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Just Between Us… Dear Friends,

volume 18 issue 6 PUBLISHERS

june 2017 Robin Johnson Bethke Jennifer Bryerton

CREATIVE DIRECTOR Robin Johnson Bethke EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Jennifer Bryerton

Happy Father’s Day to all of our wonderful dads! While June is a month for summer relaxing and celebrating you, this year I‘ve also been the ringmaster for a whole host of other exciting celebrations—none of which had anything to do with lazy days of floating down the James River. We are meeting major milestones. One


child is finishing 5th grade and will head off to middle school, another is about to

enroll in driver’s education, and the biggest shock of all is that my oldest daughter


and Robin’s son are graduating from high school! In just a couple of short months,

they will be moving into college dorms. Life with them has inspired a lot of editorial content, and they have even occasionally modeled for us, like the time Robin captured this month’s cover image when they were just wee tots!

Danielle Burr, Barbara A. Tompkins Susan Powell

MARKETING CONSULTANTS Allison Muss, Carter Schotta, Jenny Stoltz,


Since then, I’ve shared stories of funny things said, lessons learned, adventures

Claire “Marie” Epstein, Beth Cheuk,

shared and milestones reached, but none so life-changing as this. If parents do their

Diane DiCarlo, Tiffany Doerr Guerzon,

job well, the kids grow up and leave. It hardly seems fair at times like this, because it

David Lerman, Heidi Smith Luedtke,

Sarah Pastorek, Whitney Woollerton

Morrill, Beth Seliga, Danielle Sullivan,

Bob Taibbi

all goes by so fast, but we all couldn’t be prouder. We started this publication when they were just babies, and you should see them now, all grown up! We’ve all got some adjusting to do, but we’ve already marked down all their


college holidays on our calendars so we’ll know when we’ll have them back. In

SECRETARY Christine DeLellis-Wheatley

the meantime, I’ll keep baking for everyone’s accomplishments—birthdays, riding

INTERNS Lindsey Chiles, Amanda Christensen,

a two-wheeler, moving up in baseball, a new badge in Scouts, first sleepovers for our youngest—and steps towards independence that make wonderful occasions to celebrate. And with each step towards independence, we parents get a little more freedom. We can go out on grown-up dates more easily now that the “olders” can babysit the “youngers,” Robin and I can enjoy dinner events that we like to blog about in our new (and all grown up) Charlottesville Wine & Country Living publication, and I can even be spotted picking up groceries without little ones in tow. While we sometimes miss the tot years, we are also relishing the growing-inindependence years. All of our children are turning into fascinating young people to enjoy in new ways, and we can’t wait to see what the next chapter is for each of them. As we celebrate fathers this month, we would like to give a big shout out to our husbands (page 22) who not only are terrific dads but also have made CharlottesvilleFamily possible for ALL of the families in the community with their generous support.

Katelyn Frakes


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June 2017

Contents TABLE OF


News 6

The Buzz Around Town 8  Are you always honest with your child(ren)?

Snapshot 10

Estela Knott, Singer/Songwriter & Entrepreneur


Mindful Parenting 30 The Power of Writing

Healthy Family 32 Healthy Travels

Off to Camp! 46

”Did You Brush Your Teeth, Sarah?” 56

I enjoyed reading all of the different health advice in this issue—”Healthy Travels,” “Loose Tooth Tips,” “Babies In the Water,” “Culturing SelfDetermination” in your soon-to-be camper and more.

Daytrip Fun! 16

Dental Do’s & Don’ts for Pearly Whites


Editor’s Pick!

Dinosaur Adventures & Fossil Activities

6 Easy DIY Water Activities

How Not to Worry & Culturing Self-Determination

June Festivals & Events for Families

Father’s Day 20 Bumble’s Dad & Me “Having Fun” Photo Contest Winner and Awesome Father’s Day Events

Backyard Splash Party 40

Out & About Calendar 14

New Mom 28 Baby In The Water

Our Schools 12

Summer Camp: An American Tradition for Students New to America



Swim & Summer Fun 38

Summer Camp Quicklist 46

The Coolest Pools, Swimming Holes and Water Fun

Find the Ideal Camp

2017 Dental Guide 57

Tips & Trends 34 Fabulous Finds and Fun


Home & Garden 36 Growing Up Gardening

My Imperfect, Perfect Father 62  A Daughter’s Loving Reflections

Resources for Healthy Teeth

36 So Love This! “Every summer, we try new and exciting places for swimming and water fun. I can’t wait to see which place on the Swim & Summer Fun guide (pg. 38) will be our next favorite.” — Jenny, advertising consultant



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local buzz

Ivy Publications proudly sponsors: Grace Church Historic Farm Tour Grace Church June 10

ACPS Students Attend Global Competition Nine teams made up of 58 Albemarle County Public School students attended Destination Imagination’s Global Finals at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville last month. Thousands of students, making up more than 1,400 teams from around the world, competed in one of seven challenge categories, including technical, scientific, engineering, fine arts, service learning, early learning and improvisation. These student groups began working on a challenge presented to them in the fall and participated in regional and state competitions throughout the school year to qualify for the coveted Global Finals.


June 2017

New App for Rivanna Trail With the Rivanna Trail continuing to grow in length and popularity, a free app called “Rivanna Trails” is now available for iPhone and Android mobile users.

STAB Students Win Youth Summit Challenge Four St. Anne’s-Belfield School (STAB) students took first place in the TomTom Festival’s second annual Youth Summit Pitch Challenge for their unique business idea, ProcrastinApp. The program, created for mobile devices and linking with school software to help students stay on top of assignments and homework, was developed this past winter during the students’ Entrepreneurship Intensive at STAB. Pitches were limited to three minutes each and comprised of business ideas and solutions to address community challenges. In addition to this stellar team, many other talented STAB students took home awards and participated in the Youth Summit as leaders, presenters and members of the summit’s Advisory Council.

Kitchen Manager Receives Two Honors Meriwether Lewis School’s Kitchen Manager, Cindy Tichner, received two awards from the School Nutrition Association for her hard work in instilling healthy eating habits in students. For the third time in six years, Tichner and her staff won a “Physical Activity & Nutrition Award” for their annual Wellness Week program. They implemented innovative themes, such as Taste Test Tuesday and Water Wednesday, which features a different fruit-infused water each week, to encourage students to try new and healthy foods. She also received the State Manager of the Year Award for her constant creativity in the kitchen since she began working at Meriwether Lewis 17 years ago.

“Making” Design Challenge at Stone-Robinson

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More than 100 local parents joined their kids at Stone-Robinson Elementary School to learn firsthand activities their children encounter in the classroom. Together, parents and their children chose from 15 different design challenges set up in different classrooms. The challenge started in 2016 during Principal Kristen Williams first year at the school. The goals of this evening of “making” include identifying topics parents can talk about with their kids at home, giving parents a firsthand experience of how their children learn and encouraging students’ confidence and motivation in their learning, creativity and application skills.

Photo: Michael Bailey

CHS Orchestra Heads to Ireland

The Charlottesville High School Orchestra is performing in Ireland this month with the help of some philanthropic support. The Perry Foundation and Bama Works Fund of Dave Matthews at the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation contributed to the award-winning string ensemble’s travels. The group of 50 young musicians will perform in majestic cathedrals in Kerry, Galway and Dublin during their week-long journey through the country. For many students, this experience marks their first trip abroad. For all, it’s an opportunity to develop musicianship, increase cultural awareness, and serve as musical ambassadors for Charlottesville and the United States while sharing music with the world.

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Are you always honest with your child(ren)?


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“Sometimes I fudge a little, if I don’t feel like answering right then, or if I think the answer may upset them.” — Whitney A., Keswick, Mom of three

“We always explain what’s happening, and even at an early age we told them the truth. We made sure our answers were age appropriate so they could understand the situation and how it affects them.” — Kristie J., Charlottesville, Mother of four

“There are some truths that we feel our children should be protected from. We try to give them the most honest answers we can based on what is appropriate for each child.” — Rachel D., Palmyra, Mom of three

“As a parent, I wanted to be trusted to follow through on a consequence, to share feelings openly, and to not get caught in a lie myself. As young as 3 years old, kids are smart; and they will follow your lead. That being said, some conversation topics do stay with adults only, when necessary.” — Mom, Louisa

“Our girls hear a lot about what is going on in the world these days. When they ask questions that tap into my fears, I tell them that everything will be okay, even if I don’t truly believe it for myself. They don’t need to take on the worries of the world at this age; and while I don’t condone lying to them, I think it is better to sometimes protect them from the truth.” — Tammi, Charlottesville, Mom of two girls

“We don’t lie, but we don’t tell them everything. We answer based on age appropriateness, and we are OK with saying they are not old enough or that it’s for mom/dad.” — Mom of five

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Middle Schoolers Build Dogs A Home The Men’s Leadership Project lent a hand by helping animals left outside get shelter. They also helped the young participants in the program become outstanding young men. The leadership program matches seventh graders from Burley Middle School with UVA Big Brothers and teaches characteristics such as sportsmanship, relationships and leadership. Major topics of discussion also include what the ideal person might look like and the concept of positive masculinity. To instill these qualities, the group partnered with Animals HOWS Project to build the doghouses. They built six houses total while instilling a growing confidence in the boys’ young minds.

