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2020 Holiday Giving Guide

By Leigha Pecher Be A Santa to A Senior Visit www.beasantatoasenior.com to find a senior in need this holiday season! You can also find out which...

Dreaming of a Peaceful Holiday: 8 Ways to Achieve Holiday Peace

By Kerrie McLoughlin Remember when you didn’t have to worry about being in three places at once during the holidays? The dilemma of where to...

Healthy Halloween Treats for Home & School

While Halloween tends to equate to an overindulgence in candy and sugar, there are healthier treat alternatives for parents to consider when planning at-home...

50 + Things to Fill Easter Eggs (That Aren’t Candy)

Our family loves an Easter egg hunt. It is always fun to see the kids running through the yard rushing to find the most...

How to Parent Kids with Emotional & Special Needs During COVID-19

By Amy Taylor The COVID-19 pandemic has influenced every aspect of our daily lives for the past few months. Parents and children are spending more...

Virtual School and Homeschool Resources

By: Lauren Malloy We like you have been trying to prepare ourselves for the pending school year as best as we can. The startling...

20 Reasons to Just Do It: Push Past Fear

By: Lauren Malloy  Sometimes the desire we feel to accomplish our goals sub comes to the negative thoughts of defeat in our head. The fear...

2020 Holiday Events List

Compiled  by Leigha Pecher Light Shows Bull Run Festival of Lights. Through Jan. 10.  Enjoy a 2.5-mile drive-through of festive lights! More info HERE. Where:  Centreville,...

Pumpkin Patches & Pumpkin Picking in Fredericksburg (and Beyond!)

Belvedere Farm  When: Sept 13 – Nov 8. Pumpkin picking, bonfires, cornfield maze & much more! You must buy tickets online.  Cashless season at the farm! Where:...

Does Virginia Have a Child Care Crisis?

State lawmakers must provide financial support to keep care open Child Care Is Essential to Our Economy & Working Parents The pandemic has created a crisis...

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Turn Average Dollar Store Items into Holiday Storage Solutions

By Nikki Ducas Do you have a game plan for putting away holiday decorations, or do you scramble to just get them out of sight?...

How To Extinguish Burnout And Be A Better Parent To Teenagers

By Cheryl Maguire Jennifer (name changed for privacy) first noticed feeling burned out when her daughter hit puberty. She said she felt, “emotionally and physically...

Editor’s Note: Mind Like Water

By Chris Jones I recently watched an ESPN+ 30 for 30 documentary on Bruce Lee. If there was ever a man who persevered through challenges...

Too Many Choices for Kids?

By Mary Follin and Kristi Crosson ​ The Problem I’ve always heard how important it is to let children make their own decisions about little things, which...

Why Me? (A Thanksgiving Reminder)

By Dianna Flett "Sometimes I lie awake at night and I ask, “Why me?”, then a voice answers “Nothing personal, your name just happened to...

Helping Kids Focus—and Stay Focused—During Remote Learning

Written by Tanni Haas, PH.D. The new school year has begun and many kids either still receive remote instruction from home or take part in...

Virtual Learning Tips

With COVID-19 still looming, it’s wise to make sure area families are prepared in case schools implement a virtual model during the school year....

Ask the Expert: Grymes Memorial School

INTERVIEWED BY EMILY FREEHLING The right learning environment for your child is probably the best investment you can make as a parent. To find it,...

Virginia Quality: Supporting teachers is key to improving kindergarten readiness

INTERVIEWED BY EMILY FREEHLING Virginia is starting the 2020s with a renewed focus on early childhood education. Gov. Ralph Northam has called for $95 million...

Ask the Expert: The Marshall School

Interviewed by Emily Freehling The Marshall School was founded in 2006 by Christina Carson, an educator who saw a need for a school where students...

Finding Hidden Sugars

by Nimali Fernando The American Heart Association recommends that the diet of a 4-year-old should not include more than 3 teaspoons of added sugar per...

Taste the Real Rainbow

by Nimali Fernando, a.k.a. Doctor Yum Encourage kids to eat a rainbow every day! When it comes to food, presentation is everything. You can make...

Toddler snacks

by Nimali Fernando, a.k.a. Doctor Yum Need some snack ideas for your toddlers? Use these tips when feeding snacks to little ones. Stick with whole foods. If...

Keeping Young Teeth Strong & Healthy

by Nimali Fernando, a.k.a. Doctor Yum Want your kids to build healthy teeth that will stay strong for a lifetime? Here are five nutritional tips...

DIY Baby Food

by Nimali Fernando, a.k.a. Doctor Yum Is your baby getting ready to start solid foods? Consider making your own baby food. It's fun, economical, and...

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2020 Holiday Giving Guide

By Leigha Pecher Be A Santa to A Senior Visit www.beasantatoasenior.com to find a senior in need this holiday season! You can also find out which...

Getting Clear in the New Year: Setting Goals During Uncertain Times

By Brandy Centolanza As we enter 2021, many families may be wondering how to set New Year’s goals in light of the pandemic. While this...

Get Out of the Kitchen Faster

By Debra Caffrey   Sitting down to a great family meal is awesome, but preparing it and cleaning up after it can be a drag, am...

How to Savor the Holiday Season at Home

By Katy M. Clark This year the holiday season may look different. Masks and social distancing have put a damper on the usual gatherings at...

How To Extinguish Burnout And Be A Better Parent To Teenagers

By Cheryl Maguire Jennifer (name changed for privacy) first noticed feeling burned out when her daughter hit puberty. She said she felt, “emotionally and physically...

Write a Letter to Santa [DIY Templates]

Hey Parents! 'Tis the season for handwritten letters to Santa! This holiday season, print off one of our letters to Santa and have your child...

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Playing with Pizza Dough!

by Debra Caffrey As much as I love to experiment a lot when I cook, I also appreciate a plain old easy night of preparation,...

Bethany Christian Services

Written by Lenora Kruk-Mullanaphy Bethany Christian Services, an international nonprofit organization that supports vulnerable children and families through social services, was created to help families...

Adoption Awareness Month – Virginia Needs More Adoptive Parents

By Amy Taylor November is Adoption Awareness Month, with National Adoption Day being observed on November 21, 2020. According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation...

How to Shop Smart & Save Time on Amazon

Written by Nikki Ducas If you’re like me, you like a good deal and hate leaving money in the store. The same holds true when...

Stafford Crossing Community Church

Written by Lenora Kruk-Mullanaphy ‘It doesn’t matter who you are, where you’ve been or what you’ve done—you matter to God, and that means you matter...