Archives for January 2010

BlogHer Room of Your Own Panel Proposed on Resource Blogging – Please Vote for Us!

This summer I'll again be attending the BlogHer conference to connect with other women who blog and learn about how to make this website even better for you all (and, OK, I won't deny it - I'm also going to have one heck of a girls weekend.  But it's mainly for the improvement of A Parent in Silver Spring and for you guys.  Really.) I'll be rooming with three gorgeous women who also write resource blogs, live in the SS, are mothers and about two thousand other things we have in common.  They Read more...

UPDATED WITH WINNERS – Giftcard Giveaway – Leave a Comment or Suggestion!

UPDATED:  The winners have been drawn, and the lucky two were Comment #28 - subscribe!) and Comment #30 - Amy HW.  I have Sue's email, but Amy HW - please to go sledding with the fam.  Have fun in the snow yourselves!  **** Hello my friends.First off, thank you so much for reading these past TWO YEARS that I've been babbling and bossing here on A Parent in Silver Spring.In honor of your readership and dedication, and because you deserve it, I have finally ponied up for a professional, Read more...

Washington DC Kids Weekend Picks on January 29 – 31

This awesome sledder?  None other than my mother Sharon. You'd never guess from this video that she lives in a desert...or that she's a grandma!UPDATED FOR SNOW:  Loving the snowy weather?  Look for a park near you with great hills for sledding!  Here is my post on parks in the area with sledding hills that my family and I have tried.  You might not even need these weekend picks if you're getting back into your snow-loving groove.  Here's where to find more public parks Read more...

DC Parenting Event on Sunday January 31: Free Range Kids – Giving Our Children the Freedom We Had Without Going Nuts With Worry

Lenore Skenazy is a pure punk rock.  She's a committed mother, a freelance writer that regularly pops up in the Holy Grail (aka The New York Times) either with a byline or a pithy quote, and she's the creator of the inspiring website freerangekids.com And she's coming to our town!  She's the latest authored featured in the DC Jewish Community Center's Authors Out Loud Series.  Check out the title of her reading and book:Free-Range Kids: Giving Our Children the Freedom We Had Without Read more...

Open Gyms, Indoor Play Spaces, Kids Theater: A Parent in Silver Spring for The Washington Post

Andrew and Anna Ross, children of Great Kids Village masterminds and owners Andrew & Paula Ross, think Mom & Dad's "office" is pretty darn fun.   I wrote a piece for The Washington Post Weekend section about some new, fab indoor play spaces you should definitely check out with your kids!Need to entertain the kids this winter? A few Washington area indoor activities.By Jessica McFaddenThe Washington PostWeekendFriday, January 22, 2010Just because the temperatures have dropped doesn't Read more...

More School Open Houses

(FYI - These new additions that I just received will be added into the Open House Calendar as a one-stop info place for parents shopping for a school, but here are the new additions for those of you that receive your APISS info mainly via email feed.)  Acorn Hill Waldorf Kindergarten & Nursery Open house for children and parents this Saturday, January 23 from 10-NoonVisit Acorn Hill Waldorf Kindergarten & Nursery and experience firsthand its extraordinary spirit!  Acorn Hill Read more...

Haiti & MLK, Jr. Day of Service – Ways Families Can Help

My apologies for not putting together a big list of family friendly activities celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy throughout the entire weekend, as I have in years past.  In addition to it being a very busy time in my family, it's been hard for me to hit my desk without becoming wrapped up in reading the news about the people of Haiti.  (Photo credit AP/Jorge Cruz.)But tomorrow is not only the day we celebrate Dr. King's birthday, it's also the National Day of Service.  So Read more...

Autism Resources in Montgomery County, MD at AutMont – A WONDERFUL Website

Resources for children with autism and their families are often tough to find, so Jean of Stimeyland and Autism Unexpected started AutMont. AutMont was first conceived as merely a calendar listing of autism related events in Montgomery County, but has expanded into what Jean hopes will become a gathering place for parents of autistic children, as well as autistic adults and teens.Woman of the Week!  Methinks the crown needs to be bestowed... Jean, as I've gushed about before, is the mom I strive Read more...

The Lovely Bones Free Tickets – Tuesday Night at Mazza Galerie

The movie studio promo peeps in town just sent me 75 tickets to a free pre-screening of The Lovely Bones at AMC Mazza Gallerie tomorrow night, Tuesday January 12th at 7pm. Here's the trailer.  It's rated PG-13.  Did you love the best-selling book by Alice Sebold?  Looking for a last minute Girls Night Out, Date Night, Mother-Daughter Teen Movie Night or however you want to call a free night at the movies?  (Want to see all those warm gooey feelings you had for Stanley Tucci after Read more...