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TOWN Do you talk with your kids about stories in the news? 74% say “yes” 26% say “no” “We have three kids, one in high school, one in middle and a first grader. And, yes, we talk to them about news stories—at age appropriate levels—but we want them to be civic-minded and engaged as they grow up.” – Dani N., Earlysville, mother of three “We are in a media-driven society—our kids are school-age and they will hear about it or read the news somewhere. We want to be sure we are sharing our thoughts about events and also making sure they feel safe.” – Mom to four busy youngsters “Yes we do have conversations in the morning before school about the news when they ask questions. I’m a strong believer in asking questions, so we try our best to answer to the best of our abilities. It’s good to teach, ‘if you don’t ask you don’t know,’ whether it’s the news, homework, life, etc.” – Shelly B., Barboursville, mother of two girls

“I really don’t watch/listen to the news much. It’s too depressing most of the time. If my 6-year-old happens to overhear something, I’ll answer her questions about it.” – Whitney A., Keswick, mom of three “Kids have plenty of time to worry about adult issues; let them be kids while they can.” – K M., Lovingston, mother of five (kids ages 3–23) “My children are young (ages 8, 4 and 2). Seems like we should let them be children without introducing the world’s issues too early, the struggle to worry comes soon enough.” – Lindsay “I try to shelter their young minds as long as I can. Some things they don’t need to know or worry about.” – Jenny

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November 2017

Renaissance’s Business Idea Winners Renaissance School recently announced the winners of its student-generated start-up business contest. Amidst their business class’s curriculum, students had to come up with a business idea to enter into the contest. An example of one of the winners was Echo, a luxury shopping social media app. The other winning business ideas included: Youseum, custom collection displays; Theatyr, a theater live-stream app; Ren Motor Works, a super-cooled performance motor engine; PYQ International, an international exchange program; and Music Space, a musician collaboration platform. The winning groups will be leading teams of three in the developing of robust business plans, where they will have to mock pitch to local funding sources, such as grants, banks and private investors.

CharlottesvilleFamily's BLOOM November 2017  

Volume 18 Issue 11

CharlottesvilleFamily's BLOOM November 2017  

Volume 18 Issue 11