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5 Ways Kindergarten Enrollment Is Like a Job Interview

by Jenny Hansen I’m warning you, today I’m gonna get my rant on. It feels like I’ve been preparing for my kid to go to kindergarten for at least 4 months now. Oh wait…I have! What happened to the days when you just took [...]
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8th Annual C&O Canal Pride Days

C&O Canal Pride Days: April 18 (Great Falls), April 25 (Williamsport) & May 2 (Paw Paw) Saturday, April 18, the C&O Canal Trust, in partnership with the C&O Canal National Historical Park, will host the 8th annual C&O Canal [...]
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SACRED and PROFANE – Two Free Family Friendly Concerts in November

IBIS – A Chamber Music Society Presents SACRED and PROFANE – Two Free Concerts in November Concert for Children – Saturday November 22 at 10:30am Concert for All – Sunday November 23 at 4pm Rock Spring Congregational [...]

Could Probiotics Be the Key to Unlocking Autism?

by Jenny Hansen After all the years and studies, it’s looking like the key to autism might be located in the gut. (Shut the front door!) Several new studies are pointing to inflammation, particularly in the gut, as a significant factor [...]
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5 Things No One Tells New Parents

by Jenny Hansen It’s really too bad that children don’t come with an owner’s manual attached. People give you TONS of advice, but every child and every pregnancy is different. I remember thinking: Why can’t people give [...]
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Autism Awareness Month — Will You Celebrate It?

by Jenny Hansen For 25 years, autism has been part of my life. Not just because my little brother is autistic, and not just because I used to teach autistic children back in a previous career. Autism has been part of my life because the lessons [...]
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Why Do Pregnant Women Get SO Much Heartburn?

by Jenny Hansen It’s kinda depressing to think about how many odd symptoms pregnant women get, but one that seems universal is heartburn. I had heartburn so bad my first trimester I had to go on medication. I thank God I had a high-risk [...]
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5 Lessons I Learned Teaching Autistic Kids

5 Lessons Learned Teaching Autistic Children by Jenny Hansen My first job out of college was as an autism specialist for the Judevine Center for Autism, based in St. Louis. It was like learning a strange language in a strange land. An extremely [...]
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Best Interactive App for Kids—Leo’s Pad

Leo’s Pad, a series of animated apps for preschoolers, is at the top of its class. It not only teaches kids important learning tools, but its story is so good it engages a wide age-range of kids. My kids–ages five, three, and two–enjoyed [...]