Brooks Family YMCA Opening On June 30, the new Brooks Family YMCA will be open and serving area families. For kids, the fun opportunities will extend from swimming lessons and youth sports to teen leaders club. Parents and adults can partake in aquatics, group exercise classes, wellness orientation and pick-up sports games. Together, families can enjoy adventure guides, fitness classes, service projects and more. The YMCA will also offer a Newcomers Outreach group for families. On June 24, families will have the chance to tour the facility, sample healthy foods, try out program and class offerings, and enjoy familyfriendly activities at its Community Open House.

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SNAPshot written & photographed by Beth Seliga

Estela Knott Singer/Songwriter & Entrepreneur

Singer/songwriter for the group Lua, Estela Knott has many passions she hopes to share with the community. Knott credits having her own children, as well as working with children and families, to becoming more aware of the patterns of seasons in addition to the importance of consistency and ritual. Also the Founder and Director of Blue Ridge Music Together and Luminaria Cville, a cultural based project housed at the McGuffey Art Center, her personal passions span to exercising, whether its walking, running or lifting weights. How did you end up in your current career? I guess my passion for traveling in the world, playing music, teaching, organizing cultural events and my love for community kind of guided my path to where I am now. I love what I do. I am able to plant seeds that hopefully will encourage children to grow up loving music and to be active participants in the music and arts of our culture. I also organize cultural arts projects with friends in the local Latino community, to educate and inspire cross cultural bridge building through the arts. I play and perform with my band Lua at The Bebedero restaurant every Thursday as well as in our studio at McGuffey Art Center and out in the community. What are your hopes for the future? That as the community of people who come to us grows, that we can continue to provide them with meaningful, quality experiences that will last a lifetime. I also want to write more songs about the people I love and the stories of others I come across, and to play music with friends and family while traveling to beautiful and interesting places.


June 2017

What advice do you have for those aspiring to help others through their careers, and their parents? Dream, write about your dreams, create a plan for how to reach them and take steps everyday to make them a reality. Nothing happens on it’s own; it’s with love and determination that we reach our dreams. For parents, notice what your children are inspired by and find every way to help them learn more about what they love. What is one practice you’ve put in place to get quality time with your family/ friends? We eat breakfast and dinner together every day, and all our meal times almost every weekend. With friends, we spend time playing music together and sharing meals. What is one thing your parents did well that you try to incorporate into your parenting? My mom really encouraged me to follow my music; and my dad, being a man of deep faith, really inspired me to act out my values of honesty and hard work. What is one thing your parents did well that you try to incorporate into your parenting? My mom really encouraged me to follow my music, and my dad, being a man of deep faith, really inspired me to act out my values of honesty and hard work. Before switching to capturing the look of love and the inner beauty of her subjects, Beth was a sports photographer with her work appearing in Sports Illustrated, USA Today and Pro Cycling, among other publications. See her work at



Blue Ridge School’s Summer Academic Program offers students the opportunity to complete a fullcredit course in either Algebra 2, Geometry and 9th or 10th grade literature through a blend of face-toface and online instruction with teachers who are experts in how boys learn best. Summer is family time! This unique program allows students to earn credit and still participate in their family’s summer plans. Their teacher keeps in touch via Skype to check on progress, grade assignments and provide encouragement. WHILE ON CAMPUS: The time spent at Blue Ridge gives students an opportunity to experience residential life on campus, connect with their teachers, and focus on one subject. Outside of clases, there are a number of outdoor activities to enjoy on our 750 acre campus next to the Blue Ridge Mountains (tennis, swimming, gym, fishing, and more). Students stay in air-conditioned dorm rooms and all meals are provided. COURSE SCHEDULE: On-campus portion: June 26-July 1 Online portion: July 5 - August 18 Return to campus for final review and an exam: August 22-26

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Summer Camp

Emily Couric Leadership Recipients

An American Tradition for Students New to America School’s out, but summer camp is

begun to learn English.

in; and for certain ESL students who are

“The idea is to give students a leg up

new to Charlottesville and Albemarle,

before school starts in August. Moving

that means a chance to learn some

to a new country with a new language

English, make new friends and get

is overwhelming,” adds Stewart. “If we

acclimated to their new home.

can connect them with friends and start

Charlottesville Albemarle






the learning process at a fun camp, then


we can reduce the stress and give the

collaborate on summer ESL camps for

students a better chance for success.”

middle- and high-school students who

The camps feature students from

are just beginning to learn English.

many parts of the world, but they share

Charlottesville High School hosts the

some of the hallmarks of the traditional

five-week camps, which feature both


academic learning in the classroom and


field trips in the community.

visit Maymont and Monticello, do art

“Summer is the perfect time to help




camp. hiking


projects, and more.

our newest students build their English

From these first steps as a student

skills, learn about their new home and

in a new country, ESL students make

gain familiarity with American schools,”

great gains. Many “graduate” from ESL

says Cherry Stewart, the ESL special

services within five to seven years; and at


Charlottesville High School, immigrant




Schools. “Even more importantly, the


camps help students make friends. As

leadership positions and earned honors

the weeks of camp pass by, you can see

such as senior class president, student

the students relax. You can watch their

representative to the Charlottesville

confidence grow and their relationships




This is the third year for the ESL summer camps. Split evenly between






Charlottesville Youth

member, CHS


queen and much more. “The first idea we teach our ESL

the City and County schools, 30 middle


schoolers and 30 high schoolers are

Stewart. “Later we teach them ‘the sky



invited by ESL teachers. The teachers

is the limit.’”

prioritize students who have recently

Beth serves as a community liaison for Charlottesville City Schools.


Students in

June 2017


In celebration of the 17th Annual Emily Couric Leadership Scholarship Awards, nine young women from the CharlottesvilleAlbemarle area earned scholarships towards continuing their education. This year, Val Ackerman, a UVA grad and outstanding role model for female athletes, was the guest speaker and awarded the recipients with their scholarship. The winner of this year’s award was Zainab Ayoade Balogun from Albemarle High School, who received a $30,000 scholarship. Balogun founded the MESA Bridge Camp, where high school students taught math and physics to seventh and eighth grade girls to help them design and build a pedestrian bridge on the Rivanna Trail. She was even invited to the White House to present her project in an effort to discuss how to better improve high school education. The other eight finalists received $5,000 scholarships as well. Every year, each high school in Charlottesville and Albemarle County is encouraged to nominate one senior girl who has demonstrated leadership in her school and community. This year marks the honoring of 132 area young women and awarding a total of $641,500 in scholarships.

BIZ BITS OPENINGS The Brooks Family YMCA is opening June 30 in McIntire Park. Fuzzy’s Tacos and Red Mango recently opened in 5th Street Station. Muse Paintbar is now open in The Shops at Stonefield. Pomme in Gordonsville opened a new lounge. Sentara Family Medicine’s new practice at 5th Street Station is open. New to Charlottesville, Vie, a costsaving meal planning service, has launched their new app.

RELOCATIONS O’Suzannah plans to move onto the Downtown Mall this summer where Chalk was located.

ANNOUNCEMENTS LaTisha Wilson, the interim assistant principal at Henley Middle School, will be transferring to Greer Elementary School as its assistant principal, effective July 1. Craig Dommer, the principal of Yancey Elementary School, has been appointed as an assistant principal at Henley Middle School, effective July 1. Jane Whitney Thompson will be Tandem Friends School’s new Head of School beginning July 1.

CLOSINGS Chalk on E. Main Street is closing in June. Gander Mountain is going out of business.

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JUNE 2017



Virginia Renaissance Faire

Now through June 11, 10am–5pm, Saturdays & Sundays at Lake Anna Winery Artisans, crafts people, royal archers, children’s area and food merchants for a day full of fun and history. 703-508-5036,

Graves Mountain Festival of Music

June 1–3 at Graves Mountain Lodge, Syria Americana, Roots and Bluegrass Music and family fun. 540-923-4231,

XtremeFest of the Blue Ridge

June 10, 10am–2pm at Ridgeview Park Explore the beautiful region’s many adventure sports activities. Enjoy food and fun for the whole family. 540-942-6735,

Grace Church Historic Farm Tour

June 10, 10am–4pm at Grace Church Tour historic farms with different offerings and events at each location including shopping, food, music, Bounce & Play, pony rides, children activities and more. No pets. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor!

Mid-Atlantic Power Festival

June 13–17 at 13510 Spottswood Trail, Ruckersville A week of MX MotoCross, Demolition Derby, Sand Drag Racing, Monster Trucks and more in support of Breast Cancer Awareness. 989-0924,

Juneteenth Celebration

Pancake Breakfasts at Chiles Peach Orchard

June 17, 10am–4pm at James Madison’s Montpelier This historic celebration commemorates the end of slavery. There will be live music, historical reenactors, storytellers and food from The BBQ Exchange. 540-672-2728,

Now through November 23, 9–11am Saturdays, 10am–12pm Sundays at Chiles Peach Orchard, Crozet Enjoy delicious all-you-can-eat pancakes with fresh fruit topping served with a side of sausage and OJ/milk/coffee. 823-1583,

32nd Annual Scottsville Batteau Festival

7th Annual 4 Our Freedom 5K

June 17–24, 3pm–7pm at Scottsville Riverfront and Canal Basin Square, East Main Street on June 21 Watch folks in period costume make their annual trek on the James River. Enjoy live music, shopping, local food and more. 286-9267,

Stone Tower Glenn Renaissance Faire

June 24–25, Saturday 10am–6pm, Sunday 10am–5pm at Natural Chimneys Park, Mt. Solon Wear your favorite garb and enjoy a weekend of amazing performers, artisans, games and more. 540-337-6324,

Greene County Fair

June 27–July 1 at Greene County Fairgrounds Entertainment, food, concerts, animal shows, contests and more. 985-7622,

June 3, 8am at UVA’s Research Park Race benefits nonprofits that provide services and support to members of the military, veterans and their families in the community.

