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Helping Hands

Helping Hands Inc. in Stafford has helped children develop the skills they need to get the most out of life for the past 15...

Grass Roots Lawn and Landscaping

A family-owned business, Grass Roots Lawn and Landscaping serves residential and commercial properties in Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Stafford and Ladysmith. The company has received numerous...

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...

What Triggers Your Impulse Buying? 

  It’s been more than seven years since I’ve shopped at Target. I know this is shocking to read, but I had a shopping addiction....

Pretty Panzanella Salad

I have always loved all things salad, but one type I avoided for the longest time was a panzanella, which is a rustic Italian...

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Ages & Stages

Positive Peer Pressure: How Friends Can Boost Happiness

  We often hear about the many negative aspects of peer pressure and worry that our children’s friends could push them down a path of...

Getting Your Teens to Talk: Tips For Parents 

Every parent of teens knows how difficult it is to get them to talk. If they’re not in the mood and asked how their...

Home-grown Gardening Fun

Get down and dirty planing flowers or food as a family   Heading outdoors, especially in the age of COVID-19, is the perfect way for families...

Tips for Organizing the Playroom

Over the years, I have tried dozens of organizing strategies for the playroom. Who doesn’t love clean lines, order and almost no clutter? But...

Fredericksburg Christian School: Educating Christian Leaders for Life

Since it was founded in 1979, Fredericksburg Christian School has been a destination for families who want an educational experience for their children that...

Ask the Expert: Compass Counseling Services

  Board-Certified Behavior Analysts help children learn important communication and life skills.   About 1 in 54 children in the U.S. have autism spectrum disorder, according to...

Ask the Expert: Allergy Partners

Trusted Advice for All Kinds of Allergy Questions   Irina Dawson, MD, joined the team at Allergy Partners of Fredericksburg in October 2020, after completing her...

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 MOM: Afraid My Baby Will Grow Up Like Me

AFRAID MY BABY WILL GROW UP LIKE ME by Mary Follin and Kristi Crosson THE PROBLEM: My childhood was the kind you want to forget. (Abuse,...

ASK MOM: Son Turning into Hypochondriac

Son Turning into Hypochondriac by Mary Follin and Kristi Crosson THE PROBLEM: Ever since the pandemic started, my 11-year old son ‘catches’ everything he reads about....

ASK MOM: Am I Raising a Narcissist?

              Am I Raising a Narcissist? by Mary Follin and Kristi Crosson THE PROBLEM: I have recently learned that one of my friends is a narcissist (as...

Love, Life & Little Ones

How Can I Protect My Autistic Son from Bullying?

Dear Ms. Lydia, I am the father of three children, ages 5, 7 and 9. My 9-year-old son has been diagnosed with autism at a...

Ms. Lydia, My Child has a Speech Delay

Dear Ms. Lydia, I am a first-time mom, and I am worried about my son’s speech development. He is 2 ½ years old and has...

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...

Helping Our Kids with Anxiety

I love my memory feed. I revisited something I posted on social media from a couple of years back. It allowed me to remember...

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...