Posts Tagged ‘children’

Let the family vacation begin! 

We’re off to the beach and to celebrate one of the greatest days of the year— July  4th! 🎉🇺🇸🎉   


Rise ‘n’ Shine America!

Hope you all had a wonderful and safe 4th! See you back on the air Tuesday on News4 Today if I can manage to get out of these incredibly stylish and comfortable #July4thJammies! (and yes my husband is a saint)

Adora hides eyes, thinks she’s invisible

I remember reading a while back about how University of Cambridge researchers found that children believe they become invisible if other people can’t see their eyes. The study showed toddlers also thought adults can’t be seen if their eyes are hidden – even if their bodies are visible. This is perhaps why that game of “peek a boo” is so fascinating for your baby early on.
Well, Adora is 2 now and I just think what we witnessed below is hilarious. Many parents can probably share a similar experience. Here she is playing hide ‘n’ seek with her cousin in the wide open. She really believes no one can see her. Love it!

For the children

I was honored to emcee the Red Heart and Soul Gala for the fifth year in a row. It’s such a wonderful event benefiting Devotion to Children. This is a group that provides crucial resources to single parents in our area who are struggling to raise their children on their own. It’s really magical what they do and the lives they change. Special thanks to founder Rosemary Tran Lauer who has used her personal story to inspire the mission of DTC. Photos by Joey Smiles

Healthy teeth tips and spots to avoid

Dr. Alex Naini stopped by News4 to talk about the importance of brushing, flossing and avoiding cavity causing culprits! Dr. Alex says if you can’t brush after a meal.. chew gum. She also suggest parents buy water with fluoride for the kids. It’s often hidden at the store.. but she says it’s there. Check out more great tips to keep the mouths happy in our interview below. You can follow Dr. Alex on twitter too.

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We remember

Thinking of all the victims, their families, their friends, their children on this 10th Anniversary of 9/11.  I don’t normally let my baby watch TV. But that’s not the case today.

For Live Anniversary coverage visit NBC Washington

New kids book encourages “diet”

Been wanting to write about this. Check out this new book that Barnes & Noble recommends for kiddos 6-12. It’s called Maggie Goes on  Diet and shows an overweight girl holding a small dress and looking into a mirror. Her reflection is a skinny Maggie.

The story of the 14-year-old takes her from being overweight to exercising and eating right to losing weight and becoming a soccer star at school. Good habits start early so I can see why a story like this could inspire someone to try to lead a healthier life. Critics says it sends the wrong message with the picture of Maggie holding the small dress. They say it puts more emphasis on being “skinny” rather than “healthy.”

600 Backpacks up for grabs Sunday

From our viewers in West Virginia… they’re already thinking back to school, and giving back.

This Sunday, August 14th Hedgesville Church will give away 600 backpacks filled with school supplies.
All you have to do is bring your child by.. they must be with a parent. Live music, free food, free haircuts for the kids and moon bounce will be on hand. Four new bikes will be given out too.

Registration starts at 3pm at Hedgesville Church.
That’s at 6867 Hedgesville Road in West Virginia.

More on the WUSA9 Morning Show Below

For the children

Angie reports on DTC’s Gala on WUSA9 Below

There’s an event I’ve had the honor of attending for the last three years. It’s put on by one incredible woman, Rosemary Tran Lauer. She was an immigrant from Vietnam, a mother of 5 who struggled to succeed but was determined. Once she got on her feet, her experience and story inspired her to help other families in need.

Rosemary created Devotion to Children. The group provides everything from healthcare, daycare, childcare and educational services to families with young who cannot afford it.  DTC has helped hundreds of families across Virginia thanks to successful fundraisers and nights like last night. The Red Heart and Soul Gala is in it’s 8th year and it was an honor to serve again as the emcee.  Together, DTC hopes to raise $200,000 in 2011 to help more families. We hope that you will join in the pledge to break the poverty cycle that exists amongst so many local families.

Some of DTC’s Biggest Supporters: The Hogettes

 The awesome Devotion to Children Board

Half of moms text/read in car with kids

It’s an eye opening report.. can we get this busy Virginia mom to pledge to put the phone down when in the car with her children? Do you think this behavior teaches children bad habits? We’d love your thoughts on this story here at

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