29th Annual Clean the Bay Day

June 3, 9am–12pm at Charlottesville/Rivanna Watershed Volunteer and register to help clean up parts of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Be a part of this annual statewide effort to clean local waterways. 757-622-1964,

Twilight Hiking

June 3, 10 & 24, 7pm at dusk Hike into the “Big Meadow,” high above the haze and light pollution of the mid-Atlantic. Led by Shenandoah Mountain Guides. Reservations are strongly encouraged. 877-847-1919,

4th Annual Bike Parade

June 10, 9am–12pm at Clark Elementary School Children gather to decorate their bikes with pinwheels, beads and streamers, then parade to the JMRL Central Branch.

Fairy Chase

Photo courtesy: Maymont Foundation

Fairy Chase at Maymont June 17. See this page.


June 2017

June 17, 10:30am–12pm at Maymont Play games, hear stories and receive your very own wings and wand as you learn what fairies like to do and where they like to hide. 804-358-7166,

United Way Relay

June 24, 7:30am at Albemarle High School The United Way Relay is a fun, family-friendly race that supports equitable access to local health care. Runners, age 10+, register in teams of 4. Families are encouraged to form teams. 972-1701,



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1023 BRIDLEWOOD TRAIL • $599,000 In the heart of Keswick horse country, this sweet farmette features a 2-stall barn, fenced pastures, lighted training ring, run-in shed, chicken coop, & stocked pond. 1st floor master, huge family room w/ vaulted ceiling, updated kitchen & inground pool. Sally Neill (434) 531-9941. MLS# 560901

Tuesday Tunes with Darrell Rose and Friends

June 27, 6–9pm at James Monroe Highland Bring a picnic, blanket or chairs and the whole family and enjoy live music at sunset. Local food vendors will also be on-site. 293-8000,

Brooks Family YMCA Grand Opening

June 30 at McIntire Park The newest YMCA facility celebrates its grand opening. The facility boasts a state-of-the-art wellness center, two pools, basketball courts, walking rack, group fitness classes, child care and more.


Carter Mountain Orchard Peaches

Late June through mid-September at Carter Mountain Orchard Pick your own yellow peaches late-June through mid-September among scenic views. Readypicked peaches include white peaches and donut peaches. 977-1833,

STORYTIMES SPCA Paws to Read Kickoff

June 7, 3:30–4:30pm at Gordon Avenue Library Come have a meet and greet with the library’s reading dogs and their handlers. Bring in an item to donate for the animals at the SPCA. 296-5544,


Sited on over 4 elevated, private acres in the tucked-away and tranquil, yet close-to-everything Ivy neighborhood of Turner Mountain, this large, luxurious home offers an on-point floor plan for family living with a perfect, flowing balance of formal & open, casual living spaces. Of note is the incredible kitchen renovation/expansion & swank carriage house addition and expansive bluestone rear terrace. The parcel has been extensively landscaped & irrigated. 8-10 minutes to Western Schools & STAB. MLS# 560525 PERCHED ON A HILL IN IVY - REDUCED


3340 ROSEDELL LANE • $889,000 Exquisitely situated custom-built Cedar Shake-shingle home on 3.32 acres offers spectacular views of Ragged Mountain from the flagstone front porch. Features grand master bedroom suite on the 1st floor & open floor plan. Hardwood floors, granite countertops. Courtney Sargeant (434) 293-4319. MLS# 557955

3667 NEWBRIDGE ROAD • $949,000 Stunning home built to uncompromising standards with reclaimed building materials. Great Room with striking floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace & windows wall w/ seasonal mountain views. Gourmet kitchen. 150-yearold reclaimed rustic hardwood floors throughout. Billie Magerfield (434) 962-8865. MLS# 561027

Summer Reading Kickoff Hullabaloo

June 10, 10am–12pm at Central Library Pick up your first JMRL Summer Reading Challenge sheet, and let the summer begin with some live music, donuts and activities. 823-4050,

Ice Cream Social

June 12, 6:30–8pm at Gordon Avenue Library Kickoff summer fun with ice cream, music by the Jim Howe Jazz Trio and face painting at the library. 296-5544,

School’s Out Block Party

June 13, 5:30–7:30pm at Northside Library Enjoy live rock and blues music, a free Kona Ice sno-cone, face painting, magic tricks and receive the first summer reading challenge sheet. 973-7893,

401 PARK STREET • CHARLOT TESVILLE, VA continued on page 18

434.977.4005 W W W . L O R I N G W O O D R I F F . C O M


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! n u F aytrip

Dino Dig Pit


At the Children’s Museum of Richmond, the Pit is a fun, sensory learning experience for the little ones. Just like digging in a sandbox, kids will discover hidden artifacts as they play.

Dinosaur Land Dive into the age of the Dinosaur

The roadside park features over 30

or make it a game by creating a Dinosaur

with your whole family at Dinosaur

different dinosaur replicas. Each exhibit

Bingo sheet and see who discovers the

Land in White Post. Since the 1960s,



most creatures first! Before you leave,

Dinosaur Land takes visitors back to

habitat the dinosaur lived in, what it ate

don’t forget to visit the gift shop for a

the Mesozoic era with larger-than-life

and even which dinosaurs battled each

souvenir that commemorates your day

replicas of everyone’s favorite prehistoric

other. This park is the only one of its kind

with the dinosaurs. The park is open to


in the east as it continues to bend kids’

visitors between 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.,

If you and your family cannot get

imaginations while they marvel at the

making it the perfect daytime getaway.

enough of Jurassic Park, this daytrip is a

gigantic beasts set before them, and see

Admission is $5 for guests ages 2 to 10 and

must see destination to add to summer

the world as the dinosaurs did when they

$6 for guests ages 11 and up.

schedules. It’s as if the dinosaurs have

were the only inhabitants on Earth.




jumped right out of the screen and

Mix education and adventure by

onto the ground at this family favorite

bringing a notebook to record the facts


your child learns to share with friends,

Discovering a Lost World It is said that the last time dinosaurs



a Dinosaur,” “What do fossils reveal about

Interior of North America was

Triceratops,” or, everyone’s favorite, “What

approximately 66 million years ago.

While you visit the museum, you can see

were left to survive after global

the life-size IMAX film about the prehistoric

catastrophe occurred. In 2013,

creatures that inhabited the Earth in a

a group from the Smithsonian

screening of “Dinosaurs Alive 3D.” Playing at

Museum of Natural History in

the Samuel C. Johnson IMAX Theater, this

Washington, D. C., traveled to Hell

40-minute presentation brings dinosaurs

Creek Formation in North Dakota

back to life and explores the adventures of

to collect the exhibit’s artifacts.

remarkable paleontologists as they uncover

The historic museum offers an

new fossils and evidence that dinosaur

opportunity to learn more about the


exploration project. The








Admission into the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History is free. Parking in limited



to surrounding streets, commercial lots

complexity of the ecological community

and garages. Information about metro

of animals and plants with the fossils

access can be found at 202-633-1000,

and other dinosaur evidence the team

collected at the Formation. You can have June 2017

doomed the Dinosaurs?”

Only a single group of dinosaurs

ancient remains uncovered from this


your questions answered, such as, “What’s


Life of A Dinosaur

by Denise Morrison Yearian

Once you’ve visited museums and learned more about ancient fossils and dinosaurs than ever before, try these at-home prehistoric activities.

FOSSIL IMPRINTS Items needed: Nature items (shells, leaves, animal bones, etc.); petroleum jelly; plaster of Paris; water; mixing bowl; mixing spoon; and Hefty-brand plates. Directions: Coat the nature items with petroleum jelly, and then set aside. Follow the box directions for making plaster of Paris. Pour plaster into the plate and let it sit until it begins to set. Press the objects into the plaster, but do not completely cover them. Set aside overnight to dry. When dry, remove objects to reveal the fossil impressions.


THE BIG DIG If the kids want to go digging like paleontologists do, fill a kiddie swimming pool with sand and then bury miscellaneous items. When they are finished, grab a shovel and dig in to see what treasures you can uncover.

Items needed: A roll of large, white wrapping paper; tape; pencils; markers; paintbrushes; paints; dinosaur coloring book; and glue. Directions: Unroll paper and tape it across the width of one whole wall. Use a pencil to draw nature items onto the paper. Include volcanoes, palm trees, flowers, grass, sky, birds, etc. Embellish the drawings with paint. Color and cut out large images of dinosaurs from a coloring book and glue them to your scene.

DINO FEET Items needed: Two empty lasagna noodle boxes; glue; scissors; green paint; and white craft foam. Directions: Glue open ends of boxes to seal. Place boxes face down on the table and cut a slit lengthwise down the backside of each box to create the opening for your feet. Cut a curved section at the center of each slit that is about the diameter of your ankle. Paint boxes green. Let dry. Cut triangles from foam and glue on top of the box to create toenails. Denise is the former editor of two parenting magazines and the mother of three children and four grandchildren.


{our town calendar} Build a Reader Storytime

June 17, 11am–12pm at Gordon Avenue Library Blocks and building stories followed with time to play with building blocks. 296-5544,


with Natalie prass

june 14

June 20


July 19 with The New Pornographers

Fun for the Young with Glynis Welte

June 21, 10am at The Fralin Museum of Art, UVA Enjoy arts-related storytime led by Gordon Avenue Children’s Librarian Glynis Welte with movement, play, puppets and museum docents. 243-2050,

LEARNING FUN Fly Fishing 101

Now through June 24, Saturdays, 9–10pm at Orvis, The Shops at Stonefield Learn to fly fish for free. Orris provides everything you need in these hour-long classes.

