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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 whichevents are sure to please. Have fun, make memories and go on an adventure with your family!

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5 Parenting Tools We Should STOP Using!!

In the world of parenting, we all have our favorite tools. Perhaps your most used strategy is guilt, yelling, or patient negotiation. Often, our go-to strategies reflect how we were raised. Sometimes useful, these tactics often undermine our relationship with our children, their budding independence or both. Here's a list of five parenting tools one parent has sworn to give up - and why.

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Cinco de Mayo Crafts for Your Family

Cinco de Mayo is a day to celebrate Mexico's victory over the French in 1862. On May 5, Mexicans celebrate with parties, parades and other festivities. Even if you don't have Hispanic heritage, you can celebrate with these activities.

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DC Impact: Girls Stand Up for Themselves

Children face higher-than-ever risks of assault. Sarah Wolf, an instructor at DC IMPACT self defense studio, wishes the community didn't need her services. She says she would rather teach martial arts "for the fun of it", but the necessity for self defense training in today's society keep her doors open to all age groups.

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Food Introduction: New Information and Research

Around the turn of the century, experts believed parents could prevent food allergies by waiting for children's immune systems to mature. That meant withholding eggs until they were 18 months old, and peanuts, tree nuts and seafood until they reached 4 or 5 years. Recent research and statistics suggest this was incorrect: Studies do not show enough evidence to support waiting to introduce foods.

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Celebrate Nature: National Kids to Parks Day

With summer just around the corner, National Kids to Parks Day is a great opportunity to get a head start on the best outdoor activities of the season. The annual event, organized by National Park Trust, aims to celebrate science, nature and outdoor play with local activities at parks around the country on May 21.

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New Mom with Baby: Breastfeeding at Work

Breastfeeding is well regarded as one of the most nutritionally beneficial bonding experiences between a mother and her new baby. While the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that mothers continue this intimate interaction for at least six to 12 months, many moms find that timeline logistically and physically challenging as they continue to breastfeed through their return to work.

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The Mom and Daughter Experience Over Time

Mothering is an ever-changing job, indeed, and one of the most difficult ones, too. "As our kids grow and gain more autonomy, we often still expect to be in control of their lives in a way that they do not expect or want," explains Deborah Gilboa, MD. "The change here is to a constantly evolving and ongoing conversation about our expectations and our child's, so that each person is treated respectfully and with clear boundaries."

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Support Your Kids in Sports

Children who participate in sports programs have the opportunity to maximize their potential physically, mentally, emotionally and socially. But it doesn't just happen. Although good coaching and league administration are important, nothing can replace knowledgeable, interested and supportive parents. So how can moms and dads help their children make the most of their athletic endeavors?

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