Article by guest writer Kelsi Folsom.  Shoes are tied and lunches are packed. We’re ready for a mini road trip to Monocacy National Battlefield, an historic Civil War site about forty minutes from where we live. Although uncertain how Civil War history...
The kids have been back in school for well over a month, but I still have not settled in yet. I suspect it is because this year feels different. Like most parents, I agonized over the decision to do...
Have you made any resolutions for 2019? Maybe to get healthier or eat better? Whatever it might be, here are some thoughts to consider while you approach your New Year's resolutions and one suggested goal for 2019.  New Year's resolutions...
This is a guest Article from Mehreen Tanvir with Mom at the Museum. “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” - Frederick Douglass, Abolitionist Change in society does not come overnight. It takes time to rewrite lingering...
I remember my first encounter with child abuse. I was five years old. The day was normal, I was dropped off at the home of a family friend which was done every day. She was my caretaker for a...
The weather is getting warmer and it will soon be pool season. As a mother of a toddler, this means that anxiety about pool safety becomes fresh in my mind. After all, drowning is the leading cause of death...
I recently gave people a chance to ask their honest questions about foster care on my Instagram stories with the promise of answering them in a blog. So, as promised, here are some of those questions and my answers. Do...
She was 34 when they told her the lump was cancer. She had two young children at home and all she could think about was not dying. Once the initial shock wore off, she started to worry about what...
Mary Poppins said it best in the song Where the Lost Things Go by Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman. Please watch full song here and read lyrics here.  Memories you've shed Gone for good you feared They're all around you still Though they've disappeared Nothing's really left Or lost without a...
I had been enrolled in the FSA FEDS program since before I was a mom, and enrolled in the DCFSA since becoming a mom. Both are offered to federal employees, working parents may be eligible for FSA (flexible spending...
I’m sharing my dad’s story with his permission. Just A Regular Day It was around 5:00 pm the day before Thanksgiving. My dad ran to the store to grab some last minute food for Thanksgiving dinner. He told me how great he was feeling...
I remember the exact moment when I decided that writing children’s books was what I wanted to do. I sat on the floor with my preschool class in Washington, DC waiting to go outside. As we waited, a little boy...
What would you say if I told you that I took my 7 and 9-year-old children on a road trip this summer—without screen time or devices? Ah, so antiquated, so quaint! Nice for one challenge, but good luck keeping...
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. THERE IS A STORM IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD! In our son's favorite episode of Daniel Tiger, the learning lesson song is, "Take a grown-up’s hand, follow the plan, and you’ll be safe.”   We recently had...

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Give the Gift of Experiences: Gifts That Are Not “Stuff”

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The holidays are coming up quick! Grandparents might already be asking what gifts to get the grandkids. Of course, family (especially grandparents) love to...