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Just Between Us…


With Valentine’s Day around the corner, we’ve been breaking out the decorations at our house in anticipation. Heart-shaped pancake mold—check. Doilies—check. Glitter and red garland—double check. Goofy sweet cards— check. This year, along with my favorite cornball classics like “You’re Toad-ally Awesome” or “Valentine, You are purrrr-fect,” I’m going to write a whole letter so the kids can appreciate the full depth of my cheesiness and, I hope, my love. I can already hear them, “Mooooooom….really?” Followed quickly with, “Did you get us chocolates?” While I fully intend to be well-supplied with said staple treat, I want to also take advantage of the opportunity to tell them how wonderful they are—each, their own unique self—and share some pearls of wisdom about our hopes and dreams for their futures. I hope they each find love that is deep and true with someone who helps them be their very best self. I hope, too, that their Dad and I have done right in modeling such a love, not a fairy tale but a real relationship, not always easy or perfect. When someone asks them about how their parents were as a couple, I think they will be able to say, “Well, other than dancing together in the kitchen

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way too often, which they knew totally embarrassed us…they really loved one another, and we always knew that they loved us absolutely.” Here is my first draft in case you’re inspired to write a note this year, too. CharlottesvilleFamily™ Magazine and™ are published jointly by Ivy Publications, LLC. CharlottesvilleFamily. com™ is published weekly online at www.CharlottesvilleFamily. com, the weekly Newsletter is distributed via email, and the Magazine is published in print format 12 times per year along with a™ Directory. The views and opinions expressed by the writers and advertisers do not necessarily represent those of CharlottesvilleFamily magazine, its officers, staff or contributors. The information presented here is for informational purposes only and although every effort has been made to present accurate information, we do not in any way accept responsibility for the accuracy of or consequences from the use of this information or for the businesses and organizations presented herein. We urge all parents to confirm any information given herein and consult with your doctor or an appropriate professional concerning any information of question. All images not credited are property of and provided by Thinkstock by Gettyimages. No portion of this publication may be reproduced in part or in whole without the express written consent of the publisher. Copyright ©2016. All rights reserved.

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Dear Bob 28 new! Parenting Questions Answered New Mom 30 Transition into Tech-Filled Parenting

News 8

The Buzz Around Town 10  Does your child get the right amount of homework most nights?

Snapshot 12  Ben King, Professional Cyclist

Mindful Parenting 32 Feng Shui Your Child’s Bedroom

Healthy Family 34 Protect Your Little One’s Heart

Our Schools 16

February Activities & Events for Families

Editor’s Pick!

Daytrip Fun! 20

I’m so excited to try the homemade Valentine’s Day crafts with my niece. I hope they turn out just as pretty. For details, see pg 40.

Virginia Living Museum & Amazement Square


Me & My “Little” 46  BBBS & Madison House Grow Big Siblings Program

Nurturing Intelligence 66

2016 Guide to Private Schools 68

Tips & Trends 36 Fabulous Finds and Fun Home & Garden 38 Meal Planning Made Easy

Understand Your Child’s Strengths & Weaknesses


Day 40

Make & Share Sweet Valentines

Summer Camp’s Natural Gifts 52 Why Your Child Would Love Camp, Too

Out & About Calendar 18

UVA Student-Athletes bring Joy to City Schools



The Inside Info on Area Schools

Guide to Residential Camps 54

What You Need to Find the Best Camp for Your Child

UNTIL NEXT TIME Rude Dudes 78  And Girls Who Like Them

38 Can you find Bumble with the heartshaped wings?

So Love This! “I can’t wait to try the yummy spicy hot cocoa, with cayenne for me and without for my two little ones! Recipe

See answer on page 79.

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February 11 DoubleTree Hotel

February 20 Key Recreation Center

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood February 18 The Paramount Theater

2016 Camp Expo Join us for the Annual CharlottesvileFamily Fun Fair and Camp Expo Sunday, February 14, from 10am-3pm at the DoubleTree. It will be a full and exciting day with over 80 exhibitors from all over the East Coast. You’ll learn about countless options for your child this summer, including camps offering activities such as scuba diving, white-water rafting, hiking, astronomy, organic farming, photography, arts & crafts, and more! The Expo will feature kids activities as well as over $1,000 in prizes, so bring the whole family to learn about fun opportunities for your child.

MARCH Bumble’s Funniest Foodie Contest

CHS Team in Global Finals at MIT It’s been a series of fourths for the Charlottesville High School (CHS) science club, BACON (Best All-Around Club of Nerds). The group placed fourth in the semifinals for the Zero Robotics

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competition—marking its fourth-consecutive year of qualifying for the finals and securing its rank as fourth, worldwide. The Zero Robotics High School Tournament is one of the premier computerprogramming competitions and requires teams to write computer code to control a virtual robot in 3D space. In January, the CHS team traveled to the competition finals, which were hosted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to watch their code actually control a robot live on the International Space Station.


February 2016

February’s Winner — our pretty little “Flour”

“I Lov e My F unny Valen tine”

The Women’s Legal Group Law from a Woman’s Point of View

Virtual Learning in Virginia Good news may be ahead for students who excel in a more non-traditional classroom setting. Delegate Richard Bell has been working on a proposal since 2010 to set up an online public school system for students across the Commonwealth. It would offer both online classes and virtual school programs to students in Virginia, which could allow students a type of flexibility that hasn’t ever existed before as well as an alternative to home schooling. The virtual school would still be aligned with the Standards of Learning and would allow up to 2 percent of students in a school division to enroll in the program.

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TOWN Does your child get the right amount of homework most nights? 50% say “yes” 50% say “no” “Mine is in fifth grade, and he gets the right amount every night plus reading every night, too.” Heather, Crozet mom “My child is in first grade, and she brings home reading every night, but no other work, which I think is appropriate.”

“My child has too much homework. I don’t work for eight hours a day to then come home to work some more. Kids’ brains need a break. I understand reading every night and the occasional research paper, but every night busy work is just not acceptable. Plus, homework stress takes a toll on family life.” Mom of three, Ruckersville

Mom of three, North Garden “I think, for the most part, my middleschooler has the right amount of homework each night. I will say that some nights he might have a bit more than usual, but then there are other nights that he doesn’t have that much. It is generally a good balance, and homework is divided well between subjects.” Anna, Charlottesville

“I think schools are pushing too hard and expecting too much from kids. I understand that it is beneficial for kids to have homework each night, but I think there should be a limit. I don’t want my kids to be stressed out in elementary school when they’re supposed to be learning and having fun. After spending six to seven hours at school each day, they need to be able to come home and have time to unwind.” Jessica, Forest Lakes

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Ben King Professional Cyclist Professional Cyclist Ben King is a local boy with an impressive record. After winning the 2007 USA Junior National Championships at age 17, King signed with his first professional team, won the 2010 USA Pro National Championship and completed his first Tour de France in 2014. “Cycling hooked me instantly,” says King. “I grew up twenty miles outside of town and could jet off to the mountains or roll into town to meet friends years before I could drive a car.” Cycling gave King an outlet for excess energy and a way to test his

how rare it is to find deep friendships, and mine have been a huge part

physical limits and pain threshold. And he enjoyed the opportunity to

of who I am and what I’ve accomplished. I participate in a Bible study

interact and compete with adults on equal terms.

with other professional cyclists through Athletes in Action. We meet via

King’s dad, Mark, quit competitive cycle racing when King was three,

Skype as we’re spread out around the world. We provide each other with

and began again when King was old enough to join him on the road.

accountability, encouragement and prayer. And I depend on technology

Cycling became a King family pastime during his teen years, including

to keep me connected to people at home. (See Ben at:;

trips all over the East Coast for races that involved King and his dad,

Instagram: @bking137; twitter: @benking89.)

King’s uncle, and younger brother, Jake. Now King is only local during a few off-season months. Lucca, Italy, is his home for the nine-month

What routine or habit helps you keep on top of life and work

race season, which includes training, camps and an average of 85 race


days. Living out of a suitcase and maintaining a professional diet and

I try to read a lot. That helps me hang on to the bigger picture. Habits and

training regime on the road are challenging. But, “Through cycling, I’ve

routines? I guess it’s just knowing what you have to do, and doing it.

met many amazing people, made lifelong friends, visited amazing places and learned about many different cultures,” says King.

What is your favorite time of the week with your family & friends?

Do you have advice for budding cyclists?

When I’m in Virginia, I work 9-5 on my training and meet friends

Keep it fun. Do it for the right reasons. Find a mentor. Get involved

when they’re off work. I’m usually too tired to do anything extreme,

in a local program through a bike shop or school. Set challenging, but

but I have hobbies I like to call “inactivities,” such as playing guitar,

achievable, short-term goals in order to measure your progress.

cooking, fishing or anything that allows me to rest and recover while still interacting with other people.

What practices have you put in place to get quality time with your family & friends? The hardest part about being on the road often is finding consistent community. I’m blessed with an amazing family and friends. I’ve seen


February 2016

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Openings & Relocations Both

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Centers saw multiple changes, with Lily Rain and Subway opening and Kinkos, Penelope and Smoothie King relocating. The Blue Light Grill on the Downtown Mall is currently

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closed but has plans to reopen by April with a new name, new menu and new design. The new Hospice of the

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January. After closing in September 2014, L’etoile has transitioned into L’etoile Catering, serving fine Virginia cuisine.

