YMCA Summer Food Program

This guest post is provided by and sponsored by the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington. As summer tourists flood the local DC area, it seems like life is good. Individuals from all over come to our nation’s capital each year, and spend 1.71 billion on food and beverage alone!The sad reality is that millions of DC area children and families suffer from food insecurity and food hardship. Twelve percent of District of Columbia households report having limited or uncertain amounts of food, Read more...

Thanksgiving Help from Dream Dinners

Guest contributor Yihung Mohs is the owner of  Silver Spring Dream Dinners and the talented writer of the The Silver Spring Dream Dinners BlogIs Thanksgiving the best holiday to celebrate? Hands down, many shout a resounding “YES!” Why? Because it’s all about family and friendships. It’s about tradition where your favorite people gather around the table and give thanks for simply being together.There is no gift buying, no materialistic mayhem and little in the way to make this Read more...

Guest Post: Inventors, Mad Scientists and Explorers Keep Your Kids Creative Through August

The following guest post is by Marissa Long, an artist and Director of Make/Believe Creative Programs for Kids. Make/Believe provides the Art Brains after-school program in elementary schools in the DC, Maryland, and Northern VA areas. Summer loves no man like it loves a kid. Hours spent relaxing and vegging out are valuable, but summer is also a key time for cultivating kids’ creative initiative-taking, independent discovery, play and memory making. All kids are brimming with creative energy Read more...

Family Camps for Your Next Vacation {Sponsored Guest Post}

Thinking of doing something different for your summer vacation this year? Rather than the usual beach vacation, consider taking your family to a summer camp for a fun and active trip. From a camp that teaches families about science to one that specializes in the French language, family camps across the United States can provide your family with a unique and fun experience. Here are a few different family camps that will cater to everyone’s interests.If your family wants to…Learn a Read more...

Exclusion is Bullying…and it hurts: An anonymous guest post

A parent reader submitted this piece anonymously, and I believe it conveys a very important message, and poses crucial questions about what we as parents can do in these situations. I moved to a new town in sixth grade—my dad had just taken me to get a haircut that made me look like a boy, and the kids in the new town were very into their clothes and their looks.In my old neighborhood, we all ran around getting dirty, riding bikes, and playing hide and seek throughout the hood. To say that Read more...

DC Office Organizer Kacy Paide: 10 Ways to Create An Organized, Inspiring Office

I worship Kacy Paide, Washington, DC-area/Silver Spring office organizing expert of The Inspired Office. She loves to do what most people hate: organize offices and paper.  I am obsessed with Kacy's blog and YouTube channel in which she makes creating functional and even beautiful offices look so easy! Kacy has been a Professional Organizer since 2001 and has worked with over 500 clients. Read on for Kacy's incredibly useful tips on how to start your own office on the way to awesome. -- Jessica  10 Read more...

Corinne Keeps Us Cool: New Column on A Parent in Silver Spring

The wickedly smart and funny Corinne Gracyalny has joined the A Parent in Silver Spring staff to help keep the calendar up to date and packed with loads of awesome activities for families.Corinne is a recent Maryland graduate who majored in communication, and as a fashionable woman in her twenties can contribute key coolness insights to us slightly-older parental units.Recently she attended a book signing in Bethesda featuring Capital Girls series authors Marilyn "Maz" Rauber and Amy Reingold. Read more...

Guest Blogging All Over the Place

This week I took some time to write for some other websites...I guest posted on ScaryMommy as her Washington, DC family travel expert. There I suggested 10 out-of-the-ordinary tips for exploring the DC area with children, such as how to score an exclusive tour of the White House or how to see all of the major monuments and memorials without constant worry that your car will be towed.For the DC Urban Moms homepage I posted an original interview of Susan Smith Blakely, the author of the new Read more...

DC Family-Friendly Foodie Event: Taste the World in Silver Spring

This is a Guest Post by Silver Spring Town CenterTaste the World in Downtown Silver Spring's Fenton Village Sunday, May 6, 1-5pm Nearly two dozen restaurants featuring cuisine from around the globe will be showcased in the second annual Taste the World in Fenton Village on Sunday, May 6 from 1 to 5 p.m. Fenton Village is located just south of downtown Silver Spring between Wayne, Georgia and Burlington avenues and Fenton Street.Pictured above: The band Eastern Standard Time Read more...