By Aimee Williams, YMCA Mistletoe Race Director
For 30 years, the YMCA Mistletoe Fun Run, 5K, and Half Marathon has been a healthy, festive tradition in our community. We are lacing up for another great event on Saturday, December 7, presented by local law firm Bell, Davis & Pitt, P.A.
Here are five of the top reasons to join us on race day: Read More
By Aimee Williams, YMCA Mistletoe Race Director
By Guest Blogger Chelsea Joslyn , Communications Director of NW YMCA
There is something for every kid at the Y. Just because winter is around the corner it’s not time to hibernate! There are great ways to stay active throughout the season. At the Y, we are as interested in developing character as we are in developing healthy athletes. With winter sports registration going on now, we wanted to share five things every parent should know about sports at the Y: Read More
By Chelsea Joslyn, Communications Director for the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina
This month, the YMCA will celebrate 125 years strengthening communities across Northwest North Carolina. When the YMCA was first formed in Winston-Salem on October 27, 1888 it was made up of just 129 charter members and a few meeting rooms on the corner of Main and Third Streets in downtown Winston-Salem. It wasn’t until nearly 10 years later the Y moved to the building with a gymnasium, and 10 years after that to a building that included a swimming pool.
One thing that has remained the same is our mission, “Helping people reach their God-given potential in spirit, mind and body.” Today, the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina includes 15 branches, which serve seven counties (Forsyth, Davie, Iredell, Yadkin, Stokes, Alexander and Wilkes), as well as a division for Childcare Services, and YMCA Camp Hanes. The Y engages more than 115,000 people in our communities. Read More
By Guest Blogger Maryhelen Mayfield
Greensboro Ballet is holding Open Auditions for all dance students and professionals in the Triad area for the holiday favorite "The Nutcracker." Auditions will be held on Saturday, September 22nd. Girls need to be between the ages of 8 to 20, and boys between ages 7 to 11.
All parents of interested dancers must attend one of Greensboro Ballet’s Nutcracker Parent Meetings in order for your child to audition. These helpful meetings will be: Wednesday, September 18th at 7:30pm and Thursday, September 19th at 7:30pm.
The schedule of auditions is as follows: Read More
By Guest Blogger Jennifer Gentry, Marketing Director of Greensboro Ballet
Your proof: your creative and energetic child leaps over toys, twirls down the hallway and bounces off every wall in your house. You may be right! Why not find out for sure?
The School of Greensboro Ballet is a great place to explore your child’s love of dance! Why you ask? Being a non-profit school of dance, SGB is focused on teaching an art form, not selling you a service. Your child will be taught technique that will give him/her a strong and flexible body, musical instincts, artistic expression and performance skills and all without spending a fortune. Read More
By Rachel Hoeing
You wouldn't normally think of a sport as a gift, but when you register your child for an activity such as soccer, you are giving them so much more than just an activity to fill their day. And thanks to Greensboro United Soccer Association (GUSA), parents have three options to help get their child on the field, no matter his age or ability.
Option #1: Recreation
Now through August 12, registration for the Fall Recreation program is in full swing for children ages 3 ½ to 16. The teams practice on some of the best facilities in North Carolina. Bryan Park (pictured below) is among the best fields in the southeastern United States. Read More
By Guest Blogger Hayley Harwell of Dance Edge
It’s time to put your dancing shoes on! Dance Edge of High Point is currently registering for fall dance classes. Dance Edge is a family-owned and run business located in High Point. We teach students ages 3 to adult in ballet, pointe, contemporary, hip hop, tap, and jazz. Classes run alongside the school year with performances throughout the year and ending with a recital at High Point Theatre in June.
Fall classes begin August 19th with August tuition at half price. We accept new students year round, but to perform in our June recital you must be a student by January 1st. We have a viewing window in the lobby where parents can watch their children take class. There are also multiple performances throughout the year for parents to see their children’s progress. We perform annually at the Warren Reeves 5K Charity Run and at the High Point University basketball games. Read More
By Guest Blogger Kenny Richardson
Our family has been involved with Greensboro United Soccer Association (GUSA) for seven great years. Our three children, Emily, Scott, and Allison have participated in the Recreation, Junior Academy, and Challenge as well as the winter and summer programs. Soccer through GUSA has meant so much to our family. Our children play a variety of sports and the GUSA experience has by far been the best. Our entire family has gained vivid memories, developed new and lasting friendships and learned a lot of life lessons both for our children and for us as parents.
