Family relationships are an important aspect of everyone’s life. New opportunities and joys, as well as challenges and concerns present themselves as family members change and grow. Through it all there is much to celebrate as well as moments of sadness.

Is your child's behavior an age or a stage? How can you carve out time for yourself and your partner while raising a family? What are some tips to manage schedules or simplify your lives? Here we provide tips and ideas from experts and other parents who have been in the trenches, too.

If you would like to see a particular family relationship covered, please feel free to contact us.

Find parenting tips and advice with ideas about how to handle common child development questions and topics as your kids grow. Whether your children are babies, toddlers, preschoolers, elementary school kids, tweens or teens, we have a section for age-appropriate parenting information and news.

Click on the section headers below for different age ranges.

Also look in our Parent Resource section for people, places, services and groups to help you raise happy, health kids. You'll find:

  • Directories, with Maryland resources for camps, private schools and preschools, healthcare, parties, playground and more.
  • Parent Support Groups,including breastfeeding support and playgroups

Find a range of ideas for parents of babies and toddlers, including child development, helpful parenting tips, and fun ideas for making the most of your time with your little one.

Find breastfeeding support groups and Maryland moms' clubs and play groups in our Parent Support section.

Preschoolers are active, engaged and ready to learn. Check here for news and ideas about preschool child development, helpful parenting tips, and fun ideas for making the most of your time with preschool-age kids, ages 3-5.

Looking for a preschool? Check out our Maryland Preschool and Kindergarten Directory with education programs for early learning in Anne Arundel, Howard, Calvert and Prince George's counties, plus Kent Island areas. Find additional resources for parents in our Parent Support section.

During the elementary school years, big kids can help cook, clean and take care of pets. But family schedules get busy, with homework and after-school activities. Parents also may wonder about possible behavior or learning problems.

Here you'll find all kinds of ideas for parents of elementary age kids, including child development, helpful parenting tips, and fun ideas for parents of elementary-age big kids, 5-10 years.

Also check out our Maryland Private School Directory, Enrichment Activities Directory, Summer Day Camps in Maryland, Overnight Camps and other tips and advice about sending your kids to camp.

Tweens and younger teens start to face new pressures, including social, academic and physical changes. From bullying to boundary testing, friendship upheavals to dating interest, young teens -- and their parents -- navigate new challenges.

Find tips and advice -- and good news -- about parenting tweens and middle schoolers. Find out about opportunities for middle schoolers. Help them navigate this new, and exciting, stage of their lives and lay a firm foundation for their high school and young adult years.

Also check out the high school section for more tips for parents of teens.

High school teens explore and discover their interests as they grow into young adults. It's exciting to watch and see their passions. But it can also be a bit nerve-wracking as they push their boundaries. Driving, dating and other distractions compete with college preparation and post-high school planning.

in this section parents of teenagers will find tips, advice and ideas for guiding and involving teens. Even though you feel as if teens aren't listening, you do still have some influence.

We also celebrate many of the positive ways teens are helping in our communities. From Annapolis to Columbia, Baltimore to Washington, D.C., teens can and do make a difference.

Becoming a parent changes your life in ways you couldn't imagine before having kids. From the immediate question of how could you possibly love another so much? To how do you find a work-life balance solution that works for you and your family? And how do you stay connected with your spouse or significant other? And, just as important, how do you set aside some "me time" and stay connected with yourself?

Here you'll find ideas, tips and information for Maryland moms and dads to help make your life simpler, easier, more fulfilling and fun!

 

Welcome to Good Parenting, our weekly online series on parenting advice with Annapolis, Maryland, expert Deborah Wood, Ph.D.


 

If you're raising kids in Maryland, you're bound to have some questions. You may want to know what's worked for other parents or just be looking for new ideas. Here you'll find articles, news and tips — all kinds of possible solutions and help for parents with kids of all ages in the greater Annapolis-Baltimore area.

Also check out our Ages and Stages section for tips and advice for children in specific age groups.

Ideas and improvement projects for your home and garden including tips, advice and information on gardening in Maryland, flowers and plants, home decor and interior design, home repair, furniture and more.

 

Practical financial advice about saving, purchasing and how to stretch your dollars.

