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Explaining Current Events to Kids  

Explaining Current Events to Kids   It has been over a week since the violent breach at the Capital in Washington DC. Children and adults alike are processing this traumatic event in our nation’s history. Most adults are struggling to understand the events last week...

Refresh and Reset for the New Year

Refresh and Reset for the New Year The New Year is a great time to reflect and set goals for the new year.  The standard resolutions don’t seem to change much – lose weight, eat healthy, hit the gym.  This year is different.  As we trudge through this pandemic...

Managing Holiday Stress

Managing Holiday Stress Psychology Today tells us that holiday stress is caused by the abrupt changes that happen during this joyous season. Schools close, routines change, bedtimes get later, more sweets are consumed, kids are begging for toys and are full of...

Thanksgiving Celebrations During Covid-19

Thanksgiving and COVID-19 In March when COVID-19 first shut everything down here in Maryland, we never would have guessed we would still be in the same situation today.  Sadly, the reality is that the pandemic is affecting our Holidays.  Numbers are on the rise, and...

Parenting Tip Tuesday: Foster Gratitude

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, there is no better time to encourage gratitude in your home. Research suggests that grateful young adolescents (ages 11-13), are happier and more optimistic, have better social support, are more satisfied with their school,...

Volunteer Highlight: Ms. Cheryl Moore

This month’s very special volunteer spotlight will highlight one of our really special helpers, Ms. Cheryl Moore. Ms. Moore has volunteered with us at The Family Tree for about 6 years and has played a number of roles. She is a founding member of the Maryland Parent...

Halloween Safety During COVID-19

Each year, there are plenty of concerns about Halloween safety. From traffic to strangers, but this year there are even more concerns. Some of the traditional Halloween activities can increase the risk of spreading COVID-19, but there are safety precautions to take...

Screen Time and Children’s Eye Safety

If you are worried about your children spending too much time on screens, you are not alone. Before the stay at home order and the COVID-19 Pandemic, 71% of parents admitted to being worried about screen time and damage to their children’s eyes. Now that schools are...

Tummy Time

Last week our blog focused on ways to reduce the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). Some strategies we recommended were practicing safe sleep, using pacifiers, breast feeding and tummy time! The first discussion of tummy time started in 1992 when the “Back...

SIDS Awareness Month

October is SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) awareness month.  SIDS stands for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, children are at highest risk until their first year, but it is most common in babies one month to four months. There are many myths about what causes SIDS....
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