Vance: Future-Making History

We are making history on July 1 in Hillsboro. We are also making our future. And that is something to celebrate indeed. But more than that, as we celebrate our nation’s birth and pay tribute to our democracy on this day, we are holding high an example of good governance—when a grassroots vision for the future was perceived and embraced by politicians and officials at the federal, state, regional, county and local levels.

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Croll: Your Child’s Friend-Making Skills May Matter More Than You Think

We all know a good friend can lift our spirits when we are down, but did you know that strong social connections can also help you live longer? Studies show that feeling isolated from others not only elevates blood pressure, increases depression and disrupts sleep but new research suggests that a lack of social connections can be deadlier than smoking cigarettes. Don’t believe me? Ask Dr. Google.

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McNerney: How to Avoid Being the Detective

We, as parents, are often put in the role of being the detective. For instance, you head into your child’s room and find the evidence of candy wrappers in the sock drawer. It might be that you have a family rule that all electronic devices be left in the kitchen after nine in the evening and you notice one missing. Or possibly, while going through your teens pockets during laundry, you pull out a vape pen.

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Vance: A Call for Rural Renewal

Loudoun County is approaching a fork in the road. The path we choose to follow, as we near the end of the second decade of the 21stcentury, will determine the future that awaits generations to come. On the horizon in one direction the outlines of some of the shapes of our future are coming into focus. But what we cannot yet see is what awaits us behind that next curve, beyond that next ridge.

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Croll: Choosing Humility Over Perfection for Our Children

I believe these lyrics describe the crux of the issue around the spiking levels of anxiety we are seeing in children today. Many parents demand perfection from their kids—in academics, sports, hobbies and behavior. A lot of us over-monitor, over-program and over-protect our children. It’s hard to watch kids fail or experience the discomfort of defeat. Yet at the same time, we set the bar for them at “perfection” and we accept nothing less. We hope high expectations will motivate our children but, instead, our unrealistic expectations can make children feel like they can’t measure up.

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