kindergarten here in Montgomery County three weeks after his fifth birthday. But we decided to wait a year to send him to Kindergarten. He didn’t go.  We redshirted him, and we couldn’t be happier. Neighborhood kids who hit […]

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Surviving the End of Summer

Posted August 2nd, 2011 by Elena Soninno in Parenting

Summertime is about being at the pool, riding bicycles, using sidewalk chalk. Between the 115-degree heat index days in the DC area lately and the summertime boredom blues that can kick on for some children, the last month of summer can be a difficult time. A parent needs to have […]

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Enjoying the Big Kid Renaissance

Posted July 26th, 2011 by Jean, a.k.a. Stimey in Parenting

It’s hard to believe, since it feels like my three children were babies just last week, but with three boys, ages six, eight and nine, I no longer have small children. I am now the parent of kids who are too big to play in the mall playland, who are […]

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