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Do you praise your kids too much? (I think I might.)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

By Guest Blogger Kristen Bagwell

I was in a workshop last week for my job, and heard something that I think I've heard before: In order to help your children become better learners, don't tell them they are smart. What? Of course I am totally guilty of doing the wrong thing here; I tell my daughter she is smart all the time. (She's a genius; I can't help it.) However, the speaker said that telling a child he or she is smart can lead to arrogance and complacency, because if a child takes "you're smart" too literally, he won't feel a need to learn.

To be honest, I was not sure I was buying his theory. Surely my parents told me I was smart, and I turned out ok...right? Well, of course I had to go hunting online until I found an article in Parents Magazine on this topic and surprise - it gave advice along the same lines. Studies show that over-praising our children can actually diminish the impact of praise, and prevents kids from becoming satisfied in their own achievements (if they are always doing things expecting praise). So what the *beep* do I do now? Read More


New Giveaway, Special TMoM Events, Preschools and More!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

By Katie Moosbrugger

This week we have FOUR items to spotlight, and trust us - you'll want to be in the know on all of these:

~ New Giveaway from Gellar Law Group
~ Winner of the Greensboro Science Center Giveaway
~ Special TMoM events in the works
~ Use our Preschool directory to help find the perfect school

Keep reading to get all the scoop.... Read More

2014 Favorite Photographers Directory

Sunday, January 05, 2014

By Rachel Hoeing

When it comes to finding a family photographer to fit your personal style, the process can be overwhelming.  TMoM is making it easy for you.  We've asked our readers for their favorite photographers and have compiled the following list below. Who better to give you a referral than another mom?

These photographers have been described by our readers as having expertise, quality products, professionalism, a knack for working with children, and often seem to be part of their client's family as they have watched them grow.

Each and every photographer has a unique style, so be sure to visit their websites and Facebook pages to see exactly what they are all about and find the perfect fit for you and your family.

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Book Your Seasonal Sessions with The Portrait Gallery

Saturday, October 12, 2013

By Guest Blogger Claudia Page with The Portrait Gallery

For over 17 years, Claudia Page with The Portrait Gallery has been photographing newborns, children and families all around the Triad. Claudia’s talent and passion for photography, along with her special ability to connect with people, has not only blessed her with a loyal and an ever growing client base, but also with numerous awards in our area including being a two time winner of the Mom’s Choice Awards “Favorite Local Photographer”!

The Portrait Gallery will be extremely busy in the next couple months offering some wonderful promotions that include many seasonal sets.  This would be a great introduction to the studio and the creative and fun photography that Claudia offers.  Don’t delay…call today to book your seasonal session with The Portrait Gallery! Read More


Tips for Camping With Kids

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

By Rachel Hoeing

Considering the fact that I am usually quite the uncoordinated, not-so-athletic, indoor gal, it may be a surprise to my friends that I love to go camping! I love the fact that there are no electronics to distract our family time and I thoroughly enjoy watching my children explore nature and relish in imaginative play.

If you have yet to take your children camping, I would highly recommend doing so! Fall and spring are the best times of year to go.  You may choose a local campground, or if you are ready for a challenge, we have even “roughed it” in the woods with nothing but our tent and the sounds of the river next to us!

In addition to the basic camping essentials – tents, cooking supplies, lamps, etc. I have given you some ideas that will help the “camping with kids” experience go as smoothly as possible and also give you ideas for the types of items you may want to bring along on your camping excursion! Read More

Day Trip Idea: Hebron Rock Colony

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

By Rachel Hoeing

With the leaves beginning to turn, it's the perfect time of year to consider this day trip idea to Hebron Rock Colony. This is a hidden gem in the NC mountains between Boone and Blowing Rock. I recommend this specific hike for families with kids ages four and up due to the fact that there can be a lot of climbing and rock jumping! (If you are familiar with this great escape in the NC mountains, pay close attention to my directions! They have changed due to towing being enforced!)

