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Volume 6 Issue 11 • July 2018 • Take One

Raising Resilient Children

Allowing your child fail can make them stronger.



Childhood traumas can greatly affect physical health in adulthood

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Publisher’s Note We had a great time hosting the Royal Ball last month at the Taubman for all of the fathers and daughters out there! We always love that event and look forward to it every year! This year we moved the event to the Saturday before Father’s Day to allow everyone the whole day to get ready instead of rushing after work. Plans are already under way for 2019, so send us your thoughts on how we can make the night even more magical for your little princess! Lastly, we are excited to be working on a new event, to be held in October. Named after last years mother-son event, Guardians of the Valley will be an all day, all region, family scavenger hunt and excursion! It will take you all over the region and allow you to explore some of the areas of the valley that we love ourselves!. Check out facebook for more info and how you can join in on the fun. A special thanks to Roanoke Catholic for being our host location for pregame and postgame fun! Flip through the pages of the July issue and enjoy the holiday, beach trips and vacations because before you know it, we will be featuring a Back to School shopping guide!


ave you heard the news? Dinosaurs are loose in Roanoke and we need your help to save the town from sure destruction! Help us Friday, July 13th as we host Jurassic Valley - our version of a mother-son adventure that will make you and your son(s) full fledged dinosaur experts! This is the third year of our mother son extravaganza and we hope you can be a part of it and share the special moment with your son(s).

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Inside This Issue JuLY 2018

Features 22

Scared Sick Childhood trauma can greatly increase your chances for many physical ailments.


Healthy Living at the Playground Playing at the park has been proven to help a child develop key motor and social skills.

Learn and Grow 10

It’s A Money Thing What’s the difference between a credit and debit card?


Raising Resilient Children Allow your child to fail and be amazed how much they grow.


You CAN Quit Mindful tips on quitting bad habits and addictions.

Just For Fun 19

Step up Potatoes Take your baked potatoes to the next level.

Resources 38

Go. Play. See. Celebrate Fourth of July and get summer memories going in full swing!


Kids Eat Free What’s for dinner tonight? We have a list of great restaurants offering incredible deals for your families.

On the Cover

Lesley Harrop, Stryder 9, Krew 7, Pailyn 6, and Winnie 3.

Photography by Beth Farnsworth

Choosing Colors with Technology article by Christine Delongte Still on the fence about choosing a color for your next home painting project? Painting your home is all about choosing the right color. You may love the periwinkle shade of pink, or your current favorite may be sunporch yellow. But will the shades look beautiful on the walls? Sometimes, you may love a particular color but it still may not translate beautifully on the walls. Luckily for you, there are a couple options other than buying the usual paint tester pots at the local home improvement store. Why not use technology to make the final decision? There is a plethora of mobile apps from your favorite paint manufacturers and home improvement stores to help you make the decision. Technology is here to simplify your choice! It’s amazing how you can now so easily choose from an abundance of color options and narrow the list to a select few. Let’s take a look at few of the popular home painting apps that are easy to use. 1. Color Capture, by Benjamin Moore With Color Capture, you can easily match the colors of a picture and get a few more of the closest shades to help you make the decision. The app allows you to not only browse through all the Benjamin Moore paint color families and collections, but also to share your favorites on social media—and get reviews from your friends. If you’re confused about choosing a paint color, Benjamin Moore offers ideas and inspiration for painting the living room, bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen, and nearly every other part of your home. The Paint Calculator option allows


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you to ascertain the amount of paint you’ll need to color the room. If you are using the same color for more than one room, simply add the total square feet of all the rooms to get an estimate. Once you have chosen the color palette for your room, you can select the nearest store and buy the color to begin painting. 2. Color Snap, by Sherwin Williams This is one of the most comprehensive paint apps out there for exploring colors—and it does it beautifully. You can select color palettes on the basis of any picture on your phone or tablet. You can even scan a number from the Sherwin Williams color card and check to see how it will look in your home. Alternatively, there is the option of choosing color options from the app’s Digital Color Wall. Once you’ve selected the colors, you can use the sample scenes available in the app or upload any of your own pictures to see how the color will look. Color Snap is ideal for homeowners who haven’t narrowed it down to a few color options. You can take inspiration from different photos of wildlife, cuisine, the outdoors, and other options to find the next color for your home. The app gives you the ratings of different Sherwin Williams products that are ideal for every room of the house. You can also locate the nearest store and calculate the amount of paint required to give new color to your home. 3. Project Color, by The Home Depot Project Color is a home painting app by The Home Depot, a premier

home improvement supplies company. It’s a simple app with three main functions: See it: After you select a picture from your phone or upload one in the app, you can pick your favorite color and see how it looks on the walls. You can play with the Image Tools and edit the lighting to see how the color will look in different lights. Match It: Similar to other apps, you can choose an image and find the exact match of its colors. The most amazing quality of the app is its “live feature.” You can move your camera and get a real-time feed of different colors in the frame. You can then select the color of your choice and check to see how it looks on the walls of your home. Find it: You can view all the different paints and stains available with The Home Depot. Also, you will be able to see your favorite color options and recently viewed colors here.

The best thing about the app is that once you have picked out your favorite colors, you can shop for them from the company’s online store. You can even share with your friends to get their opinion on your choices. The Final Decision When it comes to using mobile apps for choosing a paint color, many homeowners complain that the actual painting results vary from the results they see in the app. It’s essential to remember that on-screen color representation can differ in reality. The actual painting result depends on the color choice, painting technique, number of coats, etc. But that doesn’t mean you need to avoid using the apps. They are useful in helping you explore different color options. You can get an idea of how the paint color will look in your home, and once you’ve shortlisted a few options, you can opt for paint samples and testers to make the final decision. That means you will be able to enjoy the best of both worlds!

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Lesley Harrop Tell us about yourself and your family. I am a single mom of four amazing kids: Stryder, Krew, Pailyn, and Winnie. My oldest son, Stryder, has austism spectrum disorder, ADHD, speech and language delay, sensory processing disorder, and auditory processing disorder. We have lived in the Roanoke Valley for about five years. When did you suspect Stryder had special needs? He was a great baby. He was meeting his milestones appropriately, except for one problem: he still wasn’t talking at all by 18 months. His doctor suggested speech therapy, and Stryder started right away. From there, he started early intervention services due to some other challenges we began to see, like atypical socialization and preoccupation with sensory input. Then he was diagnosed

with autism spectrum disorder. Other diagnoses came from that point, as is typical with autism.

with special needs? Do you have any recommendations of services or support groups for local families?

How have Stryder’s special needs changed your family’s lifestyle—for better or for worse?

There are some great support groups and services, both online and in the community, and both for your entire family and some more specific for your child. Some great ones around Roanoke are Special Families, Roanoke Valley Autism Support Group, ADHD counseling, LostBoys training group, Fit Learning, and Anderson Music Therapy. Becoming an informed parent is essential to navigating this journey! There are great resources and parent training courses available through NAMI (National Allliance on Mental Illness) and MHA (Mental Health America). When your child is old enough to start school, work with an educational advocate and the school to better understand the process of forming an IEP (Individualized Educational Plan) for your child. I also

I would never trade the challenges we have as a family, but that doesn’t mean it’s always easy. This challenge has brought a profound self-awareness not only to myself, but to other friends and family members who are close to Stryder. I marvel at my son and his capability to overcome difficulties that are unique for him. As a family, we have learned empathy and gained a true appreciation for diversity and inclusivity because of our experiences with special needs. How has your community helped you in your family’s process of living

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recommend visiting your district’s Parent Resource Center and joining your local Special Education Advisory Committee. How can we, as a community, support special needs families better? Don’t be afraid to ask questions! I appreciate it so much when someone wants to hear about my child’s unique challenges and I have the opportunity to share with them. When people are open, we can work on how to be patient and help Stryder and others through those moments.

closer and we love to celebrate each other’s successes. We have learned to accept others in their differences. We have learned to ask questions and be inquisitive. We have learned to be sensitive and what it really means to be universally kind. Be willing to listen, and genuinely want to learn. Be able to make adjustments and be flexible. Sometimes, kiddos with special needs like autism need extra time to get acquainted with an activity,

What are your goals for your children in the future? What are their own goals?

We sometimes talk about why Stryder may have difficulties in some situations, and we work on how to be patient and help him and others through those moments.

It is rewarding! So very, very rewarding. There is nothing that compares to the feelings I feel as a parent seeing my child overcome an obstacle, succeed in an activity, and accomplish something that he struggled with. This spills over into our entire family. We have become

and transitions can be a bit tough. Be patient and willing to work through those obstacles. Have there been any special or tender moments between you and your child regarding special needs? At our swim team meets, Stryder works so hard to finish his races—and he always does! Sometimes it takes him a bit longer, but the entire pool full of people

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At times, it may be overwhelming. Appointments and therapies pile up and life will be crowded and chaotic a lot of the time. But, just know and remember, no matter what, that you are strong and capable and the best person to do this job for your child. Don’t ever doubt yourself. You are brave. You are resourceful. You are competent. You are strong.

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I really strive to raise children that can live the values that are important to us. My goal is that my kids will be able to see a child who is sitting alone and ask them to play. My goal is to have my kids not judge others. Pailyn wants to be a veterinarian, so we went to visit the local animal shelter. Winnie is still really young, but she was doing flips off the couch, so we made a little gymnastics area in our living room. When you respond to your child’s interests, it validates them and shows them they are important and worth it!

from both teams will be cheering for him to finish! It is the best experience ever. I tear up every time it happens; to see the love and support from others is so touching. He is super proud of himself when he finishes, and it’s the best moment ever. We were driving home from the meet last week and he said, “Mom, I did good. I love you.” My heart melted. His siblings really treat him like any other kid. They don’t see him as his autism; they see him as Stryder. We sometimes talk about why he may have difficulties and differences in some situations. My goal is to raise kids who can speak up for issues that are important to them. I think encouraging the kids to pursue their interests is so important! It increases their self-esteem and self-confidence. Stryder often says he wants to be a paleontologist, so we have “dinosaur excavations” in our backyard a lot. Krew wants to run for President someday, so he ran for Student Council this year.