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Lululemon Athletica is now open in The Shops at Stonefield. L to R: Carol Boersma MD, Stephanie Grice MD, Robert Michel MD, Mary Anne Mayo MD, Angella Stitely-Lamm CPNP, Arika Roy Cocke CPNP, Gretchen Wasserstrom Brantley MD, Jocelyn Schauer MD

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Announcements The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors selected Liz Palmer as its new chairwoman and Diantha McKeel as its new vicechairwoman. B&O Railroad Museum will be closed from February 1–8 for renovations and exhibit improvements. The Brooks Family YMCA is planning a new additional location in McIntire Park for our community’s Piedmont YMCA, which is expected to open the summer of 2017 and provide many adult services. Adrian Felts, Centridian LLC’s

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Blue Ridge Mountain Sports in Stonefield will be closing its doors in the next few weeks. Dips & Sips on Seminole Trail is now closed. Quiksilver, located in the Charlottesville Shoppers World

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by Beth Cheuk

UVA Student-Athletes Bring Joy to City Schools Who, you ask? Athletes at the University of Virginia,

special occasions such as Read for the Record or Unity Day.

that’s ‘hoo. Varsity athletes at UVA are frequent volunteers

As Librarian Sarah Messham wrote about some football

in Charlottesville City Schools, whether they are regularly

players’ visit to Johnson Elementary, “I can’t express how

helping in the classroom or whether they stop by for a

much it means to me as a teacher to see our students’ heroes

one-time special visit. And whenever they come, it’s much

making education a priority. While the guys laughed and

appreciated by the children they meet.

the students cheered, I got choked up knowing that what

It’s no secret that some athletes volunteer on a weekly

they would remember from this day would be that a football

or bi-weekly basis through the University’s ACE (Athletes

player came into their classroom…to read to them. That the

committed to Community and Education) program. These

students got to sit and chat with a famous athlete…about

athletes visit classrooms to work in both man-to-man and

literacy. From bicep curls to autographs, the athletes were

zone coverage (working with children one-on-one or in small

great sports and brought so much joy into our building.”

groups). Some student-athletes lend an extra-coordinated

On a more recent occasion, the student-athletes turned

hand with classroom routines, while others talk and play

the tables by inviting students from around the city to come

with students during lunch or recess. Athletes in the ACE

see them in action, marking the women’s basketball team’s

program represent a wide range of sports, from swimming

first-ever field trip day. It was a win for all in attendance,

and diving, soccer and lacrosse to volleyball and baseball, to

including the Lady ‘Hoos.

name a few. Other athletes make a one-time commitment such as speaking to fifth- and sixth-graders about being team players, setting goals or valuing education. And still, other athletes come as a team. Football and basketball stars have visited elementary schools to do classroom read-alouds for


February 2016

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Covenant’s Basketball Star Surpasses 1,000, Twice Since the beginning of basketball season, Covenant girls’ junior basketball standout Emily Maupin has

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reached two career milestones, surpassing 1,000 career points and, more recently, pulling down 1,000 career rebounds. Entering Covenant’s game against St. Margaret’s in early January, she was just 14 rebounds shy of 1,000. Averaging 20-plus rebounds per game, it was no surprise that she was within reach of achieving her second milestone of the year. Maupin began her career in 2012 as an eighth grader on Covenant’s varsity program and, has since, grown in height, improved her strength and increased her vertical. Maupin has played a situational point guard role throughout her career, a somewhat unusual position for someone 6-foot-3 in stature. This dedicated athlete strives to leave the program in better shape when she graduates next year, than when she joined the team.

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VALENTINE’S DAY Valentine’s Arrow Card

February 6, 10am–12pm at Michaels Kids will make a Valentine’s Arrow Card. 30 minutes of creative, craft fun. Supplies included. 971-1072,

FEBRUARY 2016 CharlottesvilleFamily Fun Fair & Camp Expo

Mark your calendar — the CharlottesvilleFamily Fun Fair & Camp Expo is on Sunday, Feb 14!

Father-Daughter Valentine’s Dance

February 6 & 7, 8am–5pm Saturday or 2-4pm Sunday at Charlottesville Ballet Semi-formal event including a raffle, refreshments, dancing, games and activities. 227-7592,

Valentine’s Decor

February 13, 10am–12pm at Michaels Little makers will make a Valentines mobile. 30 minutes of creative, craft fun. Supplies included. 971-1072,

The Love Tour

February 13 & 14, all day at Maymont Mansion Costumed staff relate details of the royal love story of Queen Victoria and the courting customs of the era. 804-358-7166,

Valentine’s Day Cookie Decorating Workshop

Valentine Murder Mystery Night

Kid*Vention 2016

February 17, 6:30pm at Gordon Avenue Library The ACT invites you to a night of clues, sleuthing and fun. You’ll question suspects, examine evidence and attempt to solve the mystery. 979-7151,

February 20, 10am–3pm at Key Recreation Center Annual family science festival, bringing community organizations together to share exciting activities to spark kids’ curiosity about the world around them. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor! 977-1025,



Annual Chili Cook-Off & Bingo Night February 6, 6–8pm at Red Hill Elementary School Cafeteria Play bingo and taste some of the best chili Red Hill has to offer. 293-5332,

4th Annual City Market Art Show

February 14, 2–3pm at Crozet Mudhouse Join Chef Margot Diaz for a wonderful afternoon of cookie decorating. 823-2240,

February 14, 10am–3pm at The DoubleTree Hotel Charlottesville Meet exhibitors from camps offering horseback riding, sailing, sports training, travel, robotics and much more! With entertainment, great giveaways and fun kids’ activities. 984-4713,

February 13, 10am–4pm at Jefferson School City Center Come see your favorite city arts market vendors and local musicians. 970-3371,

February 20–21, 12–7pm at BBQ Exchange The greatest pork fest on earth is back for their 6th anniversary celebration.

STAGE & SCREEN CHS Symphony Concert

February 3 at MLK Performing Arts Center

UVA’s A Capella Singfest 2016

February 6, 8–10pm at McLeod Hall UVA The Glee Club hosts multiple a capella groups for an incredible evening of vocal power.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live

February 18, 6pm at The Paramount Theater Donning his iconic red sweater, Daniel invites the audience on an interactive musical adventure as he and his friends explore their much-loved Neighborhood of Make-Believe. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor! 979-1333,

She Loves Me

February 19–21, 7:30pm Friday & Saturday, 2pm Sunday at St. Anne’s-Belfield School drama students perform on stage. 296-5106,

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February 2016

Youth Orchestra Winter Concert

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February 23, 7pm at MLK Jr Performing Arts Center Winter concert with the Youth Symphony and The Evans Orchestra. 974-7776,

Picture Book Film Fest

February 26–27, 10:30am at Crozet Library Bring a blanket and pillows if you’d like and cozy up to watch a few of your favorite stories on the big screen. 979-7151,



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LEARNING FUN Mother Goose Time

Now–March 10, Thursdays 9:30am at Central Library Simple stories, rhymes and songs chosen to enhance your wee one’s language development followed by time to play and socialize. 979-7151,

Monkey Business Winter Session

Now–March 24, Thursdays 10:30am at Gordon Avenue Library Exciting stories, fingerplays, silly songs and flannel stories. Designed to help 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds practice self-sufficiency and develop early literacy skills to help them be ready to read and succeed. 296-5544,


Awesome Afternoons

Now–April 27, Wednesdays 1:30pm at Northside Library Enjoy a mix of stories, music and movement. For ages 6 months–5 years. 973-7893,

Drum Call Friends

February 2, 2pm at Central Library Move and groove to a West African Beat with Whit Whitten and his drum and dance group, Drum Call. 979-7151,

Tots and Dots

February 2 at Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum Early visual literacy program featuring a brief tour and ways to further stimulate visual and interpretive development. 244-0234,

1007 RUGBY ROAD, c. 1928 • $2,995,000 This expansive, history-rich Rugby Road home designed after Gunston Hall, is in immaculate condition, and showcases some of the finest millwork and plasterwork to be found in a private Charlottesville home. Generous proportions throughout, 5 fireplaces, including one in the eat-in kitchen and a walnut library. The incredible parcel features gardens originally designed by Charles Gillette and enough flat, level rear lawn to host neighborhood soccer games. 5 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, including 1st floor master. Extra, buildable parcel!



1440 PLAINS DRIVE • $1,095,000 This classic home enjoys total privacy and strong Blue Ridge views. Unbelievable kitchen with commercial grade appliances & screened porch with vaulted ceiling deck off family room. Upstairs are 4 bedrooms, TV room, bonus room, 3 full baths. Guest suite, 2nd family room, wet bar, billiards on lower level. MLS# 531956

250 CHESTNUT OAK LANE • $795,000 Nestled on 13.39 private acres just minutes from Historic Downtown and UVA. Living room with builtin bookshelves, fir beams, an oversized Rumford wood burning fireplace and French limestone hearth. Open concept kitchen/great room. Detached garage with studio apartment above. Lindsay Milby (434) 962-9148.

