RVA Parenting

  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.

  Scout sells tens of thousands of dollars worth of popcorn to help others

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.

RVA Parenting: Preschool signups underway in Richmond

The end of school countdown may be on, but Richmond Schools are already gearing up for next year, at least when it comes to preschool.

Technology-free camp for teens looks to expand

Kids and technology is a topic of hot discussion - how much is too much time on a phone or iPad or computer? How do we keep our kids safe on the internet?

Richmond dentists to host free care day

Children in Richmond and surrounding areas will be able to receive dental treatments at no cost on Sunday, May 20 during Sharing Smiles Day.

A mother’s view on the expanded Richmond farmers market scene

Have you ever taken your kids to a farmers market? If you never have, this is the year to do it!

Virginia Tech study: Helmets drastically reduce soccer injuries

You're used to seeing helmets on the gridiron, but new research indicates that there may also be benefits on the soccer field to curb concussions.

Mouth guards can save on dental bills, protect children’s smiles

As the weather warms up spring sports are picking up for lots of children and teens.

Meet the company behind The Diamond’s ‘Nursing Nest’

New and nursing moms are going nuts for the "Nursing Nest" at The Diamond - it's a new nursing and pumping room, that just debuted at the ball park.

The leading cause of death in children may not be what you think

Many parents are surprised to find out that poisoning is the leading cause of accidental deaths in the United States.

Donations needed for ‘comfort cases’ to help foster children

A local organization is looking for donations to help children in foster care and in crisis around Central Virginia.

‘Planning dream’: Expo to help parents find summer camps

With spring break is winding down, it's time for parents to start thinking about summer camp.

Organization develops program to teach teens safe driving skills

An organization developed a program to teach teens good driving habits and skills that will keep them safe behind the wheel.

SPRING BREAK: How can you keep the kids busy?

The first week of April marks Spring Break for many students in Central Virginia.