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Think fast: what’s the most recent financial decision you made? You likely won’t have to think too far back. It’s not the last account you opened or the school loans you consolidated—it’s something much simpler that’s part of your daily routine. Think back to the last thing you purchased—your most recent financial decision was likely what form of payment to use for that transaction. It’s a decision that comes into play for every bill you pay and every tank of gas you buy. Cash, check, or card? Debit, credit, or prepaid debit? You make this decision so many times a day that it might seem common and unimportant. After all, different forms of payment are just different ways to access funds, so what difference does it make if you put your breakfast on credit? No payment method is automatically worse than any other; it comes down to when and how you use each type. Fully understanding each payment type allows you to make smarter decisions and take advantage of the benefits while avoiding any drawbacks. DEBIT CARDS The basics A debit card is linked to your checking account and can be used for ATM withdrawals and both in-person and online transactions. A debit card is kind of like an instant check. When you pay for something with debit, that amount is transferred from the funds in your account instantly. Although checking accounts sometimes have a monthly fee, it’s generally very affordable. When used poorly There are drawbacks: for example, if a debit transaction takes your available balance below $0, your financial institution will usually allow the transaction to go through, but they’ll charge you an overdraft fee. This is called overdraft protection—without it, your transaction would not go through at all. Keeping track of your account balance is the best


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way to avoid overdrawing your account. It’s also important to understand that certain activities trigger a hold on your account. This hold, which can last for several days, lowers the available balance in your account. So, if you don’t account for the hold, you might accidentally overdraw your account. When used responsibly A debit card is a basic, convenient, and affordable payment option. The monthly fees are usually low to start with; also, depending on your package, monthly fees can be waived if you keep a minimum balance in your account. Online access to your account or regularly reviewing your statement are also helpful for tracking your expenses. CREDIT CARDS The basics A credit card gives you access to a line of credit to make in-store and online purchases. A credit card is kind of like a convenient personal loan. Every time you use it, you’re borrowing money—the card issuer covers your purchase for you to repay at a later date. If you’re not able to pay off your balance in full, you pay interest on your outstanding balance. Most credit cards also charge an annual fee. When used poorly A credit card can get you into a lot of trouble. Carrying a balance, spending more than you can afford, making late payments, missing payments entirely, and taking out cash advances are all damaging behaviors. These behaviors can ruin your credit score, making it difficult to secure future loans, mortgages and even jobs. When used irresponsibly, credit cards are an easy way to accumulate debt. When used responsibly If you pay off your balance in full and on time, credit cards have a lot of advantages. Credit cards are the only form of

payment that build your credit, which is especially important if you are planning to take out a mortgage or car loan in the future. Most credit cards offer some type of rewards or cash-back program, which can be a great way to offset the cost of a credit card’s annual fee. Beyond the rewards programs, some credit cards also offer additional protection for purchases made on the card. Even if you’ve had the same credit card for a while, brush up on its features and see if there’s a benefit you aren’t currently taking advantage of. Of course, none of these perks have any value if you’re caught in the credit debt trap. PREPAID DEBIT CARDS The basics A prepaid debit card is not linked to a line of credit or a checking account. A prepaid debit card is kind of like cash, but in card form. It can be used to make purchases practically anywhere a credit card is accepted—but that’s where the similarities end. A prepaid debit card can only access funds that you’ve loaded on to it, and there are often fees associated with reloading and using the card. When used poorly A prepaid debit card can get expensive to operate. Each card has its own fee structure, but if you’re not careful, it’s easy to accumulate higher fees than those charged in a typical checking account. When used responsibly A prepaid debit card can offer convenience in certain situations. For example, it can be handy for travel, because if it is lost or stolen, the card can’t be used to gain access to your account or your line of credit. No matter what combination of payment types you use, it’s worth your time to understand the ins and outs of each. Take some time to learn about the unique features of each of your banking products in order to minimize any possible drawbacks while maximizing the potential benefits.


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Fun with Air Pressure Kids Science Experiment


• 1 empty plastic drink bottle (thicker plastic works better - 16 oz. soda bottles work well) • Balloon • Nail


1. Have your adult help you poke a hole in the side of your plastic bottle with the nail. It may help to fill the bottle with water (and put the cap back on) before poking the hole. The water adds some extra rigidity and makes it easier to break through the plastic. If you do fill the bottle, be sure to empty it completely after you poke the hole in it. 2. Put the balloon into the bottle and stretch the mouth of the balloon over the neck of the bottle. 3. Place your finger over the nail hole so that it is sealed, and try to blow up the balloon. (You shouldn’t be able to.) 4. Move your finger and try again. The balloon should easily inflate. 5. Try placing your finger back over the nail hole just before you’re done blowing up the balloon. You should be able to move your mouth away from the bottle without the balloon deflating.

What’s Happening: Though the bottle appears to be empty, it actually has air molecules in it. When you plug up the nail hole with your finger, it means that the air molecules in the bottle cannot go anywhere--they have no exit. If you try to blow up the balloon with hole plugged, it actually increases the pressure in the bottle because you are squeezing the air molecules closer

together and the balloon won’t blow up. When you move your finger and leave the nail hole open, the air has an escape. Then the air you add to the balloon is able to push air molecules out of the bottle, so you can inflate the balloon. If you plug the hole after blowing up the balloon, then the balloon will stay inflated even when not tied off because the pressure in the balloon, in the bottle, and outside the balloon are all equal.

Try experimenting with the size or number of holes in the bottle. Are you able to blow up the balloon faster? For something really fun, try bowing up the balloon and then placing your thumb over the hole so that the balloon stays inflated. Fill the inflated balloon with water and then (outside or over a sink) move your thumb from the nail hole and see what happens.

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Parenting Books point of view and several consquences options that work for different ages of development. After all time outs may be effective on three year olds, but hardly have the same impact on a tween. Teaching Kids to Think by Dr. Darlene Sweetland

The Connected Child by Karyn Purvis Have you ever wished your child came with an instruction manual? This book is as close as you will ever find! While The Connected Child was written to help adoptive families understand children with emotional needs, cultural differences or traumatic pasts; most of the parenting advice is easily adapted to raising biological


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children. The authors are experts in childhood development and psychology, but never overwhelm the reader with technical jargon or theory. They apply their knowledge to easy to understand actions and parenting tips. Our favorite feature are the charts located through out that provide different undesired behavoirs such as tantrums or stealing, and offers both explanations of the actions from the child’s

Today’s kids don’t know how to read a map. They can Google the answer to any question at lightning speed. If a teen forgets his homework, a quick call to mom or dad has it hand-delivered in minutes. Fueled by the rapid pace of technology, the Instant Gratification Generation not only expects immediate solutions to problems—they’re more dependent than ever on adults. Today’s kids are being denied opportunities to make mistakes, and more importantly, to learn from them. They are being taught not to think. Dr. Darlene Sweetland and Dr. Ron Stolberg offer insight into the social, emotional, and neurological challenges unique to this generation. They identify the five parent traps that cause adults to unknowingly increase their children’s need for instant gratification, and offer practical tips and easyto-implement solutions to address topics relevant to children of all ages.

Einstein Never Used Flashcards by Kathy Hirsh-Pasek This book offers a compelling indictment of the growing trend toward accelerated learning. It’s a message that stressedout parents are craving to hear: Letting tots learn through play is not only okay-it’s better than drilling academics! Drawing on overwhelming scientific evidence from their own studies and the collective research results of child development experts, and addressing the key areas of developmentmath, reading, verbal communication, science, self-awareness, and social skills-the authors explain the process of learning from a child’s point of view. They then offer parents 40 age-appropriate games for creative play. These simple, fun--yet powerful exercises work as well or better than expensive high-tech gadgets to teach a child what his ever-active, playful mind is craving to learn.

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een everywhere from backyards, to playgrounds, to parks, outdoor swings are a recognizable and beloved part of American culture. Both young and old enjoy the carefree act of swinging on a pleasant day. However, a swing is more than a mere toy. Studies show that swinging is proven to promote a number of health benefits in children and adults that helps with everything from physical therapy to growth and development.

are confined to a wheelchair or other suffer from motor skill ailment, mobility is an issue. Not being able to play with the other children, a disabled child is much more likely to develop a case of depression. Researchers recognizing this as a problem have in recent years made great advancements toward the designing of special outdoor swings and other toys that cater to kids with special needs.

In young children, outdoor swings can have a number of positive physical, cognitive and social effects. First off, in public settings like parks or at home around friends, swing sets promote social interaction. Physically speaking, swinging aids in the general fitness as part of a child's everyday play regiment. As per cognitive benefits, outdoor swings promote movement development and perceptual skills, as well as mental representation, spatial awareness and sensory integration advancement which include learning to balance.

One such invention is the patented Liberty Swing. This device, a work of an Australian, gives children of all circumstances the chance to be a kid. The way in which the swing work is that it is composed of a large box-shaped base connected on either side to an overhead crossbeam, much like regular swings. The front of this box is detachable and folds down to act as a wheelchair ramp. The swing also comes with a popup seat that accommodates children not in a wheelchair. The breakthrough is safe and fun and operates with the simple turn of a key.

