Great Gifts for Teachers (When You Don’t Have Time to be Crafty)

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I love making crafts and think they make lovely presents and gifts… but truth be told, there’s plenty of crafty things to make during the holidays and I usually realize I need to get gifts for the teachers the Wednesday before school is out for the winter break. Consider this your reminder (and mine) that […]


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 […]

How to Handle a “Poor” Report Card

How to Handle a “Poor” Report Card | Richmondmom

By Steve Green, Executive Director Sylvan Learning of Richmond It’s that time of the school year again – report card time.  While many students will come home with good grades, others would rather stuff their report cards deep into their backpacks than show them to their parents.  As parents, you want your child to do […]

Your Future Scientist Won’t Have To Wait to Start Changing the World

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Maybe you dream of your child becoming a scientist who will one day make a difference in the world. Here in the heart of Virginia, science and technology students at Longwood University don’t have to wait for graduation to make an impact. Across varied subjects and disciplines at this public university of about 5,000, students […]

Busch Gardens’ Howl-O-Scream® Returns with New Haunts and Louder Screams.


When the sun sets beginning September 12, Busch Gardens becomes a pretty frightening place. Prepare to scream this fall when the infamous Howl-O-Scream® returns with some all new thrills for 2014. Cursed music will be playing throughout the park stirring up some strange happenings. Be careful as you try to unravel the secrets in Wendigo Woods™… […]

How to Talk to Your Child About Their School Day and Get More than “Fine”

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  By Dr. Elizabeth M. Vantre   You learned through a parent volunteer that not only did your child’s class get a visit from the ice cream truck for good behavior, but your child got the only A+ on the science test.  Why is it then when your child gets off the bus, you excitedly […]

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 […]

Promposal: Yay or Nay?


Have you heard about the phenomenon of “promposal”? Until recently, I had never heard about this. Granted, my kids are still in the under-6 crowd so prom is wayyyyy not in our scope of interest right now. But I try to stay on top of current events. It never hurts to start thinking ahead, right? […]

Homeschooling FAQS: Your Questions Answered

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By Jeanne Faulconer Q. Is homeschooling legal? A. Homeschooling is legal in all 50 states in the U.S., and homeschooling laws are unique in each state. VaHomeschoolers explains Virginia’s legal requirements for homeschooling. Q. Are there families like ours homeschooling? Sure, homeschooling is not for everyone, but it is for anyone. There are all kinds […]

Water Country USA Colossal Pool Party Giveaway

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It’s the pool party to top all pool parties: Water Country USA is hosting a Colossal Pool Party this summer and your school can win it! Here are the details:   High school students in grades nine through 12 are invited to join with their schools’ administration to enter the Water Country USA Colossal Pool Party […]