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RFM October 2013 Issue

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We Are Here!

This past month, looking over the shoulder of my youngest as she prepared for a fifty states map quiz, it became clear how far we had journeyed for our vacation in Abingdon, Virginia. Call it every bit of five hours – first west on I-64, then south on I-81 waaaay…

Ergonomic Collapse

Last year, when I was teaching an occupational therapy class about ergonomics, a quick show of hands revealed that most of my students at some point in their academic careers had either studied or used their laptops while sprawled out on their beds or on the floor. Is this a…

Raising Honorable Kids

One night during dinner, a family talk about service took an unforeseeable twist. The discussion went like this: “I want to help others, but I don’t want the teacher to see,” my 6-year-old said. I glanced at my husband, realizing our intended topic had headed in a very different direction.…

Columns

Summer is a distant memory…

Back to school we went, and the shorter, crisp fall days have arrived in Richmond. To wrap up some of the excitement I shared with you from our last few months… yes, as if on cue, my littlest guy’s cast came off the Friday before Labor Day, just in time…

Jan Guarino

This month, we caught up with stage and screen actress, director, wife, and mother, Jan Guarino. If you haven’t been to the theater in Richmond lately (let’s say, in the past forty years) then you might recognize Jan from her long-running stint as a spokesperson for Haynes Furniture. Can you…

An Unexpected Treat

Halloween is the ultimate kids-will-be-kids holiday. It offers no social redemption, except perhaps the remote possibility of teaching your child how to say thank you – like she means it – before she bolts down the steps and across the neighbor’s newly seeded lawn to the next front porch where…

College Bound?

Fall means back-to-school and for many high school juniors and seniors, the anxiety of taking the PSAT and the dreaded SAT. I watched my two sons navigate this minefield before heading off to Wake Forest University. My background as an educator and director of Virginia’s oldest test preparation program made…

Taking the Cake

I am writing this column from the intersection of Competitiveness and Fair Play. It’s kind of lonely here. It’s always been a tricky intersection to find. Sure, the parenting experts all talk about it, and some even claim to offer a map to help you find it, but far too…

Departments

Greater Richmond Fit4Kids

Clementines, cucumbers, mini-carrots, and apples served at after-school activities; kids participating in organized activities during recess; a child riding a stationary bike while reading in class. Lofty goals or reality? “This is the kind of energy we’re trying to bring to Richmond’s kids by increasing physical activity and healthy eating,”…

Temper Tantrums and Rules for Teens

Q. My 3-year-old is having major temper tantrums when he is told “no.” He yells at us, throws things, and sometimes tells us to shut up. We have tried time-out and have threatened to spank him, but haven’t done this yet. We just can’t seem to control his anger. What…

Acupuncture for Kitty?

Acupuncture is an ancient medical therapy that involves the insertion of small, sterile needles into specific points along the body. Now if you are thinking, Sure, my cat will sit still for that considering she hangs off the ceiling just for a vaccine! You are not alone. When I first…

Problem-Solving 101

When I was fourteen years old, our neighbor’s cat started doing something that really got under my dad’s skin. Nightly, the crafty little fellow would sneak up on my dad’s beloved Saab convertible to sharpen his claws on one section of the car cover my dad so diligently used. And…

Insuring Your Teen Driver

According to data from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), teen drivers are the highest risk demographic on the road.Their inexperience means there’s a greater chance that they will be involved in a traffic accident, which means much higher car insurance premiums. So how do you insure your teenage…

Say “Yes” to Yoga

Studies show that practicing yoga can help improve flexibility, strength, posture, breathing, and heart health. It can also help control stress, and perhaps the best news of all is this: Yoga can help put you in a better mood. Fitness regulars always stretch at the end of a workout, but…

The Power of Art

Many artists work with fabric as a means of creative expression. Use your powers of creativity to make a superhero cape and let your imagination soar!         What you need: • Fabric (bed sheet, tablecloth, extra large t-shirt, apron, etc.) • Fabric shears or good-quality scissors • Ribbon…

30-Minute Meals

Name something we all want more of and can’t seem to find, especially when it comes to making a meal for the family. Time – that’s what! There’s planning, prep, and of course, execution. And wouldn’t it be nice to enjoy a few extra minutes at the table enjoying the…

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