My kids and I are definitely missing our public library! In past summers, we escaped to our local library weekly for new books, storytime, and free AC. Since this summer will be different, I’ve started a list of places...
Nine months ago I wrote an article with tips for being a room parent. I could never have guessed that I would end the year writing an addendum to that piece with ideas about how to celebrate the end...
My son, Ezra Winter, wrote this essay on how kids need more recess. He began work on this project during distance learning, as we started our isolation at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The new schedule of work and...
>>> Enter to win one week of Camp Q here! <<< It was Thursday, March 12 and I was awoken by the synchronous sound of an early morning text landing, the rare ring of our landline, and the footsteps of my...
Week one is here friends. It will be one full of family fun where we will get to share EVERY MOMENT with our day with our significant other and children. By now you are probably somewhat mentally prepared and...
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 buy him a soft pretzel....
I recently took two of my kids (ages 3 and 4) to a Tinkergarten class and I could not wait to share our experience with local moms. Not being familiar with Tinkergarten and their program, I was really excited...
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....

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This summer has looked different than any other summer in our lives. Health and safety concerns in our communities have caused most typical summer...