RVA Parenting

  United Way works to support middle school engagement

The guide aims to assess SOL scores, attack chronic absenteeism or suspension and observe patterns of improvement or concern.

  Pregnancy program empowers women to face childbirth with confidence

A Bon Secours St. Francis certified nurse midwife and a soon-to-be mother of three share insights and benefits about a unique program that engages a community of pregnant women who have similar due dates.

Smile! Early visits to the dentist are important for children’s teeth

A new survey found that early visits to the dentist were not “standard” practice in most families with young children.

Finding a 'sense of community’: Co-housing unit coming to Richmond

Co-housing means families buy smaller individual units and share a larger common space within the building with their neighbors.

Facebook group with thousands of moms mobilizes to help furloughed families

The group recently organized together to put together a truckload of supplies to TSA workers who are working without getting a paycheck.

4-year-old heart disease survivor spends birthday at Target

Finn’s heart is the center of this story. He was born with a severe heart disease- not expected to live past birth.

Mother creates frowny face dolls to help kids express emotions

With a needle and thread, a pile of socks and a smile on her face, Rebecca Floyd patiently hand sews dolls.

Developmental testing for ADHD: When is it needed & what are the treatments?

As a pediatrician and clinical social worker, Dr. Valmores and Mrs. Graves share some basic information for parents about ADHD and when to have a talk with your pediatrician or care provider about screening your child for ADHD.

New business gives new meaning to work-family balance

Any parent knows the “balancing” act of coordinating work, kids, activities, meals, and life is more of a dodgeball game.

Preparing for the fourth trimester with a new baby is an important part of pregnancy

A Bon Secours St. Francis certified nurse midwife, a Bon Secours certified pelvic floor therapist and a new mom share insights and advice about how to prepare for the first 12 weeks following the birth of a baby, a period known as the fourth trimester.

Parents, make sure you plan ahead before giving kids tech gifts

Technology is an easy option for kids at Christmas - it’s fun, it doesn’t take up a ton of space and it can keep them busy. But there are a few things to keep in mind, if you go this route.

Apps to keep your kids busy while traveling

Whether it’s packing the car, or cramming a suitcase, holiday travel is always a heavy “load.” Add kids to the mix, and there’s SO MUCH STUFF.

Santa roundup: Where to see the Jolly Old Elf in Central Virginia

He’s a tough guy to track down this time of year. Santa is busy and so are you, trying to get everything done for Christmas.

Apps that keep your kids learning

It’s easy to do when your kids or grandkids are acting up: you grab your phone.

Popular 2018 toy items from Cool Moms Network

Kristen Chase from the Cool Moms Network has some tips for Black Friday shopping for some of this year’s most popular toys and gift for kids.

Type 2 diabetes on the rise in children

The symptoms of Type 2 diabetes are not always easy to spot.

Dept. of Education offers new resources for parents of children with disabilities

The Department of Education is launching several new tools for parents of children with disabilities, including a web-based guide and training sessions.

Hidden in Plain Sight: Can you spot drugs and alcohol in your teen’s room?

Could you walk through your kid’s room and find warning signs of substance abuse? A recent event put some Hanover parents to the test.

Getting back in the game after a sports injury

Tuckahoe Orthopedics embraces a team approach to the treatment plan for every patient, resulting in better outcomes for the athlete’s return to peak performance.

Polio-like illness: How local hospitals are preparing and what you can do

Local update for parents on watching for and responding to Acute Flaccid Myelitis, a rare polio-like illness.

A free program can help teach your kids financial responsibility

Banzai teaches kids financial literacy in an age-appropriate way.

  RVA Parenting: Making costumes and making the most of them before Halloween

Make great costumes - and get extra use out of them! Events around town to dress up for ahead of Halloween in this week's RVA Parenting.

Running program aims to curb obesity, teach children healthy habits

Healthy Kids Running Program exists across the country, but this branch is in Mechanicsville.

Virginia Scout becomes the top popcorn seller in the U.S.

From pitching tents to rock climbing, it’s all about learning leadership, life skills and becoming a better person. For Beck Garnett, it’s about making sure other kids get that chance as well.

Job of a lifetime: Toy testing at a pre-school

Christmas is less than three months away, and if you’re a parent, there’s a good chance you’re already making a list, and checking prices twice.

Report card on children’s physical activity to be released

This will be the third comprehensive assessment of physical activity in U.S. children and youth, updating the first report card released in 2014 and the second released in 2016.

The impact of digital dollars on our kids

From debit cards to digital pay apps, the latest generation of kids are growing up using less and less cold-hard cash.

Innovative sensory cart serves exceptional children at Bon Secours

Taking a child to the hospital emergency room is a very stressful event for everyone involved.

Preparing your family for a weather emergency takes time

With Florence set to make landfall, most parents would say they know planning for a weather emergency is important - but what’s more difficult, is finding the time to do it.

Talking to babies makes them smarter, study says

The toddlers whose parents had more back-and-forth conversations with them scored higher on IQ and vocabulary tests.

‘Summer mode’: No relief from the heat as school, fall sports resume

Whatever has your kids playing outside - soccer, football, cross country - probably has them hot and sweaty too.

  Sarah Bloom graces the cover of Richmond Family Magazine

The "media queen mom" returned to NBC12's morning show this week after welcoming her third child into her family earlier this summer.

Tips: Making the transition back to school easier for your family

The summer has flown by, and the back-to-school supply lists are out. But is your family back on schedule?

‘Lots of change’: Making the switch to middle school

As your kids head to middle school, some advice from a mother who has been there herself can help make the transition easier.

‘4th trimester’: Report offers new guidance on post-partum care

While everyone is ooooing and awwwwwing over the new member of the family, doctors are reminding us to stop, and look after mom.

Humiliated mom shares story to get rid of stigmas surrounding breastfeeding

A Virginia mother is anonymously sharing a story of humiliation while breastfeeding, hoping to end the stigmas surrounding it.

‘Peppa Pig’s Surprise’ coming to Richmond this fall

Calling all parents who have kids who are fans of Peppa Pig! "Peppa Pig's Surprise" tour has been extended and now includes Richmond's Altria Theater.

Tips on how to expand healthy eating habits for kids

If your kids are getting tired of pizza or mac-n-cheese, or maybe you're just ready for a healthy change - we are on your side - talking to the experts about some ways to get your kids to eat new and healthier food.?

A few tips to fight summer boredom

School's out for the summer and as the kids settle into that summer schedule, you may find yourself wondering: Now what?

Fun, family-friendly events to celebrate Independence Day

Independence Day falls in the middle of next week, so there's a good chance that many of you have the day off but you'll probably be in town.

Having a will helps protect families, children

Simple steps can ease the financial and legal headaches that come on top of the grief of losing a parent.