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Just Between Us…

volume 18 issue 5 PUBLISHERS

may 2017 Robin Johnson Bethke Jennifer Bryerton

CREATIVE DIRECTOR Robin Johnson Bethke

Dear Friends,


I recently stumbled across a BBC television series based on Gerald Durrell’s

ONLINE EDITOR Madison Stanley

trilogy, the Durrells in Corfu. I was in the mood for a little escapism and jumped


at the chance to listen to lovely accents and enjoy the scenery of the Greek Isles


circa 1930. It turns out, this was a powerhouse of a story, and not just with a pretty setting. The mother, eight years widowed, had discovered her four children

Barbara A. Tompkins, Danielle Burr


Susan Powell

were not the delightful people she had hoped they would become. “Where did I go


wrong as a mother,” she laments. This is a deep-rooted fear for me, and probably

Gayle Tate, Andrea Wood

many of us moms! The Durrells were all disenchanted with life, acting out and more than a little

Allison Muss, Carter Schotta, Jenny Stoltz,


Courtney Britt, Amanda Christensen,

Jennifer Carroll, Rick Epstein,

Cabell Guy, Jody Hobbs-Hesler,

to Corfu, where they would be able to explore nature, discover new friends and a

Sarah E. Knight, David Lerman,

new culture, and have a fresh start at happiness. I felt rejuvenated at her brave

Whitney Woollerton Morrill, Beth Seliga,

decision to strike out like that!

Danielle Sullivan, Bob Taibbi,

Cynthia Tichner, Eric Wallace

unhappy. Not pursuing dreams and passions like a writing career but rather just getting by day to day. So, she took her meager widow’s pension and moved them

They made friends, learned a great deal and the children all grew into their maturity in a new setting that required them to really contribute in meaningful ways. After days of living on just what they could forage, a job really can become appealing, even to the most self obsessed teenager apparently. But I will leave off

ADMINISTRATIVE MANAGER Denise Simmerman SECRETARY Christine DeLellis-Wheatley INTERNS Lindsey Chiles, Amanda Christensen DISTRIBUTION Ray Whitson

with that so as to not spoil the story for you. I highly recommend it for all ages, and I am currently on the wait list for more books at the library on this remarkable family. I hope you and yours get to experience many adventures and lots of happiness, especially you mothers who continue to guide your kin into bigger and brighter futures. Happy Mother’s Day!

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 ©2017. All rights reserved.

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Contents TABLE OF


News 6

The Buzz Around Town 8  Do/Did you let your baby cry it out on their own at night?

Snapshot 10

Cheryl Madison, Board President & Mom

Our Schools 12

How to Make 100 Pounds of Sweet Potatoes Disappear

New Mom 26 Speech Milestones


Mindful Parenting 28 Foods That Calm

Mother’s Day Special Section 38 A Special Letter from Our Essay

Dear Bob 30 Your Parenting Questions Answered

Healthy Family 32 Sports & Anxiety

May Activities & Events for the Family

Brunches, Tea, Tours & More

Daytrip Fun! 22 Berry Picking Fun!

Editor’s Pick!

I am excited to try many of the over 130 outings, daytrips, events and more in this issue. From Mother’s Day events and berry picking to camps and festivals, May is sure to be an exciting month.

Local Resources for Keeping Your Precious Cargo Safe

The Best Score 54 How to Parent Your Child to Test Well

Challenge by Choice 60

Contest Winner, Sweet Recipes & Crafts to Spoil Mom

Car Seat Safety 46

Mother’s Day Celebrations 20

Out & About Calendar 14



Triple C Camp Celebrates 18 Seasons

Parent Like a Coach 70

UVA Baseball Coach Kevin McMullan Reveals How Being A Coach Has Made Him A Better Parent


2017 Pregnancy Guide 44

Tips & Trends 34 Fabulous Finds and Fun

Home & Garden 36 Hanging Plants Indoors

Local Resources for Parents-to-Be

Summer Camp Quicklist 62 Find the Perfect Camp

UNTIL NEXT TIME 7 Principles of Parenting 78  A Dad’s Humorous Tales

34 So Love This! “I am really looking forward to trying the crafts and recipes with my son. We are always looking for fun DIY gift ideas, and what better timing than for Mother’s Day.” — Susan, senior advertising consultant



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City Schools 5th in Country The Center of Digital Education awarded Charlottesville City Schools fifth in the country for their innovative use of STEM technologies. The school system takes an innovative approach to STEM education through an array of learning programs at all grades levels, including AP classes, a popular environmental science program and an acclaimed engineering program that offers college credit to participating students. The engineering program at Buford Middle School partners with the University of Virginia and the Smithsonian Institution to challenge students and engage them in STEM education. At the elementary level, students are exposed to the STEM curriculum, a learning regimen that cross-connects classes such as art and history to build foundational STEM skills from a young age.


May 2017

CHS’s 10th Blue Ribbon Award The Virginia Music Educators Association awarded Charlottesville High School’s Art Program its tenth Blue Ribbon Award. This award is given to programs in the Commonwealth of Virginia whose bands, choirs and orchestras possess the capability to perform the most difficult level of music and receive a “superior” rating. Students have many opportunities to participate in the arts, such as field trips to performances, personal or in-class instruction, guest visits from artists and more. To them, it’s “an indispensable part of our culture and history, a heritage to be shared by all.”

Local Students Win Science Award Two students from Renaissance School won the Best Team Science Concept at the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) held at James Madison University in March. JSHS is a tri-service— Army, Navy and Air Force—program that fosters encouragement in high school students to conduct original research in the STEM field. Elizabeth Moore and Olivia Babineau earned this achievement for their research on habitat and ecosystem restoration at IX Art Park. The students competed against 70 other entries for this award and have the opportunity to represent their school as alternates at the National JSHS Science Fair.

JMRL Offers Wireless Hotspots In April, JMRL began a new initiative to make wireless Internet more accessible to students. Circulating wireless hotspots are now available to be checked out for three weeks at a time. This initiative is designed to give students access to Internet resources at home so they can work on school projects, homework assignments and conduct research. To ensure the hotspot is used for its intended purpose, daily and monthly data limits apply. The devices also come with built-in parental controls to block the use of streaming sites and inappropriate material. If this initiative receives positive feedback from users, there is potential to expand this service in the future.

A Day of Service Charlottesville Catholic School (CCS) students recently spent an entire school day devoted to serving others. Supporting their school’s philosophy, students traveled to organizations throughout the area to lend a hand and make a positive impact on the community. A few stops included the Jefferson School at the Piedmont Family YMCA to spend time with the little ones and the Salvation Army, where CCS students helped take care of areas around the building that needed a bit of sprucing up. Students in Kindergarten through second grade stayed behind at the school to make cards for soldiers overseas and for newly baptized members at community churches around the Charlottesville area.

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Do/did you let your baby cry it out on their own at night? TOWN 47% say “yes” 53% say “no”

Efficient and resourceful.

“We wanted them to learn to self-soothe.” Charlottesville Mom of 2

“Yes and no! We had a 10-minute rule. If at any point during the 10 minutes either of our sons self-soothed, then the clock restarted. If we reached 10 minutes, usually my husband (as I nursed and the babies usually thought something else when they saw me!) would go in and rub their belly or back and just calmly remind them that they are okay and loved, and that it’s time to get some healthy sleep. We started this once the middle-of-the-night feeding was eliminated. Ten minutes can seem like a long time, but usually after a few nights, each of our sons just learned it’s bed time and it’s okay!” Mommy of 2 healthy & active boys “We did modified ‘cry it out’ via the Ferber method, and it was the best thing (albeit hard at the time) we ever did!” Kristy, Mother of twins

“I let my first kid cry it out at about 15 months, but it was so awful that I couldn’t do it with the other kids. I found alternative and less stressful (for baby and parents!) ways to sleep train with the others, and we are all a lot happier. That being said, you do what you have to do so everyone gets the sleep they need to be healthy, rested and mentally capable for the day, and sometimes that means quicker training like cry it out.” Jennifer, Crozet Mother of 3

“I don’t immediately jump at first cry, but I do tend to her at night because I want my baby to know I am there when she needs me. Trust and nurturing are so important at eight weeks old.” Mama Erinn from Barboursville “We tried it once, and after 15 minutes, we decided it wasn’t for us. Not too long after that he was going to sleep by himself without fuss!” Liz B.

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Graphic Novelist Visits Boys & Girls Club For the first time, the Virginia Festival of the book and the Tom Tom Founders Festival teamed up for a writer’s residency program. Superhero comic book writer Roye Okupe participated in multiple programs throughout the month of April as the first writer resident, which included a workshop at the Boys and Girls Club of Central Virginia. The Nigerian writer, who has created graphic novels featuring superheroes, led a workshop with the students and shared some of the lessons he has learned throughout his writing career. He offered the children words of encouragement by reminding them to always embrace their creativity and, most importantly, to stay in school.

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Students Strive to Improve Wellness In March, a group of Walton Middle School students traveled to South Carolina after advancing in the Association for Learning Environment’s “School of the Future” Competition. These students designed a school of the future with the focus on improving teenage wellness. The concept for the future school would help develop students’ minds, bodies and spirits while learning. Their main focus of this project was to design a school that allowed for as much exposure to natural light as possible, something their peers feel their school lacks. With plans to renovate Walton this summer, the group will take their ideas and present them to the Albemarle County School Board.