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A relatively new approach for preschooler development is the

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act of body spinning. According to researchers, the act of spinning stimulates different regions of a child's brain simultaneously, thereby creating a series of interconnected pathways therein. The result of this is the advanced development of learning skills like spatial awareness, balance, rhythm and muscle control. A lot of different shapes of outdoor swings can be used by children as spinning tools. In addition to regular swing sets, tire swings and single chain swings work. Lucky for us adults, the therapeutic benefits of swinging are not confined solely to children. Adults can also boost their health using outdoor swings. For example, simply the act of being outside for extended periods of time is healthy: fresh air, visual stimulation and getting endorphins from sunlight are all natural boosters. Not the mention, getting away from the computer and TV saves eyes from strain and brains from tedium. As a side not, outdoor swings are proven to relieve stress. Less stress means a stronger immune system. The swinging motion helps also with circulation, and so may reduce the appearance of unsightly varicose veins.

As one type of swing, hammocks possess some unique qualities that make them good for you. Physicians sometimes prescribe hammocks to certain patients with chronic back and leg pain. The way in which hammocks work as a therapy is that they conform to one's body, thus evenly distributing surface area (weight) and taking the excess strain off of aching muscles by allowing the spine to relax. Another surprising benefit to swings is improves focus. The rocking motion produced by outdoor swings is said to stimulate the cerebral cortex, the part of the brain which helps concentration. This is especially good as a developer for children with ADD/ADHD. First aid kits, helmets, elbow pads, flashcards. All of these keep kids safe or help them to grow. Almost no one buys a swing set with more thought than of it being a fun toy. Now that these exciting developments about outdoor swings have come to light, parents can rest assured that their money is being well-spent on something that is both fun and useful.

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Breaking Bland Boil it. Mash it. Stick it in a stew. Arguably the world’s most vital and versatile crop, the potato is often forgotten in our home kitchens. It’s a reliable staple when it’s baked and sprinkled with salt. But now is the time for this tuber to break out of its comfort zone and steal a little bit of the dinner plate’s spotlight. Baked Potato Pizza Split a baked potato in half and hollow it out into two shallow bowls (save the potato scraps for mashed potatoes). Fill the potato bowls with pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese and your favorite pizza toppings such as sausage, bacon, spinach, or olives. Return to the oven until the cheese and toppings are bubbling and golden brown.

Potato Waffles That’s right, that word up there is waffles. Take your favorite mashed potato recipe up a notch by adding a bit of milk, an egg, some cheddar cheese, and shredded broccoli, and cook the mixture in a waffle iron. Serve with a yummy cheese dip and sour cream drizzle.

Southern Poutine After frying up your delicious homemade steak fries (or ripping open a bag from the freezer), pile the fries high on a plate and smother it with sausage gravy and shredded cheddar cheese.

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being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders than just a decade ago. Asperger's Syndrome (sometimes known as high-functioning autism) seems to be particularly prevalent, with estimates of its occurrence ranging from 1 in every 166 to 500 births. Although there are several theories as to why we are seeing such an epidemic, as of yet, no single theory has achieved scientific consensus among researchers.

ost would agree that public awareness and access to medical information is critical to public health. Destigmatizing mental illness and focusing attention on under-diagnosed problems has been a particularly important stride of the past 30 years. Yet sometimes, publicity leads to anxiety. As an acquaintance said, "if the disease-of-the-week doesn't kill me, the worry will." Recently, a parent contacted me with concerns about his 7 year-old son, who was quiet, introverted, and highly focused on a few hobbies. "Could he be autistic?," he asked. While the boy did not meet the diagnostic criteria for autism, or an autism-spectrum disorder, his father was voicing a concern psychologists and pediatricians are hearing more commonly these days. News of the nation's autism epidemic is everywhere. On a recent drive, I noted almost as many "Autism-Awareness" auto decals as those saying, "Support Our Troops." Don't get me wrong—I'm glad that there is increased public awareness about autism and there is indeed cause for concern. In some states, there are several times more children

Lack of social communication skills is a core trait of all types of autism. However, I wonder if we are too quick to assign communication problems such serious diagnostic labels. A brief checklist of the communication problems common to boys included on my website and in my recent book Boys of Few Words: Raising Our Sons to Communicate and Connect may help you decide if your son is simply struggling with the kinds of expressive challenges found among many different types of boys. By all means have your child professionally evaluated if you have serious concerns. But make sure the professional you visit understands the psychology of boys, and can tell the difference between a syndrome like high-functioning autism and something more manageable, like a nonverbal learning disability. More than once, I have encountered a child who seemed locked in his own thoughts, unwilling or unable to join the social world around him. But not every case was an autism-spectrum disorder--a thorough evaluation can reveal a wide range of potential causes for lack of social interest and communication skills. The good news is that with time, relationship, and strategic encouragement, the great majority of

kids can learn to connect with others, and even enjoy it! Finding the key that unlocks a child's mind and heart requires patience and a steadfast belief in the power of your own love and concern. And of course, one practical expression of that concern is to strive to get an accurate assessment of the challenges your child faces, so your interventions will help. I believe the autism epidemic is real and deserves the analysis of the country's best medical minds. Children who have autism or a related problem benefit from early professional diagnosis and intensive intervention. Yet I also believe that the constant buzz about autism has led to many of us being hypersensitized about whether our child "has it." Just as an energetic 5 year-old may be misconstrued as hyperactive, a stoic 7 year-old may be thought of as having some variant of autism. Yet stoic boys are no more a new phenomenon than energetic pre-schoolers. As our world changes, so do our expectations of children. The problem is people take longer to change and evolve than society. That difference in tempo should not be the reason for a neurological diagnosis. It's a little like getting mad at a computer that doesn't run fast enough to operate new software. The computer is running as fast as it can - as fast as it was made to do - yet software is evolving too quickly for the computer's capabilities. About the author Adam J. Cox, PhD, ABPP is a Boardcertified licensed psychologist and author of Boys of Few Words: Raising Our Sons to Communicate and Connect

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Scared Sick Childhood trauma and stress can greatly impact your health and drastically shorten your life expectancy as an adult.


t’s a sad fact of life that not all children are born into families who are well-equipped to raise them. Children as young as newborns can experience direct and indirect abuse, trauma, and neglect. Hardly a day goes by that the nightly news doesn’t air another story of a child hurt by those most meant to care for him or her. The abuses do not only leave physical scars and reminders, but can greatly affect a person’s overall health later in life. These events are commonly referred to in the childhood development field as ACEs—Adverse Childhood

Experiences. While abuse has long been associated with mental and emotional health difficulties, more recently, studies have proven that the more ACEs a person experiences during childhood, the more significant the increased risk for physical diseases such as diabetes, obesity, certain cancers, heart disease, and strokes. Through these ACE studies, it has been found that trauma can have a drastic effect on stress hormones, often lingering in the body and interfering with inflammation, the immune system, and emotional development. The study that discovered the

link between childhood trauma and overall life health began in 1995 in California. More than 17,000 patients were surveyed about their own childhood experiences, both positive and negative. Of those surveyed, the study found that 28% of respondents suffered some form of physical abuse in their childhood, and 21% had experienced sexual abuse. The study also included general health and medical history data, and found that as the number of ACEs increased, the risk of poor health increased as well.

The study is ongoing today, tracking the mortality rate of those with a high number of ACEs, and has already discovered that people with six or more die an average of twenty years sooner than their non-abused peers.

What is an ACE? In the 1995 study, the trauma experiences were divided into three categories: Abuse, which includes sexual, physical, and emotional types; neglect, both emotional and physical;

People with an ACE score of 4+ are twice as likely to develop cancer, lung disease, diabetes and depression

and household dysfunction, which can include substance abuse, divorce, witnessing abuse, living with someone who has mental illness, or a parental figure who is incarcerated. With these categories, the study was able to identify different relationships between types of trauma and future illnesses. Twenty-two states and Washington, D.C. have done their own ACE surveys, with similar results. They were also able to see a link between the increased number of ACEs a person has to the likelihood of their being underor unemployed or divorced, and having poor academic achievement. There are new ACE studies currently being conducted about the effects of school and community trauma, such as bullying.

How can we prevent ACEs? Working together as a community, we can help prevent children from suffering through trauma and dealing with its lifelong effects. First, we should acknowledge the link between childhood trauma and adult health disorders. One’s overall health is affected by a myriad of factors, most of which are beyond our control (such as genetics). Trauma, however, is one factor which we do have the possibility to control. Prevention exercises, such as parenting and teacher-training courses and home visits for atrisk families, are great ways to find and stop situations where a child may be in danger. Doctors, especially pediatricians, are also trained to address any ACEs during routine appointments.

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Three Four + 9% 13% They often assess the caregivers’ ACE score as well, as it is important to see what kind of trauma they themselves have gone through before becoming a parent. Professionals are often trained to spot weaknesses in parent and child development, and to provide resources to help correct the problem before it can cause trauma to the family. The largest prevention measure suggested by childhood development experts and social service workers is to create a community. We’ve heard it takes a village to raise a child, and we know that it is true! Too often, families can become isolated from one another, either on purpose or unintentionally, as they try to get by in their day-to-day lives. You can become more involved with friends, family, neighbors, churches, and community centers. This close-knit

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involvement can provide relief for stressed caregivers, give support to families struggling, rehabilitation to those who need it, and safe places for children to go if they are indeed being abused.

ACEs and Your Health Abuse, neglect, and dysfunctions are troubling topics to discuss, even with our closest friends and family. Sometimes these experiences are hard for us to even admit to ourselves. In the past, our culture pressured us to push our trauma into the backs of our minds and just move along with life. We’ve seen the impact caused by the refusal to discuss painful and scary things due to stigma most commonly in our military veterans. Just recently, have we turned the tides in psychological healthcare to begin to understand

the rippling effects of PTSD. Experts now agree that discussing trauma, understanding how it has changed you, and if necessary, receiving therapies to be able to come to terms with the change, is a better way to lead to a more successful and fulfilling life. It’s clear that dysfunction in childhood can follow individuals throughout their lives. It does not have to define their personality, nor dictate or predict their health in the future. As we develop our community relationships, knowing the longlasting effects of these experiences is just one tool for us to help mold the next generation.

