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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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12 Benefits of the Arts for Children

As our school classrooms become more and more focused on reading and writing excellence, our children may be missing out on some of the most important skills they can learn - appreciation of and active participation in the arts!

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At Home With the Kids This Summer: A Pop's Insight

During the summer, I'm one lucky gal - my teacher husband is at home most days, so we swap child care duties and work time as needed. While my own juggle-it-all parenting style works for me, I'm definitely learning a thing or three from him. Here are a few pieces of daddy parenting wisdom, courtesy of my better half.

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D.C. Kids Plant Trees in Their Community

It's hard to believe that the same city that held the nickname, "City of Trees," in the 1800s, only supports 35 percent tree canopy today. The numbers are shocking, but one organization is taking a stand, and you and your family can help. Casey Trees, a non-profit founded in 2002, works to "restore, enhance and protect the tree canopy of the Nation's Capital."

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Good Discipline Alternatives: Natural and Logical Consequences

Parents often wonder how they can teach their kids good behavior and responsibility without lecturing or resorting to punishments. There is an alternative. Using consequences promotes learning through the natural or social order and shows respect for children and parents. There are two kinds of consequences children can learn from - natural and logical.

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Let's Talk: 10 Tips to Build Language Acquisiton in Toddlers

Every parent wants to give their toddler a head start on speaking, and experts suggest it's easier than most people think. "You don't have to spend a bundle on DVDs or flashcards," says speech-language pathologist Amy Nelson. "Language acquisition is birthed through face-to-face interactions, and by engaging your child in everyday activities and experiences." The following are ten simple suggestions on how to build your toddler's vocabulary.

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Take Action: 11 Secrets of Happy Moms

We know that happiness is an emotion that can come and go. But how do we recapture that bubbly feeling amid the challenges and stresses of parenthood? Here are a few tips from moms for staying positive and feeling good.

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Teens and Vaping: A New Trend

The broad emerging conversation about e-cigarettes reflects their staggering, sudden growth among adolescents. The number of adolescents who have tried e-cigarettes surged between 2011 to 2014. While industry officials and some researchers tout the potential benefits of vaping, versus using traditional tobacco products such as cigarettes, vaping is harmful to adolescents' health.

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Write This Summer: Fun Ideas for Kids to be Creative

Away from home, or simply away from school, summer is an ideal time to nurture your child's love of writing. Kids who normally balk at homework assignments and deadlines can relax and write what interests them. This year, go beyond the dreaded, "What I did during my summer vacation," essay. Offer up these suggestions and opportunities to help your children put pen to paper.

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