Mind Math with Beads

February 4, 4pm at Gordon Avenue Library Presented by Ashwati Nayar: ALOHA Mind Math. Learn to calculate faster and better with the abacus. Registration is required. 979-7151,

Explore the Universe with Dark Skies, Bright Kids

February 6, 2pm at Crozet Library The UVA Astronomy Department will be here to help you see the universe up close with their portable planetarium. Registration is required. 979-7151,

Let’s Go Explore the Past Through Archaeology

February 6, 10am-12pm at Monticello In honor of Black History Month, join archaeologists to discover how the enslaved community lived at Monticello. 984-9800, Continued on page 22


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Virginia Living Museum

Newport News is just over two hours southeast of Charlottesville, making it a great daytrip for families wanting to travel a bit further to a one-of-a-kind destination. Where can you see more than 250 species of native animals and plants in their natural habitats in just one day? Come explore native wildlife to the Commonwealth at the Virginia Living Museum (VLM), where you can see red wolves, the most endangered mammal in North America. Touch live horseshoe crabs and real fossilized dinosaur tracks, and get up close to the loggerhead turtle—the only sea turtle that nests in Virginia. The VLM’s vast indoor galleries and two-level habitariums display a wide variety of plants and animals. Or, come eye-to-eye with scurrying ghost crabs, eerie jellyfish and other nocturnal animals from Virginia’s costal waters in the World of Darkness Gallery. For an underwater view of large sea creatures and complex life forms, stop by the 30,000-gallon Noland Chesapeake Bay Aquarium. Visitors can touch and explore different specimens from the worlds of life science, space science and geology in four different interactive Discovery Centers. Come practice your veterinarian skills at the new “Wild & Well” exhibit, featuring examination tables, x-ray walls and even animal holding cages with life-size stuffed animals. In celebration of its 50th Anniversary, the VLM is putting on 50 special events and exhibits up and through November of 2016. Until April 17, the new larger-than-life “Big Bugs” exhibit will be available, featuring six super-sized (5 to 12-feet-long) bugs such as: the Bombardier Beetle; The Madagascan Sunset Moth; and the Orb-Web Spider. 757-595-1900, the



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Amazement Square

Just over one hour southwest of Charlottesville, Lynchburg is a great daytrip for families wanting to travel to the see the 2015 Recipient of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Looking for a place where you can spark your imagination, creativity and curiosity? Amazement Square, a non-profit hands-on museum, offers all of this and more. Children can learn about literacy, visual and performing arts, and the natural world and sciences. Scramble up one of the tallest climbing structures in the nation using slides, ladders, tunnels and even a zip-line. Step into a unique glass wall paint box and fulfill your childhood dream of painting on the walls. Or learn about life on a farm at the Big Red Barn by milking a life-sized cow, collecting different crops and greeting interactive animals. Each week, Saturdays at the Square are dedicated to a different theme, including Superhero Saturdays, LEGO® Lynchburg, Amazing Adventures and Madly Scientific Saturdays. Every second Saturday of the month, Family Fun Night features a reduced admission fee for the whole family. Back by popular demand, annual events for the “bigger” kids are also being offered, including “Museum After Dark” on Friday,

experiencing the museum in a whole new way as they help raise

February 26, and this year’s special “Star Wars Edition.” Adults

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Active Lego Fun

I Heart Duplo February 10, 5:30–6:30pm at The Little Gym See page 23.

Chinese New Year Celebration

February 6, 11:30am–12:30pm at Gordon Avenue Library Learn about and celebrate the Chinese New Year, Year of the Monkey. Special thanks to our partners in this collaboration, The East Asia Center at UVA. 979-7151,

Personalization Frame

February 20, 10am–12pm at Michaels Kids will make their own personalized frame or picture holder. Supplies included. 971-1072,

Tabletop Game Scientists

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February 20, 2pm at Crozet Library Tabletop games such as Yu-Gi-Oh, Magic the Gathering and more. Bring a favorite to share with others or learn something new. 979-7151,


February 22, 6–7:30pm at Crozet Library Create beautiful and intricate images by drawing very simple patterns, suitable for hanging. 979-7151,

Freedom Songs: The Music of Black History

February 25, 6:30pm at Staunton Public Library From work songs of slavery and hymns of the Underground Railroad to the blues of Beale Street and anthems of the Civil Rights Movement. 540-332-3902,

Personalized Bracelet

February 27, 10am–12pm at Michaels Kids will make a personalized bracelet. 30 minutes of creative, craft fun. Supplies included. 971-1072,


October–May Saturdays, 6–9pm at Greenwood Community Center Roller skating and disco light. 296-5844,

Albemarle County Middle School Girls Volleyball

February 1–March 24 at All Albemarle County Middle Schools Run two days a week after school for each season as an after-school program for students who attend that school.

Observatory Public Night

February 2 & 16, 7–9pm at McCormick Observatory View celestial objects through the historic Refractor and other smaller telescopes, tour the Observatory, hear a presentation by an astronomer and see the exhibits. 243-1885,

Souper Bowl Saturday

February 6, 10am–7pm at Ten Thousand Villages In anticipation of the Super Bowl, we will sampling some of our tasty Women’s Bean soup and cornbread. Stock up for the big game. 877-883-8341,

Tween Yoga Series

February 7 & 14, 2:45–4pm at FlyDog Yoga Participants will learn basic yoga postures to build strength and flexibility and use mindfulness techniques for building selfconfidence and easing stress. 964-1964,

I Heart Duplo

February 10, 5:30–6:30pm at The Little Gym Children will work with LEGO DUPLO Bricks for 30 minutes and then do gymnastics activities for 30 minutes. Reservations required. 975-5437,

President’s Weekend

February 12–15, Opening Hours at Wintergreen Resort A long weekend to take advantage of great skiing, riding and tubing. Lots of fun planned and plenty of opportunities to spend time with a Valentine. 325-2200,

Fluvanna Penguin Plunge

February 20, 12pm at Lake Monticello Plunge like a penguin into Lake Monticello in an effort to help raise money for local nonprofits. This year, a silent auction will follow the plunge.

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February 23, 5–6pm at Maymont Enjoy river vistas, landscape features and late winter blossoms during this exclusive afterhours tour. 804-358-7166,


Come out for a trail race along the Rivanna River. Learn how to fix water leaks in your home and win prizes too. Bring the whole family, there will be a DJ, kid activities, & conservation tips!

March 20th 10:00am Pen Park Nature Trail Price for Adults/Children: $10/$7 (City Residents) $15/$12 (Non-Residents)

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February 19, 6pm at Crozet Library Want brains? Come over for an apocalyptic party of zombie-makeovers, walking-dead games and a viewing of the movie Warm Bodies. 979-7151,

Intro to Tinkercad

February 23, 6:30–7:30pm at Northside Library An introductory class where you will learn how to create and modify your own 3D design using Tinkercad. Registration required. 979-7151,

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Become a Film Star

February 29, 6:30–8pm at Northside Library Join local actor Jon Emm from the Actor’s Training Studio for a workshop. Registration required. 979-7151,



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February 4, 5pm at Charlottesville High School Come listen to the discussions, debates and decisions of the city school board. 245-2400,

FUN FOR THE YOUNG: Feb 3, Mar 2, Apr 6

Author Book Talk and Signing in Celebration of Black History Month

Age-appropriate tours with hands-on art activities— an enriching experience for the whole family!

Gordon Avenue Children’s Librarian Glynis Welte shares stories that engage our youngest art patrons.

February 6, 11am–1pm at Central Library Join author and educator Sadiq Ali as he discusses and signs his book. 979-7151, or 434.243.2050

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Downton Abbey Season 6 Marathon The first eight episodes. ~ Noon to 9:00 p.m.

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February 2016

February 6 at Keswick Hall A sophisticated evening of silent auction, food, drinks, gaming and dancing. Proceeds will support pediatric research and the UVA Child Health Research Center. 924-8643,


February 11, 7:45am–4:30pm at the DoubleTree Hotel Charlottesville Businesswomen’s event sets the standard for success in all quadrants of life. Keynote Speaker Meredith Strohm Gunter of the Weldon Cooper Center. Ivy Publications is a proud sponsor!

Western Albemarle Lacrosse Club Fundraiser & Auction

February 26, 7pm at Restoration Restaurant in Old Trail There will be items up for bidding, music, entertainment, food and cocktails. Join in supporting local athletes.

OPEN HOUSES Peabody School Open House

February 23, 9am–2pm at Peabody School Prospective parents can observe classes, speak with current students and teachers, and take a guided tour of the school. 296-6901,

DATE NIGHT Songs in the Cellar Presents Broadway by the Decade: The 1990s

February 5–7 at Four County Players Cellar The ‘90s were full of treasured songs that are destined to be musical theater classics and several that already are. 540-832-5355,

Pasta 101

February 7, 5pm at The Happy Cook. Join Chef Melissa Close-Hart as she teaches the basics of making, fabricating, cooking and serving Fresh Pasta. 977-2665,

UpFront – Evening of Romance

February 13, 4–6pm at CB Studio Theatre Intimate performance, wine & hors d’oeuvres celebration sponsored by The Shebeen. 973-2555,

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Wine Lovers 5K

February 13 at Cardinal Point Vineyard. Great run for Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s Vineyards Events

February 13 & 14 Celebrate Valentine’s with a date night at one of great local vineyards. Vineyards and Wineries holding events include Barboursville Vineyards, Veritas Vineyard & Winery, Early Mountain Vineyards, Keswick Vineyards, Delfosse Vineyards & Winery, Glass House Winery, Trump Winery, DuCard Vineyards, New Kent Winery and more. Check their websites for full details!

