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Cheating Students—Good Parenting

Dear Dr. Debbie, My daughter is about to start fifth grade. We were talking about how things will be different from being in the classroom, but...

Holding Onto Friendships—Good Parenting

Dear Dr. Debbie, We moved over the summer and due to COVID-19 my school-aged children are finding it tough to make new friends. How much should I...

Chances at Play—Good Parenting

Dear Dr. Debbie,My Facebook feed has parents (and non-parents) arguing the merits of students and teachers being in classrooms together. My...

One More Month, Then What?—Good Parenting

Dear Dr. Debbie, This corona coaster is making my head spin. We’ve heard that Anne Arundel County Public Schools will be online, which is...

Exercise and Children with ADHD

When the pandemic hit last spring I was fostering a first grader who had come into my care on ADHD medication. Like many parents,...

Style Your Kids—With Clothing Subscription Boxes

Clothing subscription boxes for kids take the pain out of shopping for your kiddo’s next season wardrobe. Whether you have a mini fashionista who can’t...

Fitness for Kids—It’s Not Always About a Structured Workout

In the middle of a pandemic—when swim team, rec sports and many summer camps have been canceled—it can sometimes feel as if you’ve lost...

Getting Ready for Masks—Help your kids get used to the new normal

With the 2020 school year starting virtually, you might think your kids don’t need to worry about masks. But if you intend to get them...

Supporting Gender Neutrality—Good Parenting

Dear Dr. Debbie,Our second child has expressed a preference to be referred to as “them” lately, giving themselves a new first name. Naturally this...

Late Night Family Fun—Good Parenting

Dear Dr. Debbie,As the pandemic wears on, time has lost its meaning. Bedtimes at our house have gotten later and later. ...

Pandemic Peer Group—Good Parenting

Dear Dr. Debbie,I’d like to say, “This has gone on long enough,” but I realize that the pandemic is far from over. ...

A Hazy Picture for Fall and Beyond—Good Parenting

Dear Dr. Debbie,So many uncertainties are looming. Working from home has had its challenges, on top of e-learning for my children, so at least...

Not So Different

A new picture book for helping kids learn to celebrate the differences in their skin. Writing has always been a part...

Pandemic Plans for the Fourth of July—Good Parenting

Dear Dr. Debbie,Like everything else during this pandemic, our family has resigned ourselves to altered plans for the Fourth of July. ...

Dismantling Racism through Knowledge—Good Parenting

Dear Dr. Debbie,We are a white family desiring to combat racism. We plan to use the summer to fill in gaps in our knowledge...

5 Ways to Celebrate Pride

Although businesses are opening again, tons of events have been cancelled for the year. But we will still find a way to be PROUD...

Summer of COVID-19—Good Parenting

Dear Dr. Debbie,To say these past three months have been challenging is an understatement. The outburst of grief and anger, and...

Racism and Power—Good Parenting

Dear Dr. Debbie,I’m glad the ugly racism in our country is being exposed. Other than the obvious, “Treat people with respect,”...

Buy Local for Dad

Father’s Day is on its way, and with in-person shopping not as easy as it used to be, you might be wondering what to...

Lifting the Family from Lockdown

As the state enters Phase 2 of its reopening plan, and restrictions lift on social distancing efforts, you might be ready to hit the...
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