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12 Ways to Help Your Child's Teacher This Year

Breathing a sigh of relief because the kids are back in school? Not so fast. Now is the time to partner up with your child's teacher. Children whose parents are involved in their education have higher self-esteem, more positive attitudes toward learning and are generally more engaged than children whose parents are not involved.

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Democratic Parenting Style: What It Is and How to Practice It

Have you ever heard of democratic parenting? Rather than the parent running the show (authoritarian) or the child steering the family (permissive), democratic households are based on respect for both the parent and the child. This style represents a consistent path forward, rather than inconsistent swinging from side to side.

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Fall Cooking With Blogger Kathryne Taylor

Meet Kathryne Taylor (Kate), the personality behind the hugely popular vegetarian blog "Cookie and Kate" and author of "Love Real Food," a cookbook filled with 100 wholesome, delicious, healthy vegetarian recipes. Cookie, by the way, is Kate's adorable crumb-catching dog.

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Finding Quality Family Time

All the mental health experts will agree with you that quality family time is important. Besides increasing the bond between parents and children, it also makes for wonderful memories and leads to more positive behavior by children as well as success in school.

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Halloween Safety Tips for Toddlers

Pumpkins, costumes and candy. Halloween is a fun time of year for kids of all ages, but as you gear up for your baby or toddler's first Halloween, keep these safety tips in mind to keep everyone happy and ready for trick-or-treating.

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How to Treat Common Skin Disorders in Children

Children's skin is not merely a younger, prettier version of their parents'. Children sometimes get certain skin conditions more commonly than adults - such as infections. Luckily, most skin infections in children are easily treated. Here are five of the most common skin conditions I see in children, and what you can do about them.

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How to Write a Strong Personal Statement for College

With college application deadlines looming, high school seniors are confronting what to many is the most dreaded component - the essay or personal statement. Find out here how you can craft a winning essay.

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Oktoberfest 2017 in Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC

Oktoberfest is known around the world for its traditional folk music, German food, German beer and dancing. Here in the Washington area, this family-fun fall festival is held in many local communities with one-day bashes to week-long and month-long celebrations. Some of the Oktoberfest celebrations in Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia can be found here.

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Teaching Good Sportsmanship to Kids

There's no question, winning is rewarding and boosts self-esteem. However, well-meaning parents sometimes are so caught up in the competitiveness that they lose sight of the real value of sports. Winning is not just being the victor of a game. It's becoming the best all-around person one can be. Children who carry this with them will be the ones to prevail.

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The Importance of CPR Education for Kids and Adults

As summer comes to a close, parents and children prepare to head back to school. Join Stork Childbirth Education founder, Flynn O'Neill, RN, nurse practitioner at Bloom OB/GYN, and Beth Shedlosky, pediatric nurse practitioner at Washington Pediatric Associates, to learn how to prepare to have a safe fall for the whole family.

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