The Eli Young Band

February 19, 8pm at The Jefferson Theater Camaraderie and creativity fused into an intoxicating cocktail that has propelled the talented foursome to the vanguard of contemporary country music. 245-4980,

Pride and Prejudice

February 21, 2pm at The Paramount Theater Almost against their will, sparks begin to fly when spirited Elizabeth Bennet meets single, rich and proud Mr. Darcy. Can each overcome their own social pride and private prejudice? 979-1333,

No Scrubs ‘90s Dance Party

February 26, 9pm at The Jefferson Theater Featuring DJs Will Eastman and Brian Billion 800-594-8499,

UVA Jazz Ensemble Performance

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February 27, 8pm at Old Cabell Hall Includes classic arrangements as well as a diverse arrangement of jazz pieces from both modern and classic composers and original compositions from within the band. 924-3376,

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Expert Advice Your Parenting Questions Answered

Dear Bob

While I have been fortunate to not have to attend any funerals of family members in recent years, I know the time will come. My grandmother, for example, is elderly and in poor health. My three children have never attended a funeral or dealt with a death of a loved one, and I am wondering how to best handle it. This is a great and important question. This is about helping your children navigate the turning points in life. For children, who have never dealt with funerals and death of a loved one or family member, this can understandably create anxiety and sadness. As a parent, you are helping your children with two overlapping concerns. One is that of closure—helping them deal with their own grief—the other is their coping with the finality of death. Funerals provide a structured ritual that can help with both of these concerns, but obviously your children will react differently not only because of their differing understanding about death but also because of their different relationships to the deceased. Helping them deal with the death of an older uncle they only met once or not at all is very different than dealing with the loss of their grandmother to whom they were extremely attached. Here are some suggested guidelines that span the different ages: by Bob Taibbi Never force your children to attend a funeral. What you want to focus on instead is why they don’t want to attend. Their reluctance to attend is a sign of their underlying anxiety. Talk to them about the funeral process to allay their fears. Here you describe what they may see—people crying because they are sad and an open casket. Talk to them in their language. If they experienced a loss of a pet, for example, ask what they remember and felt about that loss in comparison to how this may be different. You can describe it with saying that grandma may look like she is sleeping. If they want to touch grandma, inform them that she may feel cold and her hand will feel hard. You should never force a child to touch the body or even stand next to the casket if he or she doesn’t want to. Describe the ceremony itself—the saying of prayers, perhaps, or the memorial service, or the rituals at the cemetery. Young children have difficulty understanding cremation, and you need to emphasize that while the body is burned, the person will not feel any pain because they are no longer alive. If they decide to attend the funeral, let them set the pace. Email your parenting Stay close to them or have someone they are comfortable with concerns and queries to stay near them. Ask if they are okay, and then ask if they would like to go up to the casket or touch the body. If not, that’s fine. Yours might be included in Help them with their own closure. If your child doesn’t attend an upcoming issue! the funeral or stays removed, find other ways of providing closure. Maybe they want to make a picture that you can place in the casket. Maybe you both want to make your own trip to the cemetery later and place flowers on the grave. Perhaps you can sit together and write up a list of good memories about grandma. You can make suggestions, but again, let your child take the lead. Finally, help your children understand your own reactions. To see their mom crying is healthy, and while it provides good modeling about the grief process, it obviously arouses their anxiety. Let them know that you sometimes feel sad because you miss grandma but that it will pass. Let them know you are okay and there is no need to worry about you. Helping them see how you handle your own grief will often times help them deal with their own feelings and grieving.


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{living well new mom} Millennial Parents The Transition into Tech-Filled Parenting

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Millennial parents commanded the cover story of Time magazine’s last fall issue. Who are you, millennial new moms, and how is your parenting life different from previous generations? Author Kathy Steinmetz delved into these questions about parents who are currently in their 20s and 30s. She cited the widespread use of social media and the “democratization” of family life (whereby parents and children make decisions together) as two of the big differences in how millennials approach parenting. One thing that hasn’t changed for this generation’s moms: the pressure to be perfect. Of the 2,700 American mothers polled for the Time article, 80 percent said it was important to be a “perfect mother,” up from 70 percent of Generation X mothers. This pressure can be especially intense for new moms, who are learning the mothering ropes for the first time. by Whitney Woollerton Morrill Social media outlets like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter can simultaneously worsen and alleviate parenting perfectionism. A mom’s casual post about her newborn’s developmental milestones, diet or medical appointments can elicit a chorus of comments, some of which help and some of which hurt. According to Time, “millennial parents number more than 22 million in the U.S., with about 9,000 babies born to them each day.” Given that the average millennial has 500 Facebook friends, that’s a large tableau for support and judgment about a mom’s job performance. One might call it overwhelming. “I had to shut down a comment thread on my Facebook page recently,” one local mom shared. A hotly contested debate erupted spontaneously on her page after she posted about her daughter’s healthy one-month check-up. Another challenge for new moms: listening to their “inner Looking for other Google,” given the instant availability of internet resources. online resources? Whether it’s the Mayo Clinic’s website or a parenting listserv, Time See CharlottesvilleFamily’s reports that millennial out-Google-search baby boomers two online family services to one when they need information. The intrinsic uncertainty directory or follow our of new parenthood lends itself to bingeing on online data. But developing maternal instincts through observation and experience Twitter and Facebook of one’s own baby is an invaluable component of parenting. As a pages. 2014 Psychology Today article notes, “Our best bet as parents is to combine our intuition with more deliberate thinking and learning.” While it’s true that millennial moms are “always on” due to the omnipresence of smartphones, one could argue that their lifestyle is a more public capture of real parenthood. Moms, by definition, are “always on duty.” Newborns cry at all hours of the day and night. As infants grow into toddlers, and then into school children and adolescents, their needs change but remain. That’s why, even with this era’s challenges, millennial parents are lucky to have a virtual community along for the ride. Talented local writer and blogger Taylor Harris put it best on her (former) blog, Sweetmilks: “Today, a new mom begins blogging about her baby as soon as his head crowns. Moms everywhere are registering domain names before their epidurals wear off. Well, you can count me in.” To see Harris’ most recent blog, visit Whitney is an architect who designs and writes for families. Her blog is


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Feng Shui Your Child’s Bedroom

You’ve heard it before. Your home reflects your inner spiritual life. While all of our homes can get a little messy with small feet scampering about, there is a difference between the mess that’s a result of a play-date vs. starring in an episode of Hoarders. Even when our homes are not in a state of disarray, there are still ways to improve the peacefulness in a living space. Practicing the ancient Chinese art of Feng Shui allows us to align our minds and usher tranquility, abundance and serenity into our homes and hearts…and it shouldn’t stop with your living room. The design and decor of a child’s room can help promote better sleep and a sense of harmony within him or her. It is this positive flow of energy, also known as qi (or chi) that works so beautifully when not pushed out by a mound of mismatched Legos and broken dolls. Here are some tips to balance your child’s qi:

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1. Place the bed in the farthest corner of the room, facing the door. It’s a power of position. So whenever the door is opened, your child can see who is coming in without having a door opened above their heads from a powerless position. 2. Paint the room a soothing and bright, yet calming color. Keri-Ann Byrne, owner of Charlottesville Organizing, LLC, says color scheme can make a big difference. “Soft calming colors with coordinating storage units for the books, animals, etc. can help reduce the ‘visual clutter’. The less visual clutter, the more calming the room.” Pick plain patterns over busy designs, and think earth tones, rather than neon. Have your child take part in the creative process, because who knows him better than he does.

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3. Set up a system so the room can stay tidy. Offer several bins, baskets or other creatively designed storage options for easy cleanup and stowing away places. “If the parents want the child to be able to pick out or put away their own clothing,” says Byrne, “then it needs to be at a height they can reach, and organized in a simple, easy to follow order, such as pants in one drawer, shirts in another. Little kids will not distinguish between ‘the sweater drawer’ versus the pile of ‘short sleeve shirts’. Just put all shirts in one drawer, and only enough for them to choose from on a daily basis. The more you stuff in a drawer (or any space) the more opportunity for disorder. The same is true with toys and bins. Keep it simple: cars and trucks in one, books in another.”

4. Make sure fresh air flows freely. A child’s bedroom should have plentiful air flowing in from the window in nicer weather. When it’s too cold, offer an air purifier to ensure that fresh air is always circulating. By instituting these simple Feng Shui tips into your child’s bedroom, you will help balance their harmonious feelings and keep away negativity and unbalance. The more tranquility you have in your home the better, especially during those terrible twos and turbulent teen years.

Danielle, a mom of three, is a parenting writer and editor, specializing in health, lifestyle and pets. She loves to find new ways to bring more Zen and mindfulness into her daily (hectic) life.


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{living well healthy family} Teach Heart Health Ways to Help Protect Your Little One’s Heart

As parents, we work hard to keep our children healthy. We make them wear helmets and buckle up in the car. But what about protecting them from America’s biggest health threat—heart disease? We often think of heart disease as something that happens in middle or late life. But the foundation of this pervasive disease actually starts in young childhood. It’s not unusual for children today to have elevated blood levels of cholesterol and triglycerides (fats) and to show early signs of hardening of the arteries. With it being February, American Heart Month, it’s a good time to remember that one in four Americans dies of heart disease; and yet, with a healthy lifestyle, it is almost entirely preventable. Angie Hasemann, a UVA Health System registered dietitian, shows us simple ways to create a household of heart-healthy eaters.

