Kids

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 »

Kid Talk

How to Communicate with a Child  by Amber Lanier Nagle Dudley Evenson didn’t set out to devise a strategy to foster constructive, nurturing communications between parents and their offspring. Yet as she and her husband, Dean, raised their three children decades ago, timeless guiding principles emerged. “We were like other parents—learning and growing along with our children,” says Evenson, a ... Read More »

Concerned about Wireless Technologies: Attend this Screening of Generation Zapped

The Center for Safer Wireless is hosting the screening of the new documentary, Generation Zapped, with a discussion to follow. The screening will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. on March 11, at the Virginia Hospital Center, John. T. Hazel Conference Center, in Arlington. Everyone is welcome to attend. All living creatures, including humans, encounter 100,000 times the level ... Read More »

Calling All Campers

Registration for 2018 Arcadia Farm Camp is now open. For a week this summer, campers joyfully discover where their food comes from through hands-on farming, cooking and eating experiences. This camp is all about farming, food and fun. Campers learn about daily farm life. From morning chores like watering, harvesting, and collecting eggs to planting seeds and tilling garden beds, ... Read More »