Most ASU grads that you ask will know about this haven. It is one of the most beautiful, serene spots around, and my children loved it. Depending on where you live in the Triad, expect this trip take between 1 1/2 to 2 hours. We left home at 9am and were back home in time for dinner.  Read More

Why I Love Swim Team

Friday, May 10, 2013

By Rachel Hoeing

Summer swim team season begins for most swim clubs in the next few weeks. I know it seems a little cold and I am sure many kids will have purple toes when they climb out of the water, but they will eventually have a wonderful time! If your child is participating in swim team this year – BRAVO! If you are still contemplating, I say do it! Here’s why…

When my family moved to Charlotte over thirty years ago, our neighborhood did not have a pool, so we spent our first two summers running through the sprinkler and playing “Nestea Plunge” by pouring buckets of water on ourselves in the driveway. Ahhh, the memories! By the time I turned eight, our neighborhood pool opened, and my mom was one of the women who got an official swim team up and running. (Kind of ironic as I look back now, considering she never knew how to swim until I taught her a few years ago!) We only had about 60 kids on our team at good old Sardis Forest, and we looked pretty pitiful because we had no swim caps or goggles. Our diving blocks were hand-made by my dad, and no one had any clue what they were doing, but we were pumped up! We lost every single swim meet that year and I think the next year as well, but none of that mattered.  Read More


20 Things to do with Your Preschooler This Winter

Saturday, February 01, 2014

By Rachel Hoeing

With temperatures dropping extremely low, many moms find themselves stuck indoors with rambunctious toddlers and preschoolers. A little time outdoors is good, but little ones can only last so long in that cold weather. (And sometimes MOM can only last so long in that cold weather, too!)  If you are ready to get out of the house, this blog's for you!  Whether you are a stay-at-home mom looking for some entertainment during the week, or a working mom who needs reprieve on the weekend, we hope our list today will give you some ideas! 

As always, please add your ideas in the comment section below! Read More

Couponing, Open Houses and Choice Awards

Sunday, January 19, 2014

By Rachel Hoeing

Happy Sunday! As you are enjoying your weekend, be sure to check out this edition of The Sunday Spotlight. Today we're featuring:

~ "Be a Bengal for a Day" at Greensboro Day
~ The New Coupon Hub & Sweepstakes Offered by Food Lion
~ Info on the TMoM Choice Awards

Get all the scoop below!

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The Montessori School of Winston-Salem: Celebrating 40 Years of Education

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

By Jon Churn, Head of School for The Montessori School of Winston-Salem

The 2013-14 School Year for The Montessori School of Winston-Salem marks 40 years of service to the children of Winston-Salem.  From our humble beginnings  to our beautiful 8 acre home on Holder road in Clemmons, The Montessori School of Winston-Salem has held fast to its mission to provide an authentic Montessori education that nurtures a lifelong love of learning and a passion for excellence.

In 1973, the Montessori movement in Winston-Salem was still in its adolescence with an uncertain future.  At this time a group of parents inspired by Dr. Montessori’s vision for education came together to form Forsyth Montessori School. In 1984 Forsyth Montessori, still only one of the three existing Montessori schools in Winston-Salem, merged with Reynolda Montessori in rented space in the Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church on Bolton Street and under the new name, The Montessori Children’s Center Inc. (Later to be known as The Montessori School of Winston-Salem). Read More


Childhood Cancer: Awareness = Funding = Cures

Monday, September 09, 2013

By Guest Blogger Tamar Petty

This is the last picture taken of Leah (and myself) before our world was turned on end by childhood cancer on January 26, 2012. It was taken at a birthday party that was filled with fun activities, but not enjoyed by my daughter. She spent much of the party wanting to be held like this. That’s part of what prompted me to call the pediatrician the following morning. After another appointment of not “finding” anything wrong, the doctor recommended we draw some blood. Later, my pediatrician would tell me she had spun the blood five times, hoping that the result would change. It did not.

