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We’re so glad you’re here and hope you find lots of useful parenting resources! New content is added daily, especially in the Charlottesville calendar of events. The calendar includes theatre performances, library events, festivals, museum exhibits and more all over Central Virginia. We started this award-winning publication in 1998 and couldn’t be prouder to see how families continue to count on us to help “Make Parenting Easier & Growing Up Fun!” 

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HEALTH
Sweet Baby Sounds

NEWBORN CRIES & FLEETING MOMENTS IN TIME A stranger’s passing comment kept pulling me back [...]

Diaper Bag Checklist

PACKING LISTS FOR BABY, TODDLER & MOM, ALL-IN-ONE The digital age has unburdened us from [...]

Expecting a Baby This Winter?

TAKE STEPS TO PROTECT YOUR NEWBORN AGAINST RESPIRATORY ILLNESS Respiratory illnesses like the Flu, COVID-19 [...]

Does Your Child Need Braces?

TIPS ON TAKING CARE OF YOUR KID’S MOUTH As your little ones get older, their [...]

Sleep Apps for Kids

6 APPS TO HELP WITH BEDTIME ROUTINE & SLEEP With the start of the school [...]

10 Ways to Work With Picky Eaters

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Essential Oils That Repel Ticks

LOCAL EXPERT ADVICE AND EASY IDEAS TO HELP REPEL TICKS & MOSQUITOES Warmer weather is here, [...]

Creating a Family Fitness Plan

HOW TO CREATE A PLAN TO KEEP YOU FAMILY ACTIVE THIS YEAR Parents undoubtedly live [...]

EDUCATION
Raising a Polite Child

TIPS FOR TEACHING KIDS MANNERS “Please; thank you; how do you do?” In our fast-paced, [...]

Tired Tales at Bedtime

ONE DAD’S BEDTIME STORIES FOR HIS DAUGHTERS “Can’t we have separate stories?” My 8-year-old daughter, [...]

Brian Calhoun, Creator of the Famous TinkerTar

Meet The Founder of TinkerTar and Chickapig Charlottesville area native, Brian Calhoun is perhaps best [...]

Black History Month Books for Kids

CHILDREN’S BOOKS FOR TEACHING ABOUT BLACK HISTORY MONTH Reading with your children is one of [...]

Tips on Being A Great Homework Parent

CHARLOTTESVILLE TEACHER SHARES TIPS WITH PARENTS ON HOW TO HELP WITH HOMEWORK In the book, [...]

Family-Friendly Volunteer Ideas

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8 Children’s Books to Read This Grandparents’ Day

TOP 8 CHILDREN’S BOOKS CELEBRATING GRANDPARENTS Grandparents’ Day is the second Sunday in September each [...]

Educational Apps & Websites for Kids

THE BEST APPS & WEBSITES TO KEEP KIDS LEARNING With technology being such a big [...]

KIDS REC/FAMILY FUN
The Best Zoos & Aquariums in Virginia

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A Dozen Spring Daytrip Ideas

12 FAMILY-FRIENDLY DAYTRIP IDEAS IN THE CHARLOTTESVILLE AREA THIS SPRING Take advantage of the warmer [...]

You & Your Little Yogi

YOGA POSES FOR EVERYONE IN THE FAMILY There are few absolute truths in life, but [...]

Valentine DIY: Easy-Peasy Card & Doily Envelope

DIY VALENTINE AND DOILY ENVELOPE I love making “pretty” things, but as a mom and [...]

Snow Tubing Fun

7 PLACES FOR SNOW TUBING IN VIRGINIA Take advantage of the cold wintry weather in [...]

6 Favorite Holiday Daytrips in Virginia

FAMILY FUN FOR ALL AGES TO SEE HOLIDAY LIGHTS & ATTRACTIONS From cookie decorating to [...]

Top 8 Holiday Events in Charlottesville

FAMILY-FRIENDLY TRIPS TO SEE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS, HOLIDAY PLAYS, CREATE CRAFTS & MORE Any time of [...]

Charlottesville-Area Tree Farms

FIND THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS TREE WITH THIS LOCAL ROUND-UP This year, enjoy venturing out of [...]

FOOD & HOME
Greek Easter Bread Recipe

CREATING AN EGG-CELLENT TREAT FOR THE FAMILY It’s always a dilemma in my house as [...]

A Mompreneur and the Family Cookie Business

Laura Shares Her Typical Mompreneur Day I wake up at 5 am, and make sure [...]

Three Hearty Soup Recipes

3 HEARTY SOUPS TO HELP YOUR FAMILY THROUGH THE WINTER Busy families need plenty of [...]

I (Heart) Pancakes

HEART-SHAPED PANCAKES: A DELICIOUS WAY TO SAY “I LOVE YOU” When I created this recipe, [...]

Growing Greens All Winter

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Easy Organizing

4 FUNCTIONAL & FREE OF CLUTTER HOME PROJECTS Our home is our oasis and personal [...]

The Ultimate Christmas Cookie Recipe

CHRISTMAS COOKIE COMFORT FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY   Let’s face it, the holidays can be [...]

Easy Roast Turkey Recipe

AN EASY ROAST TURKEY RECIPE & OTHER IDEAS Each year, our lovely staff shares personal, [...]

THINGS TO DO

LEARNING FUN

ESPECIALLY FOR TEENS

ARTS & CRAFTS

ON STAGE & SCREEN

RESOURCES TO HELP YOU

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