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When my firstborn, Sam, was a month old, my parents came to Richmond to meet their new granddaughter. My baby girl gazed upon her grandma who had just driven eight hours to hold her and let out a scream, the…

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Family-focused Mental Health Practice Opens in RVA

Partners in Parenting is a newly opened family-focused mental health practice providing evaluations, interventions, outpatient therapy, parent groups, and consultations in and around Richmond. Using an innovative model of service delivery, Partners in Parenting provides both evidence-based clinical services for…

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Mirror, Mirror On The Wall

When my children were babies, I loved buying adorable outfits. I’d dress each one up for the pediatrician’s visit, and off we’d go to see how things were going with growth and development. I always left those check-ups with great…

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The New Mayberry

Stepping out my front door on a sunny afternoon sometimes feels like I’m stepping into Mayberry. Children are riding their bikes back and forth, parking them lawn-side (okay, throwing them down on the grass), and running around with their neighborhood…

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Binkies and Baby Teeth

Because I’m a mother and an orthodontist, other parents frequently ask me about pacifier use.  Should I give my child a pacifier? When should I stop my child’s pacifier use? Do you have suggestions for weaning my child off the pacifier?  Known…

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Slow Down Summer

  There’s a name for what a lot of us are doing. It’s hyper-parenting. Don’t give me that look, I didn’t come up with it. Hyper-parenting is a term coined by psychiatrist Alvin Rosenfeld in his book, The Over-Scheduled Child:…

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Kid City!

Once upon a time, I planned to grow up and marry Maui, decades later I fell hard for the East Coast, and now I have a thing for Atlanta. Ready for your newest city crush? Do your pre-trip exploration with…

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Who’s Mad for Mangoes?

Jerk Chicken with Mango Salsa Prep time: 20 minutes   Cook time: 40 minutes For the salsa, combine: 2 mangoes, peeled and chopped; 2 tablespoons red onion, finely chopped; 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro; ½  teaspoon oregano; ½ tablespoon chopped…

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Play Al Fresco!

I often wish I could write a prescription that reads: Go outside and play! Take as directed, and undirected is even better. If daily outdoor play were a medicine, it would taste like bubble gum and be so good the kids…

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