We were referred to Brenner Children’s Hospital Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic for more detailed blood work. Best case scenario: testing would confirm Leah had mono (which would account for her persistent tiredness); worst case: leukemia.  Read More

We're Not Just Being Overprotective

Monday, May 06, 2013

By Guest Blogger Megan Crisci

Have you ever been attending a social gathering revolving around children, such as a birthday party or school Christmas party and witnessed what some might categorize as a “helicopter” or “overprotective” mom meticulously monitoring every tiny piece of food that goes into her child’s mouth? Have you ever thought to yourself “Yikes, that woman needs to relax; this is a party after all?" Maybe you have or maybe you haven’t. Maybe “that” mom is a mom who simply wants healthier choices when it comes to the foods their child eats or maybe “that” mom is the mom of a child with a food allergy. Both types of moms are simply doing what they feel is the best way for their child to nourish their bodies but for the mom of a child with a food allergy it is more about keeping their child safe from food that will do nothing but bring their tiny bodies harm.

I am the mom of two daughters with newly diagnosed food allergies. My daughters are now living with Celiac Disease. They both suffer horribly when they ingest gluten. Maybe you have noticed all of the gluten free products and foods when you are making your way through the grocery store aisles and have wondered if this is just a new trendy way of eating or dieting. Maybe to some people that is exactly what gluten free eating is. A trend. But for people like my daughters and myself, eating gluten free is way of life. A way to keep from getting sick. A way to live “normally”. Yes, I have Celiac Disease too. Read More

What's Up with Molluscum?

Thursday, May 02, 2013

By Daniel Krowchuk, M.D., Pediatrician and Co-Director of Pediatric Dermatology, Brenner Children’s Hospital

One of the more vexing skin problems affecting children is molluscum contagiosum. What is it and what can be done about it?

Molluscum contagiosum (“molluscum”) is a viral infection of the skin. For reasons that are not known, molluscum is becoming more common. It is spread by close physical contact (skin-to-skin) or by contaminated objects, like a towel or wash cloth. Although very controversial, there is some evidence that molluscum may be spread via swimming pools. Any child may get molluscum but those who have eczema seem to be particularly prone. Read More


What I Did and What I Wished I Had Done ...

Sunday, July 06, 2014

By Lisa Lemieur, author of  http://picklesandcheeseblog.blogspot.com/

8 Things I Am Glad I Did When My Kids Were Little
1. I am glad I volunteered as much as I did in my kid’s classrooms.  When they were in elementary school I was there a lot.  Sometimes I was the “Room-Mom” but most of the time I was just a helper.   And I’d like to think my kids liked having me there.  Believe me, they won’t want you there when they are in high school.  Get it in while you can. Read More

Nana Would Be Appalled

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

By Rachel Hoeing

Have you ever wondered what your grandparents think about the way you raise your family?

I've written about my sweet grandmother previously. Although she passed away just five years ago, she suffered from Alzheimer's for quite some time and I don't think she realized how much the world had changed and what had become "acceptable." When she was in her prime I saw her give plenty of looks to women who wore shirts too tight and skirts too short. "Oh, that's terrible," she would murmur under her breath. I saw her "shoo" her hand at the TV when people would curse too much and roll her eyes when her husband had too many beers.

My Nana was a little Italian woman who was quiet, sensitive and the perfect lady. Most of the time! Every once in a while that hot Italian temper would surface, but she was usually very kind-hearted and easy-spirited. She spent her days cooking, cleaning, taking care of her kids, providing for her husband, praying the rosary, and talking on the phone to her sisters. She always wore a calf-length skirt and pantyhose. She never even wore a pair of slacks until she was well into her 70's when we finally talked her into it. She never got her driver's license and never seemed to care. The church was across the street, the grocery store was a block away, and since her husband and all her sisters drove, she could easily get wherever she needed to go.  Read More

No, there's no app for that......

Saturday, April 12, 2014

By Guest Blogger Heather Keenan

In a world where it seems new gadgets are invented weekly to make our daily routines easier I have found, as a mother, that there are just some things in life that still have to be done the old fashioned way, with time and lots of patience. That being said, I have discovered that I do not always excel in the patience department with my adorable, loving, strong willed two-year-old! After a particularly rough day with her I decided to take some time out to reflect on what could be done to make sure that days like those were limited. This is what I came up with.

