Author Archives: Ellen Sewell

siblings with a golden retriever on their laps

The Benefits of Children Having A Pet

WHAT CHILDREN CAN LEARN FROM AN ANIMAL COMPANION The sheer joy of a bouncy dog greeting you upon your return home…the comfort of a cat nestled against your legs as you drift off to sleep…Pets can be great friends, and growing up with animal companions can be an incredibly rewarding experience for children. Here are […]

kids trick-or-treating

Trick-or-Treating Tips & Fun

CELEBRATING HALLOWEEN IN CHARLOTTESVILLE It’s hard to believe October and the holiday hoopla are already here. We’ve pulled together some Trick-or-Treating Tips & Fun of what you need to know for a happy Halloween this year. Scroll on for safety tips, costume ideas, and local spooooooky events and activities. Trick-or-Treat! Halloween Safety Tips Young children […]

doctor meeting with diabetic boy

Diabetes I & II in Children

HOW EVERYONE CAN SUPPORT CHILDREN WITH DIABETES According to the American Diabetes Association, around 210,000 children have diabetes, and more are diagnosed every year. “A child with diabetes needs an adult responsible for his or her care to be with them at all times,” says Dr. Christine Burt Solorzano, an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at […]

Two boys walk through a pumpkin patch

Family Event Round-Up: October + Pumpkin Patch Guide

FAMILY-FRIENDLY CHARLOTTESVILLE EVENTS IN OCTOBER + PUMPKIN PATCH GUIDE Fall is in full swing, and it’s time for fall festival fun galore! Check out this Family Event Round-Up: October of just some of the many things to do and explore this month around Charlottesville. See where you can pick the perfect pumpkins in our Pumpkin […]

Three siblings on a fall hike

Dog and Family-Friendly Fall Hiking Trails in Charlottesville

THE BEST PLACES FOR LEAF PEEPING & HIKING WITH FAMILY Getting outdoors with your family and dogs is a great way to spend quality time together and experience the gentle breeze and beautiful Virginia scenery, especially during the peek fall foliage weeks. Before venturing out, it is important to know where to go to find […]

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Raising Money-Smart Kids

TIPS TO HELP YOUR KIDS BECOME CENTS SAVVY Sometime early in life, usually around the preschool age of three, a kid discovers money. They figure out they need the shiny stuff in mom’s purse if they are to get their paws on that special toy they just saw advertised during cartoons. They know that money […]

Mom putting daughter to bed

Sleep Apps for Kids

6 APPS TO HELP WITH BEDTIME ROUTINE & SLEEP With the start of the school year comes the need for more restful sleep for kids. Quality of sleep matters just as much as quantity, and with various distractions, stress, busy schedules, etc. getting kids to wind down for rest can be a challenge. Thankfully, these […]

daughter helping mom in kitchen

The Importance of Cooking With Kids

HOW THE WHOLE FAMILY BENEFITS WHEN KIDS HELP IN THE KITCHEN When was the last time your entire family sat down to dinner together? According to a 2016 report by National Public Radio (NPR) on the eating habits of American families, more than 40 percent of American families struggle to find the time for meals […]

Kids’ Physicals: What You Need to Know

LOCAL MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS SHARE TIPS AND ADVICE ON HOW TO WORK WITH A PEDIATRICIAN TO PROTECT YOUR CHILD’S HEALTH The back-to-school season is a time for getting back in the swing of weekly activities and school-related paperwork. And for many students, that paperwork includes forms for an annual physical. Scheduling a physical in the late […]

Family Event Round-Up: September

FAMILY-FRIENDLY CHARLOTTESVILLE EVENTS IN SEPTEMBER Just because school has begun doesn’t mean the family fun has to end! Check out this Family Event Round-Up: September of just some of the many things to do and explore this month around Charlottesville. Learn more about these events and discover many other family outing ideas on our Events […]