Croll: Have Fun with Your Kids Over Winter Break

For most of Loudoun’s students, winter break is in full swing. Our kids will be out of school a total of 18 days (or about 425 hours … not that anyone is counting). This is a long time to spend with our little cherubs, especially when we are also juggling out-of-town relatives, shopping for gifts, travel, cooking, baking, cleaning, wrapping, filling advents and overseeing an elf that flies around our house at night.

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McNerney: Embarrassing Our Kids on Purpose

We, as parents, often inadvertently embarrass our kids. During our recent college tours, I witnessed at least five incidents when students would whisper to their parents: “Don’t ask any questions!” They were certain that anything that came from their parent’s mouth would be obvious and embarrassing. I began wondering what would be the most embarrassing question that a parent could ask during such a tour: “Excuse me, but my daughter is lactose intolerant. Can she have a roommate who won’t bring dairy into the room?”

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Vance: Building Bandwidth

As I sit in Hillsboro’s Town office in the Old Stone School to write this column, I’m marveling at the lightning-fast internet access speeds we are now getting within the landmark’s 143-year-old stone walls. And, I’m feeling confident this level of service will soon be available to all of our residents in town and in the surrounding area. A long time coming and—as with many of the challenges in this small and historic town—the internet solution has arrived with a quixotic twist, helped along by a widening bandwidth of community activism that is driving a series of exciting initiatives about to bear fruit in the New Year.

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