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Four-year-old Expectations—Good Parenting

Dear Dr. Debbie, My family, including our youngest, age four, has been invited to a couple of outdoor events in the next few weeks. He’s...

Meet Maryland Kid Riley, Dedicated Swimmer, Beyhive Member, Inspirational Big Sis, and Future President!

Meet Riley-Simone. This dedicated 11 year old from Clinton, Maryland, is a 5th grade student at Maya Angelou French Immersion School and a competitive...

“Normal” Teen-Age Behavior Has Risks—Good Parenting

Dear Dr. Debbie, I am so relieved that children ages twelve and up can get vaccinated against the coronavirus. Our three children all fall into...

This Month’s Reading List

May Reads, by Jillian Amodio (Links below go to Amazon but don't forget to use your local library branch to find them there too! https://www.aacpl.net/) The...

Vaccination Hesitation—Good Parenting

Dear Dr. Debbie, Another mom and I met in an exercise class when we were first pregnant 10 years ago. Our combined 5 kids played...

Four Mother-Daughter Getaways

Gardens & Art in Brandywine ValleyEquestrian Charm in Middleburg, VAHikes & History in Harpers Ferry, WVSweet Escape to Hershey, PA By Katie Riley After a year...

Reluctant Book Reader—Good Parenting

Dear Dr. Debbie,My four-year-old has been much too squirmy to ever get through a whole picture book with me. I’m ready to give up...

Will Kids Ever Chat Again in Person?—Good Parenting

Dear Dr. Debbie, My middle schooler is back at school a couple days a week and tells me that it’s a bit weird. In particular,...

Road Trip Games to Play with the Kids

Here we go! Another season of travel and adventure for the whole family. But as you know, when you travel to wonderful places there's...

Earth Day To-Do’s—Good Parenting

Dear Dr. Debbie, Some days it’s easier to manage our carbon footprint as a family. Mostly I’m the one who has to remind the children...

Summer Children’s Grief Programs at Chesapeake Life Center

Chesapeake Life Center helps kids grieve through adventure, art and music. For those nearing the end of life, the Hospice of the Chesapeake provides an...

Losses in Learning are Relative—Good Parenting

Dr. Debbie My children will continue learning from home for at least the rest of this school year. It’s just not worth the risk to...

Mother’s Day Flowers—In the Eye of the Beholder

During my childhood, the Mother's Day flower that my mother cherished most was the humble dandelion. She loved the simplicity of this fragrant yellow...

Don’t Force Swim Lessons

Dear Dr. Debbie, My uncle has been getting on me about signing up my five-year-old for swimming lessons. While I agree that at some point...

2021 Summer Field Guide

Make the summer of 2021 one to remember. Find over 50 different places to go and things to do in Maryland, Washington D.C. and Northern...

The Meaning of Play—Good Parenting

Dear Dr. Debbie, My three-year-old and five-year-old have sustained periods when they actually play well together with make-believe. I try not to interrupt, but stay close...

Autism Lite

Kathryn Tucker shares her family’s journey with a child with mild autism in the new book, "Autism Lite." In Kathryn Tucker’s new book “Autism Lite,”...

Helping from Afar—Good Parenting

Dear Dr. Debbie, It’s always sad when a child loses a parent, but in this case the family is kind of close. My teen-age daughter...

Meet Maryland Kid Amir Elisha Whitehead, Future D1 Foil Fencer & Stockbroker

Meet Amir Elisha Whitehead, fencer, future stockbroker and class of 2021 graduate. This Maryland Kid is an impressive young man who by 8th grade...

Native Gardening in Maryland

Why it’s important and how to get started By Dylan Roche It’s almost spring, and that means it’s the ideal season for getting the family outside...
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