Henrico County Opinions
By Patty Kruszewski, Citizen Managing Editor 11/24/2016 Family Forum
As Thanksgiving approached four years ago, I wrote in this space about how thankful I was.
At the time, only three months had passed since the death of my youngest daughter.
I was inspired to write the column, however, because another bereaved parent had said that Thanksgiving is a joke when you are grieving for a child.
After initially agreeing with him, I had to admit that I did have much to be thankful for. And now that several years have passed, I have much more.
By Patty Kruszewski, Citizen Managing Editor 08/11/2016 Family Forum
On June 16, Richmond experienced extensive power outages after a summer storm with high winds.
Falling trees demolished cars and homes, blocked roads, and can-openered roofs -- adding water damage to structural collapse. Hospitals scrambled for extra generators. Businesses lost thousands of dollars in refrigerated and frozen goods. Insurance adjusters flocked to town from all corners of the state to handle claims. Worst of all, a Richmond resident suffered serious injuries after being hit by a falling tree -- and a beloved Godwin teacher lost his life at an intersection with non-functioning traffic signals.
As the power outage dragged on for days, the hardship stories multiplied. It seemed half the town was futilely search for ice, sweltering without air conditioning, or busting the budget eating all their meals in restaurants.}
By Patty Kruszewski, Citizen Managing Editor 05/12/2016 Family Forum
My brother Paul and I recently were discussing the “good old days,” and his belief that the Fifties was the best decade ever.
While Paul cited the era’s prosperous economy at the top of his list, he also alluded to another favorite theme of Fifties fans: the social and cultural climate. The decade was a happier time, fans say, because life was simpler, families were closer and marriages stronger. Many of my 50’s-born peers speak nostalgically of the way we romped in the great outdoors by day and shared meals with our families by night, then bonded in our ritual gathering around the TV set.}
By Patty Kruszewski, Citizen Managing Editor 03/21/2016 Family Forum
My daughters and I grew up in vastly different families, so it's not surprising that we hold differing opinions about family dynamics. One of the areas in which we part ways dramatically is the value we place on good parenting.
If there is one fundamental belief that I developed as a result of my upbringing, it is that parenting is the most important role anyone plays in life.
I don't care how accomplished or otherwise wonderful a man or woman is when it comes to career, athletics, academics, or social relationships – if that person doesn't strive to give his or her children the time, attention and love that children need, then that person lacks character in my book.
My oldest daughter, on the other hand, told me recently that she thinks a person can be a lousy parent – yet still be a good person.}
By Patty Kruszewski, Citizen Managing Editor Family Forum
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.
By Patty Kruszewski, Citizen Managing Editor 07/28/2015 Family Forum
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.}
By Patty Kruszewski, Citizen Managing Editor 06/23/2015 Family Forum
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.}
By Patty Kruszewski, Citizen Managing Editor 05/07/2015 Family Forum
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. }
By Patty Kruszewski, Citizen Managing Editor 02/0/2015 Family Forum
The wintry weather we’ve been having lately brings to mind a popular discussion topic at playgroups and mom forums back when I had young children: cabin fever – and how to cope with it.
In Pennsylvania, where we lived when my kids were small, there was no such thing as having too many ideas on how to liven up those long dreary days of indoor confinement. Not only were winters considerably longer and snowier than Richmond’s, but it was the 1980s, and there were fewer entertainment options around.
- More News
Dec. 1, 2016Click here to read the print edition.
- More Entertainment
- More Obituaries
- More Community
- More Opinions
- More Sports
ClassifiedsATTENTION DIABETICS with Medicare. Get a FREE talking meter and diabetic testing supplies at NO COST, plus FREE home delivery! Best of all, this meter eliminates painful finger pricking! Call 888-606-1838