 

There are many times when a parent just needs a little advice or someone to talk to. Fortunately there are plenty of resources for Maryland parents from health, parenting skills and education classes to Moms Clubs, breastfeeding support groups and play groups. The parenting resources below cover Anne Arundel, Calvert and Howard counties as well as the Bowie area and the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

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If you live in Maryland, it can be difficult to decide what’s best for your child’s education and to keep up with the latest school changes. We monitor changes in Maryland education, school news and Maryland school updates, so check here to find more from Maryland standardized testing and Common Core to opportunities for Maryland students.

From finding the right private school in Annapolis (there are 30 to choose from) to deciding if a Maryland public school is right for your child, there are endless school options. If you are looking for preschools or private schools in Maryland, visit our preschool and kindergarten directory. and our Maryland private school directory.



If you have a child who enjoys the arts, or you'd like to introduce your kids to the arts, check here for ways to explore art, music, dance, theater and other family-friendly performances in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., area. You'll also find ways kids are getting involved in the arts, whether it's through museum programs, theater groups, contests, school or community activities.

For more opportunities for artistic kids or ways children and teens can explore the arts, look in our Enrichment Directory for art, dance, theater and music classes and programs in Maryland. Also search our calendar of things to do  for family-friendly performances and theater and museum programs.

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In middle school, Roxana Hadadi was a cosmetics-scorning tomboy; in high school, a glitter eye shadow- and black nail polish-loving trend kid; in college, obsessively committed to dying her hair unruly colors that upset her mom. Now a bit older and a bit more mature, she's trying to figure out what hair, body and cosmetics products will work for her, you and your family in About Face, Chesapeake Family's new beauty blog — and she'll leave the sparkle makeup and neon highlights in the past. Roxana also writes movie reviews for Chesapeake Family's Popcorn Parents blog.

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Fun activities for kids in Maryland all summer long!

Looking for fun activities for your family this summer? Then don’t miss our “100 Days of Summer." 

Every day from Memorial Day to Labor Day and beyond we highlight a different activity for your family. Find out great places to swim, fun museums to visit, interesting hikes and outdoor adventures, family-friendly attractions and other ways to enjoy a summer day. Some activities will be right in Annapolis, Baltimore or Washington, D.C. and others might be a bit farther afield. But all can be done in a day. Check back here daily for a new adventure for the kids and we hope you won’t hear the words “I’m bored” all summer long!

There's a world of adventure waiting for your kids this summer at the Chesapeake Family LIFE Maryland Summer Camp & Activities Fairs in Annapolis and Bowie. The camp fair is free for families. Find out about different day camps, overnight camps and summer programs for kids of all ages and enter to win giveaways. Talk to summer camp representatives for camps in Annapolis, Edgewater, Severna Park, Bowie, Lothian, Baltimore, Glenn Dale, Chestertown and other Maryland towns. Residential camps from Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Delaware, Virginia and even Florida and Georgia will also be there.

See which camps are planning to attend and pre-register to attend the camp fair to get special discounts.

 

Win Big with Chesapeake Family!

Contests are open to all Chesapeake Family readers and viewers. All entrants will receive the complimentary Chesapeake Family's Top Weekend Picks E-newsletter delivered to their inbox every Wednesday afternoon with the upcoming weekend's best event picks for fairs, festivals, concerts and activities.

Good Luck!

Looking for things to do in Maryland with your kids? There are all kinds of interesting day trips, places to visit and things to do for families in Maryland and Washington, D.C. From bike rides to waterfall hikes, Maryland beach destinations to interesting museums and much more, check here for hundreds of family travel ideas and fun places to go. Whether you're looking for somewhere fun to spend a few hours with kids in Maryland or a road trip or weekend away, look no further because Chesapeake Family is your one stop shop for things to do and places to go near Annapolis, Bowie, Columbia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. areas.

 

Find easy, fun crafts to make with kids and other kid-friendly projects to do at home.

Find out what's going on in the Maryland food and drink scene, including dining and drinking events, recommended restaurants and bars in Annapolis and other Maryland areas, and recipes. Check the Breaking Eggs section for kid-friendly recipes that parents and other grown-ups will like, too.