Resources There are many online communities and educational resources for those who wish to know more about ACEs, their effect on health, and prevention suggestions. Children’s Bureau of the US Department of Health and Human Services The CDC, which includes information and data from the 1995 California study violenceprevention/ acestudy/ The Virginia Department of Social Services pssf.cgi

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arenting, while providing plenty of excitement, comes with a certain set of challenges. With years of outdoor playtime ahead, one of those challenges is ensuring safety while still promoting an adventurous spirit. A child’s ability to push through, endure struggle, fail and try again can help encourage long-term success and


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happiness. Still, many parents feel pressure to be overprotective and prevent their kids from any bumps and scrapes along the road of life. Jessie Graff, Hollywood stuntwoman and a breakout star of NBC’s American Ninja Warrior, and Nexcare recommend these “tough love” tips that encourage parents to overcome

their fears, take a step back and let their kids build resiliency and mental toughness by taking reasonable risks. “As a child, my parents supported me when I wanted to push myself and take some physical risks,” Graff said. “That led to plenty of scrapes and bruises, but ultimately helped me build confidence and mental toughness

while I honed my physical skills. That freedom is what helped me accomplish my dreams.”

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Teach Them How to Fall When kids know how to fall safely, they have the freedom and confidence to try almost anything. Additionally, it can help reinforce your confidence as a parent that your little ones are watching out for themselves.

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Help instill and build the skill of risk evaluation in your kids. Then you’ll be able to trust them and they’ll trust themselves - to make decisions on their own.

That freedom is what helped me accomplish my dreams.

After a fall, your first instinct as a parent likely is to run over and coddle your kids. Instead, congratulate them on the risk they took and work on building their mental and physical toughness by reminding them everyone falls and persistence makes them heroic.

Train to Treat a Scratch Instead of “fixing boo boos,” use every scrape as a lesson on caring for broken skin. One way to promote that healthy way of thinking is with Nexcare Waterproof bandages, which have staying power and provide a four-sided

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It takes time for kids to be daring on their own, but building trust and confidence in them can be done through practice. Start with small risks, then slowly build in fun, new challenges. This allows them to master risks with you by their side, which makes trusting them to handle it on their own a natural next step. For more tips on raising resilient kids and taking appropriate risks, visit

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You Can Quit Mindfully Coping with Urges & Addictions Article By Leo Babauta


any of us have something that we’d like to change in our lives, but it can be pretty difficult to overcome addictions or strong urges. The things we want to quit, and the urges we want to overcome, can span a pretty wide gamut of addictions like drugs, alcohol, smoking, food, video games, porn, internet activities, phone usage, shopping/online shopping, sugar/sweets, chewing nails or other nervous habits and so many more. Of course, some of these activities are not necessarily horrible, but lots of us would like to change behaviors around one or more of these. Urges stand in our way. So how can we deal with these urges and addictions? It’s tough. I’ve found that it takes a combination of mindfulness and behavior-change strategies.

Urge Surfing A mindfulness technique that has proven effective for dealing with addictions is called “urge surfing,” a widely-used technique developed by psychologist and addictions-pioneer Alan Marlatt. It’s something I used successfully when I quit smoking cigarettes more than a decade ago, and I’ve used it many times since then for other types of urges.


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1. Notice when you have an urge. Pause instead of acting on it, and just sit with it mindfully. 2. Notice where the physical sensation of the urge is located in your body. Is it in your stomach? Chest? Mouth? Focus on that area of your body and try to mindfully notice the sensations you feel. 3. Allow them to rise and peak, and then crest and subside, like a wave. Just watch them, as if you’re watching a wave. It’s not anything to panic about, it’s just a sensation rising and falling. You can do this for a minute or two, or even longer. After the urge subsides, it might come back, and you can repeat this. You can also move on to other areas of your body where you notice urge-related sensations. Why this works: We interrupt the part of our brain that just acts immediately on urges, and shift to a new part of our brain. This pattern interruption is crucial to dealing with urges. We also learn that the urge isn’t anything urgent, isn’t a command, but rather just an interesting sensation that we can distance ourselves from.

Changing Our Environment Another strategy that works incredibly well is changing your environment or removing the temptations from your environment. When I wanted to change my diet, I tossed out all junk food.

You can also remove yourself from the tempting environment. Don’t go into your office kitchen area if you want to avoid the snacks. At an office party, you can move away from the cake area. Changing the environment to make you less likely to give in to temptation. For example, at a burger restaurant, I might tell my kids that I’ll give them $20 if they see me eat a French fry. I never eat French fries when I do this. I find the first option to be the best, when I’m able to control my environment (living and working at home alone is a great example of when you can do that). If I can’t control my environment, I try to do one of the other two options. Why this works: If there aren’t any temptations around, or they’re hard to get to, the urges are much less strong. Seeing cake in front of you, or being around people smoking or doing drugs or alcohol, makes you much more likely to have an urge to do those activities. If we can engineer our environment to make it less likely to be around temptations, we’ll have fewer or weaker urges to deal with.

Coping Abilities Addictions are often our way of coping with stress or other difficulties. If we get into an argument with our spouse, lose a loved one to cancer, get yelled at by our boss … we need some way to cope with those stresses. Over the years, we’ve learned to use the addiction as a coping mechanism. So now when the stress comes up, we get strong urges to do the addiction. We can’t just remove the addiction, then, because we’re still going to have stress to cope with. We need to put something healthier in its place to deal with stress in our lives. So when we try to quit an addiction, and stress comes up, we need a new healthier coping mechanism. And when the urge comes up, we need to do the new coping mechanism instead of the old habit.

• Meditation (surfing the urge, above, is one kind of meditation) • Going for a walk or run • Some exercise or sport • Talking to someone • Taking a bath • Having tea • Doing yoga • Massaging yourself (I like to massage my shoulders and neck) Pick one, and try to do it whenever you have stress. Soon you’ll have a healthier way to cope. Why this works: If you put another coping mechanism in place, you’ll need your addiction less, and the urges will be less strong over time.

Raise Your Baseline: Sleep, Support, Emotional Health When we are tired, depressed, or lonely- we just don’t have the willpower or emotional baseline to deal with stress, urges, addictions. We’ll give in, forget about urge surfing, forget about changing our environment or creating a new coping mechanism. Nothing seems to matter. Get adequate sleep and rest. Make this a priority, or none of the rest will matter. Shut off devices at a certain time each night, write out your to-do list for tomorrow, brush and floss, and then meditate while going to sleep. Get some support. Friends you can talk to, professional support, a support group online. Lean on them and talk about your difficulties, and listen to them in return. Creating this kind of connection means you’re less likely to feel isolated. Deal with feelings of depression, loneliness, sadness. Solutions to these is a whole book in itself, so I won’t cover them here, but if you’re not emotionally healthy, the addictions are much more likely to stick around (or relapse). So make working on your emotional health a priority as well. The sleep and support, and healthier coping mechanisms, are good starts here. Why this works: Increasing your baseline means you’re going to be stronger at dealing with your urges.

Putting It All Together: A Plan With all of that in mind, here’s a plan you might start implementing … Each week, pick one or two of these to focus on: • Get good sleep. • Get support. • Practice surfing the urges. You don’t have to be perfect at this, just practice. • Start to change your environment. Toss out the stuff that makes you tempted, or block the sites that tempt you. • Start to work on your emotional health. A gratitude practice is a good start for many people, though professional help might be recommended for some. • Pick another coping strategy: deep breathing, yoga, meditation, going for a walk, talking to someone else, hot tea, self-massage are my favorites. Find your weak points and change the environment or create a strategy around that environment. For example, can you remove yourself from the environment or enlist the help of others to stop you from giving in to temptation? Again, don’t worry about doing this all at once. Simply pick a couple each week and work on them, then another couple the next week, and so on. Revisit ones that need more practice or fine-tuning. Look at this as a learning exercise, where you’re not going to just quit a habit overnight, but get better and better at dealing with the urges and addiction over time. I’ll tell you something, from my own experience: it’s possible. If you know how much damage this causes you (and your relationships, work, etc.), then you’ll put the effort in to stop hurting yourself in this way. And that is a loving thing. About the Author Leo Babauta is the guru behind the popular mindfulness blog, Zen Habits.

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Tips for Keeping Your Busy, Adventurous Family Safe Families are seemingly always on the go. From soccer games and school trips to excursions with friends and vacations with the family, people are constantly on the move, exploring new places and experiencing new things. In fact, a study by Sfara Guardian shows that kids today are using public transportation, going on field trips and taking longdistance road trips at much younger ages compared to 30 years ago. As exciting as these opportunities can be, it’s important to make sure families

- and kids - stay safe at home and on the go.

Around The House Know your neighbors Whether you live in an apartment building, cul-de-sac or the countryside, make it a point to get to know your neighbors. Building these relationships isn’t only neighborly, but can help keep you safe. Not only can you have a stronger community of people to lean on for small crises, like borrowing forgotten ingredients, and larger emergencies, such as weather-related disasters, but you’ll also have a better

understanding of your surroundings. Help in an instant While security systems deliver some peace of mind, they’re not always fool-proof, and they also aren’t transferable to the office, school or your summer getaway. Always on and always available, an app such as Sfara Guardian can help keep you and your family safe, no matter where you are. By just tripletapping your phone, even while it’s in your pocket, the app connects you to a live emergency manager who can provide the help you need.

Accessibility While baby-proofing starts in your children’s earliest years, limiting their access to certain areas or items is important. When you have a young child, locks on cabinets and gates across steps may be your focus when it comes to home safety. As kids get older, ensure they do not have unsupervised access to dangerous items like cleaning supplies, prescription medicine or kitchen knives. Fire safety Take time to ensure your home is properly equipped in case of fire. Check that you have working fire extinguishers and that windows and fire escapes are not blocked. Be sure everyone in your family knows the plan in case of a fire or similar emergency at home.