As a parent and volunteer coach, I have many good memories with GUSA soccer. It has been great to see the look of joy on a kid's face when they score their first goal. Equally gratifying is seeing the proud parent on the sideline after their child has scored a goal or made a great play. At the end of most games in GUSA, it has been nice to see the parents make a tunnel for each team and see the kids run through the tunnel with smiles and plenty of fun screams! The sportsmanship and inclusiveness of this gesture has always epitomized what GUSA is all about- do your best, try hard and have fun! Read More
By Katie Moosbrugger
I am a member of a team, and I rely on the team, I defer to it and sacrifice for it, because the team, not the individual, is the ultimate champion. ~ Mia Hamm
There are few sports that can let you be a superstar on the playing field like soccer. It doesn’t matter what size you are, how tall you are, how confident or shy you are, how much you love or hate to run, or how athletic or clumsy you are – chances are good there is a position that will let you shine. That’s because the greatest lesson learned - in just one season of the game - is teamwork. A soccer player is only as good as its team, and vice versa.
Growing up, I played soccer every season for over six years and it’s made for many of my fondest childhood friends and memories. Today as a parent, I would be honored to call myself a “soccer mom” because of all the experiences and that my child could gain. If you feel the same way, enrolling in a program with Greensboro United Soccer Association (GUSA) is a great start, and now is the perfect time. Read More
By Guest Blogger Chelsea Joslyn, Communications Director of YMCA of Northwest NC
5 Reasons to Go to Summer Camp
School is almost out and did you know that more than 10 million kids around the world are headed to summer camps? Summer is meant to be filled with learning enrichment, new experiences and making new friendships and memories that can last a lifetime.
At the Y, we focus on programs that allow children to explore and get involved in activities that help them grow both mentally and physically. Summer camp gives children and teens the opportunity to get outdoors and learn about nature, discover new interests, be more physically active, and develop confidence, independence, leadership and social skills. Every child should have the opportunity to experience summer camp. Here are the top five reasons why children should attend: Read More
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
By Guest Blogger Amber Ford, Family Services Director, Spears Family YMCA
Over the years many parents have asked, “what is the point of summer camp anyway?” Summer camps are designed for youth to explore, create, discover, and grow. Camps are fun for a summer and provide lessons that last a lifetime.
Building independence, self-esteem, and lasting relationships.
From birth children begin to learn about their inner selves and start becoming their own person. Having youth learn to solve their own problems, turn to peers and counselors for support, and be responsible for their belongings and activity area are key parts of the summer camp experience. They're picking and choosing which activities they want to do that day, hiding and seeking, being messy, and doing the spooky things children do (while being supervised). It is that feeling of success and freedom that translates into self esteem. Read More
By Katie Moosbrugger
When it comes to summer camps, my kids can be pretty picky. Even though they're only 8 and 6, they have a clear vision of what they want on their summer agenda each year. Plus each summer we like to try new things to create new memories and adventures. However this is the first time that BOTH of my kids asked to enroll in the same summer camp they both attended last year. And that summer camp is Salem Sports Camp for Kids.
Not only is it a camp loved by my kids, but Rachel and Allison (both of TMoM) along with many of our friends - and their kids - can all say the same thing. Adds Allison, It is the one camp that I drop my children off and know that they are going to have a blast, meet new friends, learn new sports and skills, and most importantly, be safe. The staff is incredible – it says so much about a camp when the same camp counselors come back year after year." Read More
By Richard Moore, managing partner, The Little Gym
“Welcome to The Little Gym!” With that simple statement The Little Gym of Greensboro opened over 13 years ago in the Westridge Square Shopping Center off Battleground Avenue. It was the best of times. Our simple goal? To change the world, one child, one forward roll at a time. We officially were promoting the healthy and successful physical and mental development of the children of the world. But we didn’t want to just promote healthy living and development....we wanted to start positively impacting the stories we heard every night on the 11 pm news and read every day in the newspaper.
As a society, we have the option of more video games and television shows available for our children, but if a child’s activity level remains low at a younger age, they are more likely to remain inactive as they get older.* Read More
By Guest Blogger David Ozmore, CEO of YMCA of Greater High Point
Every day, the YMCA of High Point serves as a gathering place for the community.
Kids flock to the Y after school to play and do homework. Seniors connect with one another through exercise classes and group activities. Teens learn valuable lessons in Leadership as they grow. Thousands of kids develop a lifetime of memories through Summer Camp programs. To ensure that the Y can continue to provide High Point, Archdale, Trinity and the surrounding community residents with life changing experiences, the YMCA of Greater High Point has launched its annual “Friends of Youth” community support campaign. Read More
By Dara Garner-Edwards, MSW, LCSW, Family Counselor, Brenner Children’s Hospital
Despite how perfect your child is to you, she might develop concerns about weight at some point—particularly in her tween and teen years. And while you can't control the messages your child receives from peers and pop culture, there are things you as a parent can do to help her develop a healthy attitude toward her appearance:
1. Listen to your child's concerns. Allow your child to bring up appearance-related worries when she's ready. If, for example, your child is overweight, it's something she's probably already very sensitive about. Pointing it out can end up doing more damage to her self-esteem. So, while it's important to be aware of what's going on in your child's life, it's helpful to let her address her body concerns in her own time. Read More
Sponsored by Forsyth Family Medical Center
The 2nd annual Fit Family 5K takes place Saturday, April 27 in Winston-Salem, and its open to runners and walkers of all levels and ages. A one-mile fun run around Hanes Park beginning at 8 a.m. is a flat course ideal for children of all ages and abilities. At 8:30 a.m. the 5K course begins near the William G. White Family YMCA, climbs through the West Highlands into Buena Vista where it turns back at the halfway point for a downhill, fast finish at the YMCA. Given that the course is USATF certified, final run times are eligible for state and national records. Proceeds benefit Girls on the Run and Forsyth Medical Center Foundation. Register online at www.gotrforsythnc.org. Read More
By Rachel Hoeing
Ready to sign your child up for a sport, art class, riding lessons or dance class? Start here! We have recently updated and added to this list of our readers' favorite sports programs and after-school activities in the area. This is a list that will just keep on growing, so check back often to see new programs that have been added. (This list can always be found by clicking the Directories tab at the top of the website.) If there is a group you would like to see added to this list, please email Rachel@triadmomsonmain.com. On the flip side, if you see a program that is no longer offered, please let us know that as well so we can keep our list as current as possible.
