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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 »»

OV Parent celebrates 15 years!

January 12, 2015 Happy New Year! Here at OV Parent, it’s a time of remembering where we’ve been and celebrating where we’re going. more »»

Ho Hos and To-Do Lists

December 2, 2014 Ho, ho, ho! Mmm... Hostess Ho Hos. ... Oh man, I’m the hostess for that party next weeken. more »»

Learning to let my Mini-Me be herself

November 3, 2014 Sometimes, I sit down to write this column, and I struggle to record my scattered thoughts for an hour or two, and nothing coherent comes of it. That happened to me today. more »»

Balancing somewhere between Helicopter and Hands-Off parenting

October 3, 2014 Fall is here, and the days are getting shorter. Like just about everything in life, it’s a mixed blessing. more »»

Let's do more yawping

September 3, 2014 This summer was all about stepping out of our comfort zones. more »»

Protecting our children

July 8, 2014 We truly are spoiled for choice in the greater Wheeling area when it comes to summer camp options. more »»

Alcohol is a drug

May 2, 2014 There was an ad campaign not too long ago that featured children stating they wanted to be drug addicts or alcoholics when they grew up. Powerful stuff. more »»

'Little House' lessons

April 2, 2014 Today as I write this, it is truly a spring day — 55 degrees, intermittently spitting rain and windy as all get-out. The sun even made a cameo appearanc. more »»

Happy birthday to Emma

March 4, 2014 March is my daughter’s birthday month. more »»

Warming up to winter

January 7, 2014 Winter is here, and for me that means more reading, more house cleaning/organizing and more cooking! I usually keep up with the reading all year long. more »»



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