Unlock History!

J U LY 3 0

Now through July 8, Fridays & Saturdays, 10am–4pm (last entry at 2:30pm) at Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center Enjoy a series of lock and puzzle games on three full-sized boats to open three treasure chests. 996-7282,

Babes in Artland


Now through July 18, Third Tuesdays, 10–11am at The Fralin Museum of Art, UVA Join an educator and fellow parents for conversation about works of art, and parenting with baby coos and cries encouraged. 243-2050,

Historic Court Square Walking Tours

Now through October, 5:30pm Thursdays & Fridays, 10am Saturdays at Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society Tour around Court Square, learn some of Charlottesville’s history and revisit Thomas Jefferson’s time. 296-1492,

September 12

More information at

ALL SHOWS ON SALE NOW TICKETS:, Downtown Visitor Center, 877-CPAV-TIX


June 2017

The British Invasion 1781

June 3–4, 9am–3pm Saturday, 10am–3pm Sunday at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello Participate in a variety of family-friendly activities including musket, rifle and cannon demonstrations, kids’ military muster and more. 984-9800,

Let’s Go Cook

June 8, 9:30–11:30am at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello Join Monticello’s garden curator Eleanor Gould for a fun, hands-on, family-friendly cooking class. 984-9800,

Block Party: LEGO Gathering

June 9 & July 21, 3–4pm at Gordon Avenue Library Get together with LEGO-minded people and build great things. KEVA Planks will be available on July 21. No registration required. Grades K and up. 296-5544,

Fencing by Design

June 15, 2pm at Central Library A fencing demonstration with the Charlottesville Fencing Association showing the art of fencing with historical techniques and hands-on fun. 979-7151,

Touch-A-Truck Event

June 17, 8:30am–12:30pm at Battle Building & University Baptist Church Explore, touch and learn about many different trucks. 293-5106,

GarageBand Workshop

June 19, 4pm at Northside Library Trevor Williams teaches participants how to use the music-making program GarageBand. Registration required. Ages 11–18. 973-7893,

Strawbee Building Challenge

June 21, 2pm at Northside Library Drop by to tinker, explore and build with Strawbees. 973-7893,

Playing in the Past Mornings with the Minis

June 1–October 26, Thursdays, 9–11:20am at Sun Ridge Learn about miniature horsemanship, small equine activities for pleasure, sport and miniature horse therapy. For children 7+ and adults. 540-272-5267,

June 26, 2pm at Crozet Library Get moving while you learn how kids in the past worked and played. Learn and play games from long ago with historic interpretations from the Frontier Culture Museum. Ages 6–12. Registration required. 823-4050,

Life-Size Clue: After Hours Public Night at the Observatory

June 2 & 16, 9–11pm at McCormick Observatory Telescopes at the observatory offer amazing views of our galaxy, weather permitting, along with a slide show and tour. 243-1885,

June 30, 6–8pm at Central Library Help solve the mystery in the after-hours life-size Clue game using all the rooms in the library. Best for ages 5+. 979-7151,

STAGE & SCREEN Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone

June 4, 2pm at The Paramount Theater See the first movie based on the J.K. Rowling’s popular book series. 979-1333,

Family Night at the Movies: Moana

2nd Annual Junior Step & Dance Competition

June 10, 7pm at V. Earl Dickinson Building The best of each genre, step and dance teams will collide on the stage competing. 825-0650,

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)

June 6, 6:30pm at Northside Library Bring a blanket and pillow, and enjoy a snack and juice box with this family-friendly movie. 973-7893,

June 17, 1:30–4:30pm at Crozet Library Enjoy Harry Potter-themed snacks at a showing of this film. Grades 6–12. Registration requested. 823-4050,

Charlottesville Municipal Band Summer Concert Series Kickoff

Picture Book Film Fest

June 6, 8pm at Western Albemarle High School Auditorium The Charlottesville Municipal Band will open its 95th Summer Season of free concerts.

Sesame Street Live: Make A New Friend June 6–7, 6:30pm Tuesday, 10:30am Wednesday at Carpenter Theatre, Richmond Sesame Street Live offers an up-close, interactive experience. 888-JPJ-TIXS,

June 23, 10:30am at Crozet Library Bring a blanket and pillow if you like and watch a few stories on the big screen. Ages 2–6. Registration requested. 823-4050,

ARTS & CRAFTS Snails, Trails & Tails

June 10, 1:30–3pm at Mint Springs Park Depot Artist Kathryn Matthews presents this free art workshop for kids inspired by wildlife and nature.

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at Chiles Peach Orchard Now through Nov. 23. See page 14.


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Awesome Father’s Day!

2017 Our 95th Season! Summer ConCert DateS

Stephen R. Layman, Music Director

June 6 at Western Albemarle High School Tuesdays, June 20 | July 18 | August 1 and 15 at the Paramount Theater

Ninety-Second Summer Season Stephen R. Layman, Music Director at the

Ninety-Second Summer Season Paramount Theater

Tues. 6/3 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, July 5 at MLKPAC Patriotic Concert featuring the U.S. Army Chorus from Washington D.C. atGreat the American Composers

All concertsBernstein, are FREE Copland & Gershwin All and open to the public. Tues. 6/17 8:00 p.m. Guest Artists: U.S Army Chorus Seating is General Admission. from Washington D.C.

Paramount Theater

Tues. 7/1 8:00 p.m.

. 6/3 8:00 p.m.

Tues. 7/15 8:00 p.m.

Concerts begin at a Family-Friendly Start Time of 7:30pm

From the Classical World Soundtrack of the Community since 1922 Great American James Simmons and Composers

Bernstein, Copland & Gershwin

Charles Torian, guest conductors

Music from Stage and Screen

7/29 8:00 p.m.Guest Artists: Family . 6/17 8:00Tues.p.m. U.SNight Army Chorus Gary Fagan, guest conductor from Washington D.C. Tues. 8/12 8:00 p.m.

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Celebrate the Big Bands

All concerts are FREE and open to the public. Seating is General Admission. Doors open at 7:30 Ensemble Lobby Concerts at 7:15 prior to each performance.

June 2017

From the Classical World

James Simmons and Charles Torian, guest conductors

Father’s Day Weekend

June 16–18 at Wintergreen Resort, Nellysford Celebrate this special holiday with lots of family fun, including a spa treatment just for the guys. 325-2200,

Donuts With Dad

June 17, 10:30am at Central Library Donuts, coffee and juice along with storytime fun. For dads, granddads, uncles or buddies with children ages 2–5. 979-7151,

Father’s Day Weekend

Father’s Day Cigar & Wine Pairing

Father’s Day Picnic

Father’s Day Fun

June 17–18 at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Enjoy a whole weekend of fun and relaxation with live music and a cookout, plus remotecontrol model boats on Sydnor Lake. 804-262-9887,

June 18, 11am at Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad Celebrate dad as you enjoy a ride to Whittaker Station out of the Cass depot. Once at Whittaker, enjoy a picnic. 877-686-7245,

June 18, 12–5pm at DuCard Vineyards Learn how to pair cigars with wines with Panacea Cigars, and enjoy wine and cigar combo specials and live music. 540-923-4206,

June 18, 12–6pm at Old House Vineyards Pack Dad, a picnic, poles, and enjoy an afternoon of live music, wine and spirit tastings, wood-oven pizzas, cigars and fishing in the pond with the worms already provided. 540-423-1320,

Dads Are Super Heros June 17, 12–4pm at Horton Vineyards Celebrate fathers with a military-themed event with a mobile Army museum, vintage Army trucks and jeeps, and the Mouth Wide Open Food Truck. 540-832-7440,

Father’s Day Tour

Father’s Field Day

Father’s Day Cookout

June 17–18, 12–5pm each day at Early Mountain Vineyards Celebrate all things Dad. Live music and tasty food outside weather permitting. 540-948-9005,

Want More Adventures?

June 18, 11am–4pm at Poplar Forest Give dad something he’s not expecting for Father’s Day—a FREE tour of Thomas Jefferson’s private retreat. Admission is free for fathers all day. 525-1806,

June 18, 12–4pm at Delfosse Vineyards and Winery Grab dad and head out to Delfosse for a fun afternoon outdoors. 263-6100,

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D*A*S*H D aDs a r e su per H er o es

Help us celebrate fathers with a military themed event at Horton Vineyards on June 17th from 12-4pm! Complete with a mobile Army museum, vintage Army trucks and jeeps and the Mouth Wide Open Food Truck.

6399 Spotswood Trail, Gordonsville (540) 832-7440


{our town calendar} Family Art JAMs: Telling Tales on Tiles

West Main

Touch-A-Truck Event

June 17, 1pm at The Fralin Museum of Art, UVA Age-appropriate, interactive tours with hands-on art activites. Reservations required. 243-2050,

Mother’s Day Celebrations Saturday, June 17 | 8:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. Battle Building & University Baptist Church FREE event for kids and their families

Explore, touch and learn about many different trucks! Parking is free in the 11th Street Garage. Quiet Hour 8:30-9:30 a.m. Horns will not be used during this hour to allow children with sensory sensitivities and families who prefer a quieter experience to enjoy the event. Hosted by UVA Children’s Hospital, Shenanigans & University Baptist Church

Inedible Jewelry

June 20, 2–4pm at Crozet Library Miniatures artist Jessica Partain will cover basic techniques in working with polymer clay to make food items into earrings or necklaces. At this session, you’ll make avocados and watermelons. Grades 7–12. Registration required. 823-4050,

Knit 1: A 4-Week Workshop for Beginners

SEASON 3 Premieres Sunday, June 18 at 9:00 p.m.

