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Linnea Anderson

Host, The First Five Years

Linnea Anderson
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Linnea Anderson is tenured and talented broadcaster and voice over artist with deep roots in Central Maryland.  For years she was co-host of the nightly, Baltimore -based and nationally syndicated Evening Magazine on WJZ-TV.  On this half-hour program, Anderson interviewed the likes of George Carlin, Muhammad Ali and Jack Lemmon as well as Baltimoreans of all stripes providing insight and local flavor to her adopted hometown.  Prior to that she was a news anchor, reporter and producer in multiple markets including Baltimore, Charleston, WV and Louisville, KY.

Beginning in 1992 Anderson spent more than two decades working the other side of the microphone as the Public Relations/Marketing Director for the American Red Cross of the Chesapeake Region.  There she could be found on the front lines of local and national disasters reassuring the community that help was on the way.  Anderson’s voice can still be heard around town as she freelances as a voice over artist on projects that connect to her passions.

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Just under half of the children in the United States have lived through at least one traumatic experience. These experiences have lasting effects on health, social, and economic outcomes in adulthood. But there is hope. Listen to find out how you can help.

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Nightmares can be triggered by a number of things. It’s important to take the time to listen and comfort your child as she experiences this important but sometimes scary milestone.     

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Anxiety is a normal part of life, even for young children. It’s especially common when children are separated from parents for the first time. But for some children the symptoms continue and may get worse. Find out what you need to know to make sure your child’s anxiety isn’t interfering with her development and happiness. 

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Are you ready for kindergarten? It won’t be long until your preschooler is ready to start kindergarten. This can be challenging for both children and parents. Start planning now to help make the transition a smooth one.

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Are you raising a social child? Parents want to help children grow up to feel confident and secure. But the markers of social competency in young children can be hard to spot. But there are signs to look for. Listen now to find out more.

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Reliable child care is just a phone call away. Take the time to make the right choice—the first five years last forever. 

Early childhood development occurs rapidly, so choosing a reliable care provider is critically important. LOCATE: Child Care, a FREE phone referral service of Maryland Family Network, can help you make the right choice.

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Got a picky eater at home? Relax. It's not uncommon for young children to turn down a new food up to 15 times before they even try it. Zero to Three has some ideas that may help around your dinner table.

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Young children are naturally active. So if we give them plenty of room and opportunity to move, they’ll literally jump at the chance. Children who exercise are healthier physically and emotionally. Listen for some ways to get the kids in your life moving towards a lifetime of fitness.   

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Between thunderstorms and threats of tornadoes, this has been a summer full of turbulent weather. Take the time when the sky is clear to make sure your family is ready for whatever Mother Nature sends our way. A little planning now can save lives when disaster strikes.

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Communicate early and often. The future depends on it.  When you find a child care provider who is just right, you know your little one is in a safe nurturing environment. But there is more to it than dropping off in the morning and picking up after work. For the wellbeing of the child, both parents and caregivers owe it to each other to communicate.

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Math helps children develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. The developing brain is not only ready to learn and use language, it is also capable of learning and using math and scientific thinking. It is important to practice and develop these skills early.

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From the day they're born, children communicate in many ways. For example, crying can mean  boredom, hunger or pain depending on the pitch and volume. The national nonprofit Zero to Three has some tips to help parents encourage language development in babies.

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Need a cure for the summertime blues? Try learning something new! Whether you go down to the ocean or stay at home this summer, chances to learn are everywhere. For more on this topic visit www.marylandfamilynetwork.org

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Let’s change the way we talk about fatherhood. 

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When a loved one dies, parents may wonder how or even if to talk about this with children.

When parents talk honestly and in age-appropriate ways, children can make sense of the experience.

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We each have a story to tell. It’s your turn. 

Since the dawn of time, there have been storytellers. But we are just starting to understand how important this tradition is. New research published in The Atlantic suggests that young children who hear lots of detailed family stories grow into well-adjusted adolescents.

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Children and Pets

There’s nothing cuter than young children and animals together. When children help care for a pet it teaches responsibility and boosts self-esteem. But if you’re thinking about adopting a cuddly companion, listen to this first. 

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Finding child care is often difficult. With frequent relocations, deployments, and distance from extended family, it can be especially hard for military families. That’s where Maryland Family Network comes in. LOCATE: Child Care has helped many military personnel find options that are right for them. A LOCATE Referral Specialist works directly with families to help identify quality care and find openings. This lets service members focus on jobs and their families. 

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Learning how to make decisions as children prepares them to make sound choices as adults. Honoring a preschooler’s choice also tells him that you respect him and his abilities. There are some ways to guide children through this process.

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Sibling Rivalries 

Siblings play a very powerful role in our lives. Starting as young children, brothers and sisters shape the way we feel about ourselves, our families and society. But let’s face it, siblings don’t always get along. There’re some things parents can do to help keep the peace at home.

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Did you know that some child care professionals earn less than a fast food server? But a child’s care and education are not drive-through services. Let’s work together to explore ways to raise the salaries of child care professionals in Maryland without raising child care costs or blocking access for working families.

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It starts with proud parents Tweeting pictures from the delivery room to a seemingly endless supply of smart phone apps that claim to be educational. In the first few years of life, children are around computer screens all the time. It’s hard for parents to know how much exposure, if any, is okay for developing brains. Listen now for some tips that will help. 

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Why wait until school? STEM is all around us! Developing STEM skills-- science, technology, engineering and math-- help children do well in all areas of study. Especially when we start early. Teaching STEM skills can be easy, fun and inexpensive.

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If left untreated, a mental health problem can delay a child’s normal development and lead to more severe problems later on. It’s good to know there are others that parents can turn to and trust. Maryland Family Network mental health specialists, work directly with child care providers, children and parents, to identify and solve problems.  Together you can decide if it’s just growing pains or something more.

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Being a grandparent – like being a parent – isn't easy, especially in this digital age where things change so quickly. This week we present 10 tips on how to be a successful grandparent.

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“The building blocks of our children’s success” is often used to refer to the latest trends for children. But it turns out that one of the most significant building blocks a child encounters is exactly that—blocks.

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