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OUR June 2001

The website receives its

100,000th visitor and gets 10,000 hits a month. Bumble the bee

makes his first appearance on our cover. July 2000 AK publishes a companion magazine to the website, titled AlbemarleKids Special Edition.

September 2003 The website gets a redesign, and AlbemarleKids joins the Parenting Publications of America trade organization.







January 1998 Robin Johnson Bethke and Peter Bethke found the website. January 2001 Our first Directory of Family Services hits the stands.


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A Complete Guide to Family Services

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Featuring our Exclusive Parenting Organizer!

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Celebrating 6 Years of “Making Parenting Easier & Growing Up Fun!”

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January 2004 A new name for your favorite family publication –

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June 2005

Technology Council honors

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March 2007 The Parenting Publications of America awards three editorial

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Celebrating 7 Award-Winning Years of “Making Parenting Easier & Growing Up Fun!”

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August 2007

November 2005

AlbemarleFamily magazine

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upgrades to glossy paper and

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Springtime Gardening with Kids


February 2005 The 1st annual AlbemarleFamily Fun Fair & Camp Expo is held, with more than 80 vendors and 2,000 attendees!

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Back To School



August/September 2007 • Free

Special Edition

Our staff expands to six employees by the end of the year to accommodate new growth.



Celebrating 9 Award-Winning Years of “Making Parenting Easier & Growing Up Fun!”

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The Ultimate After-School Guide



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January 2008 AlbemarleFamily


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Local Moms Making Parenting Easier & Growing Up Fun!


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September 2009 AlbemarleFamily announces the first annual Family Favorite

Musical Storytelling with John McCutcheon

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We’ve come a long way… We’re very excited to be celebrating CharlottesvilleFamily’s 20th anniversary with you. To share our love of all things parenting, our staff traveled back in time to take a look at what things were like in the late 1990s compared to today. From parenting books and car seats to maternity fashion and parenting trends, we have seen things change in so many interesting ways. Join us as we journey back 20 years, to reflect on what parenting encompassed in our area and country when CharlottesvilleFamily was born in 1998.

Charlottesville & Albemarle Population 121,329 Albemarle County & Surrounding Area Births 2,972

Baby Gear Pack n’ Play, baby monitor (voice only), baby bouncer seat, battery-powered swing, Boppy Pillow, Baby Bjorn carrier

Mother’s average age at first baby’s birth 24 years

Feeding Baby In 1998, it was advised to start feeding rice cereal at 2 months old

Hot Toys Furby (#1), Beanie Babies, Talking Barney, Tonka Talking Truck, Nintendo 64, Game Boy

Popular Kids Snacks Cheese sticks, Trix Cereal, Lunchables, Goldfish crackers, Cheerios, Dunkaroos, Scooby Doo Fruit Snacks

Popular Books (#1) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling, Goosebumps by R. L. Stine, A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon, Holes by Louis Sacher, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. & John Archambault, The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

Car Seat Rules In 1998, a child needed to be 20 lbs. before switching to forward facing.

Family Movie Night Stroll the video rental store for a VHS Pregnancy Guide What to Expect When You’re Expecting by Heidi Murkoff

Parenting Trends Co-sleeping, attachment parenting, beginning of helicopter parenting, utilizing programs like “Baby Einstein” and “Mozart for Baby” to ensure smart kids Teacher Beliefs 31% of teachers believed students should learn to read in kindergarten.

Popular Board Games Cranium, Scrabble, Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?, Jumanji, Catan, Monopoly Television Shows Sesame Street, Arthur, Aladdin, Calliou, Bear in the Big Blue House, Teletubbies, Reading Rainbow, Dora the Explorer

photo courtesy: Joe+Jeanette Archie

photo courtesy: Teletubbies


February 2018

Charlottesville & Albemarle Population 153,790 Albemarle County & Surrounding Area Births 3,428 Mother’s average age at first baby’s birth 26.3 years old Hot Toys Fingerlings (#1), Hatchimals, Nintendo Switch, Cozmo, Hovertrax 2.0, L.O.L. Big Surprise, Star Wars toys Books (#1) Harry Potter Box Set by JK Rowling, Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney, She Persisted: 13 Women Who Changed the World by Chelsea Clinton, Everything is Mama by Jimmy Fallon, Princesses Wear Pants by Allison Oppenheim and Savannah Guthrie, When Your Lion Needs a Bath by Susanna Leonard Hill Family Movie Night Netflix Pregnancy Guide Apps: Pregnancy+,The Wonder Weeks Popular Board Games Sequence, Hedbanz, The Game of Life, Catan, Apples to Apples, Blokus, Ticket to Ride



Baby Gear Car seats with 4 in 1, Baby Keurig, sound & light machines, beds that soothe/move/ imitate sounds and sights of car, baby monitor with video, diapers with blue strip (change color when baby is wet) Feeding Baby In 2017, it was advised to feed rice cereal after 4–6 months to avoid possible food allergies Popular Kids Snacks Go-gurt, Apple & Eve juice box, Pirate Booty popcorn, Harvest Snaps Car Seat Rules In 2017, a child needs to be 40 lbs., or until 2-years-old, before switching to forward facing Parenting Trends Free range parenting, mindfulness, minimalism, enlightened parenting (think post-gender) Teacher Beliefs In 2010, 80% of teachers believed students should learn to read in kindergarten.

Television Shows Sesame Street, Arthur, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Bob the Builder, Octonauts, Wild Kratts, My Little Pony Friendship is Magic, Stephen Universe



Just Between Us…

volume 19 issue 2 PUBLISHERS

Dear Friends,

february 2018 Robin Johnson Bethke Jennifer Bryerton

CREATIVE DIRECTOR Robin Johnson Bethke

As we celebrate our 20th year of CharlottesvilleFamily, we are feeling especially thankful—thankful to our readers for their interest and appreciation, thankful to our advertisers for their support and enthusiasm, and thankful to have created

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Jennifer Bryerton TECHNICAL DIRECTOR Peter D. Bethke SENIOR EDITOR Sarah Pastorek ONLINE EDITOR Madison Stanley

our dream jobs! From browsing through adorable baby pictures and attending the


area’s best festivals and concerts to working with some of the nicest people in


town, we here at CharlottesvilleFamily feel so lucky to get to do what we love, every


single day. Reaching this milestone has also made us reminiscent of our past. It is fun to think about how the company started. Robin, then pregnant with her son, felt our wonderful community had so much to offer, but felt it could do more to reach out to

Danielle Burr, Barbara A. Tompkins


MARKETING CONSULTANTS Carath DeFrancia, Allison Muss, Carter

Schotta, Jenny Stoltz

families. With the power of the Internet (a relatively new technology at the time), she envisioned a resource to connect us all, even from the farthest corners of beautiful


Marc Boston, Becky Calvert, Jennifer

Carroll, Diane DiCarlo, Rick Epstein,

Catherine Malone, Whitney Woollerton

We often joke about that fateful day six months later when Robin got a call from

Morrill, Beth Seliga, Ethan Schafer,

Jen, who wanted to know if she had ever wanted to do a magazine based on the

Madison Stanley, Bob Taibbi, Krissy Vick

site. Her answer? “Well, as a matter of fact, that was part of the plan!” And the rest,

BOOKKEEPER Theresa Klopp

as they say, is history.


Albemarle County. It was then, that she and her husband Peter, a programmer, created our “other baby” — CharlottesvilleFamily (then called

Now, many babies later, we have children spanning ages 9 to 19, four publications in addition to CharlottesvilleFamily, fun and exciting projects with our newest publications—Charlottesville Wine & Country Living and Weddings, and CharlottesvilleFamily’s Home magazine—and we still love every minute of it! Looking back, the success of CharlottesvilleFamily is still a wonder to us. The website still has the amazing ability to be there for you 24/7, and the magazine brings us closer together as a community of families with articles and resource materials that seek to improve our quality of life as parents. Today the company provides these products not just because of the collaboration between Jen and Robin, but also because of the countless hours of the 14 talented people who make up our staff, and because of the businesses who support CharlottesvilleFamily and make it possible to provide our services to the community free of charge. From the bottom of our hearts we thank you, our readers, and the countless businesses who not only make it all possible financially, but have become like family over the years. It has always been our pleasure to serve you all, and we’re looking forward to another 20 years as great as the first. Wishing you a Happy Valentine’s Day!

Christine DeLellis-Wheatley

MARKETING CONCIERGE Abigail Sewell INTERN Sarah Payne DISTRIBUTION Ray Whitson CharlottesvilleFamily™ Bloom Magazine and CharlottesvilleFamily. com™ are published jointly by Ivy Publications, LLC.™ is published weekly online at www., 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 ©2018. All rights reserved.

We welcome reader comments, submissions and the support of advertisers! Please direct all correspondence to Ivy Publications, LLC 4282 Ivy Road, Charlottesville, Virginia 22903 voice 434.984.4713 fax 434.984.4813 We reserve the right to refuse or edit any materials submitted to us that we deem inappropriate for our audience. Include a SASE with any submission to be returned. We do not accept responsibility for unsolicited materials.

2004 Community Award Winner


February 2018

Contents Table of


our town

News 12

Snapshot 16

Alison MacCleery & Nina Schoeb, Moms & Speech-Language Pathologists

Our Schools 18

Kindness Boomerang in Effect

Out & About Calendar 20

February Festivals & Events for Families


living well New Mom 34


Starting Solids Dear Bob 36 Your Parenting Questions Answered

Healthy Family 38 Daycare Illnesses

Daytrip Fun! 28 Olympic-Inspired Fun

Celebrating CharlottesvilleFamily’s 20th Anniversary 1

Our 20-Year Timeline & Fun Parenting Trends in 1998 vs. Now

DIY Valentine Crafts 52

Bath Salts & Yarn Wrapped Hearts

Lessons From Camp 54

Editor’s Pick! In celebration of CharlottesvilleFamily’s 20th Anniversary, we have packed this issue full of family-fun ideas and inspirational parenting tips and trends. We hope you enjoy!

An Age-by-Age Guide for How Your Child Can Benefit at Summer Camp

Making is Learning 70 Charlottesville Catholic School Helps Create Enthusiasm Around STEM at an Early Age My Daughters, My Inspiration A Local Dad & Children’s Author Shares How He Began Writing

Tips & Trends 40 Fabulous Finds and Fun



Home & Garden 42 Prep for Spring

Food & Family 46 Better Dining Out Experiences

Guide to Residential Camps 60

What You Need to Find the Best Camp for Your Child

2018 Guide to Private Schools 73

The Inside Info on Area Schools

until next time Misconceptions: Theirs, Mine, Yours 88  A Dad’s Humorous Tales

44 So Love This! “Who doesn’t love a handmade Valentine’s gift (pg. 52).” — Danielle, graphic designer


Cover: Cake by Maliha Creations



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Giveaway Be sure to watch our CharlottesvilleFamily Facebook page for an upcoming Disney Live! giveaway!

UVA Alum’s Children’s Book Hits NY Times Best-seller List

University of Virginia alumna, Vashti Harrison, released her book Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History and soon saw it rising to No. 3 on the New York Times best-seller list for Children’s Middle-Grade Hardcover list. The idea for the book began on a whim when she decided to draw one African-American woman every day for the month of February—Black History Month. Her inspiration stemmed from characters in children’s classics, and she spent countless hours listening to books and tapings about her chosen subjects. The book’s 40 black women from American history included influential artists, astronauts, civil rights activists and musicians, and alongside each illustration, Harrison wrote a brief biography, catering to readers ages 8 to 12. Published by LittleBrown Books for Young Readers, this 96-page paper over board book is available at for $12.25.


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More Great Content Online At, parents and families can find everything from festivals, fairs, library events and daytrip ideas to an online camp fair, a family services directory, school news and family-friendly giveaways and sweepstakes.

Local Family Turns Loss Into Giving Back

Pet Photo Contest, Win Prizes Share your favorite pet photos with us this month for a chance to appear in the March issue! The winning photos will be published in CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom, and winners will receive great prizes. You can submit at from February 1–12, and the winning submission will be drawn at random. See our website for guidelines and rules.

