Chris and Caitlin waiting to see Santa!

Chris and Caitlin waiting to see Santa! (November 17, 2012)

Hope you will tune in tonight at 6 for my special report, "Kids and Cell Phones." I am looking into the issue of when is the right time for parents to buy your child his or her own phone, as well as how much parents should monitor their child's usage.  Let me know what you think! Email me at or send me a message on Facebook.  I love hearing from you!
Monday, January 14
Hello!  Hope your 2013 is off to a good start! If you have managed to avoid the flu, that is a big accomplishment already. Local doctors say they are starting to see fewer flu patients, but they still suggest everyone gets a flu shot, just in case.
Now that everyone is starting to settle back into the normal work and school mode, hope you are joining us every weekday for WDBJ 7 Mornin'!  In Thursday's Early Years segment, I will have a live interview with an adoption counselor on how new laws are affecting foreign adoption. 

Also,  I am working on an upcoming story on children and cell phones. What is the "right" age to get your child his or her own cell phone?  How much should parents monitor their child's phone usage?  How much privacy should kids have?  These are questions my story will ponder. I know my seven-year-old won't be getting his own cell phone for quite a while!

Feel free to email me your thoughts on this, or any other parenting story at   Have a good one!
Tuesday, December 18
Like you, it was with a heavy heart that I watched the scenes from the terrible shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School unfold on Friday. I am still struggling, as I try to figure out why something like that happened. 
It was a story that took an awful turn early Friday afternoon. At the beginning of our noon newscast, all we knew was that there had been a shooting at a school in Connecticut, the gunman was dead and a teacher had been shot.  About 20 minutes into the newscast, we took a CBS News Special Report and found out just how horrible the situation was there in Newtown. I went home that afternoon and watched the coverage, crying for all of those young lives lost for absolutely no reason.  I don't know what the answer is to preventing tragedies like this one from happening again. I just consider this another reminder to never take any moment with our children, or any loved one, for granted. You just never know. 
The coming days and weeks will bring a lot of debate on gun control, school security, etc. These are important issues to discuss. I hope politics can be set aside, so that real progress can be made in helping ensure the safety of our kids. That's what it's all about. I know that as I am celebrating Christmas with my family, I will be thinking of those families in Connecticut who are missing a child at their holiday table. My thoughts and prayers go out to them.
Monday, December 3
Can it really be only 22 days until Christmas? Wow, this year has flown by!  And if you're like me, you still have plenty to get done before the holiday gets here.  I have finished Christmas shopping for the kids, but still have a ways to go for everyone else on my list.  Thank goodness for gift cards!  When I get a gift card, I try to hurry up and use it. If I don't, I tend to forget I have it and it ends up lost somewhere in the confines of my purse.
Aside from all of the shopping, there are so many events to enjoy this time of year.  Yesterday, I took the kids to see "Sesame Street Live" at the Salem Civic Center.  It's always a great, you're in and out in about an hour and a half, including a 15 minute intermission.  Because if you go anywhere with children, there is ALWAYS the need for a bathroom break.  Yesterday, my daughter's preschool is also had its holiday music program at Tanglewood Mall.  It's always such a treat to hear all those sweet little voices singing Christmas songs!

I'm also looking forward to taking my daughter to see "The Nutcracker" this weekend. She just started dance classes this year, so it will be fun for her to see all the "big" ballerinas at work!  
And of course, Downtown Roanoke's "Dickens of a Christmas" starts this Friday night at 5:30.  Besides being FREE to enjoy, it offers a classic holiday feeling with the people dressed in Dickens-era costumes carolling, and folks actually roasting chestnuts on an open fire. Plus, there's a live nativity scene, carriage rides, and of course, Santa.  We try to make sure to head to Dickens of a Christmas at least once a's just a nice reminder of a simpler, more traditional way to celebrate.
Friday, November 9
Greetings!  Hope you are ready for a beautiful weekend. Leo says it's going to reach the 70s for highs Saturday and Sunday.  It's been a nice week for me. I celebrated my birthday yesterday...good times with family and friends...that's what it's all about!  And my great friends on the mornin' crew got me birthday cupcakes with candles... how sweet is that?