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Compassion-Powered Parenting

There I was, standing in the laundry room with my back against the door stuffing cookies in my mouth. Yes, I was hiding from my toddler. Eating a cookie in front of an almost three-year-old without offering him one is…

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Letting Go of Flawless!

While everyone’s holiday traditions differ, the high expectations and level of activity surrounding all holidays and special events can be very stressful, especially if you have a child with a disability or even mild sensory issues. Too often, we set…

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Early Education Give and Take!

As a parent, it’s impossible not to worry about my son. Is he learning age-appropriate skills and meeting developmental milestones? Will he have my height – or lack thereof? Will his ear tubes ever fall out?! He’s four years old,…

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Weekends on a Budget

Working full-time and being a mom is hectic, to say the least. It leaves very little time to bond as a family during the workweek. If one of the kids has an extracurricular activity, I’m usually the one showing up…

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Richmond’s Fab Five Hikes

I can proudly say I’ve been a Virginian for, let’s just say, a very long time. Yet, it wasn’t until the pandemic began that I started to explore much more of the Commonwealth.  Of course, I’d been to Richmond before…

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Open Heart and Open Home!

My family’s caregiving journey for an older adult began some thirty years ago when my father died unexpectedly. In her sixties, my mom was thrust into a dynamic situation of caring for a home, cars, and a yard, and it…

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Celebrating the Holidays with Kids

If you’re anything like me, you’ve barely managed to put your Halloween decorations back in the attic (or perhaps they are still on the porch – shhh, I won’t tell anyone), and you are already feeling the pressures associated with…

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5 Ways to Support Young Athletes

Watching your child’s athletic aspirations evolve from a distant dream to an attainable reality is a goal many parents have for their young athlete. The intensity of sports at the middle and high school level has increased exponentially over the…

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10 Things to Know About State Parks

Over the years, our family has visited every single Virginia State Park (that’s forty parks!) and stayed in a wide variety of cabins, ranging from one-room log cabins built in the 1930s by the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) to six-bedroom…

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