Just two months after losing their six-day-old son, Chelsea and Jesse Cobb turned their hurt into Christian’s Purpose, an organization that helps pay for funeral expenses for babies that pass away. Their goal was to help alleviate the extra burden from families so that they could grieve properly. While coping with their loss, the family lost sight of the debt that had accumulated from the birth and the passing of their child. The organization also accepts baby blankets and other newborn items. For more information on Christian’s Purpose and how to donate, see

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{our town voices} Lythcott-Haims to Present Book, How to Raise an Adult New York Times bestselling author Julie LythcottHaims will present her book How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success on February 27 in the Grisham Hall at St. Anne’s-Belfield School. Known for her fierce critique of the “growing trend of parental involvement in the day-to-day lives of college students,” Lythcott-Haims began writing about the harm of helicopter parenting after her time as Stanford University’s dean of freshmen. Currently, How to Raise an Adult is being published in over twodozen countries.

OneBook Launches Regional Reading Program Through a partnership among area schools, libraries and organizations, the Charlottesville OneBook program has launched an inaugural reading program to begin in the spring of 2018. By request, the program will provide free books to schools, the community, local organizations and readers throughout the region, and will offer opportunities to engage through in-person programming and discussions. The 2018 program will kick off with The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, an award-winning young adult novel. Organizations participating, include: Charlottesville High School, Jefferson-Madison Regional Library, Virginia Center for the Book, University of Virginia Library, Albemarle County high schools, Waynesboro High School, St. Anne’sBelfield School and other local independent schools and organizations. To learn more about the program and how to support, visit

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Haas Eagerly Prepares for His New Role Matt Haas, the next Albemarle County Superintendent, is eager and excited to fulfill his upcoming position as Albemarle County Superintendent. He has taken it upon himself to interact and build relationships with teachers, administrators and students by stopping in at local schools. On Fridays, he enjoys not only visiting some of the students but also being “one” with the school. He is known for taking a seat amongst students as teachers give them their assignment. Having been with the county division since 2004, Haas was the principal at Albemarle High School for five years and has since worked his way into becoming the deputy superintendent. Upon Pam Moran’s retirement this summer, he will take on the Albemarle County Superintendent role.

Albemarle School Board Shares Three Big Decisions This past December brought about three important decisions for the Albemarle County School District. The School Board voted to proceed with opening a student center in August 2021 rather than building a fourth high school. The center will “accommodate up to 600 students and be open to any student in the county, and it will offer the opportunities for students to design their own course of studies work collaboratively with their peers on joint projects and have more interaction with community and business partners for work-based and communitybased learning.” The other two decisions included the modernization of the current three high schools and a two-year pilot program to offer transportation to all high school students who will be attending one of the academies next year.

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Rita Smith

Registered Dietitian & Certified Diabetes Educator

As a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital, Rita P. Smith, RD, CDE, finds happiness in meeting thousands of individuals and families through nutritional counseling. Being a mother of two, now grown, daughters and nana to three grandchildren only aided to her over 40 years of experience as a clinical dietitian and learning that each person has his or her own unique food and health history that they are willing to share, with the goal of improved health. For Smith, it’s a privilege to work with a diverse community to solve and sort out food issues. How have you grown and changed over the years? Nutrition is an ever-evolving science, so some specifics in the nutritional care of chronic diseases has changed, but the outcome goals are still constant—for an individual to have the best health that they can achieve, in part, with modifications in their food choices. As Hippocrates said, “let food be thy medicine.” Why is it important to teach children about healthy eating? As parents, it’s more about being role models for eating well and enjoying food. I encourage parents to serve a wide variety of foods at each meal, even if your kids have narrow food preferences. This is the time for children to try new foods or have familiar foods cooked in new ways. Their taste preferences are evolving. I suggest a “thank you, no thank you” bite of a new food. Try a first bite to be respectful of the person who planned and prepared the meal. And if they don’t like it, then “no thanks.” What types of meals did you prepare when raising your family? We always had family meals, both at the top of the day with breakfast and then of course, dinner meals together, around the table, face-to-face. It was the best time to get organized for the day over breakfast, knowing who is going where, and then to talk


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about everyone’s activities at day’s end with dinner. Breakfast was often simple like peanut butter on whole-grain English muffins and seasonal fruit. With more time, smiley face pancakes with fresh berry sauce were good. Dinner was usually made from scratch with a lean protein, starch, vegetable, fruit and milk. But Friday night was always a local pizza with salad! What do your grown children want when they come to visit? We always cook together in the kitchen, kids and grandkids. Top favorites include: homemade meatballs and spaghetti and white bean soup (thanks to my Italian mother), fresh grilled fish (thanks to growing up in Maine), scalloped potatoes (Maine potato farmers in the family) and homemade gingerbread with whipped cream (an old Maine favorite). Our daughters and their husbands all enjoy cooking, trying new dishes and spending time in the kitchen with their children. One of my go-to recipes when time is short is Sloppy Joes made with lean ground beef or soy veggie crumbles. After the meat is browned, the easy addition of chopped onions, catsup and other seasonings makes for a flavorful main dish. Serve over split, toasted whole-grain buns with a side salad or cooked veggies. What helps you keep on top of life and work obligations? A good daily formula for feeling great and being in tip top shape includes: three squares [of nutrition], a ready smile, a good walk, a take-me-away read for a few minutes before bedtime and a restful night of sleep. If you don’t take care of yourself, you can’t take of anyone else or do your work well. Before switching to capturing the look of love and the inner beauty of her subjects, Beth was a sports photographer whose work appeared in Sports Illustrated, USA Today and Pro Cycling, among other publications. See her work at


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Schools by Krissy Vick

Kindness Boomerang in Effect More than 15,000 postcards from people all over the world expressing words of support, love and encouragement for the city’s youth are flooding the mailboxes of city schools and youth organizations. In one display that lines the hallways at Charlottesville High School, messages include, “Dear Young Person, You Matter” and “Sending Love and Aloha from Hawaii!” An anonymous writer from Texas states, “You are so loved. You are amazing!” While another card reads, “You are important. You have a lot to offer this world.” Judy of British Columbia writes, “We stand with you!” These positive affirmations were prompted by the “Dear Young Person” campaign, a local effort spearheaded by the Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of the Central Blue Ridge shortly after the events on the weekend of August 11 in Charlottesville. Several other youthserving organizations have partnered with the BBBS to promote this project. According to, the goal of the postcard-writing campaign is to counter messages of

violence and bigotry. “WE have the power to direct the long-term narrative. WE can decide what we want to feed into our youth. Let’s sow seeds of love and tolerance,” states the website. Athena Gould, executive director of BBBS of the Central Blue Ridge, says the cards have come from as far away as China, Singapore and Australia, and more are still coming in. “I still have about 2,000 cards to be distributed,” says Gould. Principal Dr. Justin Malone at Jackson-Via Elementary School says the cards are creating a boomerang of kindness among his students and staff. In the school’s 10th anniversary “Bully-Nots” assembly, students spread messages of kindness, respect and peace through a multimedia performance that included antibullying songs about being kind and helping each other. The children are also writing their own postcards to send to other Charlottesville kids. If anyone is interested in receiving these postcards, they can call the BBBS office at 434-244-0882, or email

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2nd Annual “Play for Preemies” For the second year running, Western Albemarle High School’s (WAHS) girls’ basketball program helped to raise awareness about premature birth. On January 6, 2018, at WAHS, the team hosted their “Play for Preemies Showcase” to raise funds for preemie births at the UVA Children’s Hospital and Carilion Clinic Children’s Hospital in Roanoke. Inspired by their coach’s own experience with premature births, whose wife has given birth to three premature children, the program started the showcase last season and donated more than $1,000 dollars to the respective hospitals. This year, the showcase doubled in size, growing from six to 12 teams, and certain officiating crews worked for free as a contribution to the fundraiser. In addition to the showcase, the players have walked in the “March for Babies” event for the past several years. To donate to the March of Dimes, visit support-general.aspx.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS Albemarle County will lease and construct a park on the state of Virginia’s Biscuit Run property. The Boar’s Head Inn begins renovations on its main building in February and will temporarily close the Old Mill Room. They expect to reopen the main Inn in September.

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Charlottesville ranked fifth in’s 2018 Top 100 Best Places to Live. City Council voted to remove the parking meters and suspend the meter program for a year in Downtown Charlottesville. The former Forest Lakes Health Center is now UVA Primary Care Riverside and offers walk-in care among other services for families. Wainwright Tile & Stone is now operating under Morris Tile Distributors.

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BLACK HISTORY MONTH Beloved Community Presents I’m Not Racist ... Am I?

February 9, 7pm at The Paramount Theater A community discussion following a screening of the documentary about 12 NYC teens who spent a year talking and learning about racism. The discussion will be led by filmmakers Catherine Wigginton Greene and André Robert Lee. Reservations required. 434-979-1333,

Let’s Go Explore the Past Through Archaeology

February 10, 10am–12pm at Monticello In honor of Black History Month, join Monticello archaeologists in the Archaeology Lab to discover how the enslaved community lived at Monticello. Designed specifically for children ages 7–11. 434-984-9800,

Discussion and Movie Night: 42

February 20, 6pm at Northside Library Local resident Addison Hobbs discusses his encounters with racism while playing semiprofessional baseball from 1943–1957. Afterward, the movie 42 will be screened. Rated PG-13. 434-973-7893,

VALENTINE’S DAY Kids Club Valentine’s Day Lovebugs

February 3, 10am–12pm at Michaels, Barracks Road Shopping Center They make, you shop! Kids ages 3 and up can enjoy making Valentine’s Day lovebugs using clothespins and pom poms. $2 per project. Supplies included. Parent or guardian must remain on the premises. 434-971-1072,

Father/Daughter Valentine’s Dance

February 3 & 4, 1pm or 4:30pm Saturday or 2pm Sunday at CB Studio Theatre, Charlottesville Ballet Studios Semi-formal event celebrating the parent/ child relationship with a mini-performance, refreshments and plenty of dancing with special activities led by the dancers of Charlottesville Ballet. 434-227-7592,

FEBRUARY 2018 Chinese New Year at Horton

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February 17, 10am–5pm at Horton Vineyards, Gordonsville Celebrate the Chinese New Year. Kids can make crafts like their own dragon masks while parents enjoy special complimentary gift offers and wine. 540-832-7440,

Porkapolooza A Valentine for That Special Someone

February 7, 3–7pm at Crozet Library Drop in to make a special something for your special someone. Supplies will be available to create a unique handmade valentine. 434-823-4050,

February 17–18, 12–8pm at BBQ Exchange, Gordonsville Live music, face painting, magic, balloon art, carpe donut, whole hogs from Autumn Olive Farms, lard fried chicken and lots of other great surprises. 540-832-0227,



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February 10, 10am–3pm at Key Recreation Center Explore a wide variety of scientific fields through hands-on experiments, demonstrations, games and more, as the museum welcomes local exhibitors with expertise in areas like biology, chemistry, physics and zoology. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor! 434-977-1025,

CharlottesvilleFamily Fun Fair, Camp Expo & Birthday Bash February 11, 10am–3pm at The DoubleTree Hotel The annual CharlottesvilleFamily Fun Fair & Camp Expo helps parents get a jump on camp shopping. Meet over 80 exhibitors from camps offering horseback riding, sailing, sports training, travel, robotics and much more. Enjoy a bounce house from Bounce Play-N-Create, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, great giveaways, kids’ activities and a special 20th anniversary birthday celebration with cake! 434-984-4713, charlottesvillefamily. com

Now–March 24, Saturdays, 9am–1pm at IX Art Park The IX Art Park is opening both the outdoor piazza and heated indoor event space to farmers and vendors to peddle their wares. Market Central will be present to accept SNAP and EBT cards. 434-207-2355,

Madison Winter Farmers Market

February 11, 10am–12pm at Hoover Ridge Park, Madison Enjoy the winter market at Hoover Ridge Park.

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Disney Live!

February 23 at John Paul Jones Arena. See ad on page 29.


