This year we finally got around to setting up a DC College Savings Plan, a 529 plan, for Junior. I really didn't think too hard about it, as this is not my first experience with 529 plans. Less than...
"Frederick Douglass!" my son exclaimed excitedly, pointing his tiny finger at an abstract painting. We were at Simple Bar, a local restaurant with really great art (and food) in our Brightwood neighborhood.  My husband and I looked at each other...
“Those who have no record of what their forebears have accomplished lose the inspiration which comes from the teaching of biography and history.” This Carter G. Woodson quote perfectly sums up what Black History Month means to me. I grew...
The Smithsonian Museums are at the top of the list for many families with kids in Washington, D.C. and for good reason! I love going to the museums (especially the National Museum of American History) with my kids because...
There's been a lot of chatter recently about the upcoming election. Those of us who live in the District—whether we're into politics or not—can't avoid it. We also can't avoid talking to our children about the presidency and its...
Big things are happening at Bright Horizons Early Education and Preschool® in Arlington. Bright Horizons at Courthouse Station is celebrating one year of operation. Plus, the Bright Horizons at Ballston is now open and enrolling! Here is our Facebook video touring the...
Well, I survived EdFEST. It was informative, busy, and crowded, and I'm glad I went. EdFEST is the District of Columbia's annual public school fair, where families can talk to representatives of public and charter schools in one spot....
Parents have so much to think about after the birth of a child: Breastfeeding tips? Ways to save on the cost of formula? Best sleep strategies for baby? Transitioning to daycare? Helping siblings adjust to a new baby? The list...
When our adoption agency placed Junior with us two years ago, he was perfect in our eyes. However, he was a preemie who spent nearly 2 months in several hospitals and his pre-natal care was a big unknown. Because...
If you have school-aged children you have probably heard everything there is to know about bullying and prevention, especially during the month of October. The campaign was funded in 2006 and ever since then, schools dedicate an entire month...
When you look back at your school experience, what do you see? For many of us, vivid memories come back of sitting silently at our desks, taking notes as our teachers lectured or wrote on the chalkboard. Over the...
As a parent, when I think of the My School DC common lottery, I don't think of Powerball. I'm thinking about the DC school lottery. Instead of winning an extra scratch-off card or several million dollars, I can win...
The My School DC common lottery, aka the DC public and charter school lottery, opens December 16, 2019.  I knew about the DC school lottery before my twins were born.  And when I say I knew about it, I...
How many of us could start a bedtime story with “Once upon a time, not so long ago, I went to the same preschool that you now attend!”? A number of Geneva Day School parents can; memories of their own...

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Spring and summer are finally here! COVID-19 may be keeping us away from a lot of our summer fun, we can still enjoy area...