Kids

Youths Step Up to the Global Challenge

Fresh Hope for a Troubled Planet  by Linda Sechrist Recognizing that it might be too late by the time they are older, many young people are already acting collectively and across partisan aisles on everything from climate change and the environment to gun control, gender equality, social justice, education and politics. Initiatives include creating solutions for the global water crisis, ... Read More »

Things are Getting Funky at Community Forklift

Bring your friends, your family and your (friendly, leashed) pets to the Community Forklift warehouse for a celebration of all things reusable in the D.C. area. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on October 6, in the Port Towns neighborhood, just minutes from the Hyattsville Arts District. The festival will be highlighting fun(ky)/artistic and practical ... Read More »

Build a Bento Box Lunch for Kids

Pack Five Foods for Fun, Flavor and Health by Judith Fertig Old-style rectangular metal lunchboxes are passé. New, convenient compartmentalized containers inspired by the Japanese bento box and Indian tiffin allow parents to pack up to five different, colorful and healthy items for a child’s lunch with less plastic wrapping to separate foods. It dovetails exactly with what nutrition professionals ... Read More »

Simplicity Parenting

Why Less Means More Happiness by Deborah Shouse Parents wishing to simplify child-raising seek less stress and more fun; less scheduling and more casual time; less “shoulds” and more “want tos”; less second-guessing and more confidence. For a happier family life, experts encourage parents to stay true to their own values, strengths and sense of family purpose, focusing on the ... Read More »

Natural Immune Boosters for Kids

How to Power Up Their Defenses by Marlaina Donato Strong immunity is a cornerstone of optimum health, and may be weakened or enhanced by what we eat and how we manage our emotions. Starting young in incorporating good ongoing habits can go a long way toward building a better immune response to whatever a person encounters. Kid-Friendly Foods Organic strawberries, ... Read More »

Nature’s Golden Ray

by Dr. Isabel Sharkar Without vitamin D, specifically vitamin D3, your immune system will not be healthy. In addition to maintaining healthy calcium levels, vitamin D regulates hormone secretion and keeps the immune system robust. Vitamin D regulates the function of a variety of tissues and almost all tissues in your body have specific vitamin D receptors. Vitamin D lowers ... Read More »

The Joy of Dirt

Gardening Connects Kids to Nature by Barbara Pleasant Children benefit from a close connection with nature, and there’s no better place to learn about plants and soil than a garden. Families don’t need lots of space, as even a small collection of potted plants holds fascination for youngsters. The first step is to understand a garden as seen by a ... Read More »

Join the Peace Ride

Looking for a way show your commitment to promote compassion, prevent violence, while pedaling for peace throughout Washington, D.C.? Join the 2018 Peace Ride from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on September 29. This community event is hosted by One Common Unity (OCU), a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit whose mission is to break the cycles of violence and build compassionate, healthy ... Read More »

Healthy Summer Hydration

Kids Love These Homemade Drinks by Judith Fertig At day camp or the pool, on the playing field or in the backyard, kids can get really thirsty, especially as temperatures climb. Although filtered water is always a good choice, sugary, carbonated, artificially colored and flavored beverages can be tempting. Having homemade options ready can entice kids to stay hydrated in ... Read More »

What to Eat When You Are Expecting

by Elizabeth McMillan “I’m eating for two?” This is a common saying during pregnancy, however it is often misinterpreted. Although one person is eating for two, the second growing being ranges from the size of a sesame seed to a watermelon—not a full-sized adult woman. Caloric intake should increase since growing a baby takes a lot of work but, on ... Read More »