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Cheryl Madison Board President & Mom

Cheryl Madison, a local mom of three, has served as the President of Peachtree Baseball of Albemarle County for the past 10 years and continues to believe in the positive influence of sports in a child’s life. What started out as volunteering as a team mom 21 years ago has led to serving on the Board as Publicity Director and then to her current position of President. Because of Madison’s dedication, organization and passion, Peachtree Baseball has helped over 30 teams and 300 kids have the opportunity to play baseball each year. In addition, these athletes have learned the importance of teamwork, respect and confidence—ultimately impacting their long-term physical and mental well being. What inspired you to become involved with youth sports? My oldest son, Chris, started playing tee ball when he was 4 years old, and my husband, Sam, was a coach. The team was looking for a team mom and I stepped up to help out. Since then all three of our children have played at Peachtree. Chris, 24, also played at the collegiate level; Kara, 19, played softball at Western Albemarle High School; and Cole, 10, currently plays at Peachtree. I love that I can do something in my community that makes a difference in so many lives. When I see the kids’ smiling faces on opening day, it makes everything I do for them worthwhile! How do you hope your involvement will impact others? The relationships I have gained with the families and the players are something I will treasure forever! My favorite thing is when a former Peachtree player comes up to me while in the grocery store and says he is playing high school ball or that he made it onto another team. To hear the excitement in their voice is the reason I do what I do. I hope that others will see how fulfilling volunteering can be and that it impacts others to do something for their community.


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What advice would you give young people about chasing their dreams? Love what you do and be willing to work at it. You will have set backs; learn from them, and keep chasing your dreams. How do you think participation in sports helps kids? Playing a sport gives kids confidence not only to succeed in the sport they are playing, but also to believe that they can do anything. It is a great way to meet new friends and learn time management. What routine or habit helps you keep on top of life and work obligations? I am an organizer, so things have to be in a place. On Sundays, I spend time preparing for the week—dinners, school notes, clothes, etc. Sunday is also my favorite time of the week with my family. It’s our day to reflect on what the upcoming week will bring while playing games and have dinner as a family. What is one thing your parents did well that you try to incorporate into your parenting? They taught me to respect others, always be willing to help others without expecting anything in return and always give someone a smile, even if it is someone you do not know. You never know what others are going through, and your smile could change their day.

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May 8 –12

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by Cynthia Ti

BIZ BITS OPENINGS Little Planets Playroom is open downtown on Water Street.

How to Make 100 Pounds of Sweet Potatoes Disappear In my more than 20 years in the food service industry, and most of those at

Pearl Island Catering & Vu Noodles teamed up to serve Caribbean and Vietnamese fare in a cafe space at the Jefferson School City Center. The new Snowing in Space Coffee (Space Lab) is open on West Main Street.

Meriwether Lewis Elementary School, I have had my fair share of challenges. Few compare to the one I faced, however, when students proudly presented me with 100 pounds of sweet potatoes from our school’s very fertile garden. What to do? I immediately stepped outside the box to do some thinking and came up with the answer—sweet potato smoothies. Some banana and cinnamon, yogurt, plenty of sweet potatoes—and a solution was whipped up in no time. But that led to an even bigger challenge—would students like it? It took a few cautious sips but, indeed, the smoothie was a hit and a very efficient

ANNOUNCEMENTS Urban farming is coming to Barracks Road & 29th Place shopping centers, where local farmers will be set up selling produce in parking spaces.

way to use a lot of sweet potatoes. The smoothies were also a natural fit with our increasing emphasis on nutrition and wellness in our cafeterias. We’ve come a long way over the past two decades in the way in which we think about and provide meals to our students. Green beans now are fresh from our garden instead of from a can. We still serve pizza, but now it’s on a whole grain crust. And while some of the entrees are old favorites, we’ve introduced new ones such as hummus Our school division places a great deal of emphasis on student engagement in the

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classroom, but student engagement in the cafeteria is also important when looking at lifelong learning. Students tell me all the time how surprised they are to actually enjoy the healthy choices on our menu. For instance, fresh fruits and vegetables, and, yes, sweet potatoes and kale smoothies are growing in popularity every day Along with healthy foods, occasionally we’ll collaborate with our physical

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education teachers to introduce exercise and movement during lunchtime, and we offer a trivia question to peak interest in healthy eating. A recent entry—I am amongst the most nutritious of all fruits and come in many varieties. I’m a member of the berry family. What am I? (You can find the answer at the end of this column) We have a wonderfully dedicated team at our school, all of whom truly enjoy

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MAY 2017


Music & Food Truck Festival

May 13, 12–7pm at Layz S Ranch Four local bands and several food trucks along with face painting, a bounce house and more to benefit Pregnancy Centers of Central Virginia. 591-0898,

A Million Blooms

Now–June 1, 9am–5pm at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden See a succession of breathtaking blooms and enjoy entertaining activities, exhibits and family events. 804-262-9887,

Batesville Day 2017

May 6, 8am race, 11am parade & 12pm fair at Batesville 42nd annual celebration with a 10K race, the biggest little parade, a village fair, the Albemarle Morris Men, the grand reopening of The Batesville Market, games and fun.

Heart of Virginia Festival

May 6, 9am at Downtown Farmville This annual family-oriented event includes live music, arts, crafts, food, a 10K run, a 5K walk, face painting, magic shows and more. 395-2744,

1st Annual Spring Block Party

May 6, 11am–4pm at The Front Porch A family-friendly event with food, face painting, balloons, music and a raffle for prizes including instruments and free music classes. 242-7012,

Fry’s Spring Beach Club Spring Festival 27th Annual Montpelier Wine Festival

May 6–7, 11am–6pm Saturday, 11am–5pm Sunday at Montpelier, Orange The best wineries in Central Virginia come to one place for family fun and tastings. The festival has arts and crafts booths, food vendors, and children’s entertainment. Ivy Publications is a proud sponsor! 540-672-5216,

Spring Fair

May 7, 11am–3pm at Free Union Country School Enjoy pony rides, face painting, games, live music, food and more. 978-1700,

14th Annual Festival of Cultures

May 13, 10am–4pm at Lee Park International music and dance performances, cultural exhibits, hands-on activities, passports for kids, artisan crafts and delicious ethnic food. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor! 960-5656,

May 13, 1–7pm at Fry’s Spring Beach Club Enjoy the pools and grounds, a giant slip n’ slide and kayak races in the big pool, thanks to the Rivanna River Company. Kids can enjoy a grounds-wide treasure hunt, too. 296-4181,

Virginia Renaissance Faire

May 13–June 11, Saturdays & Sundays, 10am–5pm at Lake Anna Winery Join artisans, craftspeople, royal archers, games, food merchants and more for a day full of fun and history.

Gordonsville Fried Chicken Festival

May 20, 11am–5pm at Gordonsville Fire Company Fair Grounds Join in the fried chicken contest or the fruit, cream or custard pie contests for a chance to win a cash prize. Enjoy craft and artisan vendors. 540-832-1735,

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27th Annual Discovery Dash May 6, 7:45am–10am. See page 16.


May 2017

28th Annual Strawberry Festival

May 20 at Downtown Stanardsville Enjoy a strawberry breakfast, as well as strawberry desserts, face painting, craft booths, local cloggers and square dancers, and a 5K run/ walk. 985-6158,



778 MISTY RIDGES LANE • $1,150,000 Jaw-dropping panoramic Blue Ridge views in Indian Springs. Exquisitely appointed throughout incl’ 2-story foyer, sumptuous master suite, stunning gourmet kitchen with Thermador range, huge marble-topped island & breakfast/sunroom. Kristin Cummings Streed (434) 409-5619. MLS# 558614

2228 CAMARGO DRIVE • $1,550,000 Impeccable craftsmanship & high-end finishes: brick/ Hardiplank exterior, reclaimed old barn wood floors, custom-designed & hand-painted Albion cabinetry, marble countertops, 3 fireplaces, covered & screened porches, gourmet kitchen & finished terrace level. Christine Lisle (434) 825-7446. MLS# 558708

25th Annual Monacan Indian Nation Powwow

May 20–21, 10am–9pm Saturday, 10am–6pm Sunday at Rt. 130, 6 Miles West of Rt. 29, Elon Fun for the entire family. Drum contests, special performances by Native American singers and dancers. Enjoy Native American crafts and food. 946-0389,

Strawberry Fest

May 27 at Liberty Mills Farm Celebrate strawberry season with a strawberry sundae, a hat contest, strawberry salsa and more. 882-6293,


Memorial Day May Fair

May 29, 9am–5pm at Frontier Culture Museum Experience living history activities, enjoy lunch on the pavilion with live musical entertainment from 12–2pm, and visit the Artisan EXPO. 540-332-7850,


Now–October, Saturdays, 7am–12pm at Second and Water Street parking lots Visit for fresh local produce, plants, and plenty of homemade goodies and crafts.

CLOUDS HILL ON 35 ACRES • $3,695,000

This significant Ivy estate comprised of 35 acres lives more like 4x the amount of property. Clouds Hill incl’ sweeping lawns shaded by massive hardwoods, pool, pool/guest house by Jay Dagliesh, whimsical garden created of curving stone walls, kitchen garden & greenhouse, stable complex, fields fenced & crossed fenced, rolling hills embraced by mtn views & a pond. Brilliant reinvention of the residence by Bethany Puopolo from c. 1870 structure. Spacious floor plan incl’ many artistic, handcrafted flourishes. 8 mins to town. MLS# 558846 MOUNTAIN VIEWS AT THE ROCKS IN IVY


565 ROCKS FARM DRIVE • $1,295,000 Wake up to the Blue Ridge Mountains! Beautifully sited on almost 5 acres & protected by Bear Den Mountain, this classically updated 5 bedroom, 4 ½ bath residence offers breathtaking views & country living. Minutes to UVA & Downtown. First floor master, home office & 3-car garage. Kathy Hall (434) 987-6917. MLS# 559609

3660 COLSTON DRIVE • $1,375,000 Meticulously maintained home on 11 diverse acres that incl’ Blue Ridge & Ragged Mountain views, level lawns galore, extensive flower & vegetable gardens, specimen hardwoods, rolling hay field, & pool w/ pool house. 10 mins to town. Large terraces, heart pine floors, custom cabinetry & built-ins, vaulted sunroom. MLS# 556450

Green Valley Book Fair

May 6–29, 10am–5pm Monday–Thursday, 10am–6pm Friday & Saturday, 12–5pm Sunday at 2192 Green Valley Ln., Mt. Crawford Expand your child’s read experience and his or her home library with a huge selection of books. 800-385-0099,

SPORTS & OUTDOORS Blue Ridge Soap Box Classic

May 6, 7:30am at Main Street and Church Street, Downtown Waynesboro Young competitors race down Main Street in hopes of winning this exciting race. 540-649-1507, 401 PARK STREET • CHARLOT TESVILLE, VA

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27th Annual Discovery Dash

May 6, 7:45–10am at Monticello High School A morning of great family exercise and fun-filled races for kids ages 3 to 12. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor! 9771025,

UMS Reservoir 5K & Kids Run

40th Spring Performance! May 6, 1:30 at MLKPAC Free Admission!