Away From Home Tools to take on the road In the past, families brought the essentials with them when on the go - a first aid kit, snacks and water bottles. Now, in addition to the basics, make sure you add modern essentials to your packing list, whether you’re going on a day trip or a long vacation. Carry a portable phone charger in your bag or in your car to ensure you can always connect to family, call for help if needed or just use your phone’s flashlight in case of a blackout. Help on-the-go Today, virtually everything is available at your fingertips, right through a smartphone. Now, safety is that accessible, too. Apps, like Sfara Guardian, can connect you to live experts who can

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From bath time to bedtime, there are a number of rituals parents participate

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A multi-sensorial playground to nurture baby’s development in with their children that bring them closer together. These small acts provide a sense of security to little ones and serve as family bonding time. However, many parents do not realize these everyday moments can be more impactful than they seem. A recent JOHNSON’S Global Bath Time Report, found that 84% of parents say bath time is some of the best quality time they get with their child, yet many parents underestimate its power and benefits. In fact, more than

half of parents say bath time is not extremely important to their child’s brain development. Yet, emerging and foundational science reveals multisensorial experiences such as bath time can be critical to baby’s happy, healthy development. During the first three years of life, 85% of baby’s brain is formed. Researchers have found that during the formative first years of life - every interaction every moment - is an opportunity to help shape baby’s developing brain. Bath time is more than cleansing; it’s a ritual that allows parents to unlock the full power of baby’s senses with opportunities to use smell, touch, sight and sound. Make bath time mean more with these fun ideas: • Don’t leave out the bubbles: Playing with bubbles can help babies develop hand-eye coordination and discover

objects exist even when they can’t be seen. • Be a rock star for the night: Play music and sing songs during bath time, which can stimulate parts of the brain responsible for memory. Did you know that playing certain types of music stimulates parts of the brain responsible for visual imagery? • Give a language lesson in the tub: Talk back and forth with baby during this time. It can help with language development. • Link smell with happy memories: Pleasant smells, like those from a fragranced bath product, can create long lasting memories for baby when paired with the loving interaction of a parent. Another big part of the after-bath routine is routine massage, and research shows that babies who receive routine touch and massage are more likely to make eye contact and have an overall positive expression. According to the JOHNSON’S Global Bath Time Report, only 19% of parents in the U.S. understand that baby massages are extremely important to their child’s brain development with nearly three in 10 saying it’s not at all important. Yet, this skin-on-skin contact through routine massage can lead to improved cognitive development and increased alertness and attentiveness for children. Remember to think of the bath time routine as more than a simple task - it fosters development and a sense of well-being for baby and parents, alike.

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Mom’s Migraine Relief Translated into a Career in Healthcare

Article provided by Tuck Chiropractic


any young children go through the cycle of wanting to be an astronaut, a veterinarian, and a firefighter when they grow up. Often times, their parents have their own ideas of what their children should grow up to be, too. But for Tuck Clinic’s Dr. Tiffany Grace, she and her mother were in alignment on what she should grow up to be from a young age. Dr. Grace’s mother had suffered from migraine headaches and could never seem to find relief until she sought treatment from a chiropractor. From the age of four, Tiffany heard her mother praise the practice for her relief and insisted that she or one of her brothers became chiropractors. All of the siblings nodded and shrugged it off, as most kids do until Dr. Grace started seeing the chiropractor as a swimmer in high school. Though she never really experienced pain, she noticed a huge difference in her performance if she


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got an adjustment prior to race day. From that point on, she knew she wanted to help people improve their lives in the same way.

“We’ll always be here and there’s certainly a benefit to maintenance care, but treating acute pain doesn’t have to be long term,” says Dr. Grace.

Providing Pain Relief and Preventative Care

One of Dr. Grace’s biggest wins as a chiropractor is having the opportunity to treat families, specifically infants and children. Though not typically the first thought on the top of a parents’ mind for treating their children, chiropractic care can be extremely beneficial to growing little ones.

“I love my practice. Day in and a day out, I get to see people improve and live better lives because of what we’re able to do here,” says Dr. Grace about daily life in chiropractic care. “They can go from being debilitated to being able to do the things they want to do on a regular basis.” Despite what some may think, paying a visit to Dr. Grace at the Chiropractic Clinic in Rocky Mount doesn’t have to mean that you’ll be going forever. We work with patients to change their lifestyles so that they can function on their own.

“It’s very rewarding to see kids on maintenance and wellness care that don’t suffer from ear infections or colic,” says Dr. Grace. Even growing pains can be relieved through the right chiropractic adjustment. Beyond the Clinic Walls Beyond the walls of her office, Dr. Grace enjoys spending time with own two little ones. Bode and Drew are in prime time toddler phase, so they definitely keep her busy! She takes the time to run in local 5Ks and is currently training for a half marathon! Her other passion is helping the Humane Society take care of rescue dogs in Franklin County!





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Ongoing Events Movies in the Market presented by WFXR News July 13 and August 10 at 6 p.m. at the City Market Square in Roanoke. Enjoy FREE, family-friendly entertainment in Market Square! Bring a blanket or lawn chair and some snacks, or stop by one of our great downtown restaurants for something to eat. A concessionaire will also be on site. The movie begins at dusk, when the sun has gone down enough to see the screen.

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Dinosaur Festival

The Salem Fair is the largest fair in the state, and has been recognized as one of the top 100 fairs and expositions in the country. With tons of rides, plenty of good fair food and vendors, and entertainment galore, there is something for everyone at the Salem Fair! Free admission; rides and entertainment passes vary in price.

July 27 & 28 at the Virginia Museum of Natural History in Martinsville. It’s a two-day dinosaur extravaganza, featuring life-sized cast skeletons of some of the most iconic dinosaurs of the Mesozoic Era, along with a huge variety of dinosaur fossils, presentations by renowned paleontologists, and dino-themed activities, crafts, and concessions! Skeletons scheduled for display include Stegosaurus, Triceratops, Acrocanthosaurus,

Tentontosaurus, and more! Get up close with a plethora of actual dinosaur fossils, including the only fossil evidence that T. rex and Triceratops engaged in battle. Unleash your inner paleontologist and dig for replica fossils in a dino dig pit! Adventure inside a humongous indoor dino-themed maze! Costumed dinosaurs, dino virtual reality, crafts, face painting, henna, and much more await you! Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for ages 3-18 and seniors 60+. Free for children under 3 and museum members.

Shakespeare in the park: A Midsummer Night’s Dream 2museproductions July 20 & 21 at 6 p.m. at Sherwood Memorial Park in Salem. A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a fantastical romp through the magical woods outside of Athens that changes everyone who passes through. Bring a chair or your picnic blanket and arrive early to get a good spot at the amphitheater in Sherwood Memorial Park. The performance is FREE and open to all ages— families welcome! Donations are not

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July 27 & August 24 at 5 p.m. at the Virginia Museum of Transportation in Roanoke. Bring a car to show or just come to look. The museum will stay open until 8 p.m. for touring and shopping. There will be a 50/50 raffle and a food truck with delicious BBQ for sale. If you bring a car to show, you get FREE admission for yourself and one passenger. $5 admission for the public. Food trucks: July 27 will be Don Ho’s On The Go, and August 24 will be Master Sergeant BBQ.

and teens, many from our MMT Conservatory program. In conjunction with this production, MMT will distribute free books to student audience members as part of our initiative connecting theatre to literacy. Tickets start at $15. Mary Poppins Jr.

August 1 - 5 at the Salem Civic Center. Come inside during the dog days of summer and watch these dogs and their handlers compete for top honors! Vendors will be there with a variety of dog products, items, and gifts for sale. Lunch buffet and concessions available each day. Free to attend.

July 20 & 21 at the Academy Center of the Arts in Lynchburg. The jack-of-all-trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family members how to value each other again. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren’t the only ones upon whom she has a profound effect. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that “anything can happen if you let it.” $11 per person.

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August 1 - 12 at Mill Mountain Theatre in Roanoke. This onehour Theatre for Young Audiences adaptation will be cast with talented local children

July 24 & August 18 at Mill Mountain Zoo in Roanoke. In this fun program, children and caregivers will get to enjoy a reading of an animal-themed children’s

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book and meet some of Mill Mountain Zoo’s education animals! Participants will also receive a mini-tour of the zoo and ride the train. This program is designed for 4- to 6-yearolds to attend with a caregiver. $20 for nonmember caregiver and child. $15 for members. $5 for each additional child attendee. Nice Work If You Can Get It July 26 - August 11 at Attic Productions in Fincastle. Rich playboy meets tough bootlegger girl on the night of his bachelor party, and complications ensue. The next day he doesn’t remember her—much less telling her about the ritzy beach house he never uses, where she has lost no time in stashing four hundred cases of hooch. Did we mention he has arrived at the beach house for his wedding to the daughter of a prohibitionist senator? We are in for some surprises in this comedy set to the music of George and Ira Gershwin. Book by Joe DiPietro; inspired by Guy Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse. Presented by special arrangement with TamsWitmark Music Library, Inc. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for children. FloydFest WILD July 25 - 29 in Floyd, Virginia. Five days of music, magic, and mountains, in our picturesque paradise at milepost 170.5 on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Floyd! Featuring outdoor

adventures, vibrant and varied vendors, quality brews and chews, healing arts, workshops and whimsy, children’s activities, and a lineup featuring more than 100 artists on 8+ stages. Featuring bands such as Foster The People, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Old Crow Medicine Show, Hiss Golden Messenger, ZZ Ward, Greta Van Fleet, The Infamous Stringdusters, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Antibalas, Langhorne Slim, Nikki Lane, The Steel Wheels, Son Little, The Lil Smokies, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, No BS! Brass Band, Devon Gilfillian, Lindsay Lou, and 2017 FloydFest On-the-

Rise Competition winner, South Hill Banks, and runner-up, Dharma Bombs, round out Across-the-Way Productions’ initial artist announcement for this 18th annual event, with many more to be announced soon. Day passes start at $95.