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12 HANDLEY WAY • $549,000 Lot 12’s charms include breathtaking views from the open, level ground to the front of the parcel, mountainous topography with mature hardwoods to the back of the property. Private trout pond with trails! Tranquil 23 acre tract backs to land in conservation easement. Comcast high speed internet by February 2018! MLS# 555995




2437 CHAPEL SPRING LANE • $1,995,000 Set in absolute tranquility and privacy, this dramatic Georgian with circular drive has been updated and expanded brilliantly. Russell Skinner designed the stunning great room addition and Charles Stick, the arresting landscape design. 2 large covered porches. Formal gardens, tennis court and more. 15 minutes west of town. MLS# 567008

5210 TANAGER WOODS DRIVE • $559,900 Renovated custom farmhouse beautifully situated on 2 acres just mins to NGIC/DIA, UVA Research Park and Hollymead Town Center. First floor bedroom and full bath make for great guest quarters. Exposed beams, tall ceilings, media room, European master bath, covered rear porch. Angela Dotson (434) 981-6302. MLS# 569530

1415 BUTLER STREET • $499,000 4-bedroom charmer in Belvedere in great condition with classy upgrades, open first floor plan and a detached 2-car garage with rentable upstairs apartment. Features include extensive hardwood and tile floors, granite kitchen, double front porches and private rear patio. Joan Jay (434) 906-1806 or Inessa Telefus (434) 98951559. MLS# 570070


685 IVY LN IN FARMINGTON • $2,995,000 Set on almost 4 magical acres carefully designed by Brooke Spencer, Master Gardener and professional landscape designer, Rabbit Run truly enchants. From the approach through brick entrance pillars, to the open, yet intimate, floor plan by Madison Spencer, this 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath home beguiles at every turn. MLS# 566569


3415 MORGANTOWN RD $899,900 This inviting, luxuriously appointed home is sited on a picturesque, level 2 acres just minutes west of town. You’ll find superior finishes throughout the 5,800+ sq ft and a bright, open design ideal for both formal & informal entertaining. The great room wows with 18 ft vaulted ceilings & raised hearth stone fireplace. Exquisite chef’s kitchen with Alberene soapstone, fine tile details & commercial range. Stunning main level master suite w/ spalike bath & bonus “loft” ideal for home office. Basement offers expansive rec room, full bar, guest suite & fitness room. Double French doors lead to private outdoor oasis & heated, salt water pool w/ top-of-the-line automatic cover. Kristin Cummings Streed (434) 409-5619.

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Finding Neverland

Screen Painting Workshop

Now–February 4 at Altria Theater, Richmond The hit Broadway musical comes to Richmond as part of Broadway in Richmond. Recommended for ages 6+. 800-514-3849,

Picture Book Film Fest

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February 9 & 10, 10:30am at Crozet Library Bring a blanket and pillow and cozy up to watch a few of your favorite stories on the big screen. Ages 2–6. Registration is requested. 434-823-4050,

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in Concert

February 10 & 11, 2pm & 7:30pm Saturday, 1pm Sunday at Altria Theater, Richmond The Richmond Symphony Orchestra performs every note from the film. Audiences will be able to relive the magic of the film in high-definition on a giant screen while hearing the orchestra perform. 800-514-3849,

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Dark Star Orchestra March 30

February 21, 6pm at The Paramount Theater This musical romp brings the adventures of P.D. Eastman’s classic book to life in a frolicking dog party. The cast of dogs invite audience participation and even enjoy a wild game of ball. 434-979-1333,

Disney Live! Mickey and Minnie’s Doorway to Magic

February 23, 4pm & 7pm at John Paul Jones Arena Mickey, Minnie and 25 of your favorite Disney stars will surprise and captivate at every turn of the knob at Mickey and Minnie’s Doorway to Magic.

Monster Jam

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February 23–24, 7pm Friday, 1pm & 7pm Saturday at Richmond Coliseum, Richmond Enjoy this adrenaline-charged family event. World-class Monster Jam vehicles and athletes deliver more trucks, more racing, more freestyle, more donuts, more wheelies and more action. 800-745-3000,

Wonder Woman Movie Matinee

February 24, 2–4:30pm at Gordon Avenue Library Enjoy free popcorn and drinks while watching Wonder Woman. Rated PG-13. 434-296-5544,

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February 28, 7pm at Gordon Avenue Library Monthly screening of a popular film adaptation of a book. Light refreshments served. Rated PG13. 434-296-5544,

February 5, 7pm at Gordon Avenue Library Learn about and try DIY screen-printing techniques. Make a small project to take home. All supplies provided. Registration required. 434-296-5544,

Make Your Own Terrarium Party

February 7, 4:30–7:30pm at Random Row Brewery Build your own terrarium to take home and one to donate to the UVA Children’s Hospital. Blue Ridge Pizza food truck will be on-site for some tasty fare. 434-825-8631,

Tape Resist Paint Party

February 12, 6:30pm at Crozet Library Using a tape-resist technique, create fantastic geometric designs on canvas using any color palette. No artistic skills required and all materials provided. Ages 14+. Required registration. 434-823-4050,

3D Printing 101

February 15, 6:30pm at Northside Library Join library staff as they demonstrate how to create an object using Tinkercad or select an object using Thingverse and then print it. 434-973-7893,

Family Art JAMs: Marvelous Monotypes February 17, 10am–12pm mixed ages 5–12, 1–3pm ages 5–7, 3–5pm ages 8–12 at The Fralin Museum of Art at UVA Age-appropriate tours with hands-on art activities for children. Parents or other adult family members are encouraged to serve as assistants, models and collaborators. 434-243-2050, uvafralinartmuseum.virginia. edu/calendar


February 20 at Crozet Library Visit for warm drinks, snacks and an afternoon of creating. Whether it be art, writing, crafts, coding or other creations, come focus on your work and talk out your ideas with other creative types. Grades 6–12. 434-823-4050,

Fun for the Young

February 21 at The Fralin Museum of Art at UVA Children enjoy a story read by arts educator Aimee Hunt and explore an artwork through observation, play and hands-on projects. 434-243-2050,

Japanese Flower Arranging

February 21, 6:30pm at Central Library Hiromi Hangai Johnson teaches the art of Japanese flower arrangement in this hands-on workshop. Participants will keep their floral arrangement. Ages 14+. Required registration. 434-979-7151,

Teen Cookie Wars

February 22, 7–8:30pm at Central Library In this cookie decorating contest, teens have 30 minutes to decorate their cookies based on a theme. Winner of each of the three categories goes home with a prize. 434-979-7151,

Volcanic Venturing

February 27, 3:30–4:30pm at Gordon Avenue Library An erupting good time as you create your own volcano and then watch as the acid-base reaction that simulates lava flow and volcanic eruption. Ages 8–12. Required registration. 434-296-5544,

Lorax Truffula Tree Building

February 28, 4pm at Central Library Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday by engineering your own truffle trees. Ages 6+. 434-979-7151,


LEGO Mania

Now–May 3, First Thursdays, 4pm at Northside Library All you need is your creativity and natural engineering ability; building blocks will be supplied. No registration required, but space is limited. Ages 5+. 434-973-7893,

Game Night

Now–May 15, Third Tuesdays, 6:30–8pm at Northside Library Wii U, Xbox Kinect, board games and snacks. Come with a friend or meet new people. Registration is recommended. Grades 6–12. 434-973-7893,

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Meet the Symphony Musician

February 3, 10:30am at Virginia Discovery Museum Orchestra members demonstrate an instrument and accompany a guest reader of a children’s book. Afterwards, musicians hold a petting zoo of instruments. 434-977-1025,

Harry Potter Book Night

February 3, 6pm at Barnes and Noble, Barracks Road Cosplay, games, trivia and more. Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. 434-984-0461,

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The Gruffalo Live on Stage! May 13


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Pictures & Pages With Glynis Welte

February 7–May 2, First Wednesdays, 10am at The Fralin Museum of Art at UVA Gordon Avenue children’s librarian Glynis Welte delivers dynamic arts-related storytimes incorporating movement, songs and puppets with a variety of exciting books. 434-243-2050,

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February 17, 2pm at Central Library Celebrate Charlottesville’s Pride Festival with this fun family event. Local drag artist Dreama Belle will share stories that celebrate diversity and inclusion at a special storytime. 434-979-7151,

PLAY! With Your Food: Tweet Like a Bird, Eat Like a Bird

February 23, 3:30–5:30pm at Dot to Dot: Pediatric Speech Language Therapy, LLC Make bird feeders and your own trail mix. There will be a storytime paired with yoga and movement activities and then free play. For children 3+. 434-260-6450,

Donuts With Dad

CharlottesvilleFamily Camp Expo & Family Fun Fair February 11, 10am–3pm at The DoubleTree Hotel. See page 32.

Live Poets Society

February 7, 7pm at Gordon Avenue Library Come and share original poetry with the group or just listen. 434-296-5544,

It’s Bin Fun: Sensory Play for Infants and Toddlers

February 16, 10:30–11:30am at Crozet Library Captivate your little scientist with open-ended, child-led play. Things will get messy so dress


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appropriately. Ages 6–35 months. Registration requested. 434-823-4050,

Mad Science

February 16, 4pm at Crozet Library Hang out and experiment with all things scientific with the help of the Wahoo Wizards, a fun team of chemical engineering students from UVA. Registration requested. 434-823-4050,

February 24, 10:30am at Central Library Donuts, coffee and juice will be served along with storytime fun. For dads, granddads, uncles or buddies with children ages 2–5. 434-979-7151,

Jazz-Ma-Tazz Storytime

February 24, 11am–12pm at Gordon Avenue Library Move and groove to some jazz and blues in story and song. Then, stick around and make some jazz-inspired art. Grownups should be sure to take a look at the library’s special Jazz CD Collection as well. 434-296-5544,

More Fascinating Than Fiction

February 28, 3:30pm at Crozet Library Come listen to some incredible stories from history and today, enjoy a snack and chat about the books you’ve been reading. Ages 5–9. Requested registration. 434-823-4050,

HISTORY ACTIVITIES Slavery at Monticello Tours

Daily in February, 12pm & 2pm at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello Guided outdoor tours focus on the experience of the enslaved people who lived and worked on the Monticello plantation. 434-984-9822,

Maymont Mansion’s View From the Backstairs

February 3 & 4, 12–5pm at Maymont Mansion, Richmond Experience Richmond’s Gilded Age showplace from the perspective of those who worked there. Guided tours available every half-hour. 804-358-7166,

To benefit SARA, Sexual Assault Resource Agency February 10 • 8pm-12am The Space Downtown 210 Water St DJ Derek Tobler To purchase tickets, go to:

Tea Party With Ms. Monroe & Friends

February 9, 3:30pm at Northside Library Join the fifth First Lady Elizabeth Monroe for a tea party and special activity. Bring your favorite doll or stuffed animal and tea attire, though not required. Grades K–5 with a grownup. Registration required. 434-973-7893,

Victorian High Tech at Maymont

February 17, 12:30–1:30pm & 2:30–3:30pm at Maymont Estate, Richmond A special behind-the-scenes tour reveals the bells, whistles, hidden panels, knobs, tubes and other technological wonders that made the Dooleys’ home one of the most modern in Gilded Age Richmond. 804-358-7166,

Free Admission at Mount Vernon

February 19 & 22, 9am–4pm at Mount Vernon On Monday, partake in wreathlaying ceremonies, listen to esteemed speakers and more in celebration of George Washington’s 286th birthday. Thursday, visitors get in free and can enjoy a patriotic concert and a ceremony honoring new citizens. 703-780-2000,



{our town calendar} SPORTS, OUTDOORS & ACTIVE FUN

PICTURES & PAGES: Feb. 7 and Mar. 7

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

Half-Price Admission Days at Lewis Ginter

FAMILY ART JAMs: Feb. 17 and Mar. 17

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

Now–February 28, 9am–5pm at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond The warm and cozy Conservatory beckons with aromatic orchids, blooming cactus, birds-ofparadise and other tropical flowers. 804-262-9887,

FUN FOR THE YOUNG: Feb. 21 and Mar. 21

Children enjoy a story read by arts educator Aimee Hunt and explore an artwork through observation, play and hands-on projects. or 434.243.2050

Roller Skating

Now–May, Saturdays, 6–9pm at Greenwood Community Center Greenwood Community Center is open every Saturday night for roller skating under the Disco ball. 434-296-5844,

Annual Wintergreen Adaptive Sports Warrior Weekend

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Friday, February 16 at 9:00 p.m.