June 20 & 27, 4:30pm at Crozet Library Commit to this 4-week class and walk away with a pet critter designed and crafted by you. Ages 8+. Registration required. 823-4050,

“Delve into Design” Art Program

June 23, 2–3pm at Gordon Avenue Library Join Venable art teacher Melissa Combs in an art class designed to be done by a child AND their adult. Grades K–1 with an adult. Registration required. 296-5544,

Printmaking Workshop: Handmade Books

June 27, 3–4:30pm at Gordon Avenue Library Artist Virginia Thompson will show you how to first make a folded X-book and continue by creating a Longstitch Paper Bag Keepsake Book. Ages 14+. Registration required. 296-5544,

FAMILY ART JAMs: June 17 and July 15

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

FUN FOR THE YOUNG: June 21, July 5 and July 19

Gordon Avenue Children’s Librarian Glynis Welte shares stories that engage our youngest art patrons. or 434.243.2050

ESPECIALLY FOR TEENS Anime Club: Cosplay Party

June 5, 6:30–8pm at Northside Library Dress up as your favorite character, or borrow one of the library’s yukata for the evening. For those who come in costume, there will be a contest. Grades 6–12. 973-7893,

Teen Beginners Coding Club

June 5 & 19, 7–8pm at Northside Library The logic behind coding is broken down and you will work through it together with a professional programmer. Ages 11–18. Registration required. 973-7893,

Tech Petting Zoo With Linden Lab

June 30, 2–3:30pm at Northside Library Drop by to learn about the latest in virtual reality with special guests from Linden Lab. They will share what they do as virtual entertainment developers and demo the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. Ages 11–18. 973-7893,


June 2017

GET OUT & PLAY IN THE ‘BURG! Making Family Memories Plan a day in Harrisonburg, Virginia! Start at Back Home on the Farm, then to DQ Chill and Grill, Explore More Discovery Museum and finally wrap up at Mt Crawford Creamery.

Public Night at the Observatory June 2 & 16 at the McCormick Observatory. See page 18.

Questions? Ask

FOR PARENTS Baby Boot Camp’s 10th Birthday Party

June 7, 9:20am at Pen Park Pavilions Celebrate 10 years of fun, friendship and fitness with a free exercise class. Stay after class to meet the instructors and moms, and enjoy snacks and cake. 953-6888,





Living Lab

June 7, 1–4pm at Virginia Discovery Museum Researchers from the Child Development Laboratories at UVA discuss their research while children engage in games and activities as part of current studies. 977-1025,

THE WIZARD OF OZ Saturday, June 17 11:00AM & 2:00PM

34th Annual Virginia Homeschool Convention

June 8–10, 12–8pm Thursday, 8:30am–8pm Friday, 8:30am–6:30pm Saturday at Greater Richmond Convention Center Over 140 workshops, speakers, a used curriculum sale, hands-on science & technology demonstrations and exhibitors. 804-278-9200,

Brooks Family YMCA Community Open House June 24, 10am–1pm at Brooks Family YMCA Tour the facility, sample class schedules and programs, enjoy healthy food samples, familyfriendly activities, a bounce house, giveaways and more. 974-9622,


THE PARAMOUNT THEATER | 215 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 434.979.1333 l SPONSORED BY:

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{our town calendar} DATE NIGHT Charlottesville Symphony Presents: Pops at The Paramount June 3, 7:30pm at The Paramount Theater Enjoy “Summer Lovin” program by guest Conductor Erin Freeman. 979-1333,

June Wine Dinner

June 14, 6–9pm at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Locally sourced items paired with great wines. Rain location is the Robins Tea House. 804-262-9887,

Sheryl Crow

June 20, 7pm at Sprint Pavilion A benefit for the Charlottesville Free Clinic. 877-272-8849,


June 23–July 1 at Ruth Caplin Theater A humorous look at small-town life in America. 924-3376,

1776, The Concert Musical

Fly Fishing 101 at Orvis Now through June 24. See page 18.

June 30 & July 1, 7:30pm at Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest Theatre al fresco returns to Poplar Forest for an evening with the special presentation of 1776— the Tony Award-winning musical comedy. 534-8120,












Please call for Fountain Cave Adventure tour information!


June 2017

Join us for our 2017 season!

Season subscriptions on sale now. Single tickets on sale June 9.


Photograph by Maike Schulz

June 23-24, June 27-28 and June 30 at 8pm July 1 at 2pm & 8pm

Woody Guthrie’s AmericanSong June 30, July 1, July 5-8 at 7:30pm July 4 and July 8 at 2pm


Barry Lubin as “Grandma”

Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery

Check our website this summer for Clown Camp, Behind the Nose, and Circus in America schedule!

July 6-8, July 11-15 at 8pm | July 15 at 2pm

July 22, July 25-29 at 8pm | July 22 at 2pm

August 4 & 5 at 7pm | August 5 at 2pm


July 28-29, July 31, August 1-4 at 7:30pm | July 29 at 2pm

434.924.3376 |





{living well new mom}

Baby In the Water Guidelines to Safe Practices Around the Pool

New Mom

As parents, we both love and fear the thought of our babies in the water. The joyous shriek of an infant when his mom dips his toes into the pool launches a wave of smiles around the deck. And yet, until a child learns to swim, water can be as much a foe as it is a friend. Parents must be vigilant when their babies and young children are in or near the water. Sun protection is also essential. Most pools open for the season on Memorial Day. With this in mind, follow these guidelines to keep your baby safe in the water. • Wait until your baby is 1–2 months old before taking her to the pool. According to many doctors and pediatricians, you should introduce your baby to the water by first bathing her at home. Sprinkle water over her head, bob her feet in the tub and show her how water runs through your fingers. Be positive and relaxed, and follow baby’s lead. Some infants are more comfortable in the water than others. Guide her, but also respect what her body language is telling you. by Whitney Woollerton Morrill • Hold your baby close and keep his head above water at all times. You and your baby should be Velcro buddies any time you’re around water. Remain undistracted and laser-focused on his safety. • Make sun protection a priority. For babies under 6 months old, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says protective clothing and sunhats are a must. If absolutely necessary, a modicum of sunscreen can be applied to limited areas of skin, such as baby’s face and hands. Sunscreens should provide at least 15 SPF. Products with physical blocking agents such as zinc oxide are safer for infants than chemical blockers. The Environmental Working Group’s website ( provides a list of the safest sunscreen brands on the market. In short, think about shade and clothing first, and sunscreen as a back-up for small, exposed areas of baby’s skin. • Keep baby warm in the water. Tiny babies can catch a chill quickly if the pool water is cool. Find a warm (not hot!) For a full checklist for pool, and wrap her in dry towel upon exiting the water. infants and children, visit • Avoid pools with high levels of chlorine. Babies are, and especially sensitive to chemicals. How to know if the levels are too high? If you can smell the chlorine, it’s too strong for baby. Be especially aware of indoor pools, where fumes can become trapped and concentrated. Get baby swimming early. Aquatic classes are available throughout the area for infants as young as 6 months old. In addition to being fun, research suggests that children who start swim lessons as infants have better water safety practices as they grow up. And anecdotal evidence suggests that moms who meet other moms in the pool not only benefit from the exercise, but also from the camaraderie.


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


June 2017


You’ve picked a great place to live. Let us help you find a great doctor. We’ve called Charlottesville home for over 100 years, so we know a thing or two about the area. So as you settle in, please give us a call. With over 10 practices in and around Charlottesville, we’re sure to have a physician near you. We offer annual physicals, same-day appointments and convenient locations all combined with the backing of Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital’s state-of-the-art facility at Pantops.

To find a doctor near you, visit or call 1-800-SENTARA.

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The Power of Writing Ways to Help Get You Started Journaling Together

Mindful Parenting

When my first daughter was born, I wanted to make sure she was eating and sleeping enough, so I jotted down every single feeding and naptime in a composition notebook. Then on the bottom, I wrote one small paragraph each night about what we did that day. It took ten minutes and it became a ritual that I kept going with my next two children. Now, when I look back on those small entries (each in a black and white notebook!), I smile recalling the places we went, the times we spent with loved ones, and even the times my kids got sick or wouldn’t sleep. It was by no means stellar writing. Through blearily eyes, I chronicled much of it, but each account holds a special, and otherwise forgotten, memory. Similarly, when I have experienced sad events, I have always turned to writing about them as a means to make sense of it all. I need to get my feelings out in order to process them. However, journaling isn’t only for moms or teens; it is for everyone. Whether we are recounting special events or walking ourselves through hard times, getting the words out onto paper can be liberating. Here’s how you can get started: by Danielle Sullivan Get Supplies. A shiny new journal is fabulous, but you don’t have to shell out $25+ for one. All you really need is a notebook and a pen. And if you prefer today’s technology, you can keep a word doc on your desktop and add to it daily. A notes app on your phone is another handy thing to have for when you are on the go. Set a Regular Time. All you need is 15 minutes. If you are a night owl, write before bed. If you’re an early riser, do it first thing in the morning. The key is to make it a ritual. This will also prevent you from putting it off until you have a good idea, which isn’t always a convenient time in our busy schedules. Just Start. You don’t need to wait for the perfect anecdote or experience. You don’t need to only highlight the picture-perfect moments. In fact, you shouldn’t. A journal should hold your For local writing events truths and be where you write about your normal day life. I or storytimes to serve as often go back and find small sentences, like something my writing inspiration, see uncle said about one of the kids. He is now deceased, and our online calendar at reading about what he said or did brings me great comfort. Make It A Game. Sit down with your kids and write for 15 minutes. This not only reinforces writing and spelling skills, but it teaches children that writing is a positive way to get their feelings out. You should model how to do this by writing about something that has made you sad or angry, and then share your story. Of course, you should only share what is appropriate for your child’s age and maturity. Your child can also list goals, fears, aspirations, dreams, or whatever you or your child dream up together, which is part of the appeal. A summer bucket list could be a good starting point as well, no matter how big or small they might be. Journaling can be one of the most cathartic ways to push through pain. It can also serve as a record of your life, and become a creative endeavor that serves as a keepsake of your memories for a lifetime.


