Author Archives: Sarah Short

Balancing Act

HOW A LOCAL CHILDREN’S AUTHOR IS BALANCING WORK & AT-HOME SCHOOLING Virginia children’s book author Marc Boston moved to Charlottesville from Kansas City, in part, to immerse himself in this city’s strong writing community. A stay-at-home dad and lifelong book lover, Boston enjoyed bedtime stories as much as his three young daughters. But when they […]

Teething Do’s & Don’ts

BEAT THE TEETHING STAGE WITH SOME SIMPLE FIXES Starting at around 6 months old, your baby just might sink her teeth into you. If it were a book series, there’d be 20 volumes, because that’s how many pearly whites erupt from a baby’s gums in her first three years of life. And let’s not forget […]

Cotton Ball Garland

GET CRAFTY WITH THIS FUN DECORATION IDEA Your house may look a little bare this month, once you’ve packed up the holiday decorations. And you may find yourself home with kids who are eager for a craft or distractions on a snow day or weekend. Enjoy this activity, which uses things you probably already have […]

Self-Directed Play

THE IMPORTANCE OF RAISING A CHILD WHO CAN ENTERTAIN HERSELF As parents, it is important that we give our children the tools to successfully entertain themselves. It’s also important for kids to know that entertaining themselves can be uncomfortable and that a little boredom is not the end of the world. Being self-sufficient is a […]

Feng Shui & The Teenager

LEARNING HOW TO FIND HARMONY AT HOME I’ve been reading about feng shui for the family — a Chinese system for bringing harmony into a building — and it has shed new light on the ups and downs of my 55-year-long life. (I’m 56 if you figure age in the Chinese way, by including a […]