February 2–4, 10am–9pm at Wintergreen Resort A family-filled weekend to salute military personnel. Please help pay tribute to our Warriors as they will be present and participating in the Wintergreen Adaptive Sports Wounded Warriors event. 434-325-2007,

Snow Moon Fest AldersgAte United Methodist ChUrCh Presents…


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February 9–11, 5pm Friday–4pm, Sunday at Massanutten Resort Celebrate the opening of the resort 46 years ago and the kickoff to the 2018 Winter Olympics. Events around the resort will include a polar plunge, birthday cupcakes, torch ski down the slopes & lighting ceremony, fireworks and more.

Tri to Stay Warm Indoor Triathlon 2018

February 11, 7:30am at Brooks Family YMCA Participants will complete 10 minutes of swimming, 30 minutes of cycling and 20 minutes of running or walking­—all indoors. This new event is perfect for beginners and experienced triathletes ages 15 and up. In the spirit of TRI-ing to stay warm this winter, a tropical theme and awards will be given to the top 3 most “tropical” gym wear. 434-974-9622,

Italian Night Square Dance

February 16, 7:30–10pm at Rockfish River Elementary School Live square dance caller and refreshments. All proceeds given back to selected community organization. All welcomed. Fun for all visitors. 434-361-2470,


February 2018

Presidents Weekend at Wintergreen

February 16–19, 9am–10pm at Wintergreen Resort A long weekend to take advantage of great skiing, riding and tubing. Events include Wintergreen Rail Jam in the Terrain Park, great music slopeside, live entertainment at The Edge, Women’s Ski Clinic and plenty of opportunities to spend time with your Valentine. 434-325-2200,

Family Zumba Workout

February 24, 2pm at Crozet Library Jennifer Woman leads a family-friendly class for all ages to get your body moving and your heart pumping. 434-823-4050,

Frostbite Fun 5K YOU CAN HELP!

February 24, 9–10:45am at Hoover Ridge Park, Madison This race is a fundraiser for the Madison County High School Forensics program. It is a multiterrain event using the MCHS cross country course. Runners and walkers of all levels welcome. Medals will be given to age group winners. Pets are welcome, but they must be on a leash. FrostbiteFun5K



Underrated Movie Day

2017 Child Advocate of the Year Award Call for Nominations

February 3, 6–7:30pm at Crozet Library Teens choose the most underrated animated movie (rated PG or PG-13) from a selection prepared by the Teen Advisory Board and watch it. Grades 6–12. 434-823-4050,

Virginia Workforce Job Fair

February 21, 2–5pm, 1pm workshop at Northside Library Sit down 1-on-1 with more than 15 representatives from a variety of local employers. Prior to the fair, come to a valuable workshop on job interviewing techniques. Ages 16+. 434-973-7893,

R.A.D. (Read & Discuss) Teen Book Club

Now–February 16 at ReadyKids Is there a community member you feel should be recognized for all their hard work to benefit children? ReadyKids is currently inviting nominations for the John L. Snook Child Advocate Award, to be presented at the 23rd Annual ReadyKids Community Breakfast on April 16. 434-296-4118,

FAFSA Super Saturday Workshops

February 27, 6:30–8pm at Crozet Library The Crozet Library leads a diverse range of book clubs for teens. Discussing the dramatic high fantasy, Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. Grades 6–12. Registration required. 434-823-4050,

Now–July 28, Fourth Saturdays except in June, 9am–12pm at PVCC Main Building, Room M154 Need help completing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid form? Bring copies of tax returns, wage statements and records of all sources of income. Before attending, students and parents should also create an FSA ID at 434-961-6560,

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Winter hours during January-March Open Thursday-Monday • 11-5

Come visit. Drink our award-winning ciders. Wander the gorgeous grounds. We trust you’ll enjoy our rich history, and perhaps even create some of your own. We have daily tasting hours of 11-5, and host special events like weddings, corporate parties, and small gatherings—all sure to create beautiful memories.

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Go for Olympic Gold The Winter Olympics begin on February 9 in PyeongChang, South Korea, and families will gather around the TV to watch their favorite athletes compete for the gold. Kids and adults alike are amazed and thrilled as they watch the grace and strength of the figure skaters, the force and velocity of the luge, and the agility and boldness of skiing and snowboarding competitions. The Olympics is a great opportunity for sharing some good old-fashioned patriotism and rooting together for favorites — plus you can slip in some other lessons, too. •

Help your kids understand the amount of time, effort and discipline involved in training for the Olympics, which will give them a whole new appreciation for these amazing athletes.

Have a computer nearby to research favorite athletes. Keep a map handy so you can locate their hometowns. Try out some foreign foods or read up about local traditions.

Soohorang, the mascot of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games, took its motif from the white tiger.

Visit to learn about the events and the Olympic mascot.

Talk about how the Olympics started in ancient Greece.

Stretch your own legs by setting up competitions at home — low-tech hula hooping, races, tumbling and obstacle courses or maybe Super Mario Winter Olympics for the Wii.

Last, but not least, brush up on your South Korean history.

We’ve got the sweets and treats your sweetheart will adore this Valentine’s Day!

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February 2018

More Olympic-Inspired Fun Main Street Arena and Fun on the Mountains Feeling inspired by watching the figure skating competitions? Head downtown to the Main Street Arena to lace up a pair of skates and hit the ice! The rink is open for public skate on most weekdays and some Saturdays through March before construction transforms the space. The arena also hosts the UVA ice hockey teams, so be sure to check their event calendar for a chance to catch some local winter sports in person! For more information, visit Other hotspots for winter sport fun include area slopes where you’ll find skiing and snowboarding along with other fun winter activities. • Bryce Resort, • Homestead Resort, • Liberty University’s Snowflex Centre, • Massanutten Resort,

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{our town calendar} Sibling Class at UVA Hospital

February 3, 10–11am at UVA Hospital, Room 8614 A one-session class for children ages 2–0 who are expecting a new sibling. Interactive play teaches about life with a new baby in the home. A tour of a hospital room is included. 434-924-9920,

Journeys Bereavement Workshop

February 8, 5:30–7pm at Central Library This is a stand-alone bereavement workshop for children and families who have experienced a death. Evenings include dinner, seasonalthemed activities and exploration of thoughts and feelings of grief through creative expression. Children ages 3+. Call Hospice of the Piedmont to register. 434-817-6931,

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Kid*Vention 2018

February 10, 10am–3pm at Key Recreation Center. See ad on page 31.

February 11–25, Sundays, 3:30–5pm at Our Neighborhood Child Development Center, 2110 Ivy Road In these play-based parent-child classes, children will be invited to play as parents observe and learn through the facilitation of the Our Neighborhood team. Classes will provide in-the-moment coaching for parents to learn the skills presented in the workshops offered. 434-202-8639,

Babes in Artland

February 13, 10–11am at The Fralin Museum of Art at UVA Lively conversation about works of art on view in a supportive environment with time to share and ask questions about art and parenting. Slings over strollers and a 1:1 adult-to-infant ratio are preferred, but accommodations for parents of twins will be made. 434-243-2050,

The Road to College

February 17, 10:30am–12pm at Crozet Library Parents of eighth grade students who are beginning to think about some of the potential pathways for college are invited to attend this free event. There is no cost to attend, though it is strongly encouraged that families RSVP. 434-823-4050,

OPEN HOUSES Charlottesville Area Independent Schools Admission Fair

February 3, 10am–12pm at the Jefferson School City Center At this free event, families can explore preschool through high school Charlottesville Area Independent Schools. 434-296-5106,

Picture Perfect Pet Contest Capture Your adorable pet – Win prizes! Share your favorite pet photos with us this month for a chance to appear in the March issue! The winning photos will be published in CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom, and winners will receive great prizes. You can submit from February 1–12, and the winning submission will be drawn at random. See for guidelines and rules. TM

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Peabody School Winter Open House February 13, 9am–1:30pm at Peabody School 434-296-6901,

North Branch School Open House

February 27, 9:30–11:30am and 5:30–7:30pm at North Branch School 540-456-8450,

DATE NIGHT 3rd Annual Wine and Chocolate Pairing

February 3, 11:30am and 2:30pm seatings at Horton Vineyards Fee includes six tastings of vintage wines paired with uniquely hand-crafted chocolate by Jennifer Mowad of Cocoa and Spice. Seating is limited. $45 per person, $85 per couple. Reservations are required. 540-832-7440,

The Wailers

February 7, 8pm at the Jefferson Theater The legendary Wailers band returns to bring its revolutionary sound to fans around the world. 434-245-4980,





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February 10, 5–10pm at CrossKeys Vineyards, Mount Crawford Enjoy Latin jazz music, a beginner salsa class and bachata class, salsa, bachata, merengue, mambo and cha cha music from DJ Guia and a live dance performance. Advanced tickets required, however limited tickets will be sold at the door. 540-234-0505, events/179708652623601

Mardi Gras Ball to Benefit SARA YOU CAN HELP!

February 10, 8pm–12am at The Space Downtown Enjoy the black tie event with hors d’ouevres, dancing and raffle prizes. Proceeds will benefit SARA—Sexual Assault Resource Agency.


Mediterranean Vegan Cooking Class February 15, 6–7:30pm at The Happy Cook Join Ingrid Berger for a delicious, healing and comforting winter vegan menu. Beverages included. 434-977-2665,

With two nights of gut-busting comedy, Boar’s Head has a jam-packed weekend of funny business. Headliners for the weekend include Jason Douglas and Bengt Washburn. 434-972-2230, events/182123519196548

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Starting Solids Tips & Advice for Introducing New Foods

New Mom

At the start of a new year, many adults resolve to cut back on food. However, when babies reach a half-year, they get to expand their food repertoire. (Lucky!) According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), babies can be introduced to the new tastes and textures of solid food at the age of 6 months. This dietary milestone marks an accomplishment for parents, who’ve offered the breast or the bottle to baby around the clock since he was born. Though it may feel bittersweet, it’s also exciting to see baby enjoy healthy new foods that will help him grow and thrive. Wondering about the who/what/when/where/how of starting solid foods? Here are some words of advice from the AAP to help your little one adjust. Who: From 0–6 months, the AAP recommends a singular diet of breast milk and/or formula for infants. At baby’s 6-month check-up, confirm his readiness by Whitney Woollerton Morrill for solid food with your pediatrician. Babies should continue to breastfeed until the age of 12 months or longer. What: Start with single-grain cereals. Infant rice cereal is a good first choice because the flavor is mild, and it’s gentle on the stomach. Infant cereals can be mixed with breast milk or formula for taste familiarity. At first, add in a small amount of cereal so the texture will be runny, and offer it a spoonful at a time. As baby acclimates, you can add more cereal for a thicker texture. When: Stack the deck for success by offering baby new foods in the morning when he’s rested and more likely to be receptive. If he’s resistant or spits out the food, try again later. Solid food constitutes a big change for baby, and it takes time. Introduce new foods one at a time and wait several days in between to track potential allergens. Try peas, for example, and a few days later, try bananas. Where: Try to be home when you introduce baby to new foods. The stimulation and distraction of a different house or public place may affect his receptivity to solid food. Check out the AAP’s HealthyGrow App for iOs Home, with its familiar sights, sounds and smells, will put devices, available on the baby at ease and help you correctly interpret his reactions. iTunes store. How: Be patient and positive. If baby repeatedly spits out food or turns his head away, he’s either not a fan, or he’s full. Don’t force-feed. High chairs with washable trays and straps make mealtimes safe and easy. Consider introducing baby to the new feeding routine by letting him sit in the high chair a few times while he has his bottle. If you’re able to make healthy, low-sodium, strained baby food yourself, that’s a great choice. Another good option is to buy certified organic baby food, since little bodies are the most sensitive to additives and pesticides. Whatever foods you first try with baby, remember to put bibs on both of you, and have fun! This is no time for neatness or manners. Smear, splatter and slurp. Bon appétit!


