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Editor's Note: Although we don't have Doodle Bugs! Children's Centers in our area, this article has some good tips on sharing music with your kids.

Extend Music in Our Schools Month by Celebrating at Home

Parents can often take music for granted; we listen to it for joy, relaxation, emotional connection and so much more. However, the melodies, sounds and lyrics are more than just a pleasurable experience. Music has a proven impact on a child’s development.

Shire Announces Two Additional Scholarships As Part Of Its ADHD Scholarship Program

All in the family: Dinner tables linked to less fat

Beyond plate size and calorie count, the war against obesity may have a new leader – the dinner table. Families that eat together without the television on and stay seated until everyone’s finished have children with lower weights and body mass index (BMI), reports a Cornell behavioral economist in the October issue of Obesity.

Strong, positive socialization skills during dinners possibly supplant the need to overeat, the researchers explain.  Mothers and fathers who talk meaningfully with children, especially young boys, about their day during dinner also have lower BMIs.

“The ritual of where one eats and how long one eats seems to be the largest driver,” said Brian Wansink, professor in Cornell’s Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management and director of the Cornell Food and Brand Lab. He co-authored the study with Ellen Van Kleef, assistant professor at Wageningen University, The Netherlands.

Editor's Note: As a parent of a child in public school, I have concerns about the Common Core concept. At this point, my opinion is we should learn what we can about it... reading different views and being involved in informational events the school systems are holding. 

Regional Public Forum: The Common Core State Standards
September 16: Western Maryland Forum Hosted by Washington County (MD)
South Hagerstown High School, 1101 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown, MD 21740
5 Things Parents Should Know About the Common Core

By: Rob Waldron, President and CEO of Curriculum Associates, developers of research-based educational resources and programs



COLUMBUS, Ohio – Researchers are interested in exploring how sunlight, sleep and screens (like those on computers and TVs) may affect those with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), says Dr. L. Eugene Arnold, a child psychiatrist and ADHD expert at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s Nisonger Center.

ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by developmentally inappropriate degrees of inattentiveness, impulsivity and hyperactivity. Although ADHD is the most common neuropsychiatric/behavioral disorder of childhood and has been extensively studied in young children, it occurs in all age groups.


Warm Weather is around the corner!  Swing-N-Slide reminds you to prep your outdoor swing set for backyard play


March 12, 2013— Warm weather is coming soon and the kids are ready to get outside and play!  Swing-N-Slide wants to remind families that compliant backyard recreation is the safest way to play.  Outdoor play is important for building a child’s cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development. Checking your play set for wear and tear will allow for longer and more productive play time.     


Swing-N-Slide suggests using the following quick check list to inspect your play set for a spring and summer filled with fun and creative play! 



By: Dr. Wendy Anderson-Willis, Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Valentine’s Day is a reminder to show our love and affection to that special someone in our lives.  But there is no one more special than our children. Here are four great ways to show your kids you love them this Valentine’s Day and every day!  

1. Use positive words. 

It’s important to remember that negative words are just that: negative. Adults should keep in mind that children really don’t understand sarcasm. It’s a coping mechanism for many adults, but children just view it as negative. Positive words go a long way. Try to banish put-downs from your vocabulary. 

2. Help your child develop self-esteem

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Written by Kara Bowman, Educator

Consider this: The Children’s Discovery Center in San Jose, California had a problem. They had a 1,200 square foot open space for changing exhibits, which was empty for a month this fall between the departure of one show and the arrival of the next. A museum staffer had an idea: she taped up some discarded boxes and threw them in the exhibit area. After adding a few dozen more boxes, some crayons, masking tape and safety scissors, the museum found they had one of their most popular exhibits of all time: Box City. Given that the museum has had exhibits costing up to a million dollars in the same space, what makes Box City one of the most popular attractions in the museum?

Pet allergies can raise a good deal of potential problems for people who are trying to become pet parents. However, by following the advice of the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS), a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the welfare of animals, comprised of in-home pet care professionals, you can avoid being hampered by your allergies, and live in harmony with your furry friends.

According to the Humane Society of the United States, there are several ways for potential pet parents to prepare themselves for life with a furry new roommate. If you are considering becoming a pet parent, don’t let allergies stand in your way; NAPPS urges you to follow these tips for creating an animal-friendly environment:

1. Create an "allergy free" zone in your home—preferably the allergic person's bedroom—and strictly prohibit the pet's access to it. Use a high-efficiency air cleaner and consider using impermeable covers for the mattress and pillows. Contact your veterinarian regarding products available that can help decrease shedding and reduce pet dander.