Friday, July 13 Def Leppard Tribute: Mock of Ages 6:15 p.m. at Dr. Pepper Park in Roanoke. Mock of Ages has brought together some of the best musicians in the entire Southeastern United States for the sole purpose of paying tribute to one of the greatest rock bands of

all time, Def Leppard! The group works very hard to meticulously replicate (live, with no backing tracks) all of Def Leppard’s hit songs that the world has come to know and love. But the band’s steadfast approach does not end with just the sonic side; they also push to capture the feel, vibe, and aspect that is Def Leppard (down to their onearmed performing drummer with electronic drumkit). Time after time, the group delivers a performance that leaves the audience feeling elated, as if they’ve just experienced the real thing. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the gate. Children 12 and under are free.

Saturday, July 14 40th Anniversary: Grease 7 p.m. at the Lyric Theater in Blacksburg. Join us for an evening of fun and film while we show GREASE, then open up College Avenue for a night of dancing under the stars (weather permitting!). The film will be shown at 7 p.m., followed immediately by dancing in the streets to the music of The Breakfast Club Band. Tickets are $10 for Lyric members, and $12 for the general public. Cash bar will be available.

Horse and Hound Wine Festival peaksofotterwinery. com 11 a.m. at the Peaks of Otter Winery in Bedford. Enjoy wine from some of Virginia’s finest wineries while listening to good music and visiting arts, crafts, and food vendors. Virginia’s most unique wine festival has numerous events throughout the day. Horses and dogs will be featured in the primary attractions like the parade of horses, lure course, and muskrat racing. Families will enjoy this festival that appeals to both young and old. Admission is $20 for tasters, $15 general admission, and children are $5.

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The Black Dog Country Music Festival 11 a.m. at the Nancy Morrisette Festival Field in Floyd. We welcome multiinstrumentalist singer-songwriter Hudson Moore, modern-vintage Nashville legacybearers Little Feather, and Franklin County’s own Crawford and Power. Both Little Feather and Hudson Moore have been recently recognized on Rolling Stone’s lists of 10 New Country Artists You Need To Know. Crawford and Power are just back from recording a new album in Nashville. Come listen and dance to great country music all afternoon and enjoy Kids' Matinees

your favorite Chateau Morrisette wines. Admission includes wine tastings, onsite parking, and entertainment. Admission is $20 for advance tickets, $30 at the gate.

Tuesday, July 17 Ted Nugent

8 p.m. at the Berglund Performing Arts Theatre in Roanoke. Tickets start at $39.50.

Friday, July 20 Concerts by Canoe

forces to present the Five Mile Mountain Band on a floating stage to a floating audience. Bring your canoe, kayak, SUP, tube, or float to paddle your way to a front-row seat for this one-of-a-kind event. Arrive early to enjoy a delicious meal from Hillbilly Kitchen food truck and unload your paddle-craft at the venue’s dual launch ramp. Tubes and life jackets will be provided free of charge on a first come, first served basis due to limited supply.

Bring your canoe, kayak, tube, or float to paddle your way to a front-row seat for this one-of-a-kind event.

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Tickets start at $37. Children 2 and under are free. Reggae by the River

4:30 p.m. at the James River in Buchanan. Join us for a great evening of music, food, and fun. Reggae enthusiasts will know the three bands playing at this event! Lazy Man Dub Band features Adam Beason on guitar with vocals, Chris McCorkle on dub line and vocals, Wayne Shorter on the one drop, Matt Leonard on percussion, Justin Pinckney on sax, and Ernie Freeman and John Stump on trumpet. Lazy Man Dub Band is bringing roots rock reggae to the masses, one party at a time. Shorefire

features Dan Carrell on guitar and vocals, John Beason on drums and vocals, Matt Tomlinson on guitar and vocals, and Steele Whisnant on bass and vocals. Shorefire’s sound is a fresh blend of original surf-reggae, funk, and rock music. They maintain radiofriendly hooks and always move the audience to its feet. New to this year’s festivities is Sol Roots. A family-friendly event, the evening’s activities include a Kid’s Zone with sprinklers, bubbles, an art wall, and games. A tie-dying station will have festival shirts that guests may purchase to tie-dye for $15. The shirts feature the event logo, and no two shirts will

finish the same. Food vendors, a beer & wine garden, and lots of family-friendly fun. Admission is $10 for adults, and free for children under 12. Roanoke 0.5K Race

8:30 a.m. at Parkway Church in Roanoke. You have seen the pictures on social media of your friends running miles and miles in a race, but you know that will never be you. Well, now there is a race for the rest of us! For those of us who don’t run every day, it’s a half-kilometer race! A whole 500 yards of pure walking...or running, if you want! You get the full race experience without having to run—the race bib, the pictures,


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the post-race snacks, AND it all goes to help Spirit FM continue to change lives! Saturday, July 28 Touch-a-Truck

10 a.m. at Green Hill Park in Salem. This free event is a community-wide happening where both kids and adults have the opportunity to see, touch, and play while learning about more than 200 cool vehicles. You’ll see everything from fire trucks to motorcycles, cement trucks to police cars, delivery trucks to garbage trucks, and even airplanes! How often do you get to blow the horn of a big rig, blast the siren of a police cruiser, or swing high above the trees in a bucket truck? Drivers and operators will be on hand to assist in your exploration. Additional favorite

activities will include events involving water, such as firemen’s foam and water spray. A hayride, petting zoo, food vendors, and other special attractions help add to the event’s appeal. Parental supervision is required, and cameras are highly recommended so folks can capture the day’s adventures and take home many wonderful memories to share. Almost any vehicle fits the bill for this event. Vehicle operators are in attendance to talk about each vehicle and its operation. They are also in charge of public access to their vehicles and can ensure that everyone has a fun and unique experience.

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ABBA: The Concert

7 p.m. at the Salem Football Stadium. Drum Corps International will showcase eight amazing corps this year! Tickets start at $20.

8 p.m. at the Harvester in Rocky Mount. This is the closest to ABBA you’ll ever get! ABBA The Concert brings one of the greatest pop phenomena back to life. Admission starts at $64.50.

Family Fun Day at Snowflex 3 p.m. at Liberty University Snowflex in Lynchburg. Bring the whole family up this summer for a special night with lots of activities for the whole family at a great price. Here at Snowflex our

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motto is “No Snow? No Problem!” Come experience endless winter fun this summer! Come and try out tubing, bounce houses, cornhole, trampoline, skiing, and snowboarding. Must be 36” or taller to use our larger tubing runs. Bounce house and smaller runs available for our littlest guests. Rental equipment is included in admission, but we have limited small sizes. Admission is $5 per person, free for children 3 and under.

community call for recyclable designs. After the show, a panel of judges will select a winner to receive a grand prize. The Taubman is proud to host this community event celebrating wearable art. This event is free and open to the public; a suggested donation of $10 per person is appreciated.

Fashionista Roanoke 10th Anniversary show

11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Berglund Special Events Center in Roanoke. There will be more than 100 exhibitors featuring comics, games, anime, toys, artists, vendors, actors, writers, creators, and so much more! Tickets start at $13. Children 10 and under are free. Sunday, August 5

6:30 p.m. at the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke. Join us for an evening of fashion! Celebrating their 10th year anniversary, Fashionista Roanoke is presenting the top ten designs from their

Saturday, August 4 Big Lick Comic-Con

Under the Sea Mermaid Pool Party events

7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Rainbow Forest Pool in Lynchburg. Wish upon a starfish at our Under the Sea Mermaid Pool Party! Your child can actually swim with five real mermaids and one merman! The Mermaid Princess would love to have you meet all of her friends as you swim the night away! There will also be music, snacks, and fun pool games for everyone to enjoy! Life is the bubbles! Lifeguards will be there to ensure safety—please make sure your child has floaties if he or she cannot swim. There is a kiddie pool for kids age 5 and under. $30 per child, $10 for adults.

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7:30 p.m. at the Berglund Performing Arts Theatre in Roanoke. Tickets start at $59.50. 2018 Back to School Blast

7:30 p.m. at the Salem Civic Center. This multi-talented comedian, actor, and writer is coming to Salem! Tickets start at $30.

10 a.m. at Parkway Church in Roanoke. We will be providing backpacks filled with school supplies and shoes to local children in need. Be sure to pre-register for the event on August 1 at the Rescue Mission!

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Music Therapy for Children with Special Needs W

hile therapists and medical professionals have long recognized the measurable benefits of occupational therapy and physical therapy for children with developmental disabilities and other special needs, the far-reaching benefits of music therapy have only relatively recently been discussed in depth. The latest research proves that music therapy offers children with special needs a wide range of long-term benefits. It helps children improve their gross and fine motor skills, aids in academic achievement, improves social interaction skills and helps with communication.

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Do you remember learning the alphabet? Did the familiar “A-B-C” song help you retain that information? That’s a small example, but a good one, of how music can help us learn and retain academic knowledge. Music therapy helps organize a variety of information in smaller, easier to learn, bits. One of the greatest upsides to music therapy that makes it one of the best activities for children with special needs, is the fact that it music very appealing to the children themselves. For example, children with autism are often extremely interested in and stimulated by music. They respond more often to music than many other types of sound. In fact, there are some children who will respond only to musical stimuli. Their affinity for music is a great motivator for them to participate in therapy and helps make music therapy that much more effective. According to the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA), since music is processed by a different area of the brain than speech, it’s easier for children with special needs to absorb

and retain a wide range of information using music therapy. The well-known mood enhancing or soothing aspects of music help the children improve their emotional state. Research shows that group music therapy for children empowers them to channel feelings such as frustration and anger into creative forms of expression and communication.

adapted guitar lessons or adapted piano lessons can help these children improve their fine motor skills as well as hand-eye coordination. The repeated rhythms of music therapy have been proven to help with gross motor skills also, helping children who have irregular gaits or challenges with muscle control.