HIP HOP! JAZZ! TAP! bAllET! lYRICAl! (Age 6-16) Latest pop music & moves INTENSIVE WORkSHOP: Ballet & Jazz (Age 9-18) Acting• Vocal Makeup • Choreography

May 6, 8am 5K, 9am kids race at 1034 Reservoir Road The 5K is open to participants ages 12 and older. The kids’ race is meant to be fun and manageable for children ages 11 and under. 977-0583,

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May 21, 10am–2pm at IX Art Park Bike-handling skill courses for riders of all ages, including a Strider Course and a bike decoration station. Books on Bikes will be hosting a kids’ reading circle. 977-1870,

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Relay For Life

May 7, 12–8pm at IX Art Park Team-based walk-a-thon to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Family-friendly fun, games and entertainment for all participants. 800-227-2345,

May 13, 8am at Dorrier Park Includes a 5K run/walk and 1-mile kids’ run/ walk through historic Scottsville. Enjoy the Scottsville Farmer’s Market and downtown Scottsville after the race.

12th Annual Rivanna River Regatta Canoe & Kayak Race

May 13, 8am, mandatory safety meeting at 9:15am, first heat begins at 10am under the Rt. 29 bridge at Rio Mills Rd. A 6.2-mile downriver race for all paddler classes. 975-3072,


4th Annual Family Bike Fest

May 26, 6–9pm at Chiles Peach Orchard A family-friendly event with live music and food. Families can relax in the Peach Tree Courtyard and play corn hole and lawn games. 823-1583,

Scottsville Scoot 5K & 1-Mile Run/Walk

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May 21, 8am check in, 8:30am pre-race meeting, 9am race start at Forest Lakes South Kids ages 7–16 are invited to this run-bikerun duathlon. Enjoy a morning of fun athletic activity.

May 6, 9am–4pm at Pleasant Grove Park Demonstrations by heritage craftsmen, crafts, hayrides, contests and music, plus great food and vendors. 589-9405,

May 6, 6:30pm at V. Earl Dickinson Building The best of each genre, step and dance teams will collide on the stage in non-stop, highenergy fun. 825-0650,


8th Annual Dogwood Duathlon

Superhero 2.5K Fun Run

May 27, registration at 6am, race 7:30am at PVCC Sponsored by the Blue Ridge Mountains Rotary Club. Proceeds go to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia. 703-209-1708,

Keswick Hunt Club Fox Trot 5K

May 27, 5pm kids races, 6pm 5K trail race at Castalia Farm, Keswick Kids ages 12 and under run free in the Kids Mile and Kids Scramble. The post-race “Hunt Breakfast” is free for all registered children, runners, hikers and walkers. 296-9405,

Meet Yer Eats Farm Tour

May 29, 10am–4pm at 11 Farms in Central Virginia Visit some of the amazing small farms in Central Virginia, featuring food trucks, farm animals and demos. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor! 401-374-0019,

LEARNING FUN Fun for the Young with Glynis Welte

May 19, 6–7:30pm at Pen Park Get your family moving together with this 2.5K family fun run (or walk). Costumes are encouraged and prizes will be given out. wsc/search.html

May 3, 10–11am at The Fralin Museum of Art Enjoy arts-related storytime led by Gordon Avenue Children’s Librarian Glynis Welte with movement, play, puppets and Museum docents. 243-2050,

Inaugural 5K Chicken Run

May 6, 10am–2pm at Central Library Drop in to any 15–30 minute session and learn about a variety of topics from how to raise chickens to preparing for a zombie invasion. 979-7151,

May 20, 8–9:30am registration, 10am race at Downtown Gordonsville A fun-filled 5K run/walk through the streets of historic Gordonsville. A portion of the fees will go to much-needed renovations for Dix Memorial Pool and its grounds.

Inaugural How-To Festival

2017 Our 95th Season! Summer ConCert DateS

June 6 at Western Albemarle High School June 20 | July 18 | August 1 and 15 at the Paramount Theater Stephen R. Layman, Music Director

July 5 at MLKPAC Patriotic Concert featuring the U.S. Army Chorus from Washington D.C.

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May 6, 10am–2pm at IX Art Park Children will have a chance to touch, climb on and ask questions about their favorite trucks in a safe, supervised environment. There will also be food trucks and other kid-friendly activities. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor!

May 6, 10am–2pm at Amazement Square, Lynchburg At a children’s museum not so far away, children can enjoy Star Wars games, crafts and challenges. 845-1888,

3rd Annual Louisa Comic Con

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May 6, 10:30am–4pm at Louisa County Library Celebrate Free Comic Book Day with fun workshops, special guests, free comics, raffles, costume contests, crafts, a photo booth, prizes and more. All school-aged children can enter the Comic Book Hero Art Contest. 540-894-5853,

Library Cosplay Cafe

May 27, 2:30pm at Central Library Dress in your favorite cosplay and prepare to be served an array of great manga, tea and Japanese-inspired snacks while you watch Anime Music Videos on the big screen. It ends with a costume contest. 979-7151,

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May 12–14, 19–21, 7pm Fridays & Saturdays, Sundays 3pm at Burnley Moran Elementary School Entertainment for all ages. Bring the whole family to see Dorothy and the gang in Oz. 825-9202,

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May 6, 4pm at The Paramount Theater Jungle Jack introduces you to some of the world’s most spectacular animals. 979-1333,

May 14, 7:30pm at Carpenter Theatre at Dominion Arts Center Current cast members of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” set out on a new improv tour. Improvised comedy and song based on audience suggestions and audience participation. All ages welcome. 1-800-514-3849,

Bandfair XV

May 21, 1–6pm at Cardinal Point Winery, Afton Music, lip sync battle, children’s activities and silent auction to benefit North Branch school. 540-456-8450,

National Memorial Day Concert

May 28, 8pm on WVPT Viewers can watch the National Memorial Day Concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol live.

ARTS & CRAFTS Family Art JAMs: Beading Beautiful Bands

May 13, 1–3pm & 3–5pm at Fralin Museum of Art Age-appropriate, interactive tours with handson art activities. 243-2050,

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What New Parents Need to Know May 15 & 25, 6:30-8:30pm at Battle Building on West Main. See page 19.


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May 13 & 14, 10am–5:30pm Saturday, 10am–5pm Sunday at Claudius Crozet Park Live music, great food and activities for kids, including bouncy castles, face painting and more. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor! 326-8284,

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51st Annual Art in the Park

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May 27–28, 10am–5pm Saturday, 12–5pm Sunday at Gypsy Hill Park, Staunton A two-day festival of quality artwork, live music, food and a children’s art activity area. 540-885-2028,

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Teen Book Swap & Crafts Party

May 16, 6:30–8pm at Crozet Library Bring gently used age-appropriate books to exchange, plus games, crafts and refreshments. 823-4050,

What College Is Really Like

May 23, 6:30–7:30pm at Crozet Library High-school sophomores, juniors and seniors are invited to talk with a panel of first- and secondyear college students home for summer break. Registration is requested. 823-4050,


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May 15 & 25, 6:30–8:30pm at Battle Building, West Main St. Class covers baby care basics, sleeping and eating patterns, importance of attachment and how to calm a fussy baby. 924-9920,

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May 4, 6:30–9:30pm at AMF Kegler’s Lanes This Star Wars-themed fundraising event supports mentoring kids in the Charlottesville area. 244-0882,

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Mother’s Day Celebrations Portraits With Baby Bunnies

May 3–4, 4–6pm at Chiles Peach Orchard Mini sessions with Aaron Watson Photography in time for Mother’s Day. Baby bunnies will be available to be a part of your family portrait. Limited availability. 202-8031, events/135594930306241

Mother’s Day Tea

May 7, 11am & 2:30pm seatings at Horton Vineyards Start your Mother’s Day weekend off with tea at Horton. Limited seating. RSVP recommended. 540-832-7440,

Mother’s Day Weekend Celebration

May 12–14 at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden A three-day weekend with many opportunities to honor and spend time with mom and loved ones. 804-262-9887,

Mother’s Day Tea

May 13, 2–4pm at Maymont Mansion A time-honored tradition on the mansion porch as elegant Victorian ladies, gentlemen and attending servants see to every detail. Tea sandwiches, little cakes, special music and a mansion visit, too. 804-358-7166,

Mother’s Day Music Festival

May 13, 11am–4pm at Tandem Friends School Enjoy the annual Mother’s Day Music Festival featuring music, food and drink for sale, and fun activities for all ages. 296-1303,

Mother’s Day Weekend

May 13, 12–5pm at DuCard Vineyards Enjoy music on the Patio with Haze and Dacey acoustic duo, a Plant Sale featuring plants from the Madison Garden Club. 540-923-4206,


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Mother’s Day Dinner Train

May 13, 5:30pm departure at Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad Enjoy a delicious four-course meal and the ride as you travel to the scenic High Falls of Cheat. 877-686-7245,

Mount Vernon Mother’s Day Weekend May 13–14, 9am–5pm at Mount Vernon Join the Mother of our Country, Martha Washington, for a Mother’s Day weekend. 703-780-2000,

Mother’s Day Brunch

May 14, 10–11:30am & 11:30am–1pm at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Enjoy a three-course brunch for Mother’s Day. 804-262-9887,

Carter Mountain’s Celebration

May 14, 10am–12pm pancake breakfast, 10am–5pm at Carter Mountain Orchard Kick off your special day with a pancake breakfast. Kids can make a craft or card in the craft station and bouquets of fresh flowers will be available for purchase. 977-1833,