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In an infant’s first year, the best food is a mother’s milk, according to American Academy of Pediatrics. They recommend that you aim to breastfeed for an entire year, even as you begin introducing solid foods. The healthiest foods for toddlers and preschoolers are the same wholesome foods for grandparents and everyone in between, including a variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, lowfat dairy and foods with healthy fats like nuts, avocados and fish. Toddler and preschool years are the times for picky eating habits to begin but are also times when children are usually more open to trying new foods than adolescents. Setting the right tone is key. Hasemann says, “It’s important to expose them to healthy foods in a really comfortable environment by saying, ‘We just want you to try it. It’s OK if you don’t like it.’” Avoid stocking your pantry with “kid-friendly” snacks, Hasemann notes, as these are usually loaded with heart-damaging sodium.

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so kids can grab them and go. Make fruits more enticing by turning them into frozen smoothies or chocolate-covered berries. “Fruits and veggies have many vitamins and minerals that serve your body (and your heart) well. They also fill you up, leaving less room for junk,” Hasemann adds.

Sugary drinks are a big culprit in abnormally high levels

of triglycerides seen in children as young as age 3. So make water and low-fat milk the go-to drinks in your home. Limit juice to less than 6 ounces per day, and make sure it’s 100 percent fruit juice. To add in whole grains, trade out white rice for brown rice and white bread for something with at least 2 grams of fiber per slice (the more, the better). Look for the word “whole” as the first ingredient on the label.

Limit trips to the fast-food drive-thru, and try some meatless dinners. Explore

beans, tofu and other alternative proteins. “Let your child decide what he/she likes,” Hasemann says, “and don’t require your child to finish everything on his/her plate. It’s best to allow children to tell you when they feel full and are done.” Kelly is a medical writer for the University of Virginia Health System. For more insight on kids’ health, go to


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{living well tips & trends} TO LOVE YOUR LIFE: RELEASE WHAT WAS, EMBRACE WHAT IS, AND BECOME WILDLY WONDERFUL YOU This new release offers advice, self-reflection and action steps toward loving yourself. It encourages you to take an honest look at yourself, discover what’s holding you back and tear down the walls blocking what you really want in life. $19.99 at Barnes & Noble, Barracks Road





As women, we’re often called on to care for others: aging parents, spouses, children, friends. And that means it’s easy to get caught up in making time for everyone else. This month, make time for you! Each day, try to find at least 30–60 minutes for yourself and indulge in one of the following:

by Lynn Thorne

Phone a friend. Sharing yourself with close friends serves multiple purposes, including validating your relationships, bringing you closer and allowing you to be yourself. No small talk required. Turn the page. Read a chapter of a book, work on a crossword puzzle or write in a journal. Focusing on the written word can actually act as a form of meditation. Walk it off. Whether it’s a stroll around the block, a two-mile hike or 20 minutes on the treadmill, walking provides mental and physical benefits that last well after taking off your sneakers.

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Pucker Up Many lipsticks look great in the tube but dry out my lips. How can I make sure I won’t be pouting about my purchase? You need hydration…but not all moisture is created equal, according to Makeup Artist Julie Tolbert. Case in point:


licking your lips too much leaves them chapped. Read the ingredient list on labels for natural oils. Grapeseed oil is a rock star in the lipstick world—offering moisture and shine without taste. Vitamin E and tea tree oil are others. Aragon oil hydrates well but Tolbert warns it comes with a taste that many would rather do without.

“The giving of love is an education in itself.”


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A Hug Around the Neck The Luella necklace by Erin McDermott reminds you to wrap yourself in love. A sterling silver disc engraved with the word “love” hangs from the sterling chain. If love isn’t all you need—and a different word or name inspires you—customize the engraving to suit your style.

Lynn's husband and two sons wish she liked cooking more and reading, writing, performing and hunting ghosts less.

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“The February sunshine steeps your boughs and tints the buds and swells the leaves within.” – Poet William C. Bryant

Meal Planning Made Easy

by Tracey Crehan Gerlach

As a mother of two, the reactions were understandable to a recent confession that we don’t meal plan—disbelief and head shaking. I won’t go into how we managed, but some evenings it wasn’t pretty. So, it was time for a revolution in the kitchen and a new, methodical approach to how we could run that part of our household. I think the key phrase here is planning—thinking beyond one night’s meal. Having the right tools and groceries on hand. Getting your cache of favorite recipes in order and robust. Here are a few things I have learned: TRY OUT DIFFERENT MEAL PLANNING FORMS. The one from The

REALLY LEARN YOUR PANTRY STAPLES. Take the time to figure out

Project Girl is my favorite, as it allows you to sketch out possible

what yours are, as it is worth it to always have these items on

meals throughout the week and then jot down your shopping

hand. Eventually, it will train your synapses to grab these items

list underneath, separated out by grocery store categories.

whenever you are out. For a good, basic starting list, check out one on The Food Network website.

COOK A BIGGER MEAL ON THE WEEKEND (possible leftovers!) and then learn shortcuts for healthy, quick meals during the week.

BE FLEXIBLE. Depending on the success of the meal, I may either

Jacques Pepin has a great TV and book series, Fast Food My Way,

have no leftovers or, if it has been summarily rejected, too many

for faster meal inspiration. Ina Garten’s book Make It Ahead has

leftovers. For the latter, I freeze the remaining portions for my

helpful hints on what meal prep can do on the weekend or the

own lunches. For the former, see the bit on quick meals.

night before, too. Her recipes rarely disappoint in our household. SPEAKING OF FREEZING. If you really want to get into meal EMBRACE THE ONE-POT MEAL. It may take a little work to find

planning for the way future, consider larger batches of “favorites”

your favorite one-pot meals, but they are an ace in the pocket.

and freeze several portions. For those nights where all you have

Our present favorites are Skillet Lasagna from America’s

left in you is the energy to turn on the oven and reheat. There

Test Kitchen and Creamy Chicken (or Turkey) in Rice from

are entire books on batch cooking. I consider it the next level

of household, meal-planning orderliness, something in which I aspire. In the meantime, one week at a time is the goal for me.


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{living well home and garden} Narwhal Love on Etsy What could be better than an injection of a little narwhal love into gray, February days? An Etsy favorite: the narwhal throw pillow from countercouturedesign for $42.




More Narwhal Love on Etsy

A narwhal mug from thelittlecanoe for $18 (shown here); and the adorable polka-dot/ narwhal wall decal from iinky for $65.99 (not shown).

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Happy Day Written and Photographed by Jennifer Carroll

“You’re sweet and cute and a little funny, too. I wish you a happy Valentine’s Day, and love the whole year through.” 40

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Do you remember when your little one gave you your first Valentine’s Day gift? He was so excited he had made you a special gift all on his own, even if he did receive a little help from his teacher. This time of year is perfect for spending a sweet moment with your favorite little valentine, making some oh-so-special homemade treats. Even if it’s a simple construction paper card adorned with his little handprints, there are many ways to show someone special you care and to say “I Love You” this Valentine’s Day. See three of our favorites — Spicy Hot Chocolate, Milk & Cookies and Sweet Bouquets. We’d love for you to share with us your little one’s gifts this year.

Spicy Hot Chocolate 1 quart half and half 1 quart heavy cream 8 tablespoons Hershey unsweetened cocoa 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper 2 teaspoons salt 1 cup sugar Method: Heat cream and half and half in a sauce pot to a simmer. Mix all remaining ingredients together evenly. Once cream mixture is at a constant simmer pour over the cocoa, sugar, salt, and cayenne and whisk vigorously. Makes 8 servings

Whisk and Sip!


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My little one and I wanted to bake some cookies today, so I thought it would be fun to give them a little Valentine’s spin and share this easy but adorable cookie Valentine tutorial with you! I used to love baking cookies from scratch, but these days I don’t always have the time. So I often grab a package of


“ready-to-bake” cookies at the store. This pack of gingerbread cookies is delicious and great for baking just a few at a time, which also means there are fewer cookies sitting around begging to be munched on! The secret to making these little guys is to cut them with a small heart cookie cutter immediately when they come out of the oven {photo 1}. Then cut a little slit in the base of the heart so they will hang on the rim of your glass {photo 2}. Add a sweet pink and white striped paper straw, and voila! you have an easy and delicious snack plus a sweet way to show someone just how special they are! I love a simple project like this that yields such an adorable presentation. Now that’s one of my favorite ways to Celebrate Everyday Life.

Bake and Enjoy!


{inspiration education}

To make your own, you will need: Paper straws

Stickers and other

embellishments from your craft stash


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Sweet Bouquets

While making valentine cards is always a fun craft to do with your kiddos during this sweet season, lately my daughter and I have been having fun decorating pretty paper straws. Not only do they make every sip of your favorite drink sweeter, but they also make darling keepsake bouquets. Note: once the straws are in liquid they get very soft and don’t tend to last long.

We used a variety of stickers, ribbons, scrapbook paper and rhinestones for our straws, but you can also cut out images from magazines or websites and adhere them with double-sided tape. There are no rules or limits when creating these little beauties. Beyond the cup, I also think these would make darling cupcake toppers as well. Tips: Be mindful not to place your embellishments too low, as you want to keep them clear from being dunked into the liquids. Also, if you will be sipping from a narrow glass, be sure your ornamentation isn’t too wide, making it impossible to fit the straw all the way in.