Find special holiday events and seasonal activities in Maryland for kids and families. Includes every season and holiday. Click on the season to find ideas of fun things, events and special activities available in Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton, Columbia, Laurel and other Maryland cities between Baltimore and Washington, D.C., any time of the year.

Find holiday fun every day between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day!


Between Nov. 24, 2017, and Jan. 1, 2018, we will post something fun to do as a family to help you enjoy the special times, traditions and joy of this magical winter season.

Whether a holiday performance, outdoor activity, seasonal craft, festive recipe or shining light display, check here each day for a new idea and way to celebrate the winter holidays in Maryland.

Find winter activities for kids and fun holiday events for families in Maryland and Washington, D.C., from December through February, including Christmas events, Santa sightings, New Year's celebrations, and special events and things to do for Kwanzaa, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Valentine's Day, Black History Month, other winter holidays and snow days.

Spring holiday activities, including St. Patrick's Day parades, Easter egg hunts, Earth Day activities, Mother's Day events and other fun things to do with kids in Maryland from March to mid-May, in Annapolis, Baltimore, Washington D.C., Bowie, the Eastern Shore and other Maryland cities.

Find summer events and fun things to do for Memorial Day, July Fourth and Labor Day, plus other seasonal summer activities for kids May to September in the Annapolis, Baltimore, Bowie, Maryland Eastern Shore and DC areas. Free and low-cost summer fun includes free or reduced-price movies, free summer concerts and much more.

Crisp, cool fall weather means it's time to visit a pumpkin patch or corn maze, go apple picking, enjoy Maryland fall fairs and festivals, and get spooked at a haunted house or other Halloween event. In November, sign up for a family Turkey Trot and give thanks with special Thanksgiving events.

Check here for fun family activities, things to do and places to go with kids in Maryland and Washington, D.C., area. Includes top picks of things to do with kids every week.

 

 

Your child’s health is important to you as a parent. From food allergies to common childhood injuries, we provide useful, helpful information about children's health with a Maryland focus. Find many of the latest recommendations and health news items to help you decide what's best for your child's health. Be sure to talk to your health care practitioner about any concerns you have. Please contact us if you would like to see a particular topic featured about your child’s health.

 

Solid, practical, and up-to-date health tips and advice about diet, exercise, check-ups and mental health to help today's busy parents.

 

Jefferson Communications, LLC is a full-service regional, media company based in Annapolis, Maryland. The privately owned company publishes a niche consumer parenting and lifestyle magazine, several ancillary publications and two interactive websites serving readers and advertisers in the state of Maryland. The company prints and distributes more than 40,000 magazines per month with a total audience — print, online and events — of more than 200,000 readers/viewers per month.

Main Office:
121 Cathedral Street, Third Floor
Annapolis, MD 21401
410-263-1641
Fax 410-280-0255

Publisher
Donna Jefferson x200
djefferson@JeCoAnnapolis.com

Editor
Ann Levelle
Ann@JeCoAnnapolis.com

Office Manager
Claire Kovacs x204
ClaireK@JeCoAnnapolis.com

Art Director
Jenny Patrick C. x202
ArtDirector@JeCoAnnapolis.com
Circulation
Claire Kovacs x204
ClaireK@JeCoAnnapolis.com

Web Director
web@JeCoAnnapolis.com

Calendar Editor
Calendar@jecoannapolis.com

 Associate Editor
Joyce Heid
Joyce@JeCoAnnapolis.com

ADVERTISING

For advertising information, call our office at 410-263-1641

Our Strategic Sales and Marketing Team:

Jen Jeffries
Direct phone: 410-263-1641 x207
Jen@JeCoAnnapolis.com

Kelly Crew
Direct phone: 410-263-1641 x 228
KellyCrew@JeCoAnnapolis.com

Claire Kovacs
Phone: 410-263-1641 x204
ClaireK@JeCoAnnapolis.com

Donna Jefferson has owned and operated the company since its inception in September 1990. The office of Jefferson Communications, LLC is located in Annapolis, Maryland. In addition to print and online media, the company produces annual family and consumer events.

