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September 2017

Features

Down to Business in the City!

Maggie Lena Walker – daughter of a freed slave and an Irish American newspaperman and the first woman to open and operate a successful bank in the United States – would be proud to behold her old neighborhood, Jackson Ward, and the area surrounding it. Maggie, who died in 1939,…

It’s Show Time! Live Theatre for Kids

From local high school productions of Shrek, Footloose, and Little Shop of Horrors to Broadway shows like School of Rock, Aladdin, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in New York City, my husband, two children, and I have delighted in live theatre many times over the years. We started cautiously…

Whole New World! Explore Pandora at Disney World

If someone told me my family would be riding a banshee through the air over the mystical world of Pandora on vacation, I would have questioned the person’s sanity. But a few months ago, that’s just what we did, thanks to the amazing Disney imagineers who created Pandora – The…


Columns

What – Me, Worry?

My youngest daughter, who is sixteen, would make art all day if I left her alone, but is not in love with reading. Unfortunately, like her mom, she suffers from chronic and recurring 2-page narcolepsy – accompanied by a tendency to fall asleep with a book on her face. She…

When a Child Dies by Suicide

Our state ranks forty-seventh for treatment of childhood major depression – the leading risk factor for suicide. That means seven out of ten Virginia kids most at risk for suicide don’t get the help they need. My family lived that statistic. My son died from it. After years of struggle…

Dads and Passing Time

Not too long ago, I joined a small group of dads for some post-bedtime drinks at a local pub. We chatted about podcasts. We chatted about sportsball. And after a couple of drinks, the conversation shifted to talk about our kids. As a father of daughters who are now ten…

Wow! It’s September, Readers!

Or as I like to say, “Hooray! It’s September, and I survived another summer without bankrupting my company or misplacing a child (mine or someone else’s)!” They say it takes a village. I had never really thought I had a village, but looking back on the summer of 2017, I…


Departments

Totally Tubular Lesson on Density

We all know things have different weights. Science gets even more interesting when there are two things that are exactly the same size and take up the exact amount of room, and yet, one seems to weigh more than the other. That’s because they have different amounts of matter in…

What is Kinship Care?

When John and Ann were in a serious automobile accident, they needed care for their children. Arrangements were made for the kids to stay with relatives in Virginia until their parents could recover. The caregiving relatives needed legal authority to make medical and school decisions for the children. That was…

Have a Favorite Child?

As my children get older, I can feel myself starting to favor one of my kids over the other. Is this normal? Parents can feel more ease with one child and more strain with another. Research shows that each parent and child have an original relationship, even compared with others in…

Sacred Heart Center’s Mission

In 2004, Ana Torres arrived in the United States. Twelve years later, she signed up for ESOL classes (English for speakers of other languages) and enrolled her 3-year-old daughter Allison in the school-readiness program at Sacred Heart Center. The classes helped Ana become more confident speaking English in everyday life.…

Eating Gluten-Free

As you walk down the aisles in a grocery store (and Richmond has plenty of those!), gluten-free signs and labels are everywhere. Many restaurants are offering gluten-free dishes. Your friends tell you they feel great on a gluten-free diet. But will you? Should you be eating gluten-free, too? How about…

Back-to-School Meals

Meatball Sliders Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Have a lined baking sheet ready. In a large bowl, mix 2 pounds of ground beef (or ground turkey) with 2 eggs, ¾ cup panko breadcrumbs, ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese, 1 teaspoon minced garlic, 1 teaspoon each of oregano and salt, and…

Helping Your Anxious Child

Dealing with an anxious child can be heart-wrenching. We are living in complicated times, and children are challenged with mature social, emotional, and developmental issues earlier and earlier. Whether it’s in response to a school lock-down drill to practice emergency preparedness, bullying in a peer group, or the death of…

Richmond’s History Maker

In 1899, the Independent Order of St. Luke was teetering toward bankruptcy. A benevolent society that provided burial insurance for members of Richmond’s African American community, the organization had just a thousand members and a little over thirty dollars in its coffers. When its president resigned, only one person stepped up…

Should We Recycle?

What’s the big deal? Does recycling really make a difference? I heard it all goes to a landfill, anyway. Do they really recycle what is collected? What does MRF mean?  Does any of this sound familiar? Every year, families in Central Virginia generate more than 900,000 tons of waste to…

Can Your Vote Support Resilient Kids?

On November 7, Virginians will head to the polls to elect a new governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, and all one hundred members of the Virginia House of Delegates. Between now and then, Family Advocate will examine a number of challenges facing Virginia’s children that voters can use to evaluate…


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