Henrico County Opinions

Growing a grown-up: Part II


When we last touched on the subject of how to raise a grown-up, I mentioned what I considered the Number One rule: limiting TV and other electronic entertainment. Keeping those in the realm of parental control is essential if kids are to develop initiative and intellectual curiosity – and to grow up understanding that entertainment is not a 24-7 entitlement.

The Number Two rule I would suggest is avoiding “7-Eleven syndrome.”

My friend Cindy coined the term when she was going through a divorce, and her husband would pick up their girls for an outing.
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How to grow an adult


It’s been said that two of the most common sources of conflict in a typical marriage are money and sex.

That may be true for the younger set.

Among my fellow sixty-somethings, however, the hot topic lately has been adult children — and the outsized role they play in later-life relationships.

I first heard this complaint from a friend of mine who grumbled that he’d just broken up with a woman he really liked, because he couldn’t stand the way she catered to her grown-yet-irresponsible children.
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Make ‘em take the pledge: no more snuff boxes!


I got in touch with my delegate to the Virginia General Assembly a short while back, to ask about the money. I was told he was on vacation, and I'm sure he needed a rest. The legislature had just downed tools and dispersed, after its season of public service.

But I didn't get a call when he returned to Richmond, either. That's okay, I think I get it: Jimmie Massie, a Republican, has since announced that he won't stand for re-election in the 72nd District in November.
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Opinion: Rename school for late Henrico officer

By Jeff Katz
The Henrico County School Board has decided that the Harry Flood Byrd Middle School will undergo a name change. A community effort focused on the legacy of the late Harry Byrd correctly pointed out that he consistently spearheaded efforts to keep black children from being able to attend schools. While some claimed that he was simply a product of his time, I agree with the community members who called for the name change. I believe that naming a school after a man who led the charge to deny an appropriate education to children is not just offensive, but borders on the obscene. Now that the decision has been made to change the name, we’re faced with the challenge of finding an appropriate replacement.
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Of car chats and grocery games

Every time I see a child in the grocery store, shuffling behind Mom with his or her eyes glued to an electronic device, I can't help cringing.

Yes, I know how hard it is to get your shopping done with a tired, bored, whiny kid along. As a veteran of two decades in the SPWM (Single Parent While Married) Club, I only rarely enjoyed the chance for a leisurely grocery trip without two or three kids in tow.
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The greatest love of all


In my 20s, I thought I knew all there was to know about love.

After all, I was well-acquainted with the love a person has for friends and family members.

What's more, I had found romantic love – "the love of my life" – after having been through a couple of previous "loves" that I realized were crushes once I met my future husband.
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My daughters’ other dads


My three girls had it so much better than I did in so many ways.

They enjoyed academic opportunities, enrichment programs, and even a choice of schools to attend that I could not have imagined in the regimented, one-size-fits-all schools of my own era. They had the chance to participate in recreational sports and school athletics that didn't exist for girls in my pre-Title-IX school years. And they had a mother who was involved in their lives and passionate about raising them to grow up to be confident, capable, compassionate young women.

There's only one way that I can say I was one-up on my daughters.
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All hail to mothers and the hardest job of all


I once thought that raising my children was the hardest work I had ever done or would ever do.

Raising my three daughters was so physically, mentally and emotionally taxing that I often fell asleep at 9 p.m. when they were young – the instant I had them tucked in bed.

By midmorning, I was always drained of mental and physical energy (quite literally "drained" in the days of nursing infants on demand), and almost crazed with exhaustion by nighttime. There was never enough sleep, and there were never enough breaks.
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