The company and its employees are actively involved in the community through various not-for-profit organizations, educational foundations and business programs. It is this commitment to improving the industries and communities it serves that forms the foundation for Jefferson Communication’s culture and operating philosophy. Owner Donna Jefferson was recognized in 2007 as owning one of Maryland’s Top 100 Minority Business Enterprises. Jointly the publications and websites have won more than 100 national awards for Design, Editorial, Marketing and Web.

Look no further than Chesapeake Family's School Fair to understand the various educational and enrichment options available in Anne Arundel, Calvert, Prince George's and Queen Anne counties. From Pre-K to Highschool, we have it all. Plus great activities and giveaways for the kids. Click link for more information.

 

From best sellers to classics, click on the book title of your choice to see a review from fellow CF readers.

 

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You have many choices for health care providers in our community. Here we offer you special profiles of local Doctors, Dentists, Allergists, Chiropractors, Orthodontists, Pediatricians, OB/Gyns, Midwives, Birthing Centers, Hospitals, Family Practice Doctors, Therapists, Opthalmologists, Optometrists and more.

 

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Something exciting is happening at Chesapeake Family. The best just got better. We changed our name and we're expanding our reach.

In January 2017 we became Chesapeake Family LIFE. This change reflects our recent growth and new focus on broader aspects of family life: topics for the grown-ups in the family who are people first, and parents second. 

CFL LIFE Blue 150In response to reader demand, we have expanded our content to include more topics that go beyond parenting, such as events worth hiring a babysitter for, food and dining ideas, home and garden, and other areas of interest to moms and dads.

This expansion is a natural growth of who we are, our readers’ needs and our business. A lot has changed in the 26 years since I started the business, first called Chesapeake Children. In 1996 it was clear our editorial topics had moved beyond little kids to broader parenting topics.  We changed our name to Chesapeake Family. We also added specialty annual guides like the BIG Book of Education, events, e-newsletters, social media and a website that now averages 65,000 monthly visitors. 

Realizing our readers’ information-gathering habits have changed, we have made it our business to excel at using social media, print, web and e-newsletters to reach moms and dads wherever they are looking for information.

Combining all of our outlets — print and digital — we now reach over 200,000 parents every month. That’s huge, and it makes ChesapeakeFamily.com the most visited local website in the area.

As we become Chesapeake Family LIFE, we will continue to provide the award-winning content our readers count on, covering health, education and fun for families, but with a section specifically for moms and dads whose lives include more than their children.

Jefferson Communications Details

JECO web logoJefferson Communications, LLC is a full-service regional, media company based in Annapolis, Maryland. The privately owned company publishes a niche consumer parenting and lifestyle magazine, several ancillary publications and two interactive websites serving readers and advertisers in the state of Maryland. Jefferson Communications prints and distributes more than 40,000 magazines per month with a total audience — print, online and events — of more than 400,000 readers/viewers per month. We would be happy to discuss with you the multitude of advertising and marketing opportunities.

For more information, call our office at 410-263-1641 or contact one of our sales and marketing team members directly.
They will be able to send you a copy of our digital and print rate cards as well.

Jen Jeffries
Direct phone: 410-263-1641 x207
Jen@JeCoAnnapolis.com

Kelly Crew
Direct phone: 410-263-1641 x228
KellyCrew@JeCoAnnapolis.com

Claire Kovacs, Sales Assistant
Phone: 410-263-1641 x204
ClaireK@JeCoAnnapolis.com

Donna Jefferson has owned and operated the company since its inception in September 1990. The office of Jefferson Communications, LLC is located in Annapolis, Maryland. In addition to print and online media, the company produces annual family and consumer events.

The company and its employees are actively involved in the community through various not-for-profit organizations, educational foundations and business programs. It is this commitment to improving the industries and communities it serves that forms the foundation for Jefferson Communication’s culture and operating philosophy. Owner Donna Jefferson was recognized in 2007 as owning one of Maryland’s Top 100 Minority Business Enterprises. Jointly the publications and websites have won nearly 40 national awards for Design and Editorial.

Main Office:
121 Cathedral Street, Third Floor
Annapolis, MD 21401
410-263-1641
Fax 410-280-0255

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Even the sunniest of days has kids these days bored and wishing for screentime. Fight that summertime boredom with some of this summers funnest outdoor toys. Below are our top summer toys picks!

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