Whitney is an architect who designs and writes for families. Her blog is


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{living well dear bob}

Expert Advice

Dear Bob

Your Parenting Questions Answered Whenever I try to enforce a rule with my daughter, she balks and gets angry with me. How do I help her learn to follow rules without getting so upset with me? It’s okay if kids get upset … to a degree. I always say that it isn’t realistic to expect kids to do what you want and always like it, but they need to do it. That said, it sounds like you are understandably getting frustrated because your daughter continues to get upset, and / or she is not able to follow through on what you are asking her to do. There may be a couple of reasons for this. One is that she has learned that getting angry or upset pays off, that she gets a lot of attention from you for it; and, to her, she may see negative attention as better than no attention. It could also be that you occasionally give in, which instinctively lets her know that being upset works. The rule of thumb is that you want to be non-emotional, clear and matter-offact around discipline, but animated around anything positive. She also may need by Bob Taibbi your help, especially at a young age, in learning how to regulate her emotions and calm herself down. Timeouts are useful because they let your daughter know when she has broken a rule (like hitting her sister), and gives her separation from the upsetting environment so she can calm herself down; it is not about punishment. You can also establish clear consequences for rule breaking or not staying in timeout, such as no dessert or no television for various offenses. Decide these ahead of time so you don’t have to think on your feet in the heat of the moment and make sure you can consistently follow-through and enforce them. Finally, some children struggle with rules because there are simply too many, and they feel constantly nagged at and micromanaged, making the meaning of a “rule” have no meaning. Here, it’s important to decide on a few big ones, such as those involving safety (e.g., not running out in the road or not hitting) and keeping those separate from routines that help structure her day. Why, why, why does my 3-year-old always ask “WHY?” Why does my tummy stick out? Why don’t snakes have ears? Email your parenting Why is my poop brown? A child’s never-ending “whys” aren’t concerns and queries to meant to exasperate parents. What researchers have discovered is that contrary to what was earlier thought, children in the 3–5 age Yours might be included in range are able to begin to understand the notion of causality. They an upcoming issue! are trying to connect the dots, so to speak. The other thing that researchers have discovered is that their repetition of question hinges on your response. Children this age tend to ask questions until they get enough information to satisfy their concern, or until they are filled up with too much information. Let them take the lead. For the why questions, researchers have discovered that kids don’t keep repeating “why” when they get an “explanatory” answer, because that helps them connect those dots. Provide some simple explanation (no TED talks or PowerPoints here), but also don’t fail to provide some information, such as your stomach gets big because your food is pushing it out; the snake has different kinds of ears that we can’t see. You get the idea.


Author of 11 books and more than 300 articles—including the regular “Ask Bob” column in this magazine—Bob has 44 years of experience in couple and family work and is in private practice in Charlottesville (


February 2018

You don’t have to be a professional athlete to be treated like one.

Introducing the new Sentara Sports Medicine Center at Sentara Martha Jefferson. Whether your idea of exercise is a challenging tennis match or a leisurely run, our fellowshiptrained specialists treat patients at all levels, from novice to Olympian. Our state-of-the-art facility provides easy access to on-site physical therapy, imaging and outpatient surgery, all in a convenient location with free parking. Because we believe everyone deserves to live an active and pain-free life. After all, life’s a sport. Play it well.


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{living well healthy family}

Daycare Illnesses

Understanding Sicknesses & Helping with Prevention

Healthy Family

It’s no secret—any time you have a group of kids in one place, you will have germs. They put dirty hands and toys in their mouths, rub their eyes or do any number of unsanitary things that can put them at risk. Just because germs happen at daycare, it doesn’t mean you should keep them tucked away at home. A study from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development found that while children under age 3 did get sick more often in daycare than their home-based peers, infection rates for those same children level out and may even drop lower than their at-home peers in Kindergarten and first grade. “Children of any age will experience exposure to illnesses in group care, certainly more than a child who is cared for at home and has limited exposure to other children,” says Lissette Kinsella, Nurse Practitioner at Palmyra Medical by Diane DiCarlo Associates. “However, by the second year of daycare, your children will start to build good immunities, and you will start to see a decrease in illnesses.” There are a number of common illnesses from the common cold to gastroenteritis that kids may come home with. “Children can contract a number of illnesses at daycare,” Kinsella notes. “I see a number of stomach-related issues and skin-related issues like rashes. You will also see common respiratory illnesses, pink eye, and hand foot and mouth disease. And lice—there is always lice.” Sickness is normal, but when should parents worry? Providers say, parents will know best if something is wrong and what is normal. If a child gets sick more often than seems normal, however, Kinsella recommends taking another look. “Frequency of illnesses depends on the individual child and also on the daycare facility,” she says. “If your child is over 2 and seems to always have a runny nose, you may ask your physician about allergies. If your child keeps getting the same illnesses, take a look at the daycare facility to make sure everyone [including the kids] is washing their hands and that everything is getting a good scrubbing.” There is one very clear way to help keep children from For more information, visit getting sick: hand washing. the American Academy “Wash, wash, wash those hands!” notes Kinsella. “That is of Pediatrics’ site at the tried and true method of prevention. Wash your hands, wash your child’s hands and make sure your child’s teachers are as well… Exposure to germs is good in the long-term, but do be sure that hands are clean, pacifiers are clean and so on.” In addition to hand washing, most medical professionals will add that immunization is important. While they may not prevent a common virus, they can protect from serious illnesses. Kinsella says to “check with your daycare providers to see if children in the facility are fully immunized and make informed decisions for your own children.” Regardless of preventive measures, however, children are bound to get sick sooner or later. “Whether your child is in daycare or not, exposure to illness is going to happen at some point. In the long run, though, those illnesses help build up immunity and create healthier children in the end.”


Diane is a mother of two as well as a writer and marketing specialist for Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital.


February 2018

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{living well tips & trends} Love Warrior

Cover Image Courtesy of Flatiron Books

Upon learning about her husband’s infidelity, Doyle is forced to face her own struggles as well as those of her husband and their marriage. In this memoir, Melton shares her journey to authenticity and the healing that comes with it. Available for $6.79 at



by Glennon Doyle Melton

TRENDS by Madison Stanley

Having a More Meaningful Valentine’s Day During Valentine’s Day, we can all feel the pressure to get certain gifts, like heart-shaped boxes of chocolates. Here are some ideas to make sure the day is still personal and meaningful. 1. Choose gifts that benefit your relationship. For example, make a date-night bucket list as a gift! 2. Don’t feel pressured to celebrate a certain way. If you and your partner love to dress up and go out, go for it! But, if a night in with wine and a great movie is more your speed, hire a

babysitter and treat yourself to a night in. 3. Use the opportunity for gratitude. Take a moment to reflect on what you love/appreciate about your significant other and share with them.

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There are so many red lipstick shades! How can I find the right color/look? “I think one of the biggest misconceptions about wearing red is that there is only one way to do red, as in a scarlet swipe of bright lipstick. There are so many ways to wear red that can be soft, natural and flattering, and that can be as simple as a bitten look on the lips,” says Linda Livernois of Rouge 9 Makeup Studio. “If I want true classic red, Chanel is always my go to,” says Livernois. She also adds, “the most flattering shade of red for most people is a red/brown, which is more of a spice shade.”

“There is no remedy for love, but to love more.” – Henry David Thoreau

NOISLI Perfect for trying to increase productivity or relaxation, this app offers white noise and natural noises such as rain and wind.

Madison, our online and social media editor, loves fashion and trying new trends. Her writing can be seen throughout all of our publications.

Teak Bathtub Caddy If you are looking for something to hint about for Valentine’s Day, consider this bathtub caddy! It can hold a book, wine, candles and other bath products. Available for $39.99 at Photo Courtesy of Bed, Bath & Beyond

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{living well home & garden}

Prep for Spring A Step-by-Step Family Affair to Make Spring Cleaning More Managable

words by Becky Calvert

While it might seem spring is still so far away, spring cleaning season is just around the corner. A tradition in many cultures dating back to ancient times, spring is seen as the time to do a deep clean, both physically and psychologically, purging your home of dust and dirt that have piled up over the winter. It’s the time of year where we begin to open our homes to fresh air after being closed up all winter, where longer days illuminate some of the housekeeping shortcuts we may have taken during the shorter, darker days. Doing a deep clean on your entire home is a timeconsuming process, one that should be pared down to smaller bits to make it more manageable. Tackle one room at a time—perhaps planning one per weekend. Make it a family effort and give everyone a task or two—turn on some fun music and plan a reward, like a trip for ice cream or a board game night, for when the tasks are completed. Start at the top of the room, dusting ceiling fans and


February 2018

"My idea of superwoman is someone who scrubs her own floors." – Bette Midler

other overhead light fixtures. Clean drapes and sheers, dust blinds and wash windows. Wipe baseboards down and move furniture to get to those hard to reach places that are easy to ignore during your regular cleaning—you know, that space behind the bed. Wipe down vents, door knobs and light switches. Wash window screens, so they are free of dust and ready to be thrown open come that first warm day that hints of spring. Take advantage of those late winter spring-like days to air out blankets and throw rugs. Having a checklist for your cleaning efforts can be helpful—there are many websites that offer downloadable ones or come up with your own. Consider giving each family member their own chore list, using pictures or other images to help illustrate. By starting early, planning and including your entire family, you can make the annual project of a deep clean on your home approachable as well as one everyone will truly appreciate.

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Household Products Laundry products

• Combine soap flakes and borax • Use borax instead of bleach Blood • Soak in cold water, club soda, or hydrogen peroxide Perspiration • Weak solution of water & vinegar or lemon juice Ink • Cream of tartar & lemon juice Chocolate • Soak in club soda

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• 1 cup of baking soda in 1 gallon of hot water • 1/4 cup borax and 1 tbsp liquid soap in 1 gallon of hot water


• Baking soda or cornstarch • Zeolite is a non-toxic mineral that absorbs odors, bacteria, and mold


• Citrus-based products • Mix 1/4 cup borax with 1/4 cup white vinegar in hot water


• Substitute cedar blocks or chips • Store clothes in a sealed box, cedar box, or chest

Drain cleaners

• Use 1/4 cup baking soda, followed by 1/2 cup vinegar. Cover until fizzing stops, then flush with boiling water • Use a plunger or drain snake on major clogs

Oven cleaners

• Apply a baking soda paste, let stand for 1 hour to overnight • Self-cleaning ovens work well

Glass cleaner

Scouring powder

• 50/50 mixture of vinegar & water

• Baking soda paste • Pumice stick on porcelain surfaces

Household batteries

• Solar power, rechargeable batteries, or AC adapter

Toilet bowl cleaners


• Pumice stone will remove stains • For rings, mix borax and lemon juice into a paste, let sit for 2 hours

Metal polishes

• Use 1/2 cup of borax in hot water • Sprinkle with baking soda

• Caulk around windows, floors, and pipes • Non-toxic traps • Boric acid

Tub and tile cleaners

Brass • Olive oil retards tarnishing Chrome • Polish with baby oil Silver • Soak in boiling water with baking soda, salt, & aluminum foil Copper • Use a paste of lemon juice & cream of tartar, leave on for 5 minutes, wash in warm water

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Ira Wallace Ira Wallace never thought seed saving would become her work. Having done it “ for fun most of ” her life, she first began working with Southern Exposure Seed Exchange as a member of Acorn Community in Louisa county. An intentional community, members had been growing some seeds for Southern Exposure founder Dr. Jeff McCormack and his wife Suzy, in addition to running a CSA, Community Supported Agriculture. During the winter months, a few community members began working in the office of Southern Exposure, so when McCormack decided to pursue other interests, he offered the community the opportunity to take on the stewardship of the seed company.

