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4 Family Adventures in Washington, D.C.

Immerse your kids in local culture, history, song and dance this summer with these remarkable family-friendly activities.

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6 Ideas for Family Time With Nature

There is nothing more precious to me than spending time outdoors with my kids. They all love nature so much and can be kept occupied for hours just exploring a hiking trail, picking up trash along a creek area, turning rocks over or looking for bugs. But sometimes it's fun to come up with something a little more organized for your kids, and that's where these ideas come in.

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Blogging: A Summer Writing Project

Does your child have a particular passion that could be explored more through writing or photography? Blogging is an educational way for kids to practice their writing and research skills over the summer while interacting with a receptive audience at the same time.

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Food for Thought: Teaching Kids to Eat Healthy

Summer is a perfect time to teach your kids about nutritious foods and eating healthy. Obesity in children is a growing problem, so it's important that your kids learn early in life how to eat healthy. The sooner they learn how to develop healthy habits, the better. Involve them in meal planning, grocery shopping and preparing healthy foods. These lessons will equip them with the ability to make healthy food choices at a young age, which will influence their eating habits for life.

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Good Books for Your Kids This Summer

Are you and your family headed out on a road trip this summer? Take a look at these incredible books for your kids to read this summer.

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Humor and Play Are Crucial to Your Child's Development

Embracing play and humor can foster positive changes in your child's behavior. As any good preschool teacher will tell you, play is child's work, and its benefits extend into adulthood and go beyond simply having fun. Play is a crucial aspect of cognitive, physical and emotional development, and necessary for maintaining strong relationships and emotional well-being.

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Kids Play While You Work: Innovative Child Care

In the DMV's competitive and pricey child care market, there's a growing sect of teleworking, freelancing and business-owning parents who find that traditional full-time childcare doesn't suit their needs. Enter Play, Work or Dash, a coworking space in Vienna, Virginia with in-house daycare.

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The Risk of Pediatric Melanoma

As the warm weather approaches, my thoughts are turning happily toward outdoor fun and other summer plans in the sun. Sunburn during childhood is one of the biggest risk factors for developing skin cancer - and it's preventable. Which brings me to a very rare but potentially serious condition: pediatric melanoma.

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Tips to Survive Your Trip in the Car

For some families, the idea of sitting in a car together for eight hours does not sound like a vacation. Yet for other families, getting there is half the fun. If you are looking for ways to make your next road trip more enjoyable, check out these eight survival tips.

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