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Raising Grateful Kids

Every parent has imagined it. Her meticulously groomed and beautifully clad offspring gratefully accepting holiday gifts amidst glowing decorations, offering an unprompted and heart-felt thank you to swooning grandparents or friends while she stands nearby, nearly collapsing from pride. Reality…

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Protect the Family

Last year’s outbreak of the H1N1 flu virus resulted in the first flu pandemic in over 40 years. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 33 flu-related deaths a day occurred from the spread of this…

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Breastfeeding Benefits

  One of the earliest decisions as a new parent will be what to feed your newborn. Will your baby be breast- or bottle-fed? Both the Office of the Surgeon General and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend exclusive breastfeeding…

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Tick Check

Richmond families can count on summertime for fun on the James, watermelon in Cary town, tomatoes from Hanover, and the three Hs in our forecast: hazy, hot, and humid. This year, summertime is also bringing us an abundance of ticks.…

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Dog Days

There are 4.7 million dog bites annually in the United States, and the majority of the victims are children. Education is the key to reducing the number of dog bites. Just as parents model behaviors for socializing with people, we…

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Eye Safety

As energy levels soar during the summer months, our children engage life with vigor. As parents, we are ready for them to fly. Whenever possible, I like to advise some level of caution where the eyes are concerned, yet strike…

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Picture Perfect

No mother can resist pictures of the gang. And the best part? The stories you’ll tell her of how everyone worked and played together so nicely in honor of her special day.   What you need: Cardboard or cardstock Construction…

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Tube Talk

Ear pressure or pain, fluid in the ears, hearing your voice loud in one ear – any of this sound familiar? Most of these symptoms are related to the function of a small opening in our middle ears called the…

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Kids & Colds

The clock is blinking 2:00 a.m. as you drag yourself out of bed. Baby has a cold, and if baby doesn’t sleep, nobody sleeps. As you stumble to the crib, you have that sense of parental helplessness, wondering if there is…

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Still Smoking?

According to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control, the adverse health effects of smoking account for an estimated 443,000 deaths, or nearly one of every five deaths annually in the United States. The report went on to…

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