Mother’s Day Brunch

May 14, 11:30am & 12:30pm at The Market at Grelen Stroll the gardens, hike the trail, plan your summer planting and enjoy a farm fresh brunch on the patio. 540-672-7268,

Cheers to Mom

May 14, 12–5pm at First Colony Winery A gift will be given to the first 24 moms through the door. Spend the day with your family enjoying the weather on the patio with a picnic or learn about the winemaking process with a tour. 979-7105,

Mother’s Day Winemaker’s Brunch

May 14, 12:30pm at Veritas Vineyard and Winery, Saddleback Hall Enjoy brunch with the family in Saddleback Hall and soak up the warm spring sun on the deck for the afternoon. 540-456-8000,

Mother’s Day Lunch

May 14, 11am–4pm at Poplar Forest Give mom a special treat this Mother’s Day with a FREE tour of Poplar Forest. 525-1806,

May 14, 12-2:30pm at Graves Mountain Lodge, Syria Make Mom feel special by treating her to a fried chicken lunch in her honor at Graves Mountain Lodge, nestled deep in the foothills of the Blue Ridge. 540-923-4231,

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May 14, 11:30am at DuCard Vineyards Treat Mom to a pampered and relaxing Sunday Brunch by l’Etoile Catering with the lovely violin music of Greg Childress. The Blue Ridge Mountains serve as a backdrop for this elegant outing. 540-923-4206,

May 14, 1:30pm–3:30pm & 3:30–5:30pm at Agecroft Hall Enjoy live music while drinking tea and dining on savory sandwiches and sweets. Then take a guided tour of the museum’s first floor and the Tudor Kitchen. The gardens also have free admission. Special emphasis will be placed upon 17th century entertainment. 804-353-4241,

In honor of Father’s Day and all of our irreplaceable dads, we are hosting Bumble’s Dad & Me “Having Fun” Contest. Whether you are doing a craft, going fishing, watching a sporting event, going to a father-daughter dance or learning something, we want to see it. Submit a photo of you and your dad just having fun for a chance to win fabulous prizes!

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Chiles Peach Orchard (Crozet) Pick your own strawberries late-April through mid-June and peaches mid-June through mid-September. Plus indulge in baked goods and homemade ice cream. 434-823-1583, *Critzer Family Farm (Afton) Pick your own strawberries in May and June, cherries in June and July, blackberries and raspberries in mid-July and a selection of vegetables throughout the summer. 540-241-3305, See ad page 23 Dickie Brothers Orchard (Roseland) Pick your own blackberries in mid-July and honey crisp apples from August 19–27. Prepicked plums, peaches and nectarines will be available in August. 434-277-5516, Gold Hill Blueberry Farm (Unionville) Come pick blueberries July through August, and check out other items grown on the farm. 540-222-7954, Henley Orchard Pick your own nectarines and peaches beginning mid-June and lasting through August. Apple picking season starts in July and runs through October. 434-823-7848,

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Hill Top Berry Farm and Winery (Nellysford) Pick thornless blackberries July 15 through August 6 at this berry winery, and don’t forget to visit the annual Blackberry Festival and Music Festival August 5. 434-361-1266, Kipps Grapes (Rochelle) Pick your own grapes from early August through September and a few peaches and apples as well. Jams, jellies and sauces made from their fruit will be for sale. 540-948-4171, Liberty Mills Farm (Somerset) Pick your own strawberries in mid- to lateMay, and join in the Third Annual Strawberry Fest this spring. 434-882-6293, The Market at Grelen (Somerset) Berry picking in the summer (blueberries, raspberries and blackberries). Check the website for availability. 540-672-7268, Middle Fork Farm (Scottsville) Pick your own strawberries from May through July. Watch for a Strawberry Fest date. 434-591-6666,

Miller Farms Market (Locust Grove) Pick your own strawberries in May. You can also pick blackberries, blueberries and raspberries a little later in the season. 540-850-5009, Morris Orchard (Monroe) Pick blueberries in mid-June and peaches lateJune. 434-929-2401,

Sunrise Gardens (Brightwood) Pick your own strawberries, blueberries and blackberries from approximately mid-May through mid-July. 540-543-2220 Wenger Grapes (Waynesboro) Pick your own Concord and Niagara grapes from late-August through September for fresh eating, jams and juice. 540-943-4956,

*Saunders Brothers Farm Market (Piney River) Strawberries available to purchase by the quart from May 6 through early June, and followed by cherries. 434-277-5455 x37, See ad page 22 *Seaman’s Orchard (Roseland) Pick your own strawberries in May, and blueberries and cherries in June. 434-277-8130, See ad this page Spring Valley Orchard (Afton) Owned by the same family as Chiles Peach Orchard and Carter Mountain Orchard; offers pick-your-own sweet cherries from mid- to late-May until June. 434-960-9443,

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Charlottesville City Market Now–October, Saturdays, 7am–12pm. See page 15.

Know Good Beer Festival

Family Bike Fest! Bike handling skill courses for riders of all ages

Sunday, May 21, 2017 10am - 2pm Blue Wheel at IX Ctr. 434-977-1870 | Bring your bike and helmet!

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May 13, 2–6pm at IX Art Park Enjoy unlimited 4 oz samples from over 50 beers and ciders. Live music, plenty of local food trucks, vendors, and a gaming area.

Tuesday Tunes with The Onlies & Vivian Leva

May 23, 6–9pm at James Monroe Highland Local food and alcohol vendors will be on-site. Plan to buy or pack a picnic, and experience the beauty of James Monroe’s Highland at dusk. Bring your family out with blanket and chairs in tow to enjoy music by The Onlies & Vivian Leva. 293-8000,

“Before the Flood”

May 25, 7pm at The Paramount Theater LEAP (Local Energy Alliance Program) presents National Geographic’s documentary film on climate change with Leonardo DiCaprio. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, drinks, connect with neighbors and stay for a Q&A with local, Virginia and national experts. 979-1333,

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Baby Talk Speech Milestones for Your Wee One

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Hearing a mother attempt to translate her toddler’s unintelligible warblings is one of the many enjoyments of parenting. A mother begins to learn her child’s personal language from the moment she’s born. Immediately following delivery, a mom waits for her baby’s cry to signal she’s filling her lungs with air. And that first cry is a barnstorming, zero-to-80-mph cry to trumpet that all is well…that after all the waiting and dreaming, baby is finally here. Infants have a full repertoire of sounds for communicating with their parents. Many are variations of crying. According to health care professionals, by the age of 3 months old, an infant can tailor his cry to communicate different needs, such as hunger, fatigue or boredom. For a new mom, it takes constant trial and error to decode her baby’s language. The process can be baffling and unnerving at times, because nature designs a newborn’s cry to convey urgency. Mothers instinctively want to fix whatever is wrong to keep baby safe and happy. So they dive in, double-checking the diaper, by Whitney Woollerton Morrill feeding schedule, nap count, onesie and baby carrier. Over time, all the guesses coalesce into a pattern—a highly individualized language understood by mother and child. Mom hears a squawk from the rear-facing car seat and instantly knows the sun is shining through the back windshield into baby’s eyes. Luckily, babies have some fun tracks, too. They squeak and grunt with satisfaction while being fed. And the stop-start clicking of a baby nodding off with a pacifier is one of the true perks of new parenthood. In general, new parents can look for these speech milestones in their baby’s first two years of life: • 0–3 months old: coos and differentiated cries; • 3–6 months: babbling and gurgling sounds, and vocal expression of contentment/discontentment; • 6–12 months: basic words such as mama or dada, understanding simple phrases, ability to tell direction of sound; For more local resources for • 18 months: name recognition of caregivers, ability to parents, see the Pregnancy speak 8–10 words; and Guide on page 44. • 24 months: vocabulary of 50+ words, pairing of words. These benchmarks aren’t hard and fast; there’s a range. But if parents have concerns about their child’s speech development, they’re encouraged to check with their pediatrician about testing. Though it’s been known for some time that infants develop better language skills when read and talked to, new research shows that babies begin their language lessons in utero. A February 2017 New York Times article explains a newborn is not only capable of recognizing her mother’s voice over others but also prefers speech patterns specific to the language heard in the womb. These findings don’t mean that moms should obsessively read dictionaries aloud into their bellies or over baby’s crib. Dr. Anne Cutler, a researcher cited in the Times article explains, “Talk to your baby…Your baby is picking up useful knowledge about language even though they’re not actually learning words… they’re still storing up useful knowledge whenever they hear speech.”


