Impact of Trump election begins to shake up local politics

New president will cast a deep shadow over 2017 elections and area schools By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Things boiled over and got a bit testy Monday night, as a simmering feud between two Unionville-Chadds Ford School District Board of Education Members Michael Rock and Jeff Hellrung erupted during the board’s work session, Monday night. The dispute was putatively over issues related to...

Willowdale to host sessions on parenting

EAST MARLBOROUGH — Willowdale Chapel is inviting parents of kids ages preschool through high school to its first “Navigating The Next Generation” parenting seminar on Oct. 23 from 6-8pm at its Kennett campus. The first of the series called, “Raising Resilient Kids” will feature guest speaker Dr. Tod Cartmell. Cartmell is an author and child psychologist who travels nationally speaking...

On Your Table: Easy grab-n’ go foods for kids

By Cathy Branciaroli, Food Correspondent, The Times Nutritious, individual portioned ham and egg “muffins” are easy to prepare ahead of time and just perfect for grab-n-go meals or snacks. Now that the kids are back to school, packing an appetizing, healthy meal for them is an easy way to improve their day, even if they don’t feel quite so enthusiastic about the early mornings and hectic...

The awful truth: sometimes we’re all ‘Bad Moms’

New comedy film hits way too close to home  By Kelly Hockenberry, Columnist, The Times I rarely (if ever) go to see a movie in the theater. It isn’t that I don’t enjoy it, I just never seem to make it a priority. Plus, with On Demand and Netflix, I feel like I will get around to watching, eventually. However, I really, really want to make a night of it and see the new movie “Bad Moms”...

The hardest part about parenting: letting go

My oldest will be off to college in a few short months, hard to believe By Kelly Hockenberry, Columnist, The Times You know what is so hard about being a parent? It’s that you can’t possibly know how difficult it is until you are already knee­-deep in it. There is nothing that can prepare you for the amount of blood, sweat, tears, and unimaginable joy you will experience as a result of bringing...

Do’s and don’ts for preparing your child for a dental visit

By Dr. Stephanie McGann, DMD FAGD, Columnist, The Times As a parent, I always want to make things easier for my kids. However, as a dentist, sometimes I see very well-intentioned moms and dads inadvertently make things more difficult. Here’s what you should know. Don’t promise a reward for good behavior. Most kids have dental visits that are completely free of discomfort and by promising them...

More than 100 run in 12th annual KAPRB cross country race

With perfect weather, more than 100 area kids competed in the 12th annual Cross Country race put on by the Kennett Area Parks and Recreation Board. KENNETT — The 12th Annual Free kids cross country race took place on last Thursday night  in spectacular weather.  The course was lined with parents, volunteers from Kennett High School cross country team and Kennett Area Parks and Recreation Board...

A mother’s note to her sons on Mothers Day

Reflections on raising two teen boys, the fears, the joys By Kelly Hockenberry, Columnist, The Times My dearest sons, Even though everyday is a joy with you little cherubs, I wanted to take the opportunity to tell you just how much you have changed my life for the better. The funny thing about parenthood (that no one tells you in advance) is how hard it is, ALL THE TIME. Not necessarily hard...

Are we ‘prepping’ our kids for too much stress?

A few thoughts on navigating today’s increased anxiety-filled world By Kim Chiomento, Staff Writer, The Times As a teen in the 1980’s, the terms “prep, prepper, and preppy” evoke strong memories of a serious fashion statement: Tretorn tennis shoes, gravity-defying, up-turned collars, going sockless and the syrupy scent of Ralph Lauren’s Lauren perfume.  The above was often tied...

Kids are surprisingly expensive

It’s a bit shocking when you think how much we spend on our kids, but it’s worth it By Kelly Hockenberry, Columnist, The Times I read a really interesting article on one of my favorite websites, Refinery 29, about the cost of raising children (read it here: http://r29.co/1sA1VcH). While they were focused on the necessities like food and shelter, I was thinking this:   ...