The main issue at our house as of late is potty training. I'm not a fan of the wording, potty "training", so let's call it potty "time". While she has been using the potty for a few months now, and doing very well, she does, just like two-year-olds do, have the dreaded accident here and there. I can deal with that. Most of the time. Then there are those times where I swear she is just peeing on the floor for fun. That's where my patience issue comes into play.  Read More


Why I Don’t Answer My Phone

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

By Rachel Hoeing

I had been playing phone tag with a friend of mine for a while. Once we finally got in touch we enjoyed catching up and then she commented, “Well I had been trying to call forever, you but you didn’t answer your phone!” It was almost an underlying dig somehow insinuating that I was avoiding her call or purposely did not answer because I did not want to talk to her. I didn’t comment, but had one of those moments after we hung up where you think, “Awww man, I should have said …”

So today I will say what I should have said. This situation got me thinking about the fact that we have become WAY too accessible.(Email, texts, home phone, cell phone, etc) It irked me because there are about a thousand reasons why I may not answer my phone and none of them have to do with WHO is calling. Beware, much sarcasm ahead.

So what I should have said was, “Did you ever consider … Read More

Nana Would Be Appalled

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

By Rachel Hoeing

Have you ever wondered what your grandparents think about the way you raise your family?

I've written about my sweet grandmother previously. Although she passed away just five years ago, she suffered from Alzheimer's for quite some time and I don't think she realized how much the world had changed and what had become "acceptable." When she was in her prime I saw her give plenty of looks to women who wore shirts too tight and skirts too short. "Oh, that's terrible," she would murmur under her breath. I saw her "shoo" her hand at the TV when people would curse too much and roll her eyes when her husband had too many beers.

My Nana was a little Italian woman who was quiet, sensitive and the perfect lady. Most of the time! Every once in a while that hot Italian temper would surface, but she was usually very kind-hearted and easy-spirited. She spent her days cooking, cleaning, taking care of her kids, providing for her husband, praying the rosary, and talking on the phone to her sisters. She always wore a calf-length skirt and pantyhose. She never even wore a pair of slacks until she was well into her 70's when we finally talked her into it. She never got her driver's license and never seemed to care. The church was across the street, the grocery store was a block away, and since her husband and all her sisters drove, she could easily get wherever she needed to go.  Read More

No, there's no app for that......

Saturday, April 12, 2014

By Guest Blogger Heather Keenan

In a world where it seems new gadgets are invented weekly to make our daily routines easier I have found, as a mother, that there are just some things in life that still have to be done the old fashioned way, with time and lots of patience. That being said, I have discovered that I do not always excel in the patience department with my adorable, loving, strong willed two-year-old! After a particularly rough day with her I decided to take some time out to reflect on what could be done to make sure that days like those were limited. This is what I came up with.

The main issue at our house as of late is potty training. I'm not a fan of the wording, potty "training", so let's call it potty "time". While she has been using the potty for a few months now, and doing very well, she does, just like two-year-olds do, have the dreaded accident here and there. I can deal with that. Most of the time. Then there are those times where I swear she is just peeing on the floor for fun. That's where my patience issue comes into play.  Read More


Midtown Cafe & Dessertery - Delicious Dining For the Whole Family!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

By Rachel Hoeing

Last week we ran a gift card giveaway to Midtown Cafe & Dessertery on our Facebook page and received numerous comments with praises sung from families all around the Triad! (You may find some freebies while reading today's blog, too!) Not only did the Facebook comments contain many positive remarks about the food at Midtown, but the staff and service as well. If you missed it, click here and scroll down our Facebook page to see the most recommended items from our readers!