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It seems like stress and anxiety are running rampant in today’s world. While we can and should practice slowing down by way of meditation, exercise and mindfulness, what we ingest plays a significant role in how stress can affect us. Many foods are biochemically altered and contain chemicals, artificial ingredients and other harmful substances, which physiologically make a person’s body feel anxious. Even more concerning is the fact that many of our kids are absorbing these ingredients on a regular, if not daily, basis. Considering their impact on growing bodies, it becomes more important that we adjust our lifestyle. Top offenders that medical professionals have identified include processed foods as a whole, but in particular: sugar; caffeine; MSG (monosodium glutamate); high-fructose corn syrup (found in everything from ketchup to donuts); and refined white carbs like pasta, white bread, sugary drinks and salt, which raises the heart rate and boosts adrenaline. Alternatively, while the above foods should be avoided, there are a wealth of wholesome and natural foods that actually help curb anxiety and nervousness. by Danielle Sullivan Whole Grains. If you are not allergic to wheat or suffer from Celiac Disease, whole grains, such as whole grain bread and pasta, offer a double whammy to stomp out anxiety. First of all, they contain tryptophan, a precursor to the neurotransmitter Serotonin in the brain, which produces a calming effect. Secondly, whole grains contain magnesium. Magnesium deficiency often leads to anxiety. Blueberries. Neuroscientist Dr. Philip J Ebenezer recently published his findings on blueberries in the American Physiological Society. Dr. Ebenezer discovered that blueberries boost serotonin and not only aid in soothing anxiety but also work to help lessen post-traumatic stress disorder PTSD. Almonds. Almonds are one of the healthiest snacks to eat, hands down. In addition to containing magnesium and B RECIPES! vitamins (a vitamin B deficiency can also cause anxiety and Check out some delicious nervousness as well as twitching), almonds contain selenium, recipes for expecting moms on which has been linked to relieving stress. page 42. Kefir. This fermented dairy drink helps align gut bacteria. Many of today’s ailments including stress, anxiety and nervousness are attributed to having unbalanced gut bacteria. Kefir promotes a healthy gut biome, as does sauerkraut and Greek yogurt (with live cultures). Tea. Tea might bring you mentally back to thoughts of relaxation and maybe even to childhood and being pampered, but green tea does even more. It contains amino acid L-theanine, which helps lower heart rate and blood pressure. Chamomile tea has similar compounds to Valium and works to reduce stress. Good nutrition is the basis for good health, including stress management; but practicing mindful relaxation techniques also helps. Don’t underestimate the power of taking a walk, chatting with a friend or turning up the music and just dancing. Good mental health is a combination of many things. Beginning with your family’s nutrition is a very good start. 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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Your Parenting Questions Answered My child constantly uses negative phrases such as, “I don’t like you mom.” How should we handle and respond to these? Most kids will say this occasionally when frustrated or not getting their way. I don’t know how old your child is (teens easily say things like this), but if he is doing this a lot, you want to wonder what keeps it going. It could be as simple as he doesn’t know that this hurts your feelings. If that is the case, you want to sit down with him and express your feelings, and tell him that he needs to stop. If it is a matter that your child is upset and frustrated at the time, you need to let him know that he needs to express his feelings with different words. The goal here is helping your child realize that words can hurt. Often, the key element is about what to do after he says something like this. Is there some kind of “pay-off” or reward for your child? Perhaps you give in to what he wants, or you are nicer after because you feel bad. See if you can pin this down. If there is some “pay-off,” you want to eliminate it, and simply ignore the remark at the time. But you also want to solve the underlying problem if there is one. Here, you talk with your child about the situation, “You seemed upset before by Bob Taibbi and said you hate me. I don’t want you to say that, but I want to understand what got you so upset. Can you tell me what bothered you so much?” Then listen and see if you both can come up with a plan. Finally, if you suspect your child is copying what your partner or others in the family are saying or how they are verbally treating you, you want to direct your conversation towards them. If you need help doing this, consider getting some support and ideas through a counselor or another professional you trust. How can I help my fifth grader be less greedy? All I seem to hear these days is “I want” and “the other kids have it.” Kids do feel the peer pressure even in the fifth grade, and it usually gets worse as they enter their adolescent years. If you want to put the brakes on greedy behavior, there are a few things you can do. One is to start with clear consequences for such behavior. If he or she demands and complains more than normal, put clear consequences on the verbiage—that you will take away computer Email your parenting time, etc. If it is about having material items, you may set a concerns and queries to rule saying when they get something new, they need to give something away to charity. Yours might be included in The best route, however, is ongoing prevention, and that can an upcoming issue! involve a number of things. If you, on a good day, realize your kids are getting spoiled or that you have a hard time saying “no,” you want to drill down on what keeps you from saying “no.” You may need to set limits on what your kids get from grandparents and other family members, too. You also want to role model by not being materialistic yourself, and helping your child understand the thought process you have to go through to acquire something. It may be a good idea to have kids buy what they want by doing chores and earning money toward their purchase, or actually saving up for it. Finally, you want to be clear about your own values. Kids will always test your limits as a way of discovering where the limits stand. Take some time to determine your own values about acquiring things and their priorities, and then be clear with your children about them.


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Sports & Anxiety Identifying and Managing Our Athlete’s Stress

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As youth athletics become more and more competitive, there is more and more pressure for students to perform and achieve better than their personal best every time they are on the field, track, court or pool. Late practices and backpacks loaded with homework lead to poor sleep and leave little time for relaxation and stress relieving activities. All of this strain can reach a tipping point on game day and lead to very real physical symptoms. Athletes suffering from sports anxiety can develop an increased heart rate, muscle failure and the very scary feeling of shortness of breath, making this seem very much like an asthma attack to onlookers and the child. A visit with your primary care physician can often be very helpful in differentiating and treating the two conditions. Asthma presents most often in by Sarah E. Knight, MD early childhood and can be associated with eczema and allergies. It is typically diagnosed after wheezing is heard on an exam. Wheezing is the noise made by trying to force air out of inflamed and narrowed airways. Things such as colds, smoke, allergies and, for some children, exercise can trigger the airway narrowing. However, athletes with asthma can also develop sports anxiety, which can lead to confusion for both families and doctors. Sometimes a trial of a medicine to treat asthma or further evaluation with pulmonary function testing conducted after exercising on a treadmill or bike can be extremely helpful. Probably most important is a trusting relationship between your child and his or her doctor so that they feel comfortable talking about any pressures that they may be feeling. Try these tips for doing away with those high stress causers in your family 1. Help your child use their time wisely by finding a quiet place without distractions to work on schoolwork. MORE RESOURCES 2. Although not popular with students, health care professionals For more online health recommend keeping phones plugged in somewhere else in the information, Pediatric house while finishing homework and getting to bed. Associates of Charlottesville 3. Nutritious meals can help improve your child’s energy and recommends visiting their mood. Stock up on healthy snacks such as nuts or cheese website and and fruit and utilize time savers such as crock pots to avoid having to stop and eat fast food on the way home from practice or a game. 4. Finally, be alert to signs of stress and anxiety such as irritability, trouble sleeping, changes in appetite, poor school performance and impaired relationships. Any athlete is at risk for letting stress build up, which is why it is important to take steps to prevent and address anxiety before it becomes an issue. Time management is a challenge for all of us, and athletes can be under extreme pressures to try to balance sports and academics. And remember, when we as parents model good composure during stressful situations, we are ultimately teaching our young athletes to do the same.

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“I grow plants for many reasons: to please my eye by or David to please my Lerman soul; to challenge the elements or to challenge my patience; for novelty or for nostalgia; but mostly for the joy of seeing them grow.” – David—Leyla HobsonAcaroglu

hanging plants indoors

Focusing on Form & Function

by David Lerman

The sun streams through my living room windows, lighting up hanging baskets of pothos and burrows-tail, creating labyrinthian shadow patterns on the couch. Though outdoors beckons with a green hand, there’s no reason not to bring plants into your home and enjoy your pleasures year round. Hanging indoor plants have many other benefits beyond the aesthetic.


Most obviously, hanging plants are great air purifiers. Since air quality indoors is often less than that outdoors, use your plants to scrub the air. NASA recognized this long ago and published an easily found list of the best plant air scrubbers. Spider plant, for instance, is remarkably easy to grow and removes formaldehyde (carpet and upholstery, dish detergents) and xylene (plastics, detergents, synthetic fibers). Golden Pothos and English Ivy are other hardy examples while Boston Ferns do the same but are more finicky to grow.

Some plants are toxic, of course, and families with young children or incautious pets would be wise to be aware of snake plants, philodendron, euphorbia and jade. Interestingly, aloe plant makes the list. While the gel is edible, even beneficial, other parts of the plant can cause vomiting or diarrhea. If hanging these plants, remove them from the reach of young children, and some pets. Of course, maybe you just want to add beauty without considering function. Some of my favorites are those that flower,

Many homes rely on humidifiers or dehumidifiers in different seasons, but hanging plants can help in this regard naturally, specifically, English Ivy and Peace Lily (white anthurium). Another interesting and attractive option is Tillandsia. An “air plant,” it doesn’t need to be rooted in soil and the roots provide visual interest.

like highly variegated begonias, cape primrose or jasmine. Also consider succulents Sansevieria, Ragwort vine and delicate Strings of Pearl. Hanging plants give you another reason to purchase beautiful planters from local artisans. You can think of them as vertical and growing sculptures.

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Happy Mother’s Day! Winner of the 2nd Annual Mother’s Day Essay Contest

by Courtney Britt


May 2017

Being a mother is loud work,

planning their next camping adventure. I

I can hear her singing songs when she’s

can hear his music through his ear buds,

really supposed to be sleeping. I can hear

and silence is hard to come by most days.

even though I’ve told him too many times

the creak of his bed when he turns in for

Only once they are asleep is the house

to count that it’s too loud. I can hear our

the evening. I can hear her squealing at

quiet. Ironically, it is always too quiet. But,

daughter clunking through the house in

the cat because she wants to play with

it’s in that silence that I can take the time

her dress-up shoes, and then I can hear

him, even though I tell her she’s going to

to enjoy being a mother. It’s the best part

her falling on the floor as she spins around

scare him because she’s being too loud.

of being a mother—the silence.

one too many times and falls down. I can

Being a mother is loud work.

In the silence, I can isolate all of

hear her loudly proclaim to everyone she

At the end of the day, these noises

the noise from that day, and it’s not

passes that she is, indeed, a princess. Yes,

don’t seem too loud. They’re no longer


being a mother is loud work.

overwhelming and exhausting. They’re






clicking away on his keyboard or playing

I can hear his footsteps coming down

reminders that my children are happy

his favorite video game. I can hear our

the hall in the morning to ask what he

and safe. And it’s in that silence, that I

daughter squealing as her brother chases

can have for breakfast. I can hear the

can take the time to enjoy being a mother.

after her … soft, quick footsteps followed

water running in his bathroom and know

It’s the best part of being a mother—the

by louder, slower footsteps. I can hear the

that he’s awake and getting ready for

silence … the deafening silence.

giggling when he catches her. I can hear

school. I can hear the two of them pass

her sweetly talking to all her princesses,

“I love you” back and forth before he gets

and asking them what their names are. I

on the bus. I can hear him giggling from

can hear him excitedly talking to his dad,

his room, watching his favorite show, and

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{inspiration mother’s day} Words & Photos by Jennifer Carroll

Rose Scented

bath bombs Treat Mom to A Little Luxury

1 There are many ways you could package these to make them special, like this one in a beautiful petite teacup. Enjoy!


3&4 I’ve recently discovered the simple pleasure of making your own sumptuous bath products. Lush-inspired DIY Rose Scented Bath Bombs only require a few ingredients to make, but once you gather them, they are fun and simple! Best of all, they make a charming gift that you can personalize in so many ways – perfect for Mother’s Day! INGREDIENTS AND SUPPLIES: • 1 cup Baking Soda • ½ cup Citric Acid • ½ cup Epsom Salt • 3 tsp. Almond Oil


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5 • 2 tsp. Essential Rose Oil or Rose Extract • 1 tsp. Water • Drops of Food Coloring • Bowl • Whisk INSTRUCTIONS: 1. Combine the DRY ingredients. Set aside. 2. Place liquid ingredients in a small jar to mix. 3. Add your food coloring one drop at a time (remember it will get lighter as you mix it into your dry ingredients).

