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Weecycled Wardrobe

By Lenore Kruk-Mullanaphy After frequent trips to a consignment sale in another part of the state, two long-time friends thought it would be ideal to...

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...

Family Favorites: Snead’s Asparagus Farm

Written by Chris Jones Situated in Caroline County, Snead’s Asparagus Farm has a reputation across the region for its spring asparagus, fall pumpkins and Christmas...

How to Pick a Financial Advisor

Before I write about picking a financial advisor, you might be asking yourself what exactly is a financial advisor? Well, a financial advisor is...

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 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...

Pizza for Breakfast

I’m not a morning person. The cliché of a preteen sleeping in all morning and his frustrated early bird parents is reversed in 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...

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,...

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Bringing Baby Home: Top Car Seats for 2021

Bringing baby home is an exciting moment that new parents anticipate for months leading up to the big day. Choosing the right car seat...

7 Things to Remember When Your Child Throws a Temper Tantrum

By Sarah Lyons When your child throws a tantrum, it is easy to get frustrated, overwhelmed, angry and embarrassed especially if the tantrum occurs in...

5 Home Hazards Facing Young Children

Written by Rhiannon Ellis Home. It’s our sanctuary and our safe place. It’s where we start and end each day. Home is where we make...

4 Tips for Tear-Free Check-Ups

Written by Sara Lyons   The average child will have nine well visits in their first two years of life and at least one checkup every...

What to Do When Parenting Styles Clash

Written by Christa Melnyk Hines   We all come to parenthood with a certain set of expectations and assumptions about raising kids. Naturally, we assume our...

Ask the Expert: Learning Enhancement Centers

When a child is struggling in school, it can be hard for parents to know where to turn for solutions. But when parents have...

Ask the Expert: Mary Washington Sleep Medicine

Good Sleep Keeps You Healthy from Head to Toe by Emily Freehling   It’s hard to overestimate the importance of getting enough quality sleep. Good sleep keeps...

Ask the Expert: Fredericksburg Academy Partnership Gives Students a Role in Protecting the Bay

Interviewed by Emily Freehling Learning isn’t a one-way transfer of knowledge from teacher to student. It’s an experience that changes the way a student understands...

Expanded Fitness Options Coming to the Ron Rosner Family YMCA

Written by Emily Freehling Variety is key to sticking with a fitness routine. Having access to different types of workouts on a daily basis, and having...

Ask the Expert: A Mother’s Perspective Doula Services

Interviewed by Emily Freehling   Parents have nine months to prepare for the transformational experience of bringing home a new baby, but those first few weeks...

Snowy Morning Memories

When I was in my 20s I had occasion to visit the village where Silent Night was written. Since I was living in Munich...

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...

Mental Health for our Children

  Disclaimer: I am not a mental health professional. I have done a lot of research for this blog and talked to some experts to...

ASK MOM: Am I Raising a Liar?

AM I RAISING A LIAR? by Mary Follin and Kristi Crosson THE PROBLEM: My daughter (she’s in sixth grade) lies about everything. I can’t tell if...

ASK MOM: My Boys Can’t Stand Each Other

My Boys Can’t Stand Each Other by Mary Follin and Kristi Crosson THE PROBLEM: My two boys are ages 10 and 7, and when my second...

ASK MOM: 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...

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Love Worth Talking About

February 2009 by Elaine Stone Communication is essential to all human relationships. Communication is either healthy or detrimental to individual relationships. Children...

Day Care Do’s and Don’ts – 10 tips to prepare your child

by Gina Roberts-Grey The process of attending or dropping your child off at day care can be an auspicious feat for many families. Wondering if...

Happy New Year – Instilling Self-Control

January 2009 Elaine Stone   New Year. New Hopes. New Dreams. New Resolutions. Resolution # 1,052: Teach Children Self-Control. If...

Special Needs Parents Fight Back

Proposed changes to special education regulations could affect many kids By KJ Mushung Special education advocates are battling over proposed changes to...

Preemie Resources

Online Resources: The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. The organization is committed to preventing premature births,...

Postpartum Depression vs. Baby Blues

BY CABELL SMITH MELSON It is often difficult to differentiate between this set of blues and that, when one is sleep deprived,...

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St. Mary’s Shelter

Founded in 2006, Mary’s Shelter in Fredericksburg has grown from a two-room apartment into a community of six shared homes for up to 18...

AJ Drew’s Parade

AJ (Arthur James Frederick) Drews is afun-loving 2-year-old boy. He was born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome- which means he has no left ventricle in...

Pohanka Honda

One thing that changes when you have children is automobile choices. While sporty, two-door vehicles with just room enough for an overnight bag may...

How Birth Order Affects Kids

Have you ever thought about how your birth order affects your personality and how you interact with others? Birth order can play a huge...

Aquia Landing

Looking for an educational activity during Black History Month? Aquia Landing Park in Stafford County is a beautiful outdoor park that also marks the spot...