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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Food Deserts: The Rest of the RVA Shopping Story

If you live in the far West End or Midlothian, it can be hard to decide which of the many grocery stores to visit....

When Dad Pushes the Cart

I guess I might as well laugh. You’re next in line behind me here in the checkout line. By your clothes, your haircut, and that...

Safe Harbor

Maria was sixty-five when she made the difficult and dangerous decision to leave her abusive husband. After eighteen years of marriage, she fled her...

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