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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....

Virtual Programming Update

The past few months have been a challenge for children, families, and communities. At the start of the pandemic when the stay at home order was implemented, experts feared we would see a drop in child abuse and neglect reports, since  teachers, the number one...

Communicating Well with Children

Communication – It’s More Than Just Talk It can be said that communication skills are a priceless gift and can be compared to an open door. Yet for some, this door can feel closed and tightly sealed, especially when it comes to being heard by others....

Developing Healthy Self-Esteem in Children

What is Self-esteem? Self-esteem is defined as the individual’s personal sense of self-worth or self-value. This personal sense of self-worth can include ideas about an individual’s abilities, behaviors, appearance, and belief system. This includes beliefs about...
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