It engages them, improves their mood and helps them focus.

Music therapy also helps these children focus. Again according to AMTA, research proves that children in early education programs who participate in music therapy group activities greatly improve their ability to pay attention and stay on task. Furthermore they score higher in language skills, fine motor skills, social interaction and cognitive development. Finally, the benefits of music therapy in helping children with physical disabilities or other special needs to improve their motor skills are enormous. For example, learning to play a musical instrument through

Truly, music therapy is one of the most effective and helpful ways to teach special needs children. One of its best, most appealing qualities is that it’s fun. Like all of us, children are drawn to music. It engages them, improves their mood and helps them focus. Music therapy makes learning enjoyable and offers a remarkable variety of benefits to children with developmental disabilities and other special needs. About the author: Betsey Zenk Nuseibeh, of Melodic Connections is a special educator and a board certified music therapist in Cincinnati.

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Summer plans for the Family

How to Build Cornhole Boards This classic backyard game is easy and inexpensive to make yourself. And with legs that fold up, it’s easy to tote along for tailgating, camping and more. Cutting Boards For Cornhole

Fasten the 1x4s into boxes with pilot holes and screws.

Mark and Cut the Holes in the Plywood

Time: 2 Hours Cost: $30 Skill Level: Beginner Tools: Circular Saw, Jigsaw, Drill, Clamps, Compass Materials List: 1Ă—4 Boards (4) 2-ft. x 4-ft. Plywood (2) Construction Screws (20) Bolts, Nuts (4)


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Cut the 1x4s into four 48-in. boards, four 22-1/2-in. boards for the front and back, and four 15-in. boards for the legs.

Construct Your Boxes

Take your 2-ft. x 4-ft. piece of plywood and mark a point 12 in. from a side edge and 9 in. from the top edge; then draw a 6-in.-dia. circle around the mark using a compass. Drill a pilot hole along the edge of the circle and use your jig saw to cut out the rest of the hole.

Mark 1-3/4 in. down the length of the 15�-in. legs and use a compass to draw an arc. Cut the arc with a jigsaw.

Fit the Legs

Attach the Plywood to the Box

Clamp the plywood to the box. Use a countersink bit to drill pilot holes and fasten the plywood with screws.

Turn the box upside down; lay one leg parallel to a side of the box, as shown, with the arc side in the corner. Clamp it in place. Drill a 1/2-in. hole through both pieces, as shown. Repeat the process for the second leg; then fasten the legs to the board with nuts and bolts.

Cut the Angle for the Legs

Lift up the platform using a bucket, a piece of scrap wood or anything that can boost the top of the plywood to 12-in. from the ground, and position it on the edge of your worktable. Fold out the legs and use your worktable to mark the angle on the legs, as shown. Detach the legs and cut along the line with a circular saw.

Sand, Paint and Play Sand your boards, and prime and paint them however you see fit with highgloss paint. Then go out and start practicing for next Sunday!

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Kids Eat Free • Mama Maria’s 11 AM - 2 PM • 3 & under free buffet with paid adult W. Main St., Salem (540) 389-2848


• Country Cookin’ 4 PM - Close • 10 & under, 2 children per paid adult All Locations in Roanoke (540) 774-0199

• The Green Goat All Day • 12 & under, 1 child per paid adult 802 Wiley Dr. SW, Roanoke (540) 904-6091

• Golden Corral All Day • 3 & under free buffet with paid adult 1441 Towne Square Blvd., Roanoke (540) 563-8826

• Famous Anthony’s 3 PM - Close • 1 child per paid adult All Locations in Roanoke, Salem, & Vinton (540) 362-1400

• Brambleton Deli 11 AM - 9 PM • 12 & under, 1 child per paid adult 3655 Brambleton Ave., Roanoke (540) 774-4554

IHop 4PM-10PM • 12 & Under All Locations

• Buffalo Wild Wings 4 PM - 9 PM • 12 & under, 1 child per paid adult All Locations (540) 725-9464

• Denny’s 4 PM - 10 PM • 12 & under, 1 child per paid adult All Locations Roanoke & Salem (540) 389-5074

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• Shoney’s All Day • 4 & under, free kids meal with adult entree purchase. Drink not included 2673 Lee Highway, Troutville (540) 992-6400


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• El Rio Mexican Grill All Day • 10 & under, 1 child per paid adult 4208 Electric Rd., Roanoke (540) 685-4343 • Firehouse Subs All Day • 11 & under, 2 children per paid adult combo,dine in Blacksburg (540) 961-0371


• Macado’s 4 PM - 9 PM • 12 & under, $1 child meal per paid adult All Locations in Roanoke & Salem (540) 776-9884

• McAlister’s Deli 5 PM - Close • 2 children per paid adult 2063 Colonial Ave., Roanoke (540) 204-4407 • Town Center Tap House All Day • 12 & under, 2 children per paid adult 90 Town Center St., Daleville (540) 591-9991 • Firehouse Subs All Day • 12 & under, 1 child per paid adult Colonial Ave, Town Square & Salem only (540) 345-3131 • Pizza Hut 5 PM - Close • 10 & under, free buffet per paid adult 1016 Hershberger Rd., Roanoke (540) 362-3834 • Ruby Tuesday 5 PM - Close • 11 & under, 1 child per paid adult Electric Rd., Roanoke (540) 265-9301 • K&W All Day • 12 & under, 1 child per paid adult Hershberger Rd. Roanoke (540) 563-4977


• Dogwood 4 PM - Close • 10 & under, per paid adult 106 E. Lee Ave., Vinton (540) 343-6549 • Pizza Pasta Pit 4 PM - 9 PM • 1 child per paid adult. Drink not included. 1713 Riverview Dr., Salem (540) 387-2885 • The Quarter All Day • 12 & under, 1 child per paid adult 19 Salem Ave., Roanoke (540) 342-2990


• CiCi’s Pizza All Day • 10 & under .99 cents child buffet per adult buffet Roanoke (540) 344-7711

• The Roanoker 4:30 PM - Close • 12 & under, 2 children per paid adult 2522 Colonial Ave., Roanoke (540) 344-7746

• Jerry’s Family Restaurant 4 PM - Close • 6 & under, 1 child per adult meal purchase 1340 E. Washington Ave., Vinton (540) 343-4400

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• Steak n’ Shake All Day • 12 & under 1 free per paid $10.00 adult 1309 Hershberger Rd., Roanoke (540) 400-8825 • Tokyo Express 11 AM - 3 PM • 4 & under free buffet per paid adult 1940 W Main St., Salem (540) 389-6303 • F.P.S All day • 12 & under, 1 child per paid adult 611 S. Jefferson St., Roanoke (540) 400-6879 • Famous Anthony’s 12 PM - Close • 1 child per adult meal All Locations Roanoke, Salem, Vinton (540) 362-1400

• T.G.I.Fridays All Day • 12 & under 1 with paying adult 4869 Valley View Blvd., Roanoke (540) 362-1475 • Jimmy V’s Restaurant All Day • 4 & under kids meal only $2.50 3403 Brandon Ave., Roanoke (540) 345-7311 • Steak n’ Shake All Day • 12 & under 1 free with paying $10.00 adult 1309 Hershberger Rd., Roanoke (540) 400-8825 • Moe’s Southwestern Grill All Day • 1 free per paid adult All Roanoke & Blacksburg locations • Firehouse Subs All Day • 12 and Under 1 free per paid adult Keagy Road, Roanoke 540-204-4471 • O’Charley’s All Day • 10 and Under 1 free per paid adult Valley View, Roanoke 540-563-9870 • Rodeo Grande All Day • 12 and Under 1 free per paid adult Valley View, Roanoke 540-206-2296 • Lew’s Restaurant SW All Day • 12 and Under 2 free per paid adult Walnut Avenue, Roanoke 540-682-5925


• Pizza Den 5 PM - 8:30 PM • 10 & under free buffet per paid adult buffet and drink purchase Salem (540) 389-1111 • Local Roots 5 PM -7 PM • 5 & under eat for free, discount for ages 5-7 per paid adult 1314 Grandin Rd., Roanoke (540) 206-2610

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Fresh vs Frozen Article by: Kathryn Steed


e all know that eating vegetables is an essential part of getting key nutrients and keeping our bodies performing at their highest levels. There are so many ways to obtain vegetables: canned, frozen, the produce aisle at a supermarket, farmer's market or even growing your own. So are all these ways of consuming vegetables equally healthy or should we try and avoid anything that's not fresh? There is no doubt that growing your own vegetables is the most nutritious and arguably the tastiest way to eat veggies. With a vegetable garden, you are in control of how they are planted, cared for and harvested, which means that you can grow organic vegetables for much cheaper than buying them at the grocery store. Also, you have the option of planting a greater variety of


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vegetables. If you have yard space and some spare time, you should try starting a vegetable garden. It's a cheap and environmentallyfriendly way to get the most out of your vegetables! While many of us would love to be able plant and harvest our own produce, it's not always feasible. There are days when we are in a hurry and must quickly dump a can of green beans or frozen spinach into the microwave if vegetables are going to make it on the menu. Are canned and frozen vegetables less healthy than fresh vegetables? Well, there a lot of points to consider: nutrition, cost, shelf-life and taste.