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


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Summer is a time for vacations. We plan for it all year long, looking forward to a fun getaway with our family. The last thing anyone wants is for illness to get in the way of that fun! A few precautions before and during your travels can keep you and your crew feeling good throughout your trip. Healthy Traveling Starts Before You Go Preparing for a trip can be as stressful as traveling itself, and that alone can impact your health. “When we’re stressed out, things change with our immune system,” notes Emily Young, DO, from Sentara Family Medicine at 5th Street Station. “When you are preparing for a trip, you may be working extra hours and staying up late packing, so you’re not getting as much sleep as you should.” Dr. Young recommends managing your pre-travel stress—get good sleep by Diane DiCarlo beforehand, get your exercise, and stay away from new foods right before vacation. A pre-travel consultation is also recommended. “Your doctor can go through your travel plans with you, reviewing time changes, activities and your itinerary’s locations,” she says. “They can give you advice on how to prevent illness and injury and be sure you have the vaccinations you need.” And finally … research, research, research. “Know the hazards of where you are going and the weather conditions you are facing,” she adds. Staying Healthy on the Road The most common ailment during travel is a cold. “Anything you touch around you can transfer viruses and bacteria to you,” says Dr. Young. “Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently, and if you aren’t able to do that, avoid touching your hands to your face.” Other common illnesses during travels include stomach viruses, altitude sickness and motion sickness. If you know you’ll be at extreme heights or that you are predisposed to motion sickness, your doctor can prescribe medications that alleviate associated symptoms. When it comes to stomach bugs, remember that hand washing is key, as is monitoring what you are eating. The Center for Disease “Make sure everything’s cooked all the way through,” Control and Prevention she notes. “Don’t eat raw foods unless you know they are website has many resources from a reliable source. Also, remember to make sure that and information for on-the-go any raw vegetables have been well cleaned. You want to eat referencing when traveling. your vegetables, but you also don’t want to spend your vacation See feeling ill.” Be sure to watch out for environmental concerns. “Wear at least 30 SPF sunscreen and reapply; watch for plant or animal poisons; and check for ticks.” What If You Do Get Sick? Even when you are on vacation, you can always call your physician. “They can help direct you—wherever you are—whether it’s by recommending overthe-counter medications, refilling a prescription, or recommending that you head to an urgent care or emergency facility,” Dr. Young says. In addition, don’t let the fact that you’re on vacation cause you to push yourself beyond your body’s limits. You may be able to push through a slight cold, but if you have the flu, you may need to rest and wait it out.


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Growing up Gardening

Favoring Homegrown Food by David Lerman

At age 3, my son Parker knew enough about vegetables to reach into “his” garden and harvest ripe snap peas. He loved tracing the vines to where the fat green pods drooped to pull them off. Maddeningly, our dog also knew enough to harvest the reddened tomatoes.


When they’re young, kids haven’t yet been supermarket isle or peer influenced to abhor fresh fruits in favor of fruit loops and fruit roll-ups. Peanut butter crackers aren’t a vegetable, by the way, and neither is ketchup. So what can you do to raise young gardeners who appreciate homegrown food? A lot, actually! 1. Give them their own garden patch and let them grow whatever they want. Sunflowers are a surefire hit. How about

Fresh blueberries, raspberries and blackberries are also all very easy to grow. 3. Inventively, use the garden’s bounty. Try broccoli trees, chocolate covered strawberries, kale chips and crinkly carrot fries. 4. Make a game out of harvesting. Who can find the longest carrot? Who can fill a bowl with potatoes the fastest? Who snaps asparagus the loudest?

huge white melons or purple potatoes? Why not. There’s nothing quite like growing your own watermelon and having a spitting contest, especially if they can spit between a gap in their teeth. 2. Indulge their taste buds early, for this is not a case where exposure breeds contempt. Varieties of grapes, pears and cherry tomatoes are the perfect bite-sized treat for kids.

5. Forage, eat wildly. Enjoy morels and ramps in the spring, dandelions or oxalis from the yard (if you don’t spray), or your favorite fruit trees with adult supervision. My wife, son and I head to “our” public mulberry tree early each summer, spread out a tarp and knock those branches with a rake to shake down our harvest. Then, we go home and bake pies and crumbles, gorging and staining our hands purple for days.

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COOL PUBLIC POOLS Be sure to bring sunscreen, towels and swim diapers for the little ones. Call ahead for schedule changes for Wednesday night swim meets and for thunder and lightning delays! Also, check websites for season pass information. CROZET Crozet Park Aquatics & Recreation Center, 205-4380 At this eight-lane outdoor pool, enjoy zerodepth entry, mushroom waterfall, baby pool, umbrella-shaded picnic tables, snack bar, bathhouse and swim lessons. Cost: $5–$10 Day Pass. CHARLOTTESVILLE The City of Charlottesville offers both indoor and outdoor facilities for gallons of water fun! All pools have a lifeguard on duty, but for safety, children under 8 must be supervised in the water by an adult. Pool hours are subject to change. Call 977-0601 for more information on pool hours, swim lessons and the city swim team. Onesty Family Aquatic Center, 295-7532 This facility at Meade Park offers spray features in the pool, a slide, diving board, lazy river and a zero-depth entry area with play structure for younger kids. Cost: ages 3 and under free; city residents $1-$6; nonresidents $2-$11.


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Smith Aquatic & Fitness Center, 970-3072 This 27,000+ sq. ft. indoor facility features a lap pool, diving board, two water slides, zero-depth entry, in-water play structure and lazy river. Cost: ages 3 and under free; city residents $4.50-$8; nonresidents $6-$11. Washington Park Pool, 977-2607 Lap lane, toddler area, mushroom fountain, spiral slide, zero-depth entry and bathhouse. Cost: ages 3 and under free; city residents $1-$6; nonresidents $2-$11. TOWN OF GROTTOES Grand Caverns Pool, 540-249-5705 Olympic-sized pool and mini-golf course with 18 holes. Hours: 12-7pm. Cost: ages 2 and under free; ages 3 and up $4. Opens Memorial Day–Labor Day with some exceptions.

LOCAL LAKES, SWIMMIN’ HOLES & MORE These three parks—Chris Greene, Mint Springs and Walnut Creek—have sand beaches for freshwater swimming during the summer months (Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day) with lifeguard protection. Season passes are available. There will be no swimming on days that Albemarle County Schools are in

session. Our area also offers two fun swimming holes—Riprap Hollow and Sugar Hollow— alongside popular hiking trails for an oldfashioned dip. (No lifeguards.) 296-5844, Chris Greene Lake, 296-5844 Fifty-three water acres and two beach acres, lifeguard, changing rooms and canoe rentals. Fishing and limited boating also allowed. Hours: 11am-7pm. Cost: ages 3 and under free; county residents $2-$3; nonresidents $3-$4.50. Mint Springs Valley Park, 823-4921 Eight water acres and one beach acre for swimming, limited boating and fishing. Lifeguard, restrooms. Hours: 11am-7pm. Cost: ages 3 and under free; county residents $2-$3; nonresidents $3-$4.50. Riprap Hollow, A clear, deep-blue swimming hole is your reward for hiking 1.7 miles from the lower trailhead, off Route 612 near Crimora. Refreshingly shaded, this spot offers glimpses of crayfish and salamanders in the shallows. Part of the Shenandoah National Park system. Hours: Dawn to dusk. Cost: Free. Sugar Hollow, A short drive out of town near White Hall, this cool river swimming hole offers a refreshing break from the Sugar Hollow trail, with clear water and gentle rapids. Swimming in the

swim & summer fun reservoir is not allowed. Hours: Dawn to dusk. Cost: Free.

Walnut Creek Park, 296-5844 Forty-five water acres and two beach acres, lifeguard, shelter, restrooms and canoe rentals. Fishing & limited boating allowed. Hours: 11am-7pm. Cost: ages 3 and under free; county residents $2-$3; nonresidents $3-$4.50. JAMES RIVER WATER FUN Howardsville Canoe Livery, 286-3331 James River Reeling & Rafting, 286-4386 James River Runners, 286-2338 Water fun on the James River—tubing, canoeing, kayaking and rafting—in part-day, one-day, two-day and overnight trip options. Tubing departure times are limited. Cost: varies.

