MedStar Franklin Square is closing their pediatric emergency room, why we should stop technoshaming, international nanny training happens in Baltimore next week, and more. Check out this week’s round up of news and fun links, curated with Baltimore moms in mind.

In Case You Missed It - April 13 - (cool) progeny

In Case You Missed It: April 13

MedStar Franklin Square announced last week that they are closing their pediatric emergency room and eliminating inpatient care for children under age 16 other than babies just born in the hospital. Now children will be seen in the adult emergency room. Any child with a condition that requires an overnight stay will be taken to another hospital. 

Looking for a fun day date idea or something to do with older kids? Take a Kayak Tour at the Inner Harbor! The Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore and Baltimore City Recreation & Parks are bringing Kayak Tours back to the Inner Harbor starting this weekend. Participants will experience unparalleled views of the City’s skyline, historic ships and restoration projects including Mr. and Professor Trash Wheel and the floating wetlands, as they explore Baltimore’s beautiful Inner Harbor from a different perspective.

If you’re a parent of a tween or teen, you probably have read Jean M. Twenge’s article “Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?The Washington Post ran an OpEd by Devorah Heitner, founder of Raising Digital Natives, that examines the issue. The truth? We don’t know. Devorah suggests that thoughtful curiosity and healthy skepticism are much better ingredients for raising savvy digital citizens — and skip the technoshaming.

Dorothy I. Height Elementary in Reservoir Hill opened last week. The school is one of the new 21st Century Schools, created by a coalition of state and city agencies as part of an ambitious, $1 billion plan to renovate, replace and combine at least 23 of the most run-down and under-enrolled schools in Baltimore—all by the spring of 2022. 

On Saturday, April 21, Professional Nannies of Baltimore is hosting an International Nanny Training. Training sessions include everything from gardening with children to positive discipline. All nannies, as well as all child care providers from sister industries, of all experience levels and backgrounds are invited to join them for a day of expertly lead workshops. Regular prices have been extended through April 15. 

Do you know about Storytime Club at The Children’s Bookstore in Roland Park? Stop in to purchase a punch card for $20.00. The card does not expire, and it is all you need for 4 visits to Storytime Club. Sign up anytime the store is open. (Monday-Saturday from 10A-5:30P) Attend Storytime Club to redeem your benefits! Each week the club features a different theme or author. Every week, select a board book or early reader to take home and build a personal library for your toddler!

Val Smalkin, the creator and entertainer behind Silly Goose and Val, recently worked with children from Maryland School for the Blind to compose original music through songwriting workshops. “This is about six blind teens who bravely revealed their hearts in song, and by doing so gained the interest and contributions of award-winning musicians, writers, composers, engineers, and choruses across the nation,” said Smalkin in the Journal of The Children’s Music Network.

Fun fact: your DNA might be able to identify your ideal wine (really, there might be a reason you love a good Pinot and can’t stand Chardonnay). Vinome, based in Healdsburg, Calif., is one of a handful of startups applying DNA analysis to discover what you’ll like and dislike in food and drink.

On April 18th, starting at 6pm, Bird in Hand will be hosting “Eating From the Foodshed,” a free-and-open-to-the-public roundtable about community-supported agriculture at Bird in Hand. Local experts Tamara Todd (Wild Peace Farm), Jess Schreibstein (Baltimore health & fitness blogger, creator of Mild Woman) and Briana White (Woodberry Kitchen) will discuss CSAs, local sourcing and local eating. The event is BYOB, snacks (spinach three ways!) will be provided and cookbooks will be curated by The Ivy Bookshop.