Just Plain Old Fun

No beach. No mega theme park. No TV or electronics. What kind of vacation is that? Just one of the best our family has ever enjoyed. My suggestion to take our grandchildren, Madeline, age fourteen, and Loren, age thirteen, on … Continued

What is Ovarian Cancer?

Each year, ovarian cancer is diagnosed in nearly a quarter of a million women worldwide and is the fifth leading cause of cancer-related death among women. Increasing awareness and recognizing the signs, symptoms, and risk factors of ovarian cancer are … Continued

Children’s Home Society of Virginia

At age nine, Michael was desperate for a new hope. He was living in atrocious conditions – a home littered with garbage, without reliable electricity or heat, and often without enough food to eat. His father severely abused and sexually … Continued

Start-to-Finish

Panko Parmesan Chicken Strips Preheat oven to 400° and line a baking sheet with parchment paper, or use nonstick baking spray. Working on a large cutting board, cut 4 large chicken breasts into long strips, about 5 per breast; sprinkle … Continued

Dear Internet – Help!

Ask parents when to transition a toddler from a crib to a bed, and you’ll hear the same thing again and again: “Keep him in the crib as long as you possibly can.” My son, Gabriel, didn’t climb out of … Continued

Everyday Action Hero

Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud. – Maya Angelou   During prep for my surgery, one of the nurses asked the routine question, “Do you understand the risks and benefits of this procedure?” What can I say? By this … Continued

What Pixar’s “Inside Out” Teaches Parents

  By now, Pixar’s latest animated film, Inside Out, has probably replaced your child’s obsession with Queen Elsa. Okay, that’s a stretch, but adults just loved it, right? Full of creative, but, scientifically accurate information about the workings of the brain, … Continued

The New Mayberry

Stepping out my front door on a sunny afternoon sometimes feels like I’m stepping into Mayberry. Children are riding their bikes back and forth, parking them lawn-side (okay, throwing them down on the grass), and running around with their neighborhood … Continued

Expert Advice

Q: My kids, ages eight and ten, get a weekly allowance. My husband believes this money is theirs to do with what they want. I feel like parents should have the final say on how kids spend their money. Here’s … Continued

Mom and Dad’s Money

Wait, Mom did what with her money?” Questions like this are uttered amongst siblings many times over, and will continue to be asked with the aging demographics of our society. The problem is, too often, adult children find out about … Continued