SUMMER-ONLY MEMBERSHIP POOLS ACAC Adventure Central, 978-7529 Water slides, Olympic-sized pool and kids’ pool, water play features, lap lane, swim lessons and swim team. Blue Ridge Swim Club, 242-6894 Only open on Sundays this summer, this unique pool in Ivy is fed by a spring and

freshwater stream for lake-like swimming. Roped-off shallow end, diving board, poolside beach umbrellas. Swimming lessons with lifeguards.

Jacuzzi bench, wading pool with fountains and enclosed area for little ones.

Fairview Swim & Tennis Club, 973-7946 Open membership for this 25-meter pool in the Belvedere subdivision; diving well, lap lanes, toddler pool, wading pool, slide, snack bar, swim lessons, swim team. Also tennis, basketball & volleyball.


Fry’s Spring Beach Club, 296-4181 Shallow play pool, family pool and 50-meter lap pool; swim team and café. Also volleyball, tennis courts and shady areas. Swim S’cool offers swim lessons for members and nonmembers. Hollymead, 540-751-1888 Diving well, lap lanes and a baby pool. Membership open to Hollymead residents, families with children on the Hollymead Swim team and limited non-resident community members. Key West Club, 977-7665 Twenty-five-meter pool with lap lanes, diving well, toddler pool, snack bar, swim team and lessons. Tennis courts also available. Old Trail Swim Club, 823-8100 Views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Old Trail Golf course plus zero-depth entry, 25-meter lap swimming, 12-foot diving well,

ACAC Albemarle Square: 978-3800 Downtown: 984-3800 Indoor 25-meter pools, lap lanes, warm-water pools, hot tubs, swim lessons, group classes and physical therapy. Downtown location has outdoor rooftop oasis. Boar’s Head Inn, 972-2235 Three outdoor pools, including a heated 25-meter pool and toddler pool; water aerobics and swim team. Farmington Country Club, 296-5661 Heated 25-meter junior olympic lap pool with zero-depth entry area, diving well, toddler pool and swim team. Glenmore Country Club, 817-0506 Seasonally heated 25-meter pool with diving area, lap lanes, children’s pool and swim team. continued on pg 43


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Splash Party 6 Easy DIY Summer Water Activities


June 2017

by Tiffany Doerr Guerzon

In the dog days of summer, kids love to cool off by playing in water. Invite some of their friends over for a backyard water party! Turn up the tunes and let the kids dash amidst a homemade sprinkler. When the music stops, everyone has to freeze where they are in the yard. Create teams for a water balloon toss competition or let them play tag with squirt bottles; the ideas are endless. And don’t forget their swimming goggles. They will make an inexpensive souvenir or gift and will come in handy for a day filled with water fun. Try these six easy and inexpensive DIY outdoor activities to keep kids of all ages occupied, entertained and cool this summer!


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Soda Bottle Sprinkler

Turn a two-liter soda bottle into a

connector. Turn on the hose and let the

kids paint brushes and let them paint the

kids play! This sprinkler is fun just laying

fence, concrete porch or sidewalk, then

on the grass, or toss the hose with the

turn the hose on their creation to wash it

attached sprinkler over the swing set or a

away and begin again.

tree branch to make a “shower.”

sprinkler. Take a clean, two-liter plastic

Liquid Chalk Paint

bottle and drill holes all over the sides of the bottle using a handheld drill. You

Colored Ice Cubes

This is a great one for toddlers. Take

For outdoor art that is a step above

an ice cube tray and add several drops

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sidewalk chalk, try making your own liquid

of food coloring to the bottom of each

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SPRAY GROUNDS If swimming isn’t your thing, cool down at the spray ground! Charlottesville Parks & Rec offers a fun complement to its pools with three city spray grounds, open daily through September 17. Picnic shelters and playgrounds nearby! Belmont Park Spray Ground, 970-3260 Play during park hours, 10am-8pm. Free. Greenleaf Park Spray Ground, 970-3260 Play during park hours, 10am-8pm. Free. Forest Hills Park Spray Ground, 970-3260 Play during park hours, 10am-8pm. Free.

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a baby pool or plastic bowl filled with water. Toddlers will enjoy playing with the colored ice, and watching it melt and turn the water pretty colors. Since the water is tinted with food coloring, ice cubes will be safe to nibble on. Of course, parents should always closely supervise children when near any water.

Squirt Gun Target Practice

When the kids get tired of squirting

each other, set up targets for them to aim and hit! One way is to simply draw targets with washable sidewalk chalk onto a fence. Draw several circles, starting with a small “bulls eye” in the center, then add three or four more circles around the bulls eye—each one bigger than the


deck railing or stack them upside down

up against the seat of a lawn chair in

into a pyramid shape and shoot away.

the backyard so that the gutter slopes

Water Race Track or Lazy River

Kids love to watch stuff float down

last. Assign each circle a point value and

a stream! Here are two ways to create

let the kids compete to see who can rack

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up the most points. Plastic disposable

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drinking cups also make great targets.

gutter (the kind on roofs) from your local

Line up plastic cups side-by-side on a

home improvement store. Set the gutter

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down to the ground. To cover up the sharp edges of the gutter, pool noodles can be cut long ways (not fully through) and added as a guard on each edge of the gutter. Place a garden hose at the top of the gutter and turn on the water. Kids can float leaves, dandelions and bathtub toys down the waterway. You can even set up two “tracks” side-by-side and hold a race! Or, make a lazier river by shaping aluminum foil into a gutter shape and

put directly on the grass in a place where the ground slopes gently. You can use the hose to create the waterway, or let the kids pour water down your river with a cup or bucket.

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Off to Camp!

by Heidi Smith Luedtke, Ph.D.

How Not to Worry

If your kids are going to sleep-away camp this summer, you may be wrestling with worries and what-ifs. “Much of our anxiety as parents stems from the fact that there are so many things we cannot control in our children’s lives,” says Paul Donahue, Ph.D., clinical psychologist and author of Parenting Without Fear. You may worry that without structure kids won’t be able to handle routine tasks like showering, brushing teeth or getting dressed. One


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mom I know felt so sure her son wouldn’t

we have to trust others to care for our

change clothes at camp that she packed

kids, and trust our kids to look out for

his items—one pair of underwear, shorts,


shirts and socks—in gallon-size Ziploc bags, labeled with the days of the week.

Fear of letting go can also be driven by our own uncertainty about who we are

Because parents focus so much on

without our kids and what we’ll do while

kids’ needs, it’s hard to step back. Coverage

they’re away. Without baseball practice,

of unpleasant and negative news makes

piano lessons, bedtime routines and

the world seem scary. “Concern about the

movie night, our lives would be slower

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observes. Even though our protective instincts keep us on edge, sometimes

How to Stop It Don’t let worries weigh you down.

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what you did. The time you flipped your

clothes won’t kill them either. Concerned

canoe over and got sopping wet in the

your temperamental child won’t fit in

lake shouldn’t be a secret. Kids love to

socially? Allow for the possibility that

hear about parents’ camp adventures.

she’ll find buddies to hang out with all on

Stay connected. The kids will be gone

her own. Don’t let your beliefs limit your

but not forgotten. Find fun postcards,

child’s potential.

print pictures of family pets and collect




mind. Ultimately,

care-package items to send. Getting mail

parents want kids to become self-reliant,

from home makes kids feel special. Resist

says Donahue, and building self-reliance

the urge to check in every day: kids need

requires parents to do less, not more, for

space. Don’t forget to send supplies so

their kids. Camp builds competence and

your kids can send letters home. They’ll

independence. Give your kids time to

want to share their experiences, and

stretch beyond their comfort zones.

you’ll treasure their letters forever.

Have a plan. Keep anxieties in control

Anxiety is understandable, but it

by making a plan for how you’ll use your

shouldn’t stop you from sending kids

“time off.” Schedule special time with

off to camp. It’s likely that many of your

siblings who aren’t going to camp. Plan

cherished childhood memories involve

a romantic date or overnight getaway

nature, new friends and time to explore

with your spouse. Learn something new

on your own—summer camp offers all

or catch up on your favorite shows. Stay

these opportunities and more. It’ll be

busy (but in a good way). You deserve a

okay if they stay up too late, eat burned

change of pace, too.

marshmallows, or lose their swimming

Share stories. One sure-fire way to

goggles in the lake. They can then come

break out of anxiety is to remember and

home with stories of their own to share

share the fun times you had at camp with

with family and friends.

your kids. Tell them where you went and

Culturing Self-Determination

Parents spend a lot of time trying

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Staff won’t select his clothes, organize the contents of his locker or remind him to put on deodorant. No one will delay dessert until he eats his veggies. Independence is what camp is all about. Don’t worry. The world won’t stop if your son wears the same shirt three days in a row. His peers will speak up if he gets super stinky. During the school year, many kids jump from one regularly scheduled activity to the next with no unstructured time in between. Camp puts kids in charge of their own activities. Maybe


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PACKING THE BASICS Camp-worthy clothing – Think about the different activities your child will do at camp and the best outfit(s) to wear for these activities. As a parent, it is also good to be conscious of the expected weather and clothes that are easy to clean.

Appropriate footwear – Tennis shoes are always the best for camp, especially those that involve the outdoors. They also protect your child’s feet from undergoing scrapes and cuts, rolled ankles and bumped toes.

Hat – Wide-brimmed hats are the best for outdoor activities at camp, but at the minimum, a baseball cap comes in handy.

