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Victoria Winterhalter is a mother, teacher, reader, and writer on the education and environment beats for RFM. She has been with RFM since its founding in 2009 and has contributed photos and written numerous articles on education, parenting, and family travel.

    Year-Round School

    With Washington debating how best to create jobs and inject some much needed adrenaline into the lackluster economy, schools and teachers have moved to the center of the discussion. “Efforts to provide a high-quality education to every child are key…

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    Old Bird, New Tricks

    Dad sleeping on the couch. Mom slaving in the kitchen. This was the Thanksgiving of my childhood. So when my mom worked up the nerve to announce that she thought we should go out for dinner, I applauded her. After decades…

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    Happy Birthdays!

    Party planning is in my blood. My mother was a mastermind who could bring any theme to life. Luau. Hoedown. Olympics. When I turned five, she transformed our house into Oz, complete with a yellow brick road. My grandmother even…

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    Supplementing School

    With school funds dwindling during this budget crisis, more parents than ever are looking for ways to enrich their children’s education. Whether it’s making up for the field trips that have been cut or compensating for manipulatives that are no…

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    Fit Kids

    Chubby cheeks. Pudgy legs. Buddha bellies. Parents of newborns often brag about their child’s height and weight percentiles after a visit to their pediatrician. How big and strong he’ll be! But what happens when big numbers on the scale no…

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    No-Fear Parenting

    I was four years old when I was kidnapped. If anyone should be a paranoid parent, it should be me. But living through a traumatic ordeal has made striving for normalcy in my daughter's lives that much more important. I…

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    Kids and Media Culture

    As a girl, my introduction to sex came from Judy Blume’s books. A friend of mine says she remembers sharing an old tattered copy of Forever with all the steamy parts highlighted and earmarked. It felt like the book had…

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