I work full time from home, but I am not always stuck at my desk or constantly on my laptop working, or even working eight hours every day. I'm probably many bosses' ideas of who NOT to hire –...
I realize that "trauma-informed" is a bit of a buzzword right now. As a foster parent, I spent the last few years learning how to parent children who come from hard places. This means learning, often through trial by...
So this is happening. And everything keeps changing. The plans for work and school and every other place that existed last week for COVID-19 or the Coronavirus, have changed. Whatever I write here could be different in the next...
  In honor of our daughter's birthday, who was born on St. Patrick’s Day, I wanted to share our favorite easy and fun St. Patrick's Day crafts and snacks for kids. Every year on March. 17th we have a big...
So You're Pregnant Again... I have two little girls, and I'm pregnant with my third child. I have found, strangely and annoyingly, that the first thing people ask when they find out I'm pregnant inevitably falls somewhere along the lines...
In the past 7 years, my spouse has gone on two military deployments. Each deployment lasted about a year and it was hard to survive without my other half. During the first deployment, my daughter turned two. During the...
I will never forget the day we signed our adoption agreement. Sifting through the medical records the social worker handed me, I found a document with tiny feet imprinted in ink. My heart skipped a beat and tears welled in...
Maybe it was growing up in a half-Catholic family where passing someone in need filled me with guilt from an early age. Maybe it was growing up in an Army family, where serving was just part of what you're...
Like most parents, as soon as I found out that I was pregnant, I ran to the store and got a lot of things that I thought I would need for a new baby in our life.  And also...
For our family, summertime is all about making fun memories and playing in the water. Whether it is visiting one of the local splash places or pools, we look for the opportunity to have our kids get energy out...
Today marks a monumental --and monumentally sad-- day for my children. It could be their last chance to cheer for their first baseball hero, Bryce Harper, in a Nationals uniform. Harper, whose personality is almost as big as his swing,...
Health and safety concerns in our communities have caused most typical family-friendly events and activities to be cancelled or significantly changed. The DC area is reopening slowly, giving families more ways to spend time together. This month, we have...
We met when we were deep in the trenches of first-time motherhood, brought together by proximity and the shared birth years of our children. In those days, life was an endless cycle of sleepless nights, nursing babies, and toddlers...
Last month a collective round of applause was heard around the world when former First Lady Michelle Obama testified to what we all know to be true about work/life balance. As Mrs. Obama put it: “That whole, so you can...

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Ultimate Spray, Splash, and Water Park Guide for DC, MD,...

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This spray, splash, and water park guide was created by Julie Hart and updated by Stephanie Shipman. One of the best places to beat...