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10 Terrific Things to Do with Kids this Week

We've done the hard work for you, sifting through our extensive kids' event calendar to let you know which events are sure to please. Have fun, make memories and go on an adventure with your family!

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10 Ways to Celebrate International
Children's Book Day

I love to read; I love it so much that when I was young, my parents would ground me from books instead of toys. Now that I'm a mom myself, I am so excited to share that love of reading with my son. My son's birthday falls on the same day as International Children's Book Day, April 2.

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Celebrating Earth Day

These days, tracking down an Earth Day event is easier than finding a farm-raised, free-range egg at a farmer's market. We're especially lucky in the D.C. area, because there are dozens of events to choose from. And the variety is incredible. Music, celebrities, food-you name it-there's an event that fits just about any family's eco-friendly fancy.

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Helping Your Anxious Young Teenager

Angie's parents are facing a dilemma that is familiar to many. Their child is anxious, unsure of how to deal with problems with other girls her age. After a few bad experiences, Angie is in full retreat. Even though staying at home is lonely, she prefers that to trying again to make friends and risking rejection.

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How Technology Affects Baby's Brain

It's a rule nearly every parent breaks. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that children under two have no exposure to screens. That guideline was hard enough to follow when it applied to background TV and baby videos. Now that very young children are reaching for smartphones and tablets, most parents hand them over sooner or later.

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Lessons in Losing

"Losing triggers strong emotional reactions, namely disappointment and frustration," but it also sets the stage for incredible gains. "Parents need to appreciate the importance, from a learning point of view, of losing. The biggest lessons often come from a loss or series of losses."

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Mistakes Parents Make

In this month's column, rather than offer advice about children and child-rearing, make comments about the experience or discuss the relevant facts and statistics, I'd like to explore the mistakes I've personally made as a parent. It was my wife's idea.

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The Importance of Play at Summer Camp

What an amazing world we live in, with more information and connections at our fingertips than we could ever imagine. However, this new world has come with a price, as we're gradually replacing human interaction with technological interaction. We have many young people who are not fully equipped for college, the workforce or adult life.

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Special Needs? Special Camps!

There's a host of benefits children derive from attending camp, but for kids with special needs, those benefits are amplified, says Sandy Cameron, editor of Camping Magazine. "Traditional camps do a great job mainstreaming special needs children into their programs, but a special needs camp lets them be with other kids who have similar conditions."

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