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Verna Kale, a former resident of Midlothian, is a writer, editor, and mother of two young children, one of whom meets some, but not enough, of the clinical criteria for a PANDAS diagnosis. Verna very recently moved to State College, Pennsylvania, with her family. She has also written several Real Mom articles for RFM.

When Parents Don’t Give Up

At age seven, Madeline Frazier of Chesterfield was an active, sociable kid who made good grades and excelled in gymnastics. Her mother, Laura Frazier, describes her as “very independent – the kid you drop off anywhere and you’re like, ‘See…

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8 Parenting Tips – Busted!

I used to be a parenting expert. Then I had children. Back when I knew everything, I swore that my children would never touch anything containing Yellow No. 5 or high-fructose corn syrup. They would never slurp their fruit directly…

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Family Saturday

We used to dread Saturdays. Somehow this day of rest and relaxation had become the most stressful day of the week. When the weekend rolled around my husband and I – both college professors – tried in vain to squeeze…

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