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January-February 2023

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On the Way to Wellness

In many ways, Gretchen Gregor is a typical teenager. An only child, she lives with her parents, Stacy and Jeff, in their West End home. She loves animals, enjoys a good movie night, and looks forward to frightening the masses at her job in a haunted house every Halloween. But…

Table Talk That Makes Sense!

When I was a girl, my family traveled about thirty minutes after church each Sunday from our small North Carolina town to the closest city for lunch at Long John Silver’s. The fast-food chain was my dad’s favorite and a staple of my childhood. Before the age of twelve, there…

All In On Pickleball – Coolest Game in Town!

During a summer vacation at the Jersey Shore years ago, my then-thirteen-year-old son returned from a day of solo exploration and told us about a game he had learned at the community center, thanks to a bunch of adults his grandparents’ ages: pickleball. He had fun with the new activity…

Columns

The School for Good Mothers

Set in a not-so-distant future and following one woman’s journey through divorce, single parenthood, and self-doubt, Jessamine Chan has crafted a dystopian debut novel that will leave you both spellbound and horrified.  The School for Good Mothers revolves around 39-year-old Frida Lui. The daughter of Chinese immigrants, Frida has never…

See You in Snore Court

Yes, Your Honor, I understand the nature of these charges. And yes, I am aware that these proceedings allow me the right not to incriminate myself.  Most of all, I recognize that anything I say can and will be held against me, and that even the slightest acknowledgment that I…

Accidental Parenting

Years ago, I read somewhere that it wasn’t a good idea to make the television the focal point of a room.  “TVs are nothing more than ugly black boxes the majority of the time,” the article stated. “Why make one the center of attention in your home?”  When we moved…

Happy 2023, One and All!

And just like that, 2022 is in the rearview mirror, and a shiny new year has arrived, filled with possibilities. If I were to look back at all of my past RFM Publisher’s Notes from Januarys gone by, I’ll bet there are more than a few New Year’s resolutions that…

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 not exactly easy. But this was not stress eating or…

Departments

All Skate, Richmond!

The allure of skating – gliding free from gravity – is undeniable. Ice skating is so old that historians are unsure when it was even invented. Some believe it existed as early as 1,000 BC, in Scandinavia, where it would have been a practical way to get around. In Richmond – with…

Travel Safety and Foul Weather

It was one year ago this January that many of us watched the local and national news in disbelief as vehicles of all makes and models were stuck in a backup that stretched from the outskirts of Richmond to Northern Virginia.  Folks stranded on a frozen I-95 spent more than…

Valentine Time for Kids and Families!

Start with craft paint and paper bags, and create fun, colorful valentine cards and decorations. Paint your favorite colors and patterns on a paper bag canvas that can be cut up into hearts, letters, or any shapes you want to create Valentine’s crafts. What you need: • Paper bags •…

Forward Foundation

Three years ago, Erica’s family of three became a family of two. As a newly single mom, providing for and parenting then nine-month-old Eris fell on Erica’s shoulders alone. The challenges of working full time, paying for child care, and being Eris’ whole world were suddenly very real and daunting. That’s…

Kids Have New Phones? Strategies for Families

My twin 12-year-olds received phones for Christmas, and it’s clear that we need to establish some rules. Do you have general guidelines to help keep them from becoming addicted – like their parents and so many people already are? Before looking at some general guidelines, it may be helpful for…

Improving Cancer Therapy Research

Decades ago, all cancer patients were treated with similar drugs. Scientists now understand that cancers which originate in various parts of the body are more affected by certain drugs than others. As we gained a better understanding about the biology of cancer, we developed new therapies that honed in on…

Stay Alert to Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

As the weather turns colder, the Virginia Poison Center sees more kids (and adults) with carbon monoxide poisoning. Sadly, hundreds of Americans die from breathing too much carbon monoxide every year. What is carbon monoxide and why is it so dangerous? Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that’s produced…

4 Healthy Takes on Family Classics

No-Bean Beef Chili 1 pound grass-fed ground beef 1 tablespoon olive or avocado oil 1 large yellow onion, diced 1 red bell pepper, diced 5 cloves fresh garlic, minced 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and diced 1½ cups frozen corn 1 28-ounce can fire-roasted crushed tomatoes 1 14-ounce can fire…

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