6 4. Add the wet ingredients a little at a time. I would add a little less than what is shown here so you don’t get fizzing. 5. Whisk the ingredients together and press into your mold. I used a stainless steel mold and am really happy with it. 6. Fill both halves of the mold and press them together. 7. Give it a light tap, and then remove one side. Flip over and remove the other half. 8. Set it gently aside and let dry for at least 24 hours. This is key. Once they dry and are totally set, you can package them up.

Silicone Bee Mold Goat’s Milk Soap - Lavender Essential Oil

The secret to the simplicity of this recipe is this Goat’s Milk Soap. It reminds me of melting chocolate because you basically treat it the same way. It comes in a giant block, you break or chop off however much you need and then you place it in a microwave-safe bowl. Place that in the microwave for 40 seconds to one minute. Give it a stir with a wooden spoon, and then microwave for another 30-40 seconds, or until it is all melted. It will look like milk. At this point, you need to work fast because it begins to set up again right away. So, if you want to add a scent, do it right now. I added about 20 drops of lavender essential oil; use more or less depending on the potency you desire. Stir to combine. If you want them to be plain, then you are done. Begin pouring the milky mix into the silicone mold. I made some with just the oil, and then I decided to add lavender buds to others. If you want to add an extra element like the buds, add those in at the same time as the oil; and then pour your mix into the molds. Allow it to set; it doesn’t take long. They’re ready to un-mold when they are no longer jiggly. When I went to clean the bowl that I had melted the soap into, the mix had hardened. I was about to wash it in the sink when I realized I could just peel it off and mold it into a ball with my hands, and while it’s not pretty, it’s still functional soap - waste not! These soaps are beautifully displayed on a pretty plate by your sink, but they also make sensational gifts. Hostess gifts, favors, teacher appreciation, holidays such as Mother’s Day, and many other reasons, this idea is hard to beat.

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{inspiration mother’s day} Eating for 2 - Keeping Both of You & Baby in Mind by Rita P. Smith

Orzo Salad with Black Beans Ingredients

Cook Time: 10 minutes

4 Servings


• 1 medium yellow onion, diced

1. Spray a large nonstick skillet with vegetable oil spray. Add

• 1 medium garlic clove, minced

onion and garlic clove. Cook over medium-high heat for 3

• 2 large red or yellow bell peppers, seeded and diced

minutes. Stir occasionally. Reduce heat to medium.

• ½ cup no-salt vegetable broth

2. Stir in peppers and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Add broth. Cook

• 1 cup frozen whole-kernel corn

until peppers are very soft (about 5 minutes). Stir in corn. Heat

• 2 cups cooked whole-grain orzo

through, about 1 to 2 minutes.

• 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

3. In large bowl, combine red wine vinegar, olive oil, cumin,

• 2 teaspoons olive oil

turmeric and red pepper flakes. Stir in black beans, bell pepper

• 1 teaspoon ground cumin

mixture and orzo. Serve warm or at room temperature.

• ½ teaspoon powdered turmeric • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes • 1 (15 oz.) can drained, rinsed black beans


Prep. Time: 15 minutes

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A variety of vegetables can be included instead of the greens. Try making it with diced pepper, small broccoli and cauliflower florets, or grated zucchini and carrots.

High Protein Fritatta Ingredients

Prep. Time:

Cook Time:


15 minutes

30 minutes




• 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided

1. Preheat oven to 350°.

• 1 medium red onion, finely diced

2. In a large ovenproof skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of oil over

• Pinch of red pepper flakes

medium-high heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, until soft (about

• 1 pound chopped mixed greens (such as kale, Swiss chard

4 minutes). Add pepper flakes and greens. Cook until wilted and

or mustard greens)

crisp-tender (about 5 minutes). Transfer to a bowl.

• 10 large eggs

3. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, Parmesan and pepper

• 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese

until smooth. Add greens, vinegar and ricotta. Stir to combine.

• ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

4. In reserved skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of oil over medium heat.

• 1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar

Pour egg-cheese-vegetable mixture into pan, and cook until the

• 8 ounces part-skim ricotta cheese

sides are set (about 8 minutes). Transfer to oven and bake until

• 1/3 cup pesto

completely set (about 15 minutes).

Healthy Tip Your physical and mental happiness go a long way towards your pregnancy experience.

5. Remove frittata from oven and invert onto serving platter. Slice into 8 wedges, and serve with pesto.

Rita, MS, RD, CDE, is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital who has worked for over 37 years in the field of nutrition and disease prevention.

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Car Seat Safety Keeping Your Precious Cargo Safe

Did you know 3 out of 4 car seats are installed incorrectly? And 7 out of 10 kids in child safety seats are not properly buckled in? Be sure to read both the car seat instruction manual and your vehicle’s owner manual before installing your child’s car seat, so you can keep your precious cargo safe!

Selecting a Safety Seat The best child restraint: • is comfortable and is correct for your child’s age, weight, physical development and maturity level;

School-aged Children (Ages 8–12) – Booster Seats: • All children whose weight or height exceeds the forward-facing limit should use a belt-positioning booster seat until the vehicle seat belt fits properly, typically when they have reached 4 feet 9 inches in height. These seats must be used with both lap and shoulder belts.

• and is less than 6 years old and has a

Older Children – Seat Belts:

known history and recall status.

• When children are old enough and

Infants & Toddlers – Rear-facing only or

large enough for the vehicle seat belt to

Rear-facing convertible:

fit them correctly, they should always use

a rear-facing seat until they are at least 1 year of age and at least 20 pounds. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends staying rear facing until 2 years old. Make sure to recline a rearfacing safety seat to the proper angle— never more than 45 degrees.

Toddlers & Preschoolers – Convertible or Forwardfacing with harness: • Children who have outgrown the rearfacing weight or height limit (typically over 1 year of age and weighing more than 20 pounds) should use a forwardfacing seat with a harness for as long as possible—up to the highest height and weight allowed by their car seat manufacturer.

lap and shoulder seat belts for the best protection. The seat belt should lie across the upper thighs and be snug across the shoulder and chest; it should not rest on the stomach area or across the neck or face. All children younger than 13 years of age should ride in the backseat.

Local Safety-Seat Inspection Stations Many Fire Departments and Police Stations offer a Child Safety-Seat Inspection Program free of charge. This program provides appointments for education and installation that are designed to teach the public how to properly secure their safety seat and fasten children in the seat. The department will also inspect a safety seat that is currently installed in the vehicle. Investing just 20 minutes in this

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Virginia Laws: • Child passenger safety laws require all children through the age of 7 (until their 8th birthday) to be properly secured in a child safety seat or booster seat, regardless of weight or height. • Rear-facing child restraint devices must be placed in the back seat of a vehicle. In the event the vehicle does not have a back seat, the child restraint device may be placed in the front passenger seat only if the vehicle is either not equipped with a passenger side airbag or the passenger side airbag has been deactivated.

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the rear cargo area of vehicles.

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(though all women should consult their

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pregnant, but there are plenty of

physicians first), and some suggestions

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excellent exercises and stretches you

on exercises for moms-to-be include

instance, according to ACOG, it can:

can do, and even at home. For the

walking, stationary cycling, low-impact

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The Best Score: Tackling Tests How to Parent Your Child to Test Well by Cabell Guy

I have a rather distinct memory of sitting down in Mr. Baylor’s eighth grade

of the class period was over, and I knew I was in a world of trouble.

English class ready to take a test about

Sure enough, one week later, the test

one of the books we were required to

was handed back and the dreaded, “See

read. It may have been Where the Red

me,” was written at the top in bright

Fern Grows or A Separate Peace, but at

red ink. No letter grade, just that stark

this stage of my life I cannot recall. I do,

note that foreshadowed the fact that I

however, have a clear memory of the

would not be playing any Nintendo that

test being handed out right after I sat

weekend. Sorry, Princess Zelda.

at my desk. That 13-year-old version of

A lot has changed in education

me was confident. I had read the book,

since those days, but tests are still

I had underlined key passages, and I

very much a part of everyday life for

knew the rising action, the falling action

students. Leaning how to take a test

and the climax. In short, I was good to

is an important skill set that students

go. I felt good on the multiple choice

need to develop over time. As testing

questions; but when I came to the first

becomes more and more important in

discussion question, my mind was a

the older grades, it is no surprise that

complete blank. I sat in that desk for at

test anxiety starts to creep in. Doubting

least 10 minutes trying to make sense of

one’s own ability to do well seems to

the question. My brain had betrayed me.

be an unforeseen rite of passage as

By the time my pen touched the paper, ¾

we go through school. That self-doubt


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Julie Lindenbaum and Maria Ellis, first

makes them question their own ability to

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answer the questions correctly. Welcome

School, suggest that parents can support

to the wonderful world of test anxiety – a

teachers by going over information for

real source of frustration for many of our

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take the test.”

education to help prepare students for

Ann Lancaster, another teacher at

tests. Albemarle County Public Schools

Hollymead, suggests practicing word

(ACPS) and Charlottesville City Schools

study nightly and trying different ways

(CCS) have been paying close attention

to make it fun for your child. If your child

to student stress and how anxiety affects

is stuck with the word list, try a different

our children. One cannot simply make

form of practice each night. One night,

test anxiety disappear, but there are

have your child say each word aloud and

certain strategies that can be reinforced

use it in an example sentence. Another

at home that can work in conjunction

night, ask your child to close his eyes

with what the schools are doing during

and visualize the word, and then spell

the academic day to help our children

the word out loud. Another night, make

succeed with testing. It is important to

it a game.

develop good study habits in elementary

My son is obsessed with Pokémon,

school and then to start to tweak

so we incorporate his weekly words into

those habits in middle school, allowing

an epic Pokémon battle on the way to

students to feel more confident when

school, where he has to spell three words

confronted with a big test.

in a row correctly to beat my Pokémon of choice. The goal is nightly practice, even


if it is for a very brief amount of time, so

Starting as early as Kindergarten and

that a routine becomes established. Don’t

first grade, students can start working to

put too much pressure on test taking at

develop testing skills. Depending on the

this age. Students make a lot of growth

school, most students get spelling words

throughout Kindergarten and first grade,

or word study starting in the first grade.

so it is important to acknowledge their

This will be the first chance parents


get to reinforce testing habits at home.