Though not fresh, frozen and canned vegetables have their benefits. In 1998, the FDA confirmed that frozen vegetables are just as healthy (if not more so) than purchasing vegetables from the produce section at your local grocery store. Vegetables are packed with the most nutrients right after they are harvested. The longer the time between harvest and transportation to the grocery store shelf, the more the nutrient level decreases. Since frozen vegetables are picked, blanched and frozen within hours of harvest, they're processed when they are freshest and have the highest amount of nutrients. So don't worry about picking up bags of frozen peas and broccoli; they are still benefiting you and your family's health. Are canned and frozen vegetables equally healthy? Usually not,

although many people prefer their taste because of the added salt and preservatives. When purchasing canned vegetables, added salt is an additional concern, especially if you have or are predisposed to high blood pressure. There are usually reduced sodium or no salt added options, however. Canned veggies also tend to lose a lot of their nutrients during the preservation process, with the exception of tomatoes and pumpkin. If you don't want to grow your own vegetable garden, the next best thing is to support a local farmer's market. Produce at a farmer's market is fresher than produce at the grocery store. It's also nice to be able to ask how the crop was grown (were pesticides used?) and support your local economy at the same time.

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The way produce is prepared also affects the nutrient levels. For example, boiling vegetables in a pot of boiling water can cause vitamins and minerals to leach into the water. The healthiest way to prepare vegetables is to lightly steam them. Since Americans typically only eat about one-third of their daily serving of vegetables, any vegetables are better than none at all. While you should strive to get the most nutrient-packed vegetables on your plate, it's more important to strive to eat a full serving of vegetables each day, no matter where they come from. About the Author Kathryn Steed is a writer and editor for, an ever-growing recipe sharing website.


Growing Up in the Valley’s Guide To Daycare, Preschools & Private Education ROANOKE CATHOLIC SCHOOL

Roanoke Catholic


621 N. Jefferson St. Roanoke 540-982-3532 • Ages: 3-18 Preschool, K-12, After School

4524 Colonial Avenue, Roanoke 540-989-6641 • Ages 3-18 years Preschool, K-12

We are dedicated to excellence in education and to the spiritual development of youth within the framework of the Gospel and the tradition of the Catholic Church. Our mission is the education of the whole persona, blending learning with faith and faith with daily life.

North Cross School is an independent, nonsectarian, college-preparatory school that serves children from early childhood through twelfth grade. North Cross provides a rigorous academic curriculum, competitive with the best college-preparatory schools in the Commonwealth of Virginia. While we explicitly recognize the importance of intellectual development and academic achievement, we also strive to promote personal integrity, empathy, and responsibility to self and community. Through this, our graduates will act as leaders in the local and global communities, persons of intellectual and moral courage, and scholars in the service of others.


4225 Brambleton Avenue, Roanoke 540-989-0144 • Ages: 6 Weeks -12 Years Preschool, Day Care, After School  Come join us at Childcare Network #65!! We pride ourselves on being the working parent’s best friend!


5220 Starkey Rd, Roanoke 540-797-1456 • Ages: 6 Weeks -12 Years Preschool, Day Care, After School Country Bear Day School has a 30 year tradition of offering an exceptional program for children ages 6 weeks - 12 years.  A child’s happiness and development is our main objective, offered in a secure, nurturing environment with opportunities to grow. Your child’s well being is not only your top priority--it is ours as well. Please visit us soon to see why we lead in creative educational programs, parental service and an environment that is loving, safe and secure.   


2660 Brambleton Ave, Roanoke 628 Townside Rd, Roanoke 1824 Jefferson Street, Roanoke 4330 Franklin Rd, Roanoke 2230 Electric Rd, Roanoke 7507 Plantation Rd, Roanoke 217 Hershberger Rd, Roanoke 1531 Patrick Rd, Roanoke 1980 Electric Rd, Salem 2111 Roanoke Rd, Salem 1918 Washington Avenue, Vinton 7000 Booker T. Washington, Wirtz 229 Central Avenue, Christiansburg (540) 344-4543 Ages 6 weeks-12 years Preschool, After School

HoneyTree Early Learning Centers is the leading Early Childhood Provider in the Roanoke Valley for children ages 6 weeks - 12 years of age. We are locally-owned and operated and have been serving generations of families since 1979. Expect your child to receive the best, quality educational experience. We hope to have the opportunity to provide you and your family with all the pieces for a happy, healthy childhood!


3585 Buck Mountain Rd, Roanoke 540-769-5200 • Ages: 4-19 years Preschool, K-12, After School At Faith Christian School students are encouraged to love God and be captivated by His created world. Check out our new indexed tuition program, private education may be more affordable than you think!


2660 Brambleton Avenue, Roanoke 540-524-2491 • Ages 2-5 years Preschool Grandin Court Baptist Church Preschool partners with families to provide a high-quality learning environment and to begin fostering an understanding and appreciation of God’s presence in each child’s life. As a VA Quality participant, we achieve this goal by providing environments and student-teacher interactions which promote a child’s natural curiosity and we delight and encourage them in their discoveries.  


2011 Brandon Avenue, SW, Roanoke 540-982-2254 • Ages 12mo - 5 years Preschool Noah’s Landing Preschool offers Mother’s Morning Out (MMO) as well as classes for 2, 3, and 4 year olds (Pre-K).  Space is limited due to small pupil/teacher ratio per class. Our philosophy of education is based on the belief that children learn and grow best through hands on experiences.


7060 Williamson Rd, Roanoke 540-366-2432 119 • Ages 2-18 years Preschool, K-12, Before/After School

Roanoke Valley Christian Schools (RVCS) was established in 1973 by Shenandoah Baptist Church and now recognizes over 1,200 alumni. Its mission is to develop disciples of Christ who will influence the world for the glory of God. RVCS accomplishes this through a partnership with each family. We

serve preschool, ages 2 through grade 12 and offer both an advanced program and resource program that can come alongside each student’s individual needs.


3539 Peters Creek Rd, Roanoke 540-362-1767 • Ages 2-5 years Our purpose is to provide a warm, nurturing, yet challenging atmosphere in which children can learn and develop physically, socially, emotionally, cognitively, and creatively. We offer Lunch Bunch, Curbside Drop Off and Pick Up, Music, Weekly Chapel, Field Trips, Multiple Child Discount, and Referral Discounts.


7815 Williamson Rd, Roanoke 540-563-5036 • Ages 3-14 years Preschool, K-8 We provide education of the highest quality for children of all racial, cultural, religious, and economic backgrounds. Community School provides a program that is unique in the Roanoke Valley and a rarity statewide, a haven for those who value experiential education over standardized test results. Our school nurtures children’s individual learning styles and fosters creative and analytical thinking. Our students develop personal responsibility for their education and a passion for learning.                                                                               


4845 Cloverdale Rd, Roanoke 540-977-0485 Ages 2.5-11 years Preschool, After School

Bonsack Preschool/After School is a faith based, developmentally appropriate program focused on Kindergarten Readiness for preschoolers, half and full day. After School Care for Bonsack, Cloverdale and Colonial Elementary Schools offered with priority on gym time, devotions, creativity and homework completion. Summer Camps available for both Elementary and Preschool


3743 Challenger Avenue, Roanoke 540-977-1282 • Ages 0-12 years Preschool, Daycare, After School We offer social development, preschool education, and after school enrichment for our community in a safe and engaging atmosphere. Our curriculum builds upon the Virginia Foundation Blocks of Early Learning to fully prepare children to be successful upon entering Elementary School.


4120 Challenger Avenue, Roanoke 540-798-6061 • ages 5-14 K –8

Roanoke Adventist Preparatory School (RAPS) has been offering quality Christian education at family-friendly prices in the Roanoke area for over 75 years. RAPS mission is to foster academic excellence, passionate spirituality and outstanding character in each student. Our school is a small classroom environment where students receive grade-level appropriate individualized instruction. RAPS is fully accredited and key learning standards are available by grade level. Tuition rates are highly competitive and scholarship opportunities are available. 


42 E. Main Street, Salem 540-389-4087 • Ages 18mos-5 years Preschool

St. Anne’s curriculum is based on developmental learning and the Virginia Foundation Blocks of Early Learning. We are dedicated to the total development of each child; intellectual, spiritual, social, and physical.  Our desire is that each child knows that he/she is loved and accepted.  Registration is now open for the 2018-2019 school year! 


125 W. Main St., Salem 540-389-5144 • Ages 1 - 4 years Preschool “Jesus grew in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man.” Luke 2:52 This is the verse on which we base our preschool. Our State LIcensed Preschool’s purpose is to help your child grow cognitively, physically, spiritually , and socially/emotionally. We know that young children learn best through play, so all of our learning activities are planned to be educational and fun!


107 Corporate Blvd., Salem 540-387-1521 • Ages 6 weeks-12 years Preschool, k-6 Salem Montessori School - Bringing Joy to Learning! Children are eager, spontaneous learners, curious about the world around them. The primary goal of a Montessori education is to help every child reach their full potential in all areas of life. Montessori educated children become self-confident young people, who face future challenges with optimism and who enjoy a lifetime love of learning!


627 Westwood Blvd. NW, Roanoke 540-342-4716 • Ages 3 -5 years Preschool Greenvale School’s mission is to provide affordable, accessible, top-quality, developmentally appropriate childcare and educational services for children of working parents, according to each family’s ability to pay. By promoting the highest standards of education and responsible behavior, Greenvale School’s program cultivates the growth of each child to his or her full potential. By providing a comprehensive range of services, Greenvale School supports parents’ efforts to build a secure and prosperous future for their families.

Mineral Springs Christian School

1030 Bible Ln, Vinton (540) 890-4465 • Ages 1-16 years

It is our goal at Mineral Springs Christian School to provide your child with an affordable Christian education. Mineral Springs Christian School is one the most important ministries of our church. The school has been serving families for 25 years. Mineral Springs Baptist Church felt the need to provide a ministry of alternative and affordable Christian education to their church members and the community.                                      

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Growing Up In the Valley July 2018  

Volume 6, Issue 11

Growing Up In the Valley July 2018  

Volume 6, Issue 11