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Recognizing Champions of Children

April 19, 2017 As the editor of OV Parent and a mom, I?have been fortunate to get to know many wonderful local champions of children. more »»

Lesson of the Changing Seasons

March 23, 2017 The cheery yellows of daffodils and forsythia bushes of March never fail to brighten up the Ohio Valley and lighten my mood. more »»

Baby Guide '17 — Support Is Vital for New Moms

March 20, 2017 Every year, I put together this Baby Guide, and every year when I sit down to write this note, the same topic comes to mind as the most important: Get support! Having a good support network was vita... more »»

It's Not OK

January 23, 2017 When I fell down as a kid, my mom’s first response usually was “Jump up! You’re OK!” It may have been wishful thinking or a desire to avoid a meltdown or an attempt to instill resilience. more »»

Holiday Priorities

December 15, 2016 As the holiday season gets into full swing this year, I can think of only one word to sum up my feelings — HELP! I am so far behind in my preparations. more »»

This Thanksgiving ...

November 14, 2016 This election season has been one for the record books. more »»

Not ready for Halloween

October 11, 2016 It’s already October, and my daughter (10) has yet to decide what she wants to be for Hallowee. more »»

Prize packs, awards and more!

September 13, 2016 It’s the second week of school for our daughter, now in fifth grade, and we still don’t quite have the routine down yet. more »»

Planning summer fun

June 7, 2016 The beginning of summer is so full of promise. more »»

Exciting Changes to the Ogden Tiny Tot Trot and Fun Run

April 18, 2016 Spring has sprung! Whether you have little ones at home or school-age kids, there is lots to do in the next month, from nature programs to concerts to foot races. more »»

The Only Constant Is Change

January 26, 2016 The only constant is change. Just when you get comfortable with your new normal, something happens to shake it up. more »»

You Are Enough

December 14, 2015 ’Tis the season of giving. more »»

Beyond Giving Thanks

November 10, 2015 What a glorious fall season we’ve had this year: Days upon days of not-too-cold, not-too-hot weather, and plenty of sun shining down on our vibrantly colored hills. more »»

12 Steps for Self-Care

October 6, 2015 Facebook can be a scary place, full of trolls, marketing monsters and “vaguebookers” who ensnare unsuspecting, caring souls in endless, pointless threads. more »»

One of those Mondays ...

September 8, 2015 Dear Readers, It is one of those Mondays. I woke up at 6 a.m., before my alarm, feeling refreshed and ready for my hectic day ahead. more »»

When the thunder rolls ... tears fall

July 14, 2015 Rain, rain, go away, come again ... in October! Unless you’ve been living under a rock (in which case, you’d at least be dry), you’ve probably noticed how wet the summer has been. more »»

How do you promote emotional health?

May 7, 2015 Dear Readers, I recently attended a great parenting workshop called “Beyond Self-Esteem: Building Self-Concept” by a southern Ohioan named Jim Harris, father of 4-year-old and 8-year-old boy. more »»

Summer Camps — Do Your Homework!

April 1, 2015 Planning summer activities seems wrong when we are still waking up to 23-degree mornings, but while the weather may try to fool us, the calendar doesn’t lie. more »»

Preschool Memories

March 4, 2015 When I was a kid, preschool was just becoming a “thing.” I attended Miss Mary’s Nursery School in St. Clairsville. more »»

Editor's Letter — Baby Guide 2015

February 12, 2015 After 10 years on the job at OV Parent, this is still my favorite issue of the year. more »»



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