What are your favorite recipes to make? There are so many good recipes to make that use garden fresh and home preserved foods, so it makes it hard to decide. Since I am nurturing a few hundred heirloom collard plants through this tough winter weather though, I am really appreciating eating collards with recipes that have the good taste I grew up with at my grandmother’s table but also are lower in calories and higher in nutrition that we need for health. Do you have any current projects? I have a few new projects going. I am excited about working with Ann Codrington of Nisabi Farm to introduce Virginia grown turmeric and ginger plants to gardeners in our region. Ann and her plants were a big hit at the 2017 Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello, and we are so excited to have her back in the Tasting Tent this coming September. Continuing on the collard theme, I am very excited about the Heirloom Collard Project. Collards are part of a rich culinary tradition based in the southeastern United States, because in the long history of growing, saving and eating collards, a wide variation in color, shape, texture and flavor arose over time, mostly preserved by home garden seed savers. Unfortunately, most of these


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traditional stewards are elderly and don’t have relatives continuing the tradition. We want to help revive the cultural tradition of growing and saving heirloom collard varieties by helping a new generation of collard seed savers, reconnecting the cycle of growing and seed saving with the enjoyment of eating collards. What was your favorite book as a child? My grandmother took me to the library every Saturday until I was old enough to go by myself. This was a big deal because we had to take the bus with a transfer to another bus downtown to get to the colored library. Each time, we came home loaded up with books for the week. I do remember getting my own copies of the Secret Garden and later Little Women when my grandmother joined a book club from a door-to-door salesman. I reread those books so many times. Later she got us an Encyclopedia Americana the same way—one volume a month. We would often take a volume out and just read aloud about random topics. My grandmother only had a fifth-grade formal education, but she loved to read and was proud of how well I read. Whom do you admire? As I am writing this on Martin Luther King Day, it reminds me of how much I owe to often-unnamed young black students, many of them still alive, like Joan Mattison Daniel who risked much so I could go into any library in the south and get books I need for my research projects. Where do you love to eat out? What do you order? I like to eat out but have to be careful since I have made a renewed commitment to healthy eating and smaller portions. I really enjoy Mas Tapas where I go heavy on the vegetarian cont’d. on pg 42

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Floss and Rock Wooden Dexterity Game

This game is both small enough for both a 5-year-old and 7-year-old to comfortably hold as well as small enough to fit in a pocket. With a variety of colors and pictures, there is something to please a variety of personalities. If you need to keep a little hand occupied while you wait for a meal, these wooden dexterity games are just the ticket. Available for $6 each at Whimsies.


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What is the best advice your parents have ever given you? I lost my parents early and was mostly raised by my wonderful grandmother. She often told me “to try and do my best” even in bad situations like the volatile situation of school desegregation in Tampa, where I grew up. Often, you can’t do much about a problem, but if we don’t do anything for sure nothing will change. She said it is similar to when you open a door with each small action and see what else can be done. What’s a quick and easy recipe to make with kids and one they will love? We grow hundreds of pounds of sweet potatoes, and enjoy them all winter. Kids love to eat and help prepare these over fried sweet potato sticks using the smaller size sweet potatoes. Sweet Potato Sticks 1 Tablespoon olive oil ½ Teaspoon paprika 8 Small sweet potatoes, washed and sliced lengthwise into quarters 1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees while preparing potatoes. Lightly grease a baking sheet, or cover with aluminum foil or parchment paper to make cleanup easier. 2. In a large bowl, mix the olive oil and paprika, then add sweet potato sticks and stir to evenly coat with the oil mixture.

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{living well food & family} Tomato Roasted Potato Wedges (Recipe from Real Life Kosher Cooking: Family-Friendly Recipes for Every Day and Special Occasions by Miriam Pascal)

Pareve Yield 6-8 servings

1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.

The tomato coating gives these potatoes a ton

2. In a large bowl, whisk together

of flavor and a really unique caramelization

tomato paste, salt, oregano, pepper,

on the outside. As a bonus, they’re easy to

garlic and olive oil until smooth. Add

make and kid-friendly!

potato wedges; toss to coat in the tomato mixture.

• 1 (6 oz) Can tomato paste • 1½ Teaspoons kosher salt • 1 Teaspoon dried oregano

3. Arrange potatoes in a single layer on prepared baking sheets. 4. Bake for 50–60 minutes, stirring

• ¼ Teaspoon black pepper

halfway through, until the insides

• 2 Cloves garlic, minced, OR 2 Frozen

are soft and the outsides are crispy

garlic cubes

and caramelized.

• ¼ Cup olive oil • 5 Idaho potatoes, cut into wedges

Plan Ahead: These potatoes can be prepared up to two days ahead of time. Reheat, uncovered, in a single layer, until warmed through.

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Brazilian Garlic Collards • 1 ¼ Pound collard greens (stems and center ribs discarded, and leaves halved lengthwise) • 3 to 6 Garlic cloves (peeled and finely minced) • ¾ Teaspoon salt • 1 Tablespoon olive oil • ¼ Teaspoon ground pepper

1. Stack half of the collard leaves and roll into a cigar shape. 2. Cut crosswise into very thin strips (1/16-inch wide). Repeat with remainder. 3. Mix minced garlic with ¾ teaspoon salt. 4. Heat oil in a 12-inch heavy skillet over medium heat until it shimmers, then cook garlic, stirring for 30 seconds. 5. Add collards with ¼ teaspoon of pepper, and cook, tossing, until just tender and bright green (approx. 3 to 4 minutes).

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Add a Little Hygge to Your DIY Bath Salt Gift I love creating beautiful and thoughtful gifts; and while sometimes it’s wonderful to completely craft something from scratch, the reality is that I do not always have the time (or energy) to do it that way. If that describes you, too, than you might favor this easy DIY bath salt gift idea.


• Glass Jar – I used a 13-ounce Bonne Maman jelly jar for mine, because I like the angled glass details. • Epsom Salts – I used Dr. Teal’s Pink Himalayan Epson Salt. • Fabric
 • Ribbon
 • Rubber Band
 • Printable Gift Tags


To assemble these jars, first gather your supplies. Wash and remove all labels.

2. Use a scoop to fill the jar with the salts. This jar holds 1 cup quite nicely. (There are several ways to embellish these jars. I have a big fabric stash, so fabric is my first go-to option. But, these jars are so cute with their gingham top that you could also leave them exposed and just add some ribbon. 3.

I used a small plate to act as a pattern for my fabric topper. (When picking a plate, use the top of the jar to be sure your overhang is going to be sufficient. You need a good amount of drop to go over the top and cover the sides, so allow yourself extra room.)


Use a pencil to draw a circle on the “wrong” side of your fabric.


Cut out the circle of fabric. (I recommend using pinking shears to cut the fabric to

keep the fabric from fraying.)


Pick your favorite ribbon and attach it. (A rubber band will hold the fabric in place

while you tie on your ribbon.)


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Cut out the hearts, and punch a hole (I used a heart-shaped hold punch!) for

stringing through the ribbon.

Ta-da! You have adorable bath salt gifts that come together easily and look super-special —a wonderful way to bless friends, teachers, neighbors and more this Valentine’s Day.


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Valentine’s Day Décor DIY Yarn Wrapped Hearts

SUPPLIES & STEPS • Yarn – Any of your choice, but I don’t recommend a super thick gauge. • Heart Form


To begin, tie one end of a piece of yarn around the heart.


Continue wrapping the yarn around the heart. (Be sure to mix up the

directions for a more interesting and textured appearance.)


And before you know it, you have created a charming decorative accent.


Once you have covered the entire heart, trim the yarn from the roll, leaving

a tail. (You can tuck the tail into the yarn; a crochet hook can be helpful here. This Valentine’s Day craft is easy enough for little ones to make but stylish enough that you will find yourself making several of them to tuck around your home or give to your friends. It’s also a very versatile craft because you can wrap them in any color combination, make them any size you desire and add a loop to turn them into ornaments! For mine, I used some small plastic Styrofoam heart forms as a base. Other base ideas I’ve seen people use include: heavy cardstock, cardboard and plastic.

Or, if you want to hang these, you can loop the tail and tie it to a piece of yarn already wrapped around the heart.) I have made a few in different colors; my daughter loves the pink ones, and I must admit to being partial to the white ones. They are sweet tucked in a dish or a basket, and you could even string several together for a Valentine banner. Or, hand out these little hearts as a party favor at a girlfriend’s Valentine luncheon.

Jennifer is a Southern gal with an unquenchable thirst for all things creative. She wears many hats— photographer, blogger or designer— but is always, an extremely enthusiastic home entertainer. No matter what she is doing, she is committed to celebrating everyday life.


{resources camp guide}

lessons from camp An Age-by-Age Guide for How Your Child Can Benefit at Summer Camp

by Ethan Schafer

When I was 15, I was in my sixth summer at a traditional camp for boys in New Hampshire. One night after dinner, my counselor from the year before (a six-foot, five-inch English rugby player) asked me if I wanted to throw a baseball around. We spent an hour or two playing catch and talking about whatever came up. I don’t remember the specifics of our conversation, who else was there, or what was going on around us.


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{resources camp guide} What I do remember, and still enjoy thinking about, are the positive feelings that resulted from having the undivided attention



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particular event stands out in my mind, though there were hundreds more like it over the course of my camp career. As a former counselor with 15 years of experience, and now as a mental health professional




with children, I am convinced that the cumulative power of small moments like these illustrate the unique manner in which camp helps children reach their full potential. Many camp professionals will describe their camp community as a family. I can’t think of a more accurate description. One of the reasons that well-run camps are so good for children is that they emulate the processes found in what psychologists call authoritative families. Parents who are authoritative provide their children with a great deal of structure and have high expectations of their children, while simultaneously providing a high degree of



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psychological research supporting the conclusion that authoritative parenting is most likely to result in children who are happy, independent, and secure in themselves. Good camps are like good families: clear expectations are given, rules are enforced in a fair and sensitive manner, and campers are given warmth, respect and encouragement. Substitute camp counselor for parent, and we get the big picture reason for why camp is so good for children. Good





by matching their programs to the developmental Psychologists

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is one of the few areas of your child’s life where the program can be matched to specific needs and developmental tasks, helping children make the most of their natural strengths. In my opinion, the camp experience is superior to most schools in this regard, as camps make no assumption that all third graders, for example, need to learn the same things or be treated the same way. Keeping in mind that children of the same chronological age can vary widely in terms of emotional, social and intellectual development, the following can be used as a general set of guidelines

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them can benefit from day camp, and in more precocious cases, overnight camp. Young children are learning how

to explore their world, gradually spending more time away from their parents’ sides. Day camp, or a brief stay at overnight camp, is an ideal place for young children to experience being away from their parents in a safe, nurturing environment. Good camps will have many structured, productive activities such as crafts and field trips that also help children get used to following a schedule. There is also no substitute for constant interaction with other children under adult supervision when it comes to developing social skills necessary for a successful entry into school. The staff-to-child ratio at most camps here will often be much better than that of a school or daycare.

