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Melissa Face
Melissa Face is the author of “I Love You More Than Coffee,” an essay collection for parents who love coffee a lot and their kids ... a little more. She lives in Prince George with her husband and two children and teaches at the Appomattox Regional Governor’s School. Read more at MelissaFace.com.

    The Thing About Grades

    At the start of the summer, my 8-year-old came to me with a concern. “When do I get my report card?” he asked. “I’m not sure, Buddy. Sometimes the school mails the final report card in June.” “Aww, man! I…

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    Big Kids DO Cry … and That’s Okay!

    Last spring, my son played coach-pitch baseball for our county’s recreational team. The boys, mostly 8- and 9-year-olds, were hard workers and frequent criers. Some burst into tears after a strikeout or when the opposing team scored a run. Others…

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    Healthy New Year!

    Before takeoff, flight attendants remind passengers that oxygen masks will appear before them in the event of decompression. They tell us if we are traveling with a child or someone who requires assistance, we should secure our oxygen masks first…

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    Be a Better Homework Helper

    Few words conjure up as many feelings of dread and doom as the word homework does for school-aged children. Many view homework as a daunting task that keeps them from playing outside, hanging out with friends, or watching Netflix. Tales…

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