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10 Parenting Tips for Ages 0-5

Being the parent of a baby, toddler or preschooler has so many rewards - and those rewards are well earned by the numerous trials parents must contend with at every stage. Let the following tips guide you through some of the challenges you're likely to face.

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Blast Off With Escape Velocity

The Museum of Science Fiction is blasting off with its fourth annual Escape Velocity convention this Memorial Day Weekend, beginning on May 24, 2019. This year's theme is "Technology," and will feature three days and hundreds of science and science fiction-themed programs.

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Celebrate Earth Day! Easy Ways to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

Earth Day is right around the corner on April 22, reminding us to do whatever we can to protect our environment. Parents and children can celebrate Earth Day with practicing their 3 R's by reducing, reusing and recycling at home, at school, at work and in public places!

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Dig This! 10 BIG Benefits of Gardening With Kids

Most parents want their children to get outside away from phones, TV and video games, and gardening is a great way to achieve this goal. However, recent research shows that there are several other reasons to start a garden with kids. The benefits range from making kids smarter to making them healthier. Here are 10 great reasons to get kids gardening:

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Egg-cellent Easter Morning Hunts

Kids absolutely love the idea of a hunt for some sort of treasure. So while you may do the traditional egg-dyeing, you may want to have some other "loot" to put into plastic eggs including some edible goodies. Here are some fresh, new ideas for planning your 2019 Easter Egg Hunt:

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Encouraging Your Teen to Develop Good Eating Habits

Adolescence is a time when children want increasing independence - which includes making their own decisions about eating. Yet we are still our children's parents when they are teens, and this means we are still responsible for feeding them. What can parents do - and what should parents avoid - to encourage their children to have a healthy relationship with food?

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Fun is in Full Bloom at the 2019 Cherry Blossom Festival

Every year a vibrant spectacle of delicate pink flowers usher in the beginning of spring in Washington, D.C., and these magnificent blooms are celebrated in a month-long celebration known as the National Cherry Blossom Festival. This year the Cherry Blossom Festival will take place between March 20 and April 14. Read here for some of the fantastic kid-friendly events you'll find at this year's festival.

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How to Raise Financially Savvy Kids

With the cost of living on the rise, parents have become more aware of the need to raise financially savvy kids. Good money skills, however, don't come naturally. To teach your children financial literacy, consider these 10 tips:

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Parent Input: What Parents are Saying

Read what parents are saying when they answered this month's PARENT INPUT question on Washington Parent's Facebook page: how you teach your kids to be more independent.

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Teens and Vaping: Here's What You Need to Know

If you are a parent or work with teens, you know that they are vaping - using battery-operated e-cigarettes that deliver nicotine and other additives in the form of an aerosol - at an alarming rate. In 2016, the U.S. Surgeon General called vaping a "major public health crisis," noting that teen use of e-cigarettes had jumped an astonishing 900 percent in just the four years between 2011 and 2015.

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The Health Benefits of Summer Camp

While it's not a medical diagnosis, child-advocacy expert Richard Louv coined the term "nature deficit disorder" in 2005 to describe the wide range of problems that people, especially children, experience when they don't spend much time outdoors. Many camp programmers have this concept in mind as they design camp experiences for kids.

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Tips for Teaching Your Child How to Draw

Anyone can learn to how to draw. I usually get some raised eyebrows when I make that statement. Skeptical parents shake their heads and say, "Not me. I can't even draw a straight line." The skill of drawing, however, can be taught, and it's easier than you might think. Here are five exercises to help you teach your children how to draw what they see.

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