By Patty Kruszewski, Citizen Managing Editor 04/15/2013 Family Forum
Among some of my parenting peers, I am sure I was considered overly permissive in my child-rearing.
I was not strict on bedtimes; I let my girls get crazy dirty, wear jeans and t-shirts and do other 'unfeminine' things. On occasion I even let them listen to rap music, or join me at Legend Brewing for movie night.
But to my own three kids, I was always Cromagnon Mom – especially on the topic of teen-age driving.
By Patty Kruszewski, Citizen Managing Editor 04/26/2012 Family Forum
Thank you. My faith in parents has been restored.
I was beginning to think that all 21st-century children were growing up tethered to electronic toys from birth, cutting their teeth on Baby Einstein videos and graduating from diapers straight to Gameboys – and that parents today popped techno-gadgets into toddler hands the way we once popped pacifiers into their mouths.
So it was heartening to hear the response to "Raising Slow Kids" (March 1 Citizen), and to learn that there are plenty of parents out there who are members of the resistance. Moms from Sandston to Short Pump wrote about the constant struggle to unplug their kids – and about their belief that doing so is better for them.
By Diann Ducharme, Special to the Citizen 03/25/2012
We just got back from a week-long trip to Orlando, Fla.
The kids had a blast, but my husband and I would be content if we never visited another amusement park for the rest of our lives.
On the third or fourth day of our “vacation,” we knew ourselves to be trapped in some sort of amusement park purgatory. Similar to Sisyphus, forced to endlessly push a boulder up a hill only to watch it roll down again, we were compelled to forever push a stroller and herd two other children through a maze of people and attractions, to stand in long lines only to ride neck-jarring roller coasters, to stand in long lines to buy expensive but poor quality food, to wait
in long lines and pay ridiculous amounts of money just to park our over-priced rental car.
By Patty Kruszewski, Citizen Managing Editor 03/08/2012
By now most of you have heard of the slow food movement – the growing trend to support local farms and foods and sustainable growing methods.
I’m all for the slow foods movement, but I believe there’s another national treasure – yes, even more important than food – that could benefit from a slowdown.
I say it’s high time we start a slow kids movement.
I’m not advocating that we raise kids who aren’t bright. I mean we should raise them the old-fashioned way, with access to less technology and fewer gadgets.
By Diann Ducharme, Special to the Citizen 02/23/2012
Senseless chatter is my new pet peeve.
Even as I set foot from my bedroom in the morning, I am subjected to the verbal pull of my children. Always a chipper early riser, my 11-year-old son seats himself at the kitchen island and proceeds to talk at (not to) me.
As he monologues, I feel my brain sluggishly turning about, still covered up and dreaming. I respond zombie-like as I try to get breakfast on the table, but it doesn’t deter him from talking a blue streak about anything that comes to mind: a rabbit warren he’s designed, a Mario strategy he’s perfected, a koala’s receding habitat, his top-five favorite fish (not mammals) that live in the sea.
By Diann Ducharme, Special to the Citizen 01/19/12
Forgive me, readers. It’s been six years since my last confession, by which I mean a column for the Henrico Citizen.
I took some time off from column-writing to pen a novel, never believing it would be published. But the historical novel, entitled The Outer Banks House, was published by Crown in June of 2010.
I made the whole business look too easy, I’m afraid, for now my eleven-year-old son believes that he too will be a published author, most likely in the next couple of years.
By Tom Lappas, Citizen Publisher 12/26/2011 Editorial
This issue, our final of Henrico County's 400th anniversary year (and this newspaper's 10th year), also concludes our yearlong series profiling the most significant moments in Henrico's illustrious history.
Were you surprised by some of the events on our list? Did you learn about some that were unfamiliar to you? We hope so. Did you disagree with some and agree with others? That's ok, too. This endeavor was designed not only to celebrate the county's past turning points and momentous occasions but also to generate discussion among readers and members of the community about the county, its past and how these events and others have shaped our future.
By Patty Kruszewski, Managing Editor 09/15/2011
As the Henrico Citizen enters its second decade, I can’t help but spend time looking backward and reminiscing about the first.
Not only is it fun to recall our early days from a “look how far we’ve come” perspective -- remembering, for instance, how I played “papergirl” and rode my bike around Lakeside tossing copies of the Citizen’s first issue (Sept. 20, 2001) into driveways; it’s also satisfying to think back to the memorable stories I have covered -- stories that have moved me, changed me, and introduced me to unforgettable people.
It’s people, after all, who make the Citizen a paper that people want to read.
By Tom Lappas, Citizen Publisher 09/15/2011
The Henrico Citizen turns 10 years old with this issue – a reality that amazes me for conflicting reasons.
Has it really been 10 years?
Has it only been 10 years?
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By Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 03/14/2013
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a variety of beers, Irish ensemble Danú and head shaving for charity! If you’re not feeling the luck of the Irish, you can still take in some musical entertainment with the Russian National Ballet or Soundworks Chorus, or join your furry friends at Paws in the Park at Dorey Park. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Deep Run High School’s 2013 Marathon Dance, a student-run function that aims to raise money for organizations around the community, will be held March 15-16 in the school’s gymnasium. In its seven-year history, the dance has raised more than $863,000, and this year the students’ goal is to break the $1 million mark. The event has progressed from a small dance in the high school gym to an event that brings the entire community together. > Read more.
By Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 03/08/2013
Cultural performances abound this weekend in Henrico: Minds in Motion, Capitol Opera, Black Grace, One Voice Chorus and a special dance performance at the Hindu Center of Virginia. And despite the snow earlier this week, the weekend weather is going to be sunny and warm! Spend Saturday outside for a good cause – the Free to Breathe Richmond 5K Run/Walk is in Innsbrook! Click here for more! > Read more.
Unique flavor combinations attract fans at Near West End gastropub
Toast’s billing as a gastropub intrigued me almost as much as its “New American” menu, so I enjoyed reading up on the expression’s origins. As it turns out, some pub owners in London coined the term in 1991, as part of an effort to introduce more refinement to the menu. It wasn’t long before the British restaurant-pub hybrids caught on in the States, spawning a new genre and even a spin-off: the gastrolounge, which emphasizes wine and spirits over beer selection. > Read more.
The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen and Henrico Police Athletic League now are offering children who participate in PAL the opportunity to receive free art experiences through the Art Matters program.
Henrico PAL reaches more than 1,500 at-risk children and teens between the ages of 6 and 18 each year through educational, athletic and social programs while creating a positive relationship between police officers and youth. Through Art Matters, the CACGA and PAL are working together to expand PAL programming to include art, music and theatre classes and summer camps. > Read more.
Actor Chelsey Moss (right) of the Theatre IV on Tour production of Hugs and Kisses performs during a recent dress rehearsal of the musical. The play, seen each year by more than 50,000 Virginia students in kindergarten through fifth grade, is designed to serve as a child sexual abuse prevention program by illustrating to children the concepts of “good touch, bad touch and secret touch” in a sensitive fashion. The musical will visit Crestview Elementary School March 14. > Read more.
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