Some of our TMoM team members and our children dined at Midtown Dessertery & Cafe for lunch last week and we wanted to share our experience with our readers. Whether Midtown has been a go-to place for your family for years, or if you have never dined here before, I can promise there will always be something new and delicious for you to try! Read More

We're Not Just Being Overprotective

Monday, May 06, 2013

By Guest Blogger Megan Crisci

Have you ever been attending a social gathering revolving around children, such as a birthday party or school Christmas party and witnessed what some might categorize as a “helicopter” or “overprotective” mom meticulously monitoring every tiny piece of food that goes into her child’s mouth? Have you ever thought to yourself “Yikes, that woman needs to relax; this is a party after all?" Maybe you have or maybe you haven’t. Maybe “that” mom is a mom who simply wants healthier choices when it comes to the foods their child eats or maybe “that” mom is the mom of a child with a food allergy. Both types of moms are simply doing what they feel is the best way for their child to nourish their bodies but for the mom of a child with a food allergy it is more about keeping their child safe from food that will do nothing but bring their tiny bodies harm.

I am the mom of two daughters with newly diagnosed food allergies. My daughters are now living with Celiac Disease. They both suffer horribly when they ingest gluten. Maybe you have noticed all of the gluten free products and foods when you are making your way through the grocery store aisles and have wondered if this is just a new trendy way of eating or dieting. Maybe to some people that is exactly what gluten free eating is. A trend. But for people like my daughters and myself, eating gluten free is way of life. A way to keep from getting sick. A way to live “normally”. Yes, I have Celiac Disease too. Read More

March Tasty Table ~ Welcome Spring!

Saturday, March 30, 2013

By Jenny Stauffer

Spring is finally here, albeit still cold and rainy as I type this!

Already in my kitchen, meals are lighter and fresher as we anticipate the warmer weather and the chance for outdoor dining! I have tried some new recipes this year that are now in our regular rotation of meals that will work either as a quick weeknight meal or just as well if you are entertaining this Spring.


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Tips for Camping With Kids

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

By Rachel Hoeing

Considering the fact that I am usually quite the uncoordinated, not-so-athletic, indoor gal, it may be a surprise to my friends that I love to go camping! I love the fact that there are no electronics to distract our family time and I thoroughly enjoy watching my children explore nature and relish in imaginative play.

If you have yet to take your children camping, I would highly recommend doing so! Fall and spring are the best times of year to go.  You may choose a local campground, or if you are ready for a challenge, we have even “roughed it” in the woods with nothing but our tent and the sounds of the river next to us!

In addition to the basic camping essentials – tents, cooking supplies, lamps, etc. I have given you some ideas that will help the “camping with kids” experience go as smoothly as possible and also give you ideas for the types of items you may want to bring along on your camping excursion! Read More

Day Trip Idea: Hebron Rock Colony

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

By Rachel Hoeing

With the leaves beginning to turn, it's the perfect time of year to consider this day trip idea to Hebron Rock Colony. This is a hidden gem in the NC mountains between Boone and Blowing Rock. I recommend this specific hike for families with kids ages four and up due to the fact that there can be a lot of climbing and rock jumping! (If you are familiar with this great escape in the NC mountains, pay close attention to my directions! They have changed due to towing being enforced!)

Most ASU grads that you ask will know about this haven. It is one of the most beautiful, serene spots around, and my children loved it. Depending on where you live in the Triad, expect this trip take between 1 1/2 to 2 hours. We left home at 9am and were back home in time for dinner.  Read More

Family Trip Idea: Babyland General

Thursday, February 21, 2013

By TMoM team member Dani Luft

Cabbage Patch Kids. Bring back memories of your childhood? My family was planning a trip to Atlanta to celebrate my Aunt’s 70th birthday party and decided to take a detour. Babyland General is located in Cleveland, Georgia and is the birthplace of the beloved Cabbage Patch dolls we all know and love. I visited Babyland General a long time ago and remember it being fun. I posted on Facebook to get opinions on whether or not it was worth the extra hour out of our way, and most friends, like me, had gone a long time ago but loved it then, too. Some said it was a money pit and to just be prepared. Some said that if we’re lucky enough to watch a doll being “born”, then it would be worth it. My husband and I decided to give it a shot. Admission is free, and if nothing else, we were just an hour away from our true destination. Read More


Best Bets for Infant Car Seats and Strollers

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

By Katie Moosbrugger

Probably one of the most challenging aspects of becoming a new parent is finding the best car seat and stroller for your infant. It’s a daunting task. And for new parents this task got even more complicated with changes to the car seat rules. Click here to read Triangle Moms on Main’s take on the this topic, and how the 2014 regulations may affect you and your child.

