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Tidewater Trail Animal Hospital

Dedicated to quality care and a nurturing environment, Drs. Greg and Andi Lindamood brought their dream, Tidewater Trail Animal Hospital, to Fredericksburg in 2004....

Sugar + Spruce

There’s finally a place to find the perfect accompaniments for a luxurious bath or shower. From soaps and bath bombs to masques and scrubs—and...

Stafford Massage & Healing Arts

Sixty-seven percent of individuals in an American Massage Therapy Association survey said their main reason for getting a massage in the last year was...

Simplicity of Life with Less Stuff

  With the holiday season upon us, are you jonesin’ for the newest tech gadget? Are your children making lists of all their wants and...

Unpleasant Cashless Situation Leads to Financial Responsibility

My 12-year-old son recently told me that he couldn’t buy any food at the FredNats game he went to with his youth group. The...

All Experience is Valuable

My son is jonesing to make money but he’s only 12. This got me thinking: where do tweens or even young teenagers find opportunities to gain work experience...

Christmas is Coming. Now Let’s Find Those Deals!

While sitting poolside, thinking of ideas for my next column, my thrifty budget-conscious friend curiously asked if I had a list of hidden-gem deals...

The Coolest Way to Hot Cocoa! 

With the holidays and cold weather approaching, it’s time to stock up on your favorite hot chocolate blends for snow days and Christmas morning...

5 Simple Strategies to Stop Eating Out So Much

  Let’s be honest—the idea of shopping for, preparing, cooking, and cleaning up meals every single night is overwhelming, even for someone like me who...

Easy Mix and Match Tostada Bar!

I’m obsessed with making meals that involve much more DYI spreads rather than traditional plated meals. I find they are consistently the most efficient...

Dealing with Dislikes

Many friends and acquaintances may admire the pretty and healthy spreads and salads I compose for dinner, but after being inspired, it is always...

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Teen Vaping is a Public Health Crisis

Mary Washington Healthcare urges parents to talk to children about the dangers of e-cigarette use   More than two million American high schoolers and middle schoolers...

Outdoor Learning Benefits Students of All Ages

Ask the Expert Fredericksburg Academy Unstructured outdoor play is becoming a rarity in American childhood, with a series of studies finding in recent years that today’s...

Mary Washington Healthcare Provides Breast Cancer Care with a Focus on the Whole Patient

One in eight women in the United States will develop breast cancer over the course of her lifetime, according to the American Cancer Society....

Ask the Expert: A Mother’s Perspective Doula Services

Knowledge can be a valuable antidote to the anxiety many women experience as they move through the physical and emotional changes brought on by...

RACSB: As Schools Return, Parents Should Focus on Rebuilding Resilience

As children in the Fredericksburg region return to in-person school, area mental health counselors who work with children encourage parents to remember that for...

Ask the Expert: Fredericksburg Orthodontics

When we hear the word “orthodontics,” many of us immediately think braces. But an orthodontist can function as a trusted guide and an important...

Ask the Expert: Mary Washington Physical Therapy

Mary Washington Healthcare announces the addition of new physical therapy clinics in the Fredericksburg region that will allow area residents to access this important...

ASK MOM: Helicopter Mom feels sick about it, doesn’t know how to stop

THE PROBLEM: I’m looking for help with the anxiety I have about my children. I have two, ages 5 and 9, and when I...

ASK MOM: Daughter’s rudeness gives mom low self-esteem and embarrasses her

Daughter's rudeness gives mom low self-esteem by Mary Follin and Erika Guerrero THE PROBLEM: Whenever I say anything to my 11-year-old daughter, she either ignores me...

Love, Life & Little Ones

My Son Hates Schools Post-Pandemic

Dear Ms. Lydia, I really need some help…. My 10-year-old son used to love school! He got good grades, had lots of friends, and looked...

My Child is Afraid of Halloween!

I love Halloween! I grew up with my mom making my costumes and our whole neighborhood got into the spirit with their decorations and...

Latest Articles

Autism Awareness

April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day   Did you know…?* Autism affects as many as 1 in 150 children and 1 in...

Bouncing Back -Teens and Stress

by Carol LeMon Houchin, L.P.C., L.M.F.T. This article was originally published in June 2009. Walking down the halls of a Stafford County high school one feels...

Adjusting to Allergies

by Mary Becelia Yep, that Y chromosome sure fulfilled its destiny with a vengeance; my little boy, not even three years old...

Heading-Off Head Lice: Part Two

by Another Anonymous Adult As parents, we owe it to our kids to obtain and implement large amounts of information for...

The Secret Society: Head Lice

A blanketed hush fills the room. Eyes drop towards the floor and bodies clear the pathway. One realizes, that which is held in one's...

The Alphabet Soup Called Special Education

Now that school is back in full swing, you may begin to notice that this year seems harder academically for your child than last...

“Daddy’s Home!”

(Words of Wisdom from two Fredericksburg stay-at-home dads) by Cabell Smith Melson   Would you notice a guy hauling a baby in an infant...

Parents: Stop Childhood Obesity in its Tracks

Nearly two-thirds of Americans are obese, a scary statistic. Unfortunately obesity isn't just affecting adults, children are now getting in on the act. Already...

Time for Last Minute Christmas Stopping

“Mom…what’s that man doing?” “He’s making a pork roll sandwich, hon." “And that lady and man?” “She’s putting the cannoli in the box, and he’s putting NYC...

Daddy’s Gift – A Life Lesson

  The nostalgia will set in this week. It comes every year around Thanksgiving when I’m making my mom’s stuffing, and it will last through...