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As of the writing of this calendar, COVID-19 numbers have spiked, meaning that for the most part, virtual events are still the way to go. We’ve listed quite a few of them along with a few in-person events, which may or may not be canceled. If you have any events, virtual or not, please send …

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If you're like me, you've had to cancel your summer vacation and it's still not clear when you'll feel safe enough to hit the road again. Travel insurance is something that you might not have thought about before but now it seems more important than over. To discuss the ins and outs of trave…

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Educators have long worried about the summer slide, a term which describes school children losing gains made during the school year over summer break. It’s particularly problematic for children in kindergarten, first grade and second grade because these children are at a crucial stage of dev…

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Love it or list it? It’s the premise (and name) of an HGTV show that pits an interior designer against a real estate agent in a battle for the hearts and minds of families whose home situations need an upgrade. The designer attempts to renovate their home to meet their new needs while the ag…

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Parents today face uncharted territory when it comes to allowing their children to have a cellphone. They can’t draw on personal childhood experiences or even ask their own parents for advice. Instead they make up the rules as they go and hope for the best. 

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Five-year-old Isabella Lisher had initially wanted a birthday party celebrated on Sullivan’s Island. It was to be a get-together of all her classmates with rainbows, shells and a beach-themed birthday cake. But that was before the pandemic threw a wrench in her plans. An in-person celebratio…

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We’re learning more and more about the coronavirus and how it’s spread. It’s become a new reality that few of us ever thought we would have to deal with in our everyday lives. You likely know about social distancing and staying home, but what about the food you eat? Can the virus spread from…

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For this month's Q&A with an expert, we're turning to Sue King, who holds an advanced graduate degree in social work and practices as a therapist in Charleston. Her specialty includes work with children. 

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When Nancy Lempesis was pregnant with her first child, she didn’t think twice about deciding to collect and store her baby’s umbilical cord blood. And when her son was born seven months ago, she banked his cord blood, too.

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The mumps is on the rise in Charleston especially among College of Charleston students. In all, 70 students at the college have been diagnosed in addition to other cases at Summerville High School. But why are mumps seeing a resurgence in the Lowcountry and what can parents do to prevent it?…

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Mount Pleasant mom Jami Steedley has nine children in her blended family. One is in college, so that leaves eight kids ranging in age from 9 to 16 years old to get out of bed, dressed and on the school bus each morning. 

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When I first had my son, Keegan, I was wary about sharing photos of him online. In fact, I wouldn’t share any at all. I was told it was a slippery slope, difficult to stop once you got started. But as my son grew older, I loosened up a bit. I’m not sure why. Maybe I was lonely at home with a…

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You scour travel review sites to learn every little detail about the hotels, beaches and attractions. You scout out potential restaurants and nightspots, stay up-to-date on the weather, and glean as much as possible about your next destination.

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Before 1963, when the first measles vaccine became available, nearly all kids got the measles. Each year, 48,000 people were hospitalized from it and between 400 and 500 died. The disease ravaged our country until it was declared eradicated in 2000 thanks to a widespread vaccination campaign.

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This month we're focused on how to keep your kids engaged over the summer so when they return to school they're ready to learn. These events can help. 

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They were too little to understand the words, grasp the pages or even gnaw on the cover. But that didn’t prevent Katie Kreutner from beginning to read to each of her children the day after they were born.

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Matt Hansen’s daughter competes as a high-level gymnast, having fallen in love with the sport after she first learned how to tumble. She skips birthday parties because she’d rather be at practice, showing levels of athletic dedication and aptitude many parents hope to see in their own childr…

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Zika became a hot topic a few years back when over 100,000 people contracted the virus in Colombia. In all, 20 babies were born with microcephaly, a birth defect that causes babies to be born with abnormally small heads if their mother contracted the virus while pregnant. According to the CD…

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Mom of two, Lindsay Sakran thinks that you can do just about anything if you put your nose to the grindstone and work hard. A project manager for Department of Defense who loves a good modern dance class and a good beer, she’s unexpected and tons of fun, but most of all she wants to be a goo…

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The Lowcountry is a special place to raise a family. From beaches, lakes and rivers to historic plantations and county and neighborhood parks, it’s seemingly one expansive outdoor playground waiting to be explored.

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Ever wonder how astronauts brush their teeth in space? Zero gravity makes this basic personal hygiene habit quite annoying and downright unsanitary. But, lucky for astronauts, the students in the Berkeley Intermediate and Middle School’s First LEGO League team, have made it their mission to …

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Sometimes you've got to go out of your comfort zone to learn something new. Luckily, with so many events going on in the Lowcountry this month, it's easy to dive right in and live your life to fullest! 

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The American Girl doll is an object of obsession for many young girls. You may have spent hours chasing the dolls and accessories down to fulfill holiday or birthday wishes or watching your littles play with the dolls for hours on end. But what about seeing the show live? It’s a whole new wa…

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Before Dana Matheson became mom to Alex, 9, Ryan, 8, and Jane, 5, she was a teacher working with children with autism. And it's this patience and passion for being a good role model to her children that makes her our February Mom of the Month. She's an introvert by nature who spends any down…

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In recent years, Charleston has become an excellent destination for live music, and February is a great example. This month is loaded with ample opportunities to feel the beat. Here are a few of our favorites. 

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When it comes to the education of her daughter, Kerry Litten often finds herself lobbying on two fronts: to ensure Callie is in the best possible academic environment, and also to challenge her to do all she’s capable of. It’s a balance that many parents of children with special needs can un…

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