Craft, Sip, and Enjoy! Jennifer is a Southern gal with an unquenchable thirst for all things creative. From cooking to decorating— no matter what she is doing, she is committed to celebrating everyday life. Visit her online magazine,


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Me & My “Little” BBBS and Madison House Grow Local Big Siblings Program by Jennie Tal Williams

When Adrian was 8 years old, he was a little bit withdrawn and a little bit anxious. Now he’s 14 and has spent the last six years as a “little brother” with Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of the Central Blue Ridge. “When I was younger, I wasn’t a kid that communicated with a lot of other people,” says Adrian. “Now I take pride in everything I do." Adrian attributes his more outgoing, and more successful, personality not to growing up but to growing up alongside his Big, Dave Koehn. “He’s been a big influence on my doing better,” says Adrian, who wants to start the JROTC program when he starts high school next year and eventually join the Marine Corps. “He kind of helped me come out of my shell.”


{inspiration volunteer} “I truly fell in love with the program,” says Vangsnes. “I saw that I was making a direct impact on my little sister’s life.” Koehn first got involved with BBBS’s program when he moved to Charlottesville for a job with the University eight years ago. He felt lucky in his job and his life and wanted to give back to the community that had given so much to him. “I was overdue to start paying forward,” says Koehn, who is familiar in the Charlottesville community as the “Voice of the Cavaliers,” broadcasting UVA’s football and men’s basketball games). Before moving to Charlottesville, he had heard of BBBS in his home state of Vermont and decided to contact the Central Blue Ridge Chapter when he moved to the area. Right away, Koehn was paired with Adrian, who had been on the waiting list for several months. At the time, Adrian’s main interests were all sports-related, and he was obsessed with Bulldogs. So when Koehn, the director of broadcasting for Virginia Sports Properties, and his French Bulldog, Pepe, came around, it was a match made in heaven. A few years ago, Adrian and his mother moved to Richmond, but he still sees Koehn frequently. Between Adrian’s trips back to Cville to visit family and Koehn’s trips out to Richmond to visit with Adrian, the two are still as close as ever. “He feels like literally my little brother, not just in title only,” says Koehn. “For my wife, Ashley, and me, he feels like he’s part of our family in so many ways.” Koehn is definitely what you’d call a long-term volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters. The local chapter has been matching ‘bigs’ and ‘littles’ since receiving funding about seven years ago. Great strides have been taken in this time frame, but they want to continue to expand even more. To reach even more potential volunteers, Jackie Bright, BBBS’s Central Blue Ridge executive director, and Nicolette Del Nuro, the chapter’s program director, looked to a huge population they had been overlooking—students. Instead of trying to recruit UVA students from square one, Bright and Del Nuro contacted Madison House about the possibility of merging their Big Sibling Program with BBBS. As it turns out, Madison House was also looking to improve and strengthen their program at the time.


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“We saw that Big Brothers Big Sisters is a national organization with best practices that provides comprehensive training and a whole network that our volunteers could potentially plug into,” says Victoria Williams, Director of Communications for Madison House, a volunteer center for UVA students that coordinates volunteers and builds community partnerships to promote lifelong volunteering. “We saw that as an opportunity to create a version of the Big Siblings program that would create an enhanced experience for the volunteers and for the ‘littles’.” Madison House was founded in 1969 and the Big Siblings program is one of its oldest, but by pairing with BBBS, both organizations hope to reach even more children to provide stable, meaningful relationships. Bright said that the two programs are not just similar in name, but in mission, as well. “We were running very similar programs side-by-side and supporting some of the same kids,” she says, adding that the partnership will help both volunteers and their little siblings. “Madison House is using their university network to recruit volunteers—UVA students— to work as mentors. And then they are matched with our youth." BBBS will continue to provide ongoing support through lists of free and low-cost activities ‘bigs’ and ‘littles’ can do together, training and pairing or matching. Some of the activities the siblings can do together include weekly yoga classes, rollerskating, playing basketball, Chess Saturdays and many other bonding opportunities. Now, in addition to the 140 matches they have outside of Madison House, they hope to bring in an additional 50 this year and eventually up to 100 more pairs of ‘bigs’ and ‘littles’ as a result of the partnership. Madison House, which is primarily student-operated, will still be recruiting UVA students and also providing ongoing support to its volunteers, who are all second-

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“You find yourself doing “He feels like literally my things you little brother, notwouldn’t just in title only,” says Koehn. otherwise be doing as a “For my wife, Ashley, and grownup...” I, he feels like he’s part of our family in so many ways.”


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years and above. Caroline Vangsnes, a fourth-year double major in economics and media studies and the head program director of the Big Siblings program at Madison House, has been working closely with BBBS to facilitate a smooth transition. Her goals for her final semester are to start recruiting for Fall 2016 to ensure that the program she’s worked so hard to build for three years continues to grow beyond her time at UVA. “The important part is getting those matches made and seeing them do all the fun things there are to do in Charlottesville,” Vangsnes says. Vangsnes and her ‘little,’ 11-yearold LaN’yah, have been siblings for almost three years now. As soon as Vangsnes was eligible to participate as a ‘big,’ she signed up, and she’s surprised even herself with how important the program has become to her and to LaN’yah. “I truly fell in love with the program,” says Vangsnes. “I saw that I was making a direct impact on my little sister’s life.” LaN’yah says she likes being able to talk to Vangsnes about anything and knowing her big sister will always make her needs—or even her wants—a top priority. But mostly, she just likes getting to hang out with Vangsnes and do things together around town. The younger sibling loves playing basketball, so the pair often shoots hoops. And once a year, Vangsnes is able to use donated tickets to take LaN’yah, her mother and younger sister to a UVA Women’s Basketball game. “We got to watch the game together and eat popcorn and cheer and dance together,” remembers LaN’yah, who wants to follow her big sister’s footsteps and attend UVA. She’s sad that Vangsnes is graduating, but she’s happy to have her and wants to hear all about her big sibling’s plans for the future.

“I want to have a day for me and her to do a bunch of things together,” says LaN’yah, whose mom enrolled her in the Big Siblings program because she did BBBS here in Charlottesville while she was growing up. “Like go to the mall and try on clothes, paint our nails and, like, talk about what she wants to do after college.” Regardless of what Vangsnes will end up doing professionally, she knows she’ll continue participating in nonprofit work after graduation, whether it’s related to her career or something she does in her free time. Hallie Pence, Big Sibling Program director for Jackson-Via and a fourthyear government and philosophy major, wholeheartedly agrees. “I definitely want to give back to whatever community I’ll be in,” says Pence, who grew up in a big family and knew she wanted to volunteer with young kids while at UVA. She knew when she signed up for the program that she’d be helping a youngster in the community, but what she wasn’t expecting was to have so much fun. “It’s a great way to get involved, but it’s also a nice break from college life,” she says. “You get to go and hang out with your little sib and enjoy all of these activities you did when you were a child and share them with someone. It gives you a chance to be a lot more playful.” Koehn says he sees the collegeaged volunteers—the “younger” adults—as closer in age and maybe more impactful to their ‘littles’ because of that smaller age gap. But deep down he knows he’s just a kid at heart, too. Whether you are rock climbing, hiking, carving pumpkins for Halloween or making gingerbread houses for Christmas, “You find yourself doing things you wouldn’t otherwise be doing as a grownup,” he says. “As a volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters, you get to rekindle the kid in yourself as well.”

Jennie loves telling other people’s stories and doing crossword puzzles in pen.

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Summer Camp’s

natural gifts Why Your Child Would Love Camp, Too by Richard Louv


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Guide to Residential Camps

See what the area’s residential camps have to say about themselves!

Do you have a curious child who likes to explore and learn by doing? Send them to Blue Ridge Connections this summer! Connect your child with the world of today through exploration of current culture and the past and give them the opportunity to gain self-confidence in a safe, facilitated environment. Tinkering/Makerspace • Kayaking • Hiking • Outdoor & Historic Cooking • Archery •Campfires • Low-ropes initiative course • Team-building activities

CAMP ALLEGHANY FOR GIRLS LEWISBURG, WV “Steeped in tradition, girls ages 7–16 enjoy the same customs established 94 summers ago. Archery, arts and crafts, canoeing, dance, drama, rifle, ropes, singing, sports and more, with emphasis on sportsmanship,

For more information: or call Cat Maguire at 571-338-2920. Registration Information is at This program is run in partnership by Discover Experiential, LLC and Blue Haven 151

citizenship, cooperation, consideration for others, the Honor System and meaningful appreciation of the outdoors. Goals are achieved in a lively, relaxed setting, enhancing self-esteem and boosting

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1 - 4 Week Sessions Boys & Girls • Ages 7-16 Only 2 hours west of Charlottesville!

Horseback Riding • White-Water Rafting • Climbing Tower • Sailing • Sports Mountain Boarding • Canoeing • Backpacking • Swimming Arts & Crafts • Organic Farm • Mountain Biking • Rock Climbing • 1,000 Ft. Zip Line • Performing Arts • Dance & more!

