Growing Up Empowered

Helping Kids Step into Their Best Selves by Judith Fertig The plugged-in, stressed-out world that challenges adults can be even more difficult for teens in the throes of hormones, peer pressure and a selfie culture. Parents can help their children thrive and become empowered individuals by nurturing desirable character traits such as resourcefulness, resilience, perseverance, self-reliance, independence, empathy and social ... Read More »

Yay for Play

Ways to Spark a Child’s Creativity by April Thompson Whether it’s playing dress-up, making forts from sofa cushions or drawing pictures, creative moments can define and distinguish a happy childhood. Yet it’s not all just fun and games, according to experts. Childhood creativity, nurtured both in the classroom and at home, is crucial for developing qualities such as sound decision-making, ... Read More »

DC VegFest 2016

Compassion Over Killing is proud to present DC VegFest 2016, the largest vegetarian celebration in the nation’s capital. This festival highlights the many benefits and joys of choosing plant-based foods. DC VegFest 2016 will be held from 11 am to 6 pm on September 24 at Yards Park. DC VegFest features presentations by renowned author and celebrity speakers, free food ... Read More »

New Hope for Juvenile Arthritis Sufferers

by Katherine Leo If your child complains of sore muscles or joints, pay attention and don’t just write it off as “growing pains”. There may be an underlying cause for their discomfort—it may be juvenile arthritis. This condition affects nearly 300,000 children in the U.S. alone. Each child’s pain, discomfort and/or flares are different but most share these symptoms: pain, ... Read More »

Mom’s Kitchen Counter Cooking School

Kids That Learn to Cook Grow Up Eating Healthier by Jen Haugen Envision walking the supermarket aisles and picking up a favorite pasta sauce and breakfast cereal, then adding favorite fruits and vegetables to the cart. When we think about the grocery brands we buy or our go-to recipes, they tend to begin with one common thread—the influence of our ... Read More »

Dad Matters

How to be the Father Kids Need by Armin Brott American fatherhood has evolved considerably in the last 50 years. While dads used to be kept out of the delivery room, today, more than 90 percent of new fathers are present for their children’s birth, reflected in MenCare Advocacy’s State of the Worlds’ Fathers. However, being there early on does ... Read More »

Happy, Joyous and Freewheeling:

Empowering Underserved Communities Through Safe Cycling The personal and environmental benefits of riding a bike are numerous, and many people take the ability to ride for granted. Bike enthusiast David Nam, however, does not. “You remember the first time you got a bike or the first time you learned to ride a bike. There is nothing else like it.” That ... Read More »

More than the Baby Blues?

by Laina Poulakos Postpartum depression (PPD) is a condition, which can run be experienced as a mild to a very serious case that affects not just mothers, but also the children and her family. Even a mild case of the baby blues is much different then severe PPD. If the feelings of sadness and depression last more than a few ... Read More »

Holistic Moms Network Now In Montgomery County

The Holistic Moms Network has recently launched a new chapter in Montgomery County, meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at the Agricultural History Farm Park in Derwood. At each meeting they offer conversation and speakers on a variety of holistic lifestyle topics. The network is part of a rapidly growing national nonprofit organization, ... Read More »

A Greener Shade of Youth

New Generations Put Earth First by Randy Kambic Every generation gets a chance to change the world. ~Paul David Hewson (Bono) Baby boomers inspired in their youth by Earth Day are now supporting a new generation’s enthusiasm for sustainability through educational and employment opportunities. A 2015 Nature Conservancy survey of 602 teens from 13 to 18 years old revealed that ... Read More »