Ages 7–9 Elementary school-age children are an entertaining group. Their interests change frequently as they are exposed to new ideas and opportunities. Think of this developmental period as one enormous trial-and-error episode, where children will try on all sorts of different likes and dislikes. Camp is a particularly


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2018 Guide to Residential Camps AstroCamp Clover, VA “At AstroCamp in the rolling hills of Staunton Meadows and Lake Orion, a unique summer camp experience is offered for boys and girls ages 8–14. AstroCamp Virginia is a science and adventure summer camp where campers get hands-on science and astronomy training while participating in a variety of activities. Other activities will include swimming, hiking, sports, craftsmanship and art, and more.” 888-836-1212, See ad page 60

Burgundy Center for Wildlife Studies Capon Bridge, WV “Embarking on our 56th season, this nature-inspired camp puts its campers in nature’s backyard. In small groups, campers will move through a series of workshops, hands-on activities games and arts, have hiking opportunities and much more—all incorporating outdoor


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skills. Ages vary with each program, and free time allows campers to explore nature’s creatures. They will also have an opportunity to sleep out on top of our mountain. ACA Accredited.” 703-842-0470 (office), See ad page 68

Camp Alleghany for Girls Lewisburg, WV “Steeped in tradition, girls ages 7–16 enjoy the same customs established at the beginning. Archery, arts and crafts, canoeing, dance, drama, rifle, ropes, singing, sports and more with emphasis on sportsmanship, 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 confidence. ACA Accredited.” 304-645-1316, See ad page 58

Camp Friendship Palmyra, VA “Camp Friendship offers pick-your-own activities from over 35 options. Summer activities range from equestrian, sports, field trips, arts & crafts, photography, riflery, wilderness survival, water aerobics, video production and more. Our goal is to offer our camp families a well-rounded summer camp experience to help boost self-esteem, encourage new friendships and more. Ages 7–16. ACA Accredited.” 434-589-8950, See ad page 57

Camp Hidden Meadows Bartow, WV “Camp Hidden Meadows offers one-, two-, three- and four-week sessions for boys and girls ages 6–16, two hours west of Charlottesville. Our camp activities include horseback riding, woodworking, painting and sketching, arts, whitewater rafting, organic farming, drama, dance, mountain boarding, canoeing,

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{resources camp guide} good match for this age group, given the

each other, is the chance to experience

chances to participate in activities that

the structured and unstructured social

are unlikely to be available elsewhere:

interactions of childhood that allow

archery, horseback riding, hiking, sailing

them to determine what kind of person

or nature exploration, as well as more

they are going to be.

typical activities such as team sports. The variety of activities offered at camp fits nicely with this group of children, who

Ages 10–12 Children of these ages are beginning

are often especially open-minded about

to define their individuality. This period

trying new things. Social development

of time is characterized by great variation

is also critical in this period, as early

in physical and emotional development.

friendships are formed and the child’s

As those of you who have what the media

individual personality begins to express

calls tweens in your house can attest,


one 11-year-old can still be engrossed in

There’s an old saying in psychology

cartoons and action figures or dolls, while

that all parents believe the environment

another spends an hour getting ready for

is everything, the “nurture over nature”

school and seems obsessed with who did

school … until they have their second

or did not say “hi” to them in the hallway.

child. Some children are simply born

I have worked with several children who

more introverted, preferring to be in

voiced the frustration of feeling forced to

small groups or alone; others are born

be too grown-up, as well those who are

more extroverted, enjoying large groups

tired of being treated like a little kid.

and being the center of attention.

The variety of social, athletic and

Either way is fine. What summer camp

outdoor activities offered through camp

provides, because of the sheer amount of

addresses these issues very well. If your

time young children spend playing with

child is still young for his age, camp

cont’d. on pg 68

Camp Strawderman Est. 1929 In the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Girls 6-17. Real mountain camping in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains. Riding, Swimming, Tennis, Archery, Hiking, Crafts, Dramatics, Nature Study, Indian Lore, Dancing and Music. Experienced Leaders. Cabins. 2, 4, 6 or 8 weeks. For brochure, write or phone: Margaret H. Gouldman, 10902 Brookwood Ave., Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

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backpacking, a climbing wall, mountain biking, hiking, fishing, swimming, a 1,000-foot zip line and more. ACA Accredited.” 800-600-4752, See ad page 68

Camp Holiday Trails Charlottesville, VA “Camp Holiday Trails is a year-round nonprofit camp dedicated to being a caring community committed to empowering, encouraging and educating campers with chronic illnesses and autism, ages 7–17, as well as their families and healthcare 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.” 434-977-3781, See ad inside back cover

Camp Horizons Harrisonburg, VA “Camp Horizons is a premier co-ed, sleep-away camp for campers ages 6–17, located in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. We provide a safe, supportive community where campers feel comfortable embarking on new adventures and developing friendships

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Camp Motorsport Clover, VA “Camp Motorsport offers exciting and dynamic motorsport focused summer camp programs that offers everything from 3.5 miles of flat track, custommade paved go-kart track and 20 miles of off-road trails, hands-on experience with the STEM aspects of automotive design, swimming, boating, paintball and more. Qualified instructors.” 888-836-1212, See ad page 63

Camp Strawderman Edinburg, VA “Camp Strawderman has been offering summer camp experiences since 1929. Activities include horseback riding, swimming, tennis, archery, hiking on mountain trails, crafts, dance, nature study, drama, yoga, role playing games starting at the times of Indians in the 1950s and more for girls in the Alleghany foothills. Ages 6–17.” 301-868-1905, See ad page 62

Camp Yogaville Buckingham, VA “Camp Yogaville is a two-week long yoda summer camp for kids ages 8–12. Kids will enjoy 700+ acres for activities like swimming, hiking and crafting, will learn about yogic ideals, practice Hatha Yoga every morning, learn Sanskrit and more.” 800-858-9642, See ad page 68

Ferrum College Summer Enrichment Ferrum, VA “Camp projects and activities include creative, hands-on, interactive learning for everything from foreign languages, cooking, crafting, investigators, drawing, Hogwarts, hippology to ropes courses, mythology, theater and more. Ages 9–13.” 888-508-7822, See ad page 79

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Nike Sports Camps at UVA Charlottesville, VA “Summer camps provide young players with the opportunity to improve their skills and have tons of fun. Camps offer both overnight and day camp options geared towards kids ages 9–18 of all ability levels.” 800-645-3226, See ad page 66

Science Camp Watonka Hawley, PA “We’re a small, privately owned boys’ sleep-away camp in the Poconos. With 130 campers (ages 8–16) and approximately 50 staff, Watonka offers a unique handson program with electronics, physics, chemistry, biology, computers, robotics, earth science, video and photography. Plus, our elective program includes crafts, waterfront and sports plus dirt bikes, trips and an amazing ropes course. ACA Accredited.” 570-857-1401, See ad page 66


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Triple C Camp Charlottesville, VA “Triple C Camp serves rising K–11th graders with horseback riding, ropes course (climbing tower, zip line), daily swimming, animals, nature, sports, hiking, canoeing and more. Bus transportation, lunch and snacks included. Amazing camp facilities and activities combined with intentional programming supports camper growth and development. Licensed VA childcare. Members of the ACA.” 434-293-2529, See ad page 59

Woodberry Forest Summer Camps Woodberry Forest, VA “For more than 50 years, our sports camps have been getting boys ages 9–16 outside to play sports they already love or to try new ones. Our camps help boys develop or enhance their athletic skills with guidance from Woodberry’s expert coaches. Our environment is warm and supportive, and our facilities — located on 1,200 acres — rival those found at many colleges.” 540-672-6044, See ad page 10

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5 Natural Camp Lessons Interrelationships: Plants and animals live in communities that meet their special needs and are connected through a web of life. To make good decisions, we need to be honest about how our choices will affect the other living things around us. The choices we make now can affect the future of everything we care about. Cycles: The building materials of life (air, water, soil) are used over and over again. Conservation doesn’t mean just using less; it means learning to respect how natural systems work, and then working with them. It’s the circle of life. Awareness: Spending time in the outdoors can bring people closer to each other, closer to their own sense of spirituality, and closer to the beautiful natural world. It can relieve stress and improve health, and it results in people learning to care. When we care, we act differently. We’re in charge of our own actions first, which can positively change our family, our community and our nation.

Resources: The decisions we make everyday have lasting consequences. The more we understand how things work, the wiser we can be in our decisions. We can all learn to reduce, reuse and recycle our natural resources. When we understand the responsibility we have to each other, and to the living things around us, we can rethink old problems and create wonderful new solutions. Energy Flow: The sun is the source of energy for all living things. Green plants (producers) turn some of that energy into food, some of which is then used by animals (consumers); this can eventually be broken down for use again (by decomposers). We also harvest the suns energy when we use solar, wind and waterpower, and when we use fossil fuels like gas, oil and coal.

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Charlottesville Catholic School Helps Create Enthusiasm Around STEM at An Early Age In the increasingly complicated world of educational theory, an acronym even parents of preschoolers are familiar with, is STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The focus on STEM in primary education is both national—President Obama started a STEM initiative in 2009 in order to spur innovation and career development—and local, with the three Albemarle County high schools offering increasingly competitive magnet academies focused on preparing students for careers in STEM fields: Monticello’s Health and Medical Sciences Academy, Western Albemarle’s Environmental Sciences Academy and Albemarle’s Math and Engineering Sciences Academy.


February 2018


by Catherine Malone


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reasoning, as STEM

students are enthusiastic learners with

learning offers the opportunities for

memorable experiences imprinted upon

problem solving, evidence gathering and

them by the time they depart for high

evaluation, and analysis. The challenge

school. The center has two combined

is how to get high school students

classroom-lab spaces, with space for



desks and traditional learning giving

ultimately, STEM careers. “Kids need to be

way to well-equipped laboratory space,

enthralled with sciences in elementary

allowing for movement from instruction

and middle school. It doesn’t happen

to experimentation to analysis.





in high school,” says Michael Riley, the principal




Principal Riley says.




Looking at the facilities, it is clear that

offering “laboratory


into the STEM curriculum, a logical

and create is a marvelous way to engage









In addition to the labs, the center also




has a music room that is soundproof;

mostly, room to make a mess.

that you remember,”


where they can explore, experiment


learning experience


School (CCS). STEAM incorporates art


“It’s the authentic

manifestation of a cross-curriculum

has a practical purpose as well as

passersbys can’t hear the students

The responsibility to generate an

practicing from the hallway, even if they

enthusiasm for STEAM learning is one

can see them playing their instruments

Riley and his teachers take seriously

through the windows.

for the pre-K through eighth graders in




center where




their charge. In 2016, CCS opened the



Gene and Lena Corrigan STEAM Center

community gathers for performances

to its students. This is the physical

and presentations. Riley explains that

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Charlottesville Waldorf School

Frost Montessori School

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434-973-4946, Age 2–Grade 8 An academic program that incorporates current educational research and provides academic, social and artistic experiences with the aim of developing dynamic, self-reliant and socially responsible adults and cultivating lifelong learners. See ad page 85

434-979-5223, Ages 21 months–6 years A Montessori environment with a curriculum that promotes knowledge of the world and developing the skills for intellectual growth. Students are taught in environments appropriate for their developmental stages. See ad page 84

Charlottesville Catholic School

The Covenant School

434-964-0400,¬ Pre-K–Grade 8 A school priding itself with a rich and challenging curriculum with a variety of electives and extracurricular activities. A focus on nurturing Christian values gives students an opportunity to embrace their world through lives of faith, service and leadership. See ad page 87

434-220-7330, Pre-K–Grade 12 A PK–12 non-denominational, coeducational day school, providing a Christian liberal arts and sciences education within its school community. Their goal is to develop students morally, intellectually and physically in a nurturing environment. See ad page 75

Grymes Memorial School 540-672-1010, Pre-K–Grade 8 A private, co-educational school on 42 acres in Orange, Virginia. Curriculum emphasizes hands-on learning and developing life skills with Spanish instruction and small class sizes to develop well-rounded, confident students. See ad page 83

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Charlottesville Catholic School

the center’s design is an outcome of

elementary school rite of passage: frog

the curriculum, driven by the teachers

dissection. It’s one of the few memorable

On the day I visited CCS, the hallways

on the design committee, rather than a

experiences I can come up with from

were filled with a variety of architectural

desire for growth, and that as each room

a pretty dry early school career of

models of churches. These elaborate

specifically pushes what the teachers are

mimeographed worksheets and textbook-

eighth-grade projects were a perfect

able to provide their students, everything

based learning. Thirty years later, I

example of the kind of thinking and

is available for them.

remember Ryan Totaro fainting at the

work Riley and the school’s faculty try to

“It’s the authentic learning experience

sound of the tympanum being pierced,

foster in their students through STEAM

that you remember,” he says. When I

and having to be carried to the nurse’s

experiences. Making the models wasn’t a

heard Riley say this for the first time, I

office by our teacher. But, I can also

result of a single religion class, or an art

was immediately transported back to my

remember the smell of the formaldehyde,

project, or even a history lesson; it was

own sixth-grade science class and that

the size and colors of the organs and the

all of those things, plus students thinking

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{education private schools} Touring the center with Bruscia, he geeks out (his own phrase) over the fume hood where, he says, he likes to explode gummi bears. Bruscia describes several of the other projects he leads students through, including a forensics experiment that involves fiber analysis with microscopes, trace evidence and finger