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“Camp Hidden Meadows offers one-, two-,

three- and four-week sessions for boys and girls ages 7–16, two hours west of Charlottesville. Our camp activities include horseback riding, sailing, arts, white-water

{inspiration summer camp} Every

summer during my junior

high and high school years, my buddy Pete would disappear for a few weeks to a camp in the mountains west of Colorado Springs. I resented it. For me, those humid July weeks back in Kansas dragged, and then Pete would come home telling tales of adventure as if he had been to some alpine Oz. As it turns out, that camp shaped Pete in ways neither of us realized at the time. He credits his summers in Colorado with giving him a foundation for success and longevity—more than three decades—as a teacher. “The camp encouraged me to invent activities, such as pioneering, surviving hikes and overnights, and identifying native plants of central Colorado,” he says. “Once while picking ground plums, which tasted like raw green beans, we uncovered an ancient hunting site full of arrowheads, charcoal and flint chips. I also encountered brown bears, coyotes, pumas and wolves—one white and one black. Only the kids with me believed me.” I was one of those who didn’t believe Pete had encountered wolves.

Day Camp

This morning, I checked the history:

Open to the community • Licensed Year-round professional team Safe, kid-friendly campus Preschool to middle school Indoor and outdoor activities Weekly themes Learn to swim at camp!

The Colorado Department of Resources reports





eradicated in the 1930s by official measure, there have been sporadic reports of wolves in Colorado over the decades,” but none confirmed. They may have been wolf-hybrids, dogs or,

Specialty Camps and Sports Camps

just maybe, wolves. “Their night howls were long, sonorous and unnerving,” Pete recalls.

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{resources camp guide} rafting, organic farming, drama, dance, mountain boarding, canoeing, backpacking, a climbing wall, mountain biking, hiking, rock climbing, fishing, swimming, a 1,000foot zipline and more. ACA accredited.” 800-600-4752, CAMPHIDDENMEADOWS.COM SEE AD PAGE 56 PERFORMING ARTS AQUATICS





“Camp Holiday Trails is a caring community


committed to empowering, encouraging and educating campers with chronic illnesses as well as their families and healthcare

VOTED “BEST OVERNIGHT CAMP” Multiyear winner by a leading Family Magazin



professionals. Children with special medical needs and chronic illnesses and their families can enjoy 1- and 2-week residential summer camp sessions and family weekends for parents and caregivers. ACA accredited.” 977-3781, CAMPHOLIDAYTRAILS.ORG SEE AD PAGE 81 CAMP HORIZONS HARRISONBURG, VA





away summer camp for ages 6–16, located

Virginia Gators of Charlottesville

in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. We

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Stop by and visit us at the pool! Virginia Gators of Charlottesville is located at Fairview Swim & Tennis Club 707 Belvedere Blvd. Charlottesville, VA 22901

Summer Prep Program (April-May) Swimmers train with our JSL Championship coaches to prepare for their best JSL summer swim season!

Year-Round Swim Programs We offer year-round programs for beginner-elite swimmers, of all ages, in our dedicated, family-friendly facility located in the Belvedere neighborhood. Our JSL Championship coaches train swimmers to be their best. Registration is ongoing. Flexible membership plans are available.

campers can feel comfortable embarking on new adventures and developing friendships that will last a lifetime. ACA accredited.” 540-896-7600, CAMPHORIZONSVA.COM SEE AD PAGE 67 CAMP RIM ROCK YELLOW SPRING, WV “Celebrating 65 seasons, our 2- to 4-week sessions for girls ages 6–16 include

-The Oldest Girls’ Camp in the VirginiasEsTablishEd in 1922

horseback riding (ring lessons, trail rides, river rides, stable management), aquatics (swimming, kayaking, paddle-boarding), performing arts (dance, drama, chorus), arts and crafts (drawing, painting), sports (golf, volleyball, soccer, tennis, archery, basketball,

A mAgicAl plAce where girls leArn, Achieve, succeed And mAke friends for life. th

Celebrating Our 95 summer! Lewisburg, WV • 877-446-9475 /


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field hockey, lacrosse). Less than two hours from D.C. on 500 beautiful acres. ACA accredited.” 347-746-7625, CAMPRIMROCK.COM

“many studies show that nature play in childhood is the chief determining factor in the environmental consciousness of adults.�

CharlottesvilleFamily Favorite Award Winner 2015 2010-2015



“Children are simply happier and healthier when they have frequent and varied opportunities to experience the out-ofdoors.�


February 2016

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Located in the beautiful Florida Keys

Celebrating 50 years of Seacamp!

CAMP STRAWDERMAN EDINBURG, VA “Camp Strawderman is an all-girls’ camp with a long and rich tradition of good, oldfashioned summer fun for girls ages 6–17. We have cabins, large halls, a craft shop and a trading post — all built in rustic style. The camp has its own stables with over 30 horses and boundless hiking and riding trails.” 301-868-1905, CAMPSTRAWDERMAN.COM SEE AD PAGE 66 DISCOVER EXPERIENTIAL NELSON COUNTY, VA “A one-week overnight camp in the Blue

Teens • 18 day sessions: June 24-July 11, July 14-July 31 12-17 • 7 day sessions: August 4-10, August 11-17 Spend your summer exploring Marine Science, Scuba, Snorkeling, Sailing, Windsurfing, Kayaking

1.877.SEACAMP | |

Ridge Mountains encouraging selfexpression and learning by doing. A variety of hands-on activities including kayaking, hiking, outdoor and historic cooking, archery, campfires, a low-ropes initiative course and more. Sessions offered in June or August for ages 10-14.” 571-338-2920, DISCOVEREXPERIENTIAL.COM



Camp Watonka Boys 8 - 16 In the Poconos at Hawley, PA Offering qualified instruction and laboratory work in astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer science, ecology, electronics, geology, physics, photography, robotics and rocketry. The sciences are incorporated into a fun filled, camper selected program that also includes archery, arts and crafts, climbing, mini-bike riding, riflery, sailing, swimming, tennis, trips, windsurfing, woodworking, ropes, etc. Private Lake. American Camp Association accredited. 2, 4, 6 and 8 week sessions. • • Phone: (570) 857-1401 For catalog write: D. Wacker, PO Box 127 Hawley, PA 18428


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childhood spent fishing, chasing snakes and building forts. Those experiences shaped my life every bit as much as Pete’s time at camp shaped his. Today, too few children and young people have similar experiences—freerange or camp. In my book Last Child in the Woods, I describe how young people can likely tell you about the Amazon Rain Forest, but they’ll probably be hard pressed to describe the last time they explored the woods in solitude or laid in a field listening to the wind and watching the clouds move. Nature is becoming an abstraction, something to watch on the flip-down TV screen from the back seat of a minivan. In 2005, “Generation M: Media in the Lives of Eight- to Eighteen-Year-Olds,” a study conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation, revealed that children are plugged into some kind of electronic medium an average of five-and-a-half hours a day, “the equivalent of a fulltime job, and more time than they spend doing anything else besides sleeping.”


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from Charlottesville and lunch and snacks are included. Everyone will create memories and friendships in a safe, fun, traditional environment.”

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more in the future than they do today. Risk is always a part of life, but camps can offer parents the reassurance that their children will be safe as they receive the gifts of nature. The physical benefits are obvious, while others are more subtle but no less important. For example, research shows that nature experiences significantly reduce a child’s stress. Free play in natural





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Intelligence Understand Your Child’s Strengths and Weaknesses by April Schweitzer

You may have noticed it growing up. Everyone has their strengths and their weaknesses. Your brother was the athletic one—the jock who hated math. Your sister was the artist. And you were the bookworm who had a heart for animals. Everyone remembers the subjects they loved in school and the hobbies they were obsessed with. Hidden somewhere are the memories of the class you dreaded or those lessons you suffered through. All children have their own individual likes and dislikes when it comes to school and hobbies. Staying aware of a child’s strengths and weaknesses is one of the most important jobs a parent can do. continued on page 72


First Steps Early exposure to words can be one of the most effective ways to help your child learn to spell. From the time he is a young tot, surround him with books and read them often. As he grows, read with him, and eventually, you can ask him to read to you. This early exposure, especially reading aloud, can help to increase your child’s phonemic awareness, which relates to your child’s ability to hear, identify and manipulate individual sounds, or phonemes. “Some children




awareness, which translates into a ‘knack’ for spelling. On the flip side, there are others who struggle with hearing sounds in words, and being able to recognize and apply specific spelling rules to more unique words,” says Jennifer Baxter-Blubaugh, a fourthgrade





Pennsylvania. These children, she says, are the ones who typically need to spend extra time studying words and their spelling patterns.