Sunscreen – Slather your little one up before heading out in the morning

your daughter will take a hike. Maybe she’ll paint pottery. Maybe she’ll write you an email. It is up to her to decide how she’ll spend her free time. One thing is certain: she won’t sit around whining about having nothing to do. And if she does, you won’t be there to hear it. Competence The need for competence is satisfied when kids learn new things and get positive feedback about their efforts. Your kid might choose a camp focused on art, science, sports or music. Or he may opt for a good old-fashioned sleep-away experience, complete with rowboats and weenie roasts. Some camp activities may be outside of your kid’s comfort zone, but stretching is good. Your child may be unsure if she can cross the slippery log over the creek. She may tremble with excitement about her role in the theater production. Peers and counselors will coax her along and give constructive advice. By the end of camp, she’ll be the star of her own adventure stories. If your kid is an experienced camper, encourage him to share what he knows

to ensure he or she is protected throughout the day. Also, some camps do not allow counselors to touch the campers, so they would not be able to help your little one lather up. If you want to send some along, try the spray sunscreen because counselors could spray it on for the younger ones, and they could rub it in.

Towel – Even if the campers will not be swimming, a towel is a good backup for messes, sweat, water-focused activities and boo-boos.

Plastic bag – Send along a plastic bag for many uses—trash from lunch

that ends up mixed with a clean pair of clothes, wet clothes, crafts and more.

Hand sanitizer – It is always good to send along some sanitizer,

especially for meal times. Pick up one of the travel size ones that clip onto a backpack to keep it as a visible reminder for your child.

Tissues – Tissues or toilet paper is not always readily available when you

need it. A travel pack of tissues will go a long way, and who knows, it could earn your child an extra friend for offering one to another camper.

Water bottle – An insulated water bottle with a non-spill top is the best, but disposable ones work, too. It is important for little ones to stay hydrated and have a bottle to refill when they need.

Snacks – Even if lunch is provided, small snacks are good to send along. You know your child’s eating habits best. Remember to check the camps policy for nut- or peanut-free food items.

Contact list – You made your child recite every phone number

possible before he or she left for camp, but under pressure, it’s normal to forget. Make it easy on the counselors to have a list of important contact information in your child’s bag, and be sure to show your little one where to find it in their stuff.

A surprise – No matter the duration of the camp your child is attending, it is good to include a little note or treat in their bag. It will go a long way when they need a little loving boost from their biggest fans.

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Camp Motorsport Camp Motorsport offers exciting and dynamic motorsport focused summer camp programs. It features 3.5 miles of flat track, a custom-made paved go-kart track and 20 miles of off-road trails, where campers can drive go karts and Baja 400 off-road buggies. Campers also get hands-on experience with the STEM aspects of automotive design and will enjoy a private lake with inflatables, swimming, boats, paintball, a BMX course and gaga ball just to name a few. 888-836-1212,

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Did you brush your teeth, Sarah? Dental Do’s & Don’ts for Pearly Whites by Sarah Pastorek

“Did you brush your teeth?” I heard this question more times than I can count as a child, and I still hear it well into my

surface, children should be weaned off of

brush my teeth every time.

either. This habit can negatively affect the







growth of the mouth and tooth alignment.

20s. Now, it is mostly aimed towards my

cultivated into a child’s routine are more

Around the age of 3, all primary teeth

nephews and niece when they are getting

impactful than they might initially seem.

will have claimed their place in a child’s

ready for school in the morning or when

But “Your mouth knows when you are

mouth. Although pace and order vary, it

“Aunt Rah Rah” gets to tuck them in for

healthy,” says Dr. Ryan Buckwalter, D.D.S.,

is an exciting time in their development

bed. I’ve caught myself asking them the

of Hillcrest Dental. And this starts all

that will transition into the loss of their

same question and am immediately

the way back in babies’ teething phase,

first baby tooth. “Typically, a baby tooth

jolted back into childhood when my mom

where their primary teeth start coming

loosens when its roots get reabsored

and dad were repeating themselves to

through the gums and into the mouth.

by cells called osteoclasts that clear a

their half-a-dozen kids.

Usually, the lower front teeth (anterior)

path for their eruption by eating up the

begin surfacing between the ages of 6–8

bone and baby teeth’s roots that are in


the way,” says Dr. Buckwalter. “However,

“Yes, mom, yes. You can smell my breath if you don’t believe me.” This response makes me laugh hearing it now

As your little one grows, she will

as an adult. But, I remember the same

start to drink from a bottle and suck on

words coming from my own mouth, but

her thumb. Be cautious of baby bottle

more so from my brothers. It’s these little

tooth decay, a serious form of decay

phrases and odd memories that carry us

that is caused from frequent and long

into adulthood. We’ve heard them oh so

exposures of an infant’s teeth to liquid

many times, and I know I will some day

that contains sugar (milk, formula, fruit

catch myself saying them to a child of my

juice and other sweetened drinks). Dental


care professionals recommend you avoid

it is possible for a child to lose a baby

Primary Tooth Development Upper Teeth Central incisor Lateral incisor Canine (cuspid)

Erupt 8-12 mos. 9-13 mos. 16-22 mos.

Shed 6-7 yrs. 7-8 yrs. 10-12 yrs.

putting a baby to bed or down for a nap

First molar

13-19 mos.

9-11 yrs.

“You only get one set of teeth, so don’t

with a bottle. If the bottle is serving more

Second molar

25-33 mos.

10-12 yrs.

let them rot.” I don’t know if my parents

as a comforter for the wee one, just fill it

were being more frank or trying to scare

with water or start to dilute the contents

Lower Teeth Second molar

Erupt 23-31 mos.

Shed 10-12 yrs.

us into brushing our teeth, but it worked

more and more until he or she accepts

regardless. And in a way, I still hear it

only water. Thumb sucking or the use of

First molar

14-18 mos.

9-11 yrs.

in my mind when I lie down at night,

a pacifier is another area where parents

Canine (cuspid) Lateral incisor

17-23 mos. 10-16 mos.

9-12 yrs. 7-8 yrs.

claiming to be too tired to brush my teeth.

should use precautions. By the time the

Central incisor

6-10 mos.

6-7 yrs.

Well, mom and dad, you would be proud

child’s permanent front teeth are ready to

Another favorite phrase of mine is,


to know that I drag myself out of bed and

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{until next time humorous reflections} My Imperfect, Perfect Father

by Claire “Marie” Epstein

Writing a parenting column is a delicate task. You don’t want to turn people off by writing as if you’ve mastered the art of motherhood or fatherhood. Yet even if you don’t claim to have any special credentials, even if you’re funny and self-deprecating—like my dad, Rick Epstein—you still have to convey a sense of authority and perspective in your writing. When my dad wants to provide an example of good, solid parenting, he’ll usually turn to a memory of his

at a time. He never lied to me, never lashed out at me with an insult and never broke a promise. (Take that, Grandpa Ted!) With all the modest habits of his middle age in plain sight and all of his youthful transgressions safely hidden from his children, my mild-mannered grandfather managed to retain a certain aura of fatherly mystique. My dad on the other hand, told me anything I wanted to know about his life. On long car trips, I would try

own father performing some thankless task for his children or delivering some sage advice that’s stayed with little Ricky all these years. Because my grandfather’s long, slow decline into Alzheimer’s was already well under way by the time I was a kid, I know him almost exclusively as a character in my dad’s columns. Even so, it’s hard to believe that my grandfather could have really been the paragon of virtue that my dad describes in his writing. According to him, Ted Epstein never broke a law, never lied or cheated, never swore, never accumulated debt, never evaded duty or drew attention to himself in public, and never overindulged in anything whatsoever. It would not be fair to say that my dad is his opposite. (Although it’s true that my dad never shies away from the attention of his public.) For the purposes of his column, however, dad habitually contrasts himself with his father. He remembers his old man for his wisdom and restraint, his high moral standards and his total lack of hypocrisy. Who wouldn’t pale in comparison? My theory is that we all create hard-to-live-up-to standards for ourselves when we decide to emulate our parents (or vow never to become them). The standard set by my dad is no exception. Not once in my childhood did I see my parents argue. My dad never called in sick to work—even when he was sick. He never got a speeding ticket and never drank more than half a beer

to come up with the juiciest questions I could think of. I really hit the jackpot when I asked, “What’s the stupidest thing you’ve ever done?” He couldn’t name just one thing. I won’t reveal his mistakes here, but I would like to honor him for being so candid. My dad makes no secret of the fact that he’s mortal, and I’m not sure he could if he tried. I’ve seen my dad fall off a horse, capsize a canoe and (in a moment of panic) dive fully clothed into a swimming pool. All of these things were oddly heroic. My dad never saw his own father run, yell or even swim. He was a librarian; he was punctual and conscientious, and he wore rubber-soled shoes so as not to disturb anyone studying in the library. On one memorable occasion, my reclusive grandfather returned home to find that my dad had invited over two of his teenage friends. “What is this, Woodstock?” my grandfather had asked. My grandfather was so private and withdrawn that I sometimes wonder how well my dad knew him. I don’t think Ted Epstein’s formal, reserved style as a father would have suited me at all. I try to imagine what my childhood would have been like without a dad who was affectionate, expressive and willing to admit his mistakes. And it’s just impossible. As a parent, my dad does not exactly know what he’s doing. And I think that’s a good thing. If he had all the answers, his column probably wouldn’t be as much fun to read, and being his daughter probably wouldn’t have been such an adventure.

My theory is that we all create hard-to-liveup-to standards for ourselves when we decide to emulate our parents (or vow never to become them).


A Daughter’s Loving Reflections

June 2017

Claire, now grown up, has been a semi-fictitious character most of her life. Her antics have been reported to readers from Alaska to Australia.

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