CSI episode within the school, with the eventual perpetrator revealed as a member of the school’s faculty. The CCS students, all of whom use the STEAM Center, seem to be quickly developing the passion that Riley and Bruscia work so hard to create and maintain. Claire Banaszak, an eighth grader who has been at CCS since preschool, is three months away from receiving her black belt in karate and about the math and engineering involved

Mike Bruscia, the STEAM Discovery

in architectural planning and projects. In


keeping with the culture of community,

operates out of CCS, is an enthusiastic



teacher who’s led science expeditions on

walking the halls, looking at the models

every continent. He also teaches elective

for a project for their own classes.

science classes at the school.






says science is her favorite subject at school. She recalls what it was like before the wing opened in 2016: small rooms for performances and having to share spaces for science work. This year, she’s studying earth science, and in the lab space, she has “all this new material to use, and an

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focusing on core knowledge and foundational skills for future academics with conservative values in a nurturing environment that emphasizes character development and parental involvement. See ad page 77

North Branch School 540-456-8450, Preschool–Grade 8 Committed to fostering respect, nonviolence, environmental responsibility and community involvement with an emphasis on hands-on learning and cooperation while providing a challenging, solid foundation in academics, the arts and life skills. Small class sizes. See ad page 86

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434-293-9059, Ages 6–13 A small co-educational boarding and day school that provides individualized instruction to help children reach their academic and personal potential while teaching them learning skills, instilling confidence and enabling them to transition into traditional classrooms. See ad page 72

Renaissance School 434-984-1952, Grades 9–12 A college-prep high school for high ability students in the arts, sciences and/or humanities. Broad and deep learning in the arts and academics, with an emphasis on creativity, critical thinking and collaboration. Students and faculty form a friendly community of independent thinkers. See ad page 86

St. Margaret’s School 804-443-3357, Girls, Grades 8–12 This preparatory boarding and day school offers a close community where girls build character and develop leadership abilities while gaining academic skills in an environment grounded in Episcopal values. See ad page 64

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540-672-3900, Grades 9–12 A boarding school community for boys on a 1,200-acre campus, Woodberry Forest strives to develop students under Christian principles and a high sense of honor and moral integrity by offering a broad educational experience that promotes academic, artistic, physical and spiritual development. See ad page 10

The Village School 434-984-4404, Grades 5–8 Aims to instill an enthusiasm and love of learning by providing a well-rounded education, stimulating curriculum and highly personalized instruction with small classes. An all-girl environment allows students to discover their strengths and grow in confidence. See ad page 74

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February 2018

A Local Dad & Children’s Author Shares How He Began Writing

by Marc Boston

As far back as I can remember I’ve been a lover of books. The story my family tells me about my early days is that I was rarely found without a book in my hand. I’d be seen toting a beat-up hardcover or a ripped paperback around with me while still engaging in the typical wild and silly things that kids are prone to do. I’d just have to be the one to do it all with one hand.

Before I could read the spoken word,

characters in some of the fantastic

I loved to have stories read to me, many

books I read, adopting the roles of

of which I learned by heart. When I was 2


years old, my aunt even thought it would

inspirational leader of the free world.

be amusing to audiotape me reciting my copy of The Wizard Of Oz, from memory.




With the aid of books, I’ve traveled to new worlds and cultures that always

I’m not surprised that I took an early

seemed to be filled with adventure

liking to books, because as a child, they

and beauty. And as a result, I’ve been

surrounded me. Both of my parents kept

encouraged to examine myself on a much

stacks of reading material on multiple

deeper level. These wonderful readings



have allowed me to experience immense

Practically every flat surface in the

sadness and loss, or what I’d describe as

house held a tower of books in various

mystical and magical, thrilling and tragic.



colors and sizes piled high. Naturally, I

Books are my preferred vehicle for

grew accustomed to having them in my

the transmission of knowledge and ideas,


for the communication of thoughts and

I later became an avid reader, losing

feelings, and for the revealing of wisdom

myself in the fictional books I came

and understanding. I simply love books—

across, while attempting to find myself

the feel of them in my hand, the sound

in the uplifting fiction and non-fiction

they make when I turn the page and

I chose to study. I pretended to be the

their oily woody smell. Even the search


{inspiration parenting} for a new book in a local bookstore, for instance, makes me feel like an adventurer on a quest for a lost treasure, some hidden knowledge or life’s deeper meaning. As I’d gotten older, I noticed that books brought me a sense of comfort, and like my parents before me, had become a big part of the landscape of my home. Years later, I found myself endeavoring to take on the most daring roles of my lifetime as stay-at-home-dad to first one, then two, and finally three daughters! Among the numerous job descriptions that go along with being a stay-at-homeparent, I became the primary bedtimestory-reader. Certainly, being a lifelong reader was now going to pay off … right? I relished both reading to my girls most evenings and exposing them to the joys of books. I coupled this by encouraging them to read to themselves as often as possible by procuring for them their very own library cards, once they were old enough. Nighttime reading had become a welcomed family ritual around the house, as we eagerly prepared to discover new and exciting worlds contained within the picture books and chapter books we had in hand. It had gotten to the point where I looked forward to story time just as much as my girls did, and I must say that I grew to appreciate picture books more as an adult than I had as a child.

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It didn’t take long, however, before I noticed something rather disconcerting— something





on me as a child. There was an obvious underrepresentation of people of color in children’s literature. I never went out of my way to have racial discussions with


my children or to point out the differences between them and others. It’s true that some superficial variations exist, but I attempted to focus on the similarities and the qualities they had in common. I preferred to keep the ugliness of certain racial attitudes away from our girls for as long as possible, even if they’d already been subtly exposed to them. They would have to deal with these realities soon enough and for the rest of their lives, but for now, I’d hoped (maybe in vain) to keep them blissfully innocent until they brought up the issue themselves. Still, I wished for them to see positive characters that looked like them and represented their culture and lifestyle. So, I went about the business of seeking out books that featured characters of color in primary roles and I did this without much fuss.

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Often, I’d find few brown main characters, and had to settle for brown dogs, or other colorful animals just to have a touch of pigmentation added to that evening’s story. It wasn’t until my oldest daughter began to ask me why there are so few books with prominent African American

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characters in them that I decided that I would need to take greater action. I never dreamed of becoming a writer; this was a career option that was never on my radar. Sure I had read plenty of books in my time, but to actually write one seemed incomprehensible. But my attempts to find the diverse books I wished to read to my daughters had come up short. So instead of sitting back and

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complaining about the problem, I got out my pen. And just like the gallant heroes in my favorite stories who used their swords to affect change, I began the journey toward making a difference in our little literary world. It was Toni Morrison who stated, “If there’s a book you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must


{resources parenting} a children’s book author—and accepting that both of these may have been my calling all along—is a joyous feeling. My girls not only provide me with plenty of daily fodder for story writing, but it was their remarkable insight that spurred me on toward this new life. And the best part is that they seem to be proud of their old dad. We all have a story to tell, and I feel there is a book inside each of us just waiting to be revealed. All we really need to do is remove the fearful and mysterious thinking surrounding the craft of writing. The hardest things about writing (for many of us) can be finding something to write about and staying motivated to complete the project we’ve started. Writing isn’t just about being gifted, imaginative





being consistent and persistent as well. Writing doesn’t have to be about getting write it.” I felt it was my duty to be the

see characters of color in books, then I

stories published. A writer is simply one

change I wanted to see in the world, by

knew that others probably would as well.

who writes. We could see writing as a

writing a book that contained the type of

Thus, began my odyssey into the world

therapeutic way to release the mental

characters that our girls wanted to see

of writing children’s books. From being

burdens that may be troubling us, serving

and deserved. Plus, if our girls wanted to

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Here’s a writing example from my oldest elementary schooler. It is titled, “The Things That Spring Brings.”

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attempting to scribble down their own tales; anxious over the notion of doing something that seemed to be so daunting. that you don’t have to get “right.” It should be fun.

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We also use the books that they read to inspire their writing and help them put the proverbial pen to pad. Since they have become avid readers, I’ve stressed that they can write stories of their own, just like the authors of their favorite books. I showed them that they could use those books as the fuel they need to create their own unique and original stories.

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children to write or just to try new things


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are all inspired by different things or people. As parents, it’s largely up to us to educate our children and give them the skills and knowledge that will enhance their lives. However, it is they who often

It was Toni Morrison who stated, “If there’s a book you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”

influence us to make significant changes in our own lives if we are willing to listen. I certainly would never have begun writing and publishing had I not listened to my daughters—for out of the mouths of babes came considerable wisdom.

Marc is a husband, father of three daughters and the author of the picture books, The Girl Who Carried Too Much Stuff and What About Me? Find him at, and on Instagram at @marcgboston.


{until next time humorous reflections} Misconceptions: Theirs, Mine, Yours

A Dad’s Humorous Tales by Rick Epstein

When I was little, I believed that if you peed behind a tree in the park, the squirrels would follow you home

crayon to a piece of tree bark.) • That standing up in her highchair aids her

for revenge. My mom told me that. I also believed there were three sure ways to expire. They were: touch a light switch with wet hands (my dad), sustain any kind of blow to your temple (other

digestion. • That to get full nutritional value from baby food, it must be smeared directly onto the skin. (The pleasing cosmetic effect is a bonus.)

first-graders) or eat an entire tube of toothpaste (Mom again). Everyone grows up with his or her own changing set of misconceptions. Back when I only had two daughters, one 4 years old and the other 9 months old, I made a list of theirs. Our 4-year-old believed: • The healing rays of the television set will cure most illnesses. • That there really are 12 days of Christmas, and although we celebrate only one in our household, families with jollier parents observe all of them. • That if you put a broken rubber band under your pillow, the Rubber band Fairy will give you a nickel for it. (This was my wife’s contribution to the world of the supernatural.) • That the whole

• That any attempt to wipe her mouth or nose is an insult and must not be tolerated. • That toilet training is necessary only for people who plan to go into certain high-profile lines of work, such as retail sales or public relations. New parents have misconceptions, too. Here are a few of mine that have been set straight during a couple of decade’s worth of parenthood: • That boys and girls are born the same, and it’s their upbringing that makes them different. Sorry, but no matter what color you dress them in, by fifth grade most boys have graduated from toy trucks to video games, while most girls have moved from baby dolls to social nonsense. • That a father can effectively pass along all the progress he’s made since his own wasted youth, so his child can start there and improve upon it. If that were true, the human race could have been perfected in just a couple of generations. But maturity is non-transferable. Every child pretty much starts from scratch, and Dad’s good advice and example are like an instruction manual that gets opened only after the possibilities of

business of time and clocks is a lot of mumbo jumbo that grownups invoke whenever they want to make a child go to bed or get dressed and don’t have a real reason. The 9-month-old couldn’t talk, so I was guessing on some of these. She seemed to believe: • That anything you can’t put in your mouth cannot be fully experienced or enjoyed. • That mother’s milk and baby food must be supplemented by foraging on the floor. These foodstuffs range in palatability from dust bunnies on the low end to crumbs of Play-Doh, a special delicacy. (She can be under unblinking surveillance on a freshly scrubbed floor, and suddenly she’s gumming enthusiastically. A probing adult finger will find anything from a short

instinct and intuition have been exhausted. • That my kids ought to turn out like me. Why should they? I mean, hasn’t that experiment already been tried? • That if you raise three children the same way, they’ll turn out the same. But it’s more like: You follow a recipe expecting to get three apple pies, and one turns out to be an apple pie, another is a pumpkin pie and another doesn’t even seem to be a pie at all. There’s a lot more, but I don’t want spoil any of the surprises and you wouldn’t believe me anyway. My job is just to expose a few ideas. Now it’s up to your kids to continue your education.

Everyone grows up with his or her own changing set of misconceptions.


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