But when it comes to finding a car seat and stroller, a simple shopping trip may leave you confused by all the several styles and brands from which to choose. So today, with the help of our friends at Babies R Us and our trusty Baby Bargains book, we’ll focus on a few highly rated infant car seats and strollers – all of which make sense for our lifestyles here in the Triad. If you are reading this post early, tune to Fox8 TV News at 9:30 am to watch me showcase a few of these models live, thanks to our friends at Babies R Us! Read More

Friendly Ave Christian Preschool to hold Spring & Summer Kids’ Consignment Sale

Saturday, March 09, 2013

By Guest Blogger Gail Vadia

Have your kids outgrown their spring and summer clothes? Are they bored of their toys? Are you looking for new or gently used clothes, toys, and other kids’ stuff at a deep discount off retail prices? If the answer is yes to all of these questions, then you won’t want to miss Friendly Avenue Christian Preschool’s 2013 Spring & Summer Kids’ Consignment Sale on March 15-16! The sale will be held at Friendly Avenue Baptist Church, 4800 West Friendly Avenue in Greensboro, in the church’s new gymnasium. Read More

Save the Date for Kids Exchange Consignment Event!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Sponsored by Kids Exchange

BUY SELL SERVE is the simple but important message of The Kids Exchange Consignment Event. For those that know the “mother sale” in Raleigh with 3,000 consignors, 700 workers and 30,000 buyers, you'll be please to know they're bringing this Bi-annual Community RE-cycle event to the Triad and Charlotte markets.

BUY gently used kids’ items at great prices, or SELL them and earn 2/3rds of your asking price. All unsold items are donated locally which SERVES our communities. Sales dates are March 6th-10th in Triad and March 13th-17th in Charlotte. Read More


Children's Boutique Resale - Fall 2014 Event

Consign, shop, vend and volunteer at the triad's only boutique and designer children's clothing consignment event!
Registration opens July 21st
Private preview sale Thursday, September 25th 6-8
Public sale day Friday, September 26th 9-4
Public sale day Saturday, September 27th 9-12 with a 1/2 price sale on select items all day
Visit childrensboutiqueresale.com for details!

 

Tennis Comes Back to Town!

Winston-Salem Open Returns August 16-23, 2014; Brenner Kids’ Day August 16

Back for the fourth year, the Winston-Salem Open will start serving up fun this year on Saturday, August 16. As always, there will be plenty of fun for the whole family throughout the week, and Brenner Children’s Hospital will kick off festivities on the 16th with Brenner Kids’ Day. Brenner Kids’ Day is a free event. Space is limited to 150 participants and online pre-registration is required. Visit www.winstonsalemopen.com for more information and to register. 

 

Disney Junior Live On Tour!

Pirate & Princess Adventure
Sat. July 19th
War Memorial Auditorium, Greensboro

A never-before-seen live show featuring your favorite characters from Disney Junior's, Sofia the First and Jake and the Never Land Pirates.  Special bonus! Starting ten minutes before every performance join Doc McStuffins for a special pre-show!  You can help Doc take care of one of her beloved toys with her own special brand of love and magic. Free to all ticket holders. To find out more and purchase tickets, visit www.disneyjuniorlive.com, or visit them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter! 



 

The Greensboro Montessori Open House


Saturday, July 19th from 9 – 11 am

Administrators and Faculty will be providing an information session and campus tour.
The Greensboro Montessori School provides a dynamic learning environment for children from 18 months through the 8th grade in multi-age classes.  Children are actively engaged in hands-on learning for understanding rather than just memorization. 
Please rsvp to 336-668-0119 or rhea@thegms.org.