Katherine lived on four different continents before settling in Washington, D.C., to raise her family. She works at a global think tank during the day and raises twin boys the rest of the time. When she isn't working on a spreadsheet for work, she loves walking in the forest with her family, which invariably involves stomping in puddles and climbing on logs. Though she is less of a world traveler these days, she continues to seek out adventures, from exploring D.C.'s museums and playgrounds to taking road trips to national parks. When it's time to unwind, she can be found snuggling with her husband on the couch. Likes: adventures, sleeping past 7 a.m., being surrounded by forests, the sound of her boys laughing, and locally made ice cream. Dislikes: whining, the patriarchy, and people who judge parents.
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Ultimate Guide to Skiing With Kids in the DC Area

Our snowy weather probably got you thinking about skiing. Maybe you grew up skiing. Maybe you didn't but want to learn. Maybe you want your kids to learn. Either way, here is the ultimate family...
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Beating the Morning Routine with a DIY Clock for Kids

Back to school, back to the morning routine We were excited to send the kids back to school for first grade! Bitter-sweet as the start of school can be, we were ready for them to...

Where to Get Your Kids’ Flu Shot (Fast)

For the past few years I've shared a list of places that make getting fall flu shots for kids as easy as pumpkin pie. Who are we kidding? Baking a pie is a lot...

The truth about hosting an Airbnb when you have young kids

It may seem like becoming a parent would make it more difficult to open your home to strangers, but this may be the very best time to do it. Do you have a spare bedroom...

Magazine Subscriptions to Get Little Kids Reading & Learning at Home

When I was a kid, I loved going to the dentist. I loved the stack of Highlights magazines in the waiting room. There was a cozy corner where my older sister would sit with...

Halloween Isn’t Cancelled: How to Trick-or-Treat From 6 Feet

Halloween is the perfect kids’ holiday. It has: dress up, parent-sanctioned staying-up-late, candy, arts and crafts, and a chance to see parents joining in the creativity. So as the pandemic drags on and October...

Reconnecting With Nature and Art While Home With Kids

It’s spring! Even though life feels upside down because of coronavirus, or perhaps especially because life feels upside down, it can be helpful to pause and enjoy the beauty of spring, no matter how...
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Mud Helps Kids Learn: Here’s How to Do it in a Tiny DC Backyard

Let’s get dirty, really dirty! It turns out, mud-play is great for kids! In 2007, researchers at the University of Bristol found evidence in favor of mud. The bacteria in dirt, they discovered, is...

All I Really Need to Know … My Kids Are Learning in Pre-Kindergarten

Watching my two 4-year-old boys, I see big emotions playing out in grand display daily. I recently carried a floppy child kicking and screaming all the way to the car because I refused to...
The kids created their own costumes with duct tape and felt

Creativity and Confidence: Halloween is so much more than candy

For parents, Halloween can be complicated: the social pressure to have the best costume, the fear of sugar overload, the risk of a late-night meltdown if kids are out past bedtime. Still, I love it...
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These Moms Bicycle Commute with Kids. Will You Join Them?

To be honest, I felt nervous about strapping two toddlers into a bicycle trailer and pulling them to school, let alone making it from school to my own office on time. Hearing from other...
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Bring these lactation cookies to a nursing mother, she deserves them!

Need an amazing lactation cookie recipe? Here it is! We know breast milk is great nourishment for baby, but all those calories have to come from somewhere: mom’s diet! According to the Mayo Clinic,...
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Is Waldorf school right for your kids? 3 reasons it was for ours

If I could offer my children only one thing in their entire lives it would be the social and emotional skills to know themselves and relate well to others. I know my kids won't...
Playing in the forest is great for kids, but Lyme disease is a risk

It’s Lyme Disease Season in the D.C. Area: Here’s what you need to know

I love letting my kids play outdoors, run in the forest, stomp in a stream, etc., but around Washington D.C., that comes with a risk: Lyme disease. It was risk I didn’t think much...