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FOURTH AND FIFTH GRADE These grades are especially important to start reinforcing the study habits that will carry over to the middle school level. By now, some testing routines have been established. In fifth grade, students add on two more SOL subjects: science and history. In addition, students will have to study for class tests and quizzes, performance



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elementary grades are seen throughout middle school. Middle school introduces students to a larger testing load as they navigate from class to class. The test taking strategies that parents help teach throughout elementary school may need

modification to help students make the

using the correct information. When we

what their friends might think or about

habits their own. Independence is the

realize that we had something wrong and

disappointing their parents. Do the best

hallmark of middle school, and your child

then we connect our misconception with

you can to take that pressure off of them.

is going to push back on the routines you

correct information, it is a very powerful

While tests are an important part of

helped established in previous years, so


school, they are just one measure of a

be ready to let them have a voice.

Laura Watlock, a math teacher at

child’s ability to do well. Even colleges do

Parents can help their middle school

Buford Middle School, reminds her

not see SOL scores; they only care about

child by encouraging to try new ways

students before a test not to focus so

whether a child has earned the verified

to preparing for a test. Remember that

much about earning a “pass advanced”

credit for a class. At any age along the

study space your child needed when

or perfect score, just focus on doing

way, if your son or daughter starts

they were younger? Instead of relying on

your best. “If you are not sure of an

showing signs of test anxiety, do your

that space, have your child try studying

answer, don’t spend a lot of time on the

best to help them through it. Talk to their

in different rooms, or tell them to study

question. Choose what you think is the

teacher or the school counselor to look

their flashcards outside. We have all sat

best answer and move on.” Right before

for strategies that you may have missed.

through a test where there were a lot of

a big test (assuming your child has not

Working together with the school, you

distractions, such as a coughing student

put off studying until the last minute),

will be able to help your child test well

or loud halls, so shake up the study

Watlock suggests trying to do something

and set them up for success once they

environment so that your child feels

together as a family, such as a game or

get to high school.

comfortable with the material no matter

cooking dinner together. This will help

the setting. If your child needs a partner

relieve some of the stress your child may

to study with, help quiz them. As Moya

be feeling and helps reinforce the idea

suggests, “Make them explain the answer

that you are confident in their ability to

in their own words, and then give them

do well on the test.

immediate feedback about what they had

The bottom line is that children can

right and what they had wrong. If they

be hyper critical of their own failures.

had part of the answer wrong – ask them

Not only are they worried that they

to restate it again in their own words

might not perform well, but they fear

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Triple C Camp Celebrates 18 Seasons of Fun


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It was a sunny, warmish, late-winter day when I found myself at Triple C Camp. Leafless branches split the sky into shapes of crystal blue overhead. The woodsy cabins, dining hall and Nature Center matched the bare trees. Even in the sparest winter setting, you could see why Libby and “H” Rothenberg fell in the love with the place 18 years ago. It was also easy to understand why, after graduating college, their daughter Eryn, who grew up here, has returned as a fulltime staff member. She is also known as the Princess of the office, having done just about everything there is to partake in at Triple C. A





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before he threw his hat in the ring for a summer camp job in America. The course to build participants’ teamwork skills as well as to urge them to achieve goals and overcome fear through supported risktaking. Ropes courses, a climbing wall that leads to a zipline, and a number of other team-building and goal-oriented challenges span over the property. One of the low elements challenge is called Toxic Waste, where evenly spaced posts circle an object in the middle. Campers have to work together to pull the ropes on each post to try to hook the object. The point, says Travis, “is just gaining the basics of communication. More often than not, you find the leaders of the group, and you find the supporters. If one person isn’t included, then often time the group can’t achieve the end result. So they have to work as a team.” Another feature, the zipline, “is often

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in her native Australia is horseback riding, and she’s been a specialist at the barn for program director this summer. “I’ve been riding my whole life,” she says. So she, like many of the campers, thinks of the barn as “a pretty awesome place to be.” In Colt Camp, participating campers get to specialize in riding, which means they ride twice a day and engage in a variety of other horse-related activities. “Ninety percent of having a horse is actually caring for it,” Kasey says, so campers learn to feed, groom and care for them along with

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says, “About 10 percent are completely

continued on pg 66

experience with animals. In fact, Libby environmentally inexperienced. They’ve

never touched dirt or held a worm.” So of course some campers have never touched a horse. Triple




by choice,” was chosen to serve as encouragement to campers to try a variety of things. But they are supported just as much if they choose to pass on an opportunity. When campers are ready to get up close with the horses, “We get them hands on as soon as possible,” Kasey says, “and take them through the steps, learning how to best get on a horse and handle them.” Purple and Gold time is another favorite event for campers. The camp colors are purple and gold, and all staff belongs to either the Purple or the Gold team. Each afternoon, the two teams compete in various ways for an audience of campers, “whether it’s an egg and spoon race or free throws, or something totally crazy,” says Libby. Campers can change allegiances, but for the staff, she says, “once you’re a Gold team member, you’re always a Gold team member.” Purple and Gold time is also a time for


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throughout camp. At the horse barn,

The rules are also all phrased in a

to do rather than what not to do,” he says,

“We try and make a positive action out

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of something,” says Kasey. “So, things like

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degrees; the sun was shining; and every

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emphasis on sustainable living; education

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about animal adaptations and food webs;

Libby is also a registered nurse and H’s

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background was in elementary education.

been falling in love with the spot, too, and







water cycles and watersheds; wildlife

leaf was the perfect color. We knew this was the spot for us.”

with the Triple C way of life.

and their ecosystems; and experiential science. According to Libby, in both cases, this learning is “all done through hands-on opportunities and experiential techniques.” As anyone could see, much has changed since the 1950s, when the Baptist Archdiocese of Richmond called the place

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Parent Like a Coach UVA Baseball Coach Kevin McMullan reveals how being a coach has made him a better parent by Eric J. Wallace


nlike most of us, when it comes

as something of a surprise. Namely, what

to the fine art of parenting, University of

struck him was the degree of commitment

Virginia Associate Head Baseball Coach

he felt and expressed toward his players.

Kevin McMullan says he got a bit of a

“I was a coach for 9 years before we had

head-start, coaching college kids and

Maggie,” he says, referring to his wife,

young professionals for nearly a decade

Sandi, and their oldest daughter, who

before becoming a father. A life-long sports

is now 15 years old. “As a coach, I’d been

aficionado, prior to becoming a coach he

privileged to basically be a stand-in father-

was an All-American football (linebacker)

figure for many players at poignant times



in their development, and sought to be

Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where



invested in all aspects of their lives as

he helped secure six championships split

much as I possibly could. But until I had a

between the two teams. After three seasons

child, I didn’t realize the extent of it—how

spent playing with the New York Yankees

I’d become so conscientious about trying



to convey the right messages, which was

began when he accepted a position with his

because I’d had so much experience seeing

alma mater’s baseball team in 1993. Since

how powerful the words I spoke were,

then, he’s pursued the business of sports

how they impacted these kids’ physical,

for nearly 23 years, working for numerous

emotional and mental well being. I saw

collegiate and professional organizations—

I’d become very mindful about making

including the Atlanta Braves, St. John’s

sure I was not only clear and precise

University and East Carolina University—

with my language, but that I was being

before joining the Cavaliers as a hitting

understood… I was and continue to be

coach and recruiting coordinator in 2003.

astounded by how similar the commitment





When asked about the overlap between coaching and parenting, the 49-year-old dad of three says the similarities came

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come from the fact he cares about them and believes in them tremendously. And because of this he builds relationships with his players that last a lifetime. Some of his dearest friends are former players.” To see just how closely related the two disciplines are for Kevin, it’s helpful to look at his respective philosophies for each, which have, through time, been distilled

into bite-sized aphoristic phrases. In

involve a can-do aphorism. “Kevin loves

terms of parenting, the idea is to “Love

quotes, daily encouragements or daily

them always, educate them often, let

jokes,” she says, chuckling. “It’s such

them know they are part of something

a part of his routine that, from a very

bigger than themselves, show them

early age, each of our three children

how to serve others, and repeat, repeat,

could recite his favorites. Even their

repeat!” Meanwhile, regarding coaching,

friends and classmates picked them up,

it’s “Tell them how to, teach them how to,

as they’d visit and, of course, he’d share

show them how to, let them do and then

them with them, too.”

adjust where need be. Repeat.” While





the former may focus a bit more on the

“Good better best, never ever rest, until

emotional spectrum, both are rooted in a

the good is better and the better is best,”

hands-on experiential approach.

offers 15-year-old Maggie. Or, “You never

“My feeling is parents should allow

see what you’re not looking for,” adds

their kids to experience success and

Emma, age 13. And, “The only thing that

failure so that they can be equipped for

follows a day off, is an off day,” says Jack,

the real world,” says Kevin, qualifying

who is 12.

his methods. “As a coach and as a dad,







I try to pull from my own experience

McMullan—or “Mac,” as his players

and offer pertinent teaching examples


that they can internalize and make their


own… I know firsthand that children

constantly whipping out savvy dictums.

who experience and manage failure tend

In fact, as a good-hearted prank, a group

to arrive at college more prepared to

of former players recently got together

handle the ups and downs on their own.”

and had a run of t-shirts printed up

According to Sandi, in either capacity,






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“When I’m home, I try to really just be there,” he says. “I want to give my full and undivided attention to my family.”


