TOYS is a Four Letter Word


  Toys.  I don’t even know where to begin.  Seven years ago (i.e. before our daughter was born) we had zero toys.  Zero. Now we have more.  A lot more. If it was up to the toys, the toys would be winning in our house.  Thank goodness I have low tolerance for clutter and sentimentality. […]


Over scheduled

PRISCILLA WRIGHT,M.Ed,LPC,NCC Children require structure and routine to feel safe, build character, and promote responsible behavior. Although the benefits of structure cannot be denied, is there such a thing as too much structure?  Should there be a limit on the number of extracurricular activities a child should participate in? Children should be encouraged to try […]

The Facts about Bedwetting (Nocturnal Enuresis)

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According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), approximately 5 million children in the United States wet their beds. Statistical breakdown of age ranges are: 20% of 5-year-olds, 10% of 7-year-olds, and 5% of 10-year-olds wake up with wet beds. Staying dry at night can be challenging for many reasons, including children’s bodies developing faster […]

Back to School Survival Guide for Students

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By Steve Green, Executive Director Sylvan Learning of Richmond For many students, the first day of school doesn’t only bring new teachers and new friends – it can also be a source of anxiety with homework assignments and tests just around the corner. Starting the school year off on the right foot can help minimize […]

Tax Free Weekend For Clothing and School Supplies

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  It’s official: back to school time is here! Time to save your 5.3%. School supply items with a retail price of $20 or less and clothing and footwear with a retail price of $100 or less can be purchased tax free August 1-3, 2014.  And while 5.3% may not be all that much, it’s […]

Joy Jones Solves a Regular Bathtime Struggle With This Genius Invention

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Prepare yourself. You’re about to have a “Why didn’t I think of that!?” moment. Think about all the times you’ve said, “Please stop splashing/dripping outside the tub,” as kids play with sopping wet toys on that irresistible, yet slim, tub ledge. Joy Jones, a local mom of two came up with a solution: Shelfie.  Shelfie […]

2014 RVA ComedySportz Summer Camps for Fun


ComedySportz is pleased to offer 2014 Youth Summer Camps program – an intensive version of popular classes. Years of teaching and performing make each camp an experience our students never forget. Improv training fosters creativity, teamwork, confidence and poise both on and off the stage. Summer Camps are a great way to learn about improv and […]

Good to Know: The Right Time to Visit an Orthodontist May Surprise You!

Early intervention can help make things easier later.

Inquiring moms want to know…When should I take my kids to the orthodontist? At Gardner and Jones Orthodontics we would love to see kids by their 7th birthday. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontics recommends that all children be receive an orthodontic screening by age 7. “Why so young?”, you may ask. Well, the fact is […]