RVA Parenting

  Autism bill removes age cap for private insurance coverage

The new law will provide coverage for medically necessary care for individuals with autism of all ages under state-regulated, large group plans starting in January 2020.

  Personalized books: A perfect way to reinforce family values

Sarah Bloom gives a first-hand review of personalized books from the company Hooray Heroes.

Play ahead, get ahead: 7 essential life skills children develop by playing

Research clearly shows that play has a positive impact on a child’s academic performance - and the more often children engage in play, the more likely they are to find success both inside and outside the classroom.

  ‘Being a good father is priceless’: Program puts focus on dads’ roles

The Fatherhood Initiative in two areas of Central Virginia helps give dads the tools and support to be successful.

  New XBox game aims to help teens become better drivers

The XBox Game called Driving Essentials XE teaches new drivers some of the rules of the road.

  Chesterfield County works to help parents talk to teens about underage drinking

The app lets you choose an avatar for you and your child. You can then practice conversations before you have them with your real child. (Source: samhsa.gov)

  Easter guide: Where to find the bunny, egg hunts in Central Virginia

From visits with the bunny to Easter on Parade, we’re teaming up with some of the best family friendly event finders in Central Virginia.

  April 11 is kindergarten registration day

In addition to proof of residency documents, a school entrance health form and immunization record are also required before the start of school.

  It’s time to gear up for summer camps

If you’re trying to fill the summer gap with fun camps for your kids, it’s time to get signed up.

Nurture RVA Birth and Baby Fair offers guidance for new parents

The event will be held on Saturday, April 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Science Museum of Virginia, located at 2500 West Broad Street.

  Helping make ends meet: Diaper drive supports Chesterfield, Colonial Heights families

The Chesterfield-Colonial Height’s Family First program holds a diaper drive in March. Last year the group collected more than 18,000 diapers.

  RVA Parenting: Parenting in a world of digital dangers for kids

A social media expert says parents should treat the internet like a playground.

Mystery charges? It could be from a new game kids are playing

Apex Legends has only been out a few weeks, but it’s already blowing Fortnite records out of the water.

  Time change troubles: Tips to help you get more sleep

Friday is World Sleep Day, which is an annual reminder of how important sleep is and how to get more of it.

  What parents should know about the national measles outbreak

159 cases across 10 states have been reported. Luckily, Virginia isn’t one of them right now.

  ‘Basic’ program aims to help children get ‘ready for life’

Simple changes to the way you interact with babies and toddlers could make all the difference in life.

  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.