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so let him develop that talent for so long as he enjoys it.” The idea that everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses might seem just to be a matter of individual preferences. But according to Harvard professor and research psychologist Howard Gardner, there is something more to your child’s talents than just after-school hobbies. In his 1983 book, Frames of Mind, Gardner introduced the theory of multiple intelligences. Gardner proposed that intelligence is not just “book” or “math smarts,” but that there are seven different intelligences (he later added an eighth), each based in brain physiology and valued in society. While traditional IQ tests look primarily at language and math/logic aptitude, Gardner believes that there are six other intelligences that should be given equal footing with verbal and math skills. Gardner’s eight intelligences are linguistic, logical/mathematical, spatial, musical, bodily-kinesthetic, interpersonal, intrapersonal and naturalist. Linguistic intelligence is defined as an ability in written and spoken language. Children with strong linguistic intelligence love hearing, telling and creating stories. They remember information well and have strong vocabularies, and they might enjoy telling jokes or debating. Logical/mathematical intelligence is a facility for numbers, computation,

patterns and logic. These children are curious. They ask questions, love to experiment, and enjoy finding patterns in the world around them. They are great problem solvers, like to find out how things work, and enjoy puzzles or number games. Spatial intelligence is the ability to visualize and create mental and concrete pictures and images. Children with well-developed spatial intelligence love to draw, paint, sculpt and build. They have a good sense of direction and understand maps, charts and graphs. Musical intelligence is the ability to create and appreciate music. Musically inclined children love to sing and make noise. They may play an instrument well, be sensitive to sounds in the environment, or easily remember lyrics to songs. Bodily-kinesthetic intelligence is the ability to control and understand the body’s movements. A child who is strong in this area is coordinated, has


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a good sense of balance, and may enjoy dancing, sports and pantomime. Interpersonal intelligence is the ability to relate and work well with others. Children with this aptitude are good team players, they are concerned about the feelings of others, and they may seem to be natural leaders. Intrapersonal intelligence is the insight into your own feelings and well-being. Children with strong intrapersonal intelligence may enjoy playing by themselves, may show little concern for social conventions, and may hold strong opinions. These children may keep a journal, be vivid daydreamers, and express their emotions clearly. Naturalist intelligence is a skill in recognizing, remembering and putting to use information about the environment. Naturalist intelligence is seen when a child develops a strong interest in caring for pets, discovering the differences between plants or animals, or eagerly looks for constellation in the nighttime sky. Gardner said that there is not “one form of cognition which cuts across human thinking,” but these eight intelligences exist independently of each other. A child who loves to read and write stories has verbal linguistic intelligence, but may have no sense of rhythm or pitch. And a gifted musician may not do well in traditional academic subjects. Everyone is born with all of the eight intelligences, but each person develops a different set of talents and aptitudes that produce different levels of potential in each intelligence. “Every normal individual possesses varying degrees of each of these intelligences, but the ways in which these intelligences combine or blend are varied as the faces and the personalities of individuals,” Gardner wrote in Frames of Mind. Gardner believes that incorporating all of the intelligences into the classroom and placing equal importance on each intelligence will identify giftedness and encourage success in students who might have otherwise been considered lowachieving. Schools around the country, and right here in Charlottesville and Albemarle County, are using Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences to structure what and how they talk. While Gardner and his advocates push schools to incorporate all of his eight continued on page 77


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identified intelligences into their curriculum, critics believe there is good reason why all of Gardner’s intelligences should not be given equal footing in the schools. Critics say there is no neurological evidence for the existence of the eight intelligences. They believe giving




intelligences equal attention would distract from academic progress in the key areas of reading, writing and math. UVA Professor and noted Educational Specialist E. D. Hirsch has been among Gardner’s critics. In the past, Hirsch, author of The Schools We Need: And Why We Don’t Have Them, and founder of the Core Knowledge Foundation, said that “every theorist of education had recognized at least to some degree the importance of individual difference, every good teacher tried to nurture students’ talents and strengthen their weaknesses.” The difference between what Hirsch considered good teaching and Gardner’s theory was the equality that Gardner’s theory places on the eight intelligences. The danger of multiple intelligences theory, Hirsch warned, was that it bases achievement more on the idea “that everyone is good at something” rather than on competency goals that would “give all children the knowledge and skills that they need to become functional, economically successful and autonomous citizens.” Curry School Professor Callahan believes that parents could misinterpret the theory of multiple intelligences and place too much stress on an area of particular talents while ignoring other intelligences or talents in a child. She said parents should try to encourage competence a range of behaviors. “A sculptor who wants to sell his work had better be able to understand the mathematics of finance. Most people who are accomplished use some of all of the intelligences.” How can parents develop their children’s intelligences? Regardless of how much a parent tries to apply from the theory of multiple intelligences, experts agree the most important

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{education private schools} thing parents can do is listen to their children. What a parent chooses to do should stem from “listening to their children and finding out how strong their interest is,” says Bev Catlin, a gifted student expert with the Charlottesville City Schools. “There needs to be a balance between exposing and overexposing a child to an area that interests them.” Callahan agrees, “Parents who discern talent tend to say right away, ‘we’re going to get lessons,’ but that might not be the right first stage. The right first stage of developing a talent is engaging in the play part of learning. Get involved with the interest as a family, and do it in a fun way that’s not too structured. Expose a child to it, but not in the adult way.” For example, she said, a five-year-old who loves listening to the radio will probably fall asleep at a symphony, but will love playing with her own set of maracas or keyboard. Callahan said parents need to be aware of opportunities around

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them to introduce their children to new ideas and experiences that will develop all of their intelligences. “When a child doesn’t seem to have a strength it may be because of lack of positive experiences,” she says, “there might not be a lot of opportunities at home to get engaged in a certain area. Parents need to be alert to what is available at home and in our community as it fits in with what a child shows as interest.” “Part of some of the best learning occurs through play,” Callahan adds. “A lot of interest will grow out of play. Parents should take advantage of whatever opportunities there are to capitalize on an interest without making it into work.” Local treasures such as the Virginia Discovery Museum (VDM) and the Shenandoah National Park are just two of the many resources in the community that offer opportunities for your child to engage their intelligences and develop interests through play. A child admiring the museum’s pollination station and bee hive or playing games on the museum’s discovery station firehouse doesn’t think about the fact that he is developing his naturalist and mathematical intelligences. And a child hiking through the mountains or drawing pictures of trees along a favorite path doesn’t think about her bodilykinesthetic or spatial intelligence. She just does it because it’s fun. Being aware of the various intelligences helps parents nurture their child’s strengths and help their child overcome weaknesses. Having fun with your child while showing curiosity and a willingness to learn something new will set the example that will help your child develop their potential to become a healthy intelligent adult. Visit the Tool Room at www. for more information on Multiple Intelligences and other educational theories. This site includes reading lists, links to articles and recent research. April is a freelance writer, mom and teacher who loves nurturing many types of intelligences.

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{until next time humorous reflections} Rude Dudes – And Girls Who Like Them A Dad’s Humorous Reflections by Rick Epstein

It’s February again, and time for the annual Valentine’s Day Love Report.

To Wendy, there are worlds of difference between her boys; but when she invites me to explore those worlds, I’m an

My 14-year-old daughter is boy crazy. Her dementia is

amateur trying to judge a dog show—one Irish setter looks

unleashed mostly over the phone, via the Internet, or at school,

a lot like another Irish setter. One may be a little taller or a

at athletic events and other kids’ homes. Wendy seldom

little shaggier, but I can’t even tell them apart, let alone pick a

entertains boys at our house because she is embarrassed,

winner. It would help if they wore nametags or if I could mark

not because the boys are rude, unkempt and inarticulate, but

them with a harmless dye.

because she doesn’t want them to see her parents.

A few months ago, Wendy and her best friend Gianna

We are unremarkable to look at. When we walk down

decided to host two of them at our house, chaperoned by her

the street, people don’t shrink away, gag with revulsion or

sister Marie, who was home from college. Wendy knew we’d be

cover their children’s eyes. But to Wendy, we are like dirty

away. “See?” I’d boasted to her, “Mom and I have active social

underwear. It exists, but you don’t wave it at people you’re

lives, too.” (We were going to a funeral.)

trying to impress.

Marie later reported, “Wendy and Gianna spent the whole

Nevertheless, bad timing or transportation necessities

day preparing. They bought chips and Coke and had a special

do cause a fair number of encounters. Afterward, Wendy will

DVD. They even baked brownies. Then they worked on their

make the best of it and ask me questions along the line of,

makeup and hair. When the boys stumbled in, they pretty

“Who do you think is cuter — Justin or Brian?”

much ignored the girls, ignored the movie, and just ate the

I have so much to tell Wendy. I can tell her how an offset

snacks and grunted to each other. And after they left, Wendy

printing press works, why so many football fans hate the

and Gianna were all moony about how adorable they are and

Dallas Cowboys, what “bemused” really means, what boys talk

how awesome it was having them come over.”

about, how to eat for $4 a day, why the Confederates almost won the war, and so much more. But



my input only on boy cuteness. that

“If you were such a teen superstar, why did Grandpa want to send you to a military academy?”


It’s she

not values



because boys are her

“These girls don’t seem to expect much from their mancandy,” I said, “By the way, did you ever notice that all of Wendy’s boyfriends look the same?” “It’s because Wendy is so cute she can always choose her type,” Marie said, “and her type is skinny with shaggy hair and black skateboarding clothes.” “But what about intellect, humor, charm and a loving soul?” I asked.


“Dad,” she said, “We’re talking about eighth-graders. These

favorite topic and

boys have just learned to walk on their hind legs! Besides,

she uses me to

you shouldn’t be criticizing Wendy’s taste. From what you’ve

help perfume the

told me, when you were her age, your type was any female,



the magical scent of their names. I want to make the most of the scant amount

of conversation that Wendy tosses my way, so whenever I see any of her boys, I prepare for the inevitable questions by studying them, trying hard to find differences between them and trying

breathing and unselective. And I doubt you were much different from her boyfriends either.” “But they’re bums!” I said. “If you were such a teen superstar, why did Grandpa want to send you to a military academy?” “That was for reasons of national defense,” I said. “And the enemies of freedom are lucky I remained in public school.” Marie laughed affectionately. “OK, Dad,” she said, and patted my hand.

even harder to find good things to say about them. All the boys she’s interested in look the same—they are slim and with long, unkempt hair. Their personalities vary only from impolite to rude and from stupid to really stupid.


February 2016

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