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three of our children complied!” As the statement humorously points out, the McMullans’ lives are more-or-less ruled by the collegiate baseball season. But for them, as it’s been that way since the beginning, it was less a matter of adjustment, more a simple fact of life. “How we met was we both had family summer homes at the beach in New Jersey and were introduced through mutual friends,” explains Sandi. “We were in our mid 30s at the time and were both ready to start a family. We ended up getting married and moving together to North Carolina, where Kevin was coaching for East Carolina University. There, in the first year of our marriage, we had Maggie. From the time she was just a few weeks old, she’d come with us to baseball games to recruit prospects or watch daddy’s teams play ball.” And the same proved true for

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him under their wing and have served as

the fall there are practices and additional

which is something she doubts people

amazing role models.” All this, McMullan

recruiting trips. But the kids and I are

would imagine when they think of a

says, has made the two’s job of stressing

pretty independent and, with the help

coach’s family life.

the importance of being both a student

of friends, we manage to get everyone to

“I think people see him on the field in

and an athlete infinitely easier.

their various sports and activities when

his professional capacity and probably

Kevin is away.”

just think of him as very serious and

However, beyond the long list of pros,


there are admittedly a few points of

Another thing that helps is the fact

tough,” says Sandi. “But for us, he’s just

friction. When compared to households

that, while McMullan is out on the road

this super loving, caring, compassionate

working a traditional nine-to-five, the

a lot, the family routinely attends home

man with a heart of gold who would do

McMullans are quick to point out they

games and travels to important away

anything in the world to make us smile.”

follow a very different kind of schedule.

games as well, including 2015’s College

In the end, while theirs is far from

During the on-season, McMullan’s

World Series in Omaha, New England. “As

your average run-of-the-mill existence,

professional responsibilities require a

a family, we’re huge sports fans, so it’s

Sandi, Kevin and the kids say they

Sunday through Monday weekend, with

an amazing opportunity for us to bond

wouldn’t have it any other way. “It’s our

mandatory family dinners observed on

together over something we love,” says

life, and we absolutely love it!”

Sundays and family time on Mondays.


The policy is meant to serve as a means

Despite the difficulties of dealing with

of making up for the time he spends

a demanding schedule, when he’s home,

on the road. “As a coach’s spouse, it’s

McMullan focuses his energy on being a

definitely easier to surround yourself with

great dad and husband. “When I’m home,

people who understand the job and its

I try to really just be there,” he says. “I want

demands,” says Sandi. “Kevin travels quite

to give my full and undivided attention

a bit during the season, is out recruiting

to my family.” As Sandi reiterates, this

for the majority of the summer, and in

entails a lot of cutting up and having fun,

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I had put in a long day of intensive tot wrangling, and it was time for a small treat I’d been promising myself—a quick trip to the post office, ALONE. But I made the mistake of mentioning my destination. “I’m going with you,” announced 3-year-old Sally. She went outside and climbed into the car, then sat expectantly in her car seat. A year earlier, the postmaster had given her a few jelly beans, so Sally never missed a chance to go back there just in case he’d

argues and cries. Then he yells, “You’re the meanest mommy in the world!” Everyone is looking at the two of you with disgust. This is the moment when you must not teach Junior that “no” really means “convince me.” 3. Be realistic. Understand the limitations of 2-yearolds and teenagers. When you tell a tot, “Stop that and come here,” he truly can’t. Go get him. When you ask a teenager, “Have you done your homework?” she will respond as if you had wondered, “Are you ready to go

feed her some more someday. I could probably pry her out with a tire iron, but there would be talk. So I quietly abandoned my errand and went back into the house. My wife Betsy read the situation and said, “Lure her out with a cookie.” A bribe? I wouldn’t! But Betsy hadn’t said, “bribe;” she’d said, “lure.” I got a cookie and wordlessly showed it to Sally. Once her eyes had locked onto it, I put the cookie on our front porch. Sally climbed out and made for the cookie. I jumped into the car and drove away. I looked back to see Sally sitting happily on the stoop eating the cookie. A bribe? A deal? Or just proof that an animal will follow food? You decide, but it is typical of my wife’s technique. That was almost 20 years ago, back when I was just starting to understand that my wife was much more than the college girl who had looked so delectable wrapped in a mint-green bed sheet. (We met at a toga party.) By paying close attention and by occasionally ignoring her advice, I’ve been able to distill her wisdom into “Betsy’s Seven Principles” for presentation here as an exquisitely practical Mother’s Day gift. 1. Sidestep a head-on collision of wills. The cookie out-pulls the crow bar. Offer choices and enticements instead of challenges. 2. When you say “no,” make it stick. You’re in the checkout lane. Junior wants candy. You say “no.” Junior

out with unsuitable companions and look for trouble?” Her answer will be, “Yes, and thanks for asking.” 4. Each child is unique. When Thomas Jefferson wrote, “All men are created equal,” he was thinking about human rights, not report cards, talent, honesty, thrift and who will live up to promises regarding the care and feeding of kittens. 5. Keep your ears open. There’s a fine line between listening and spying. A carload of chatty girls can tell you a lot when they forget you are at the wheel. So will a kid roaming around the house talking into a cell phone. My wife wouldn’t read a daughter’s diary, but she would, and did, recruit a stooge who can get her an occasional look at a daughter’s Facebook page. (Listening works better with girls. They tend to talk more—to friends and to parents. Boys are less communicative. But luckily, when a son is a teenager, his father knows what’s on a boy’s mind 58 minutes out of each hour, waking or dreaming.) 6. Save anger as a weapon of last resort. If you scream about every little thing, there’ll be a lot of screaming. Save it for the big stuff. A lion tamer has a whip, a chair and a revolver. The best ones know better than to shoot the lion every time they want to emphasize a point. Of course, a child is not a lion, so you probably shouldn’t use the whip or chair either. 7. Love them. A home runs on love the way Las Vegas runs on money. It makes the whole thing hum and click. Without it, everybody might as well sober up and leave.

A bribe? I wouldn’t! But Betsy hadn’t said, “bribe;” she’d said, “lure.”

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FARMINGTON ◆ $2,500,000 Superb construction and details in over 5,700 sq. ft., 4-bedroom, 5.5-bath residence. GenerWATERFRONT VIEWS! ◆ $1,285,000 ous great room/kitchen area, main level master. Lovely, very private 2 acres near clubhouse. Beautiful, custom-built contemporary on 21 acres overlooking the property’s 6-acre pond. Home features include: high ceilMLS#556297 Jim Faulconer 434.981.0076 ings and open kitchen and living areas; 1st-floor master suite plus 3 additional bedrooms; 3.5 baths; fully finished, walkout basement; 2-bay attached garage and an additional 2-bay detached garage; lovely terrace overlooking the property. All just minutes to Barracks Road and UVA. MLS#558837 Steve McLean 434.981.1863

WAYSIDE PLACE ◆ $1,075,000 Flawless renovation, great floor plan, coveted location! Gourmet kitchen, master bath with marble. Finished terrace level, beautiful gardens, terraces, walk to UVA. MLS#556612 Steve McLean 434.981.1863

HEART OF FREE UNION ◆ $750,000 5,500+/- square foot home on 5+ private acres in Free Union. Bright, open floor plan offers comfortable living on three levels. Beautiful, tranquil setting only 15 min. from town. MLS#558839 Steve McLean 434.981.1863

THE PINES ◆ $775,000 Brick residence on 7 acres offers comfortable living in a super, convenient location. Immaculate, 5-bedroom house has many upgrades. Minutes to Pantops, Downtown and UVA. MLS#530376 Charlotte Dammann 434.981.1250

HIDDEN HILLS ◆ $649,950 Custom home built in 2008 bordering Beaverdam Creek. Four bedrooms, 4 baths, 1st floor master, multi-purpose terrace level family room, 2-car garage. Beautiful rockwork and landscaping. MLS#559093 Betsy Swett 434.249.2922

WESTMORELAND ◆ $374,000 Beautifully maintained brick Ranch in movein condition located off Old Brook Road. The house offers a first-floor master, plus 2 more bedrooms, 3 full baths, two fireplaces, eat-in kitchen. Tim Michel 434.960.1124

TWIN CREEKS ◆ $2,500,000 Near Ivy, 181-acre sanctuary just 8 miles west of Charlottesville with panoramic views of Blue Ridge Mountains and two, dramatic contemporary homes with open floor plans and vaulted ceilings built by Shelter, master craftsman. This property boasts 15–20 open acres, Mechum’s River frontage, fantastic views, hiking trails, privacy and other magnificent building sites. MLS#559202 Jim Faulconer 434.981.0076

PARK STREET ◆ $1,175,000 Brick Colonial Revival which has not been available for sale for twenty four years. First floor has a bright, spacious family room with fireplace and bay window looking to the rear yard, living and dining rooms, kitchen, pantry, sun room & full bath. Upstairs is a large master suite and four additional bedrooms. 1-car garage that could also be a studio. A private oasis yet walk to the downtown mall. MLS#554315 Charlotte Dammann 434.981.1250


WEST LEIGH!! ◆ $675,000 A classic, close-in, 1-level with a full basement and lots of nice square footage here. 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, great kitchen opens to family room and a sunroom. 3 fireplaces, 2.5 acres, as so much more. MLS#559174 Dora Conway 434.825.5742

HEART OF IVY ◆ $524,500 Amazing brick home in a quiet neighborhood with 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, living and dining rooms, family room with fireplace, eat-in kitchen, art studio, and a great yard. Western Schools. MLS#556964 Tim Michel 434.960.1124



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