Please note that many of these programs only run during certain seasons of the year, so be sure to check each website for specific information. Read More
By Aimee Williams, Race Director at the William G. White, Jr. Family YMCA
The holidays are just around the corner, which means so is the 29th Annual YMCA Mistletoe Run on Saturday, December 1 at the William G. White, Jr. Family YMCA!
The Mistletoe Half Marathon and 5K travels through some of Winston-Salem's most beautiful neighborhoods. The day also includes a one-mile fun run for families. Popular with beginners, families, and serious athletes alike, the YMCA Mistletoe is also a sanctioned race for serious runners.
Each year, the race is bigger and better than the year before. This year is no exception! Here are a few of the exciting updates: Read More
By Beth Morphis, Co-owner of Salem Gymnastics Sports Center
From a very early age, children understand the importance of movement. Far before academic success comes into play, children begin sorting out their social status on the playground using ladders, monkey bars, balls and races as the benchmark where they see themselves as either “can do” kids or not. Sadly, long before kindergarten starts, many children already view themselves as awkward or clumsy, and therefore shut down, becoming non-movers for life.
Fortunately, Salem Gymnastics knows how to lay the foundation that gives each child the confidence to succeed not only the playground, but wherever their passions lead them. Read More
By Guest Blogger Chelsea Cullen, Communications Director, YMCA of Northwest North Carolina
The excitement of the Summer Olympics has kids across the country wanting to be the next Missy Franklin or Michael Phelps. Here are a ways to get your child more involved in swimming:
Dip your toe in. The YMCA offers a swim lesson program that provides a critical life skill and love for all things aquatic. Lessons begin for children as young as six months, and then vary by age and ability. Introduce your little one to the water through games, songs, and activities that enhance physical, cognitive and social development. Read More
By Guest Blogger, Dr. William Satterwhite
One of my deepest sorrows has been the gradual erosion of true “play” for children in the 21st century. People who grew up in the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s spent large chunks of their childhoods playing make-believe games with their friends. Whether it was playing ‘house’ or pick-up baseball in the yard, the children set the rules, made the teams, and worked out their disagreements. By law in North Carolina, children didn’t have to start school until first grade, and many did not. For those who went, five year old kindergarten was a half-day, and its primary purpose was play. Reading and writing and sitting still were (and still are) six to seven year old skills. It was widely and accurately recognized that children learned by and through play.
By the mid-1990s and 2000s, things had dramatically shifted. Our society decided that unstructured play for children was a waste of time and that real learning only occurred in structured settings. Rote memorization of facts became more highly valued than learning through play and guided activities. Adding to the intensity of structured learning was the myth that parents are largely responsible for “sculpting” their children’s brains. Thus if you want to be a really good parent, you will engage your children in multiple structured activities in order to teach them as much as possible as early as possible. Read More
By Guest Blogger Chelsea Cullen, communications director, YMCA of Northwest NC
Sports aren’t always about whether you win or lose, but what you learn in the process. At the Y, sports programs are a great way for kids to meet new friends, build athletic skills, develop life-long passions, and achieve goals in a supportive environment with caring adults.
This spring, the Y offers a variety of sports options across our various branches. Here are just a few: Read More
Wellness Tips from the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina
The holiday season is in full swing. Between shorter days, long shopping lists, and a bustling social calendar, it’s easy for moms to forget to take time for themselves and put wellness goals on the back burner. The result is that you end up starting the New Year feeling more stressed than ever.
The holidays are hectic, but we have a few tips to help you enjoy the festivities to the fullest and feel like your best self. Read More
By Katie Moosbrugger
Forsyth Family Magazine is hosting another one of its popular Kids’ Night Out on Saturday, November 12 at Tanglewood Park. This month, Forsyth Family Magazine is asking families to take a step towards supporting Walk For Wishes®, a unique opportunity in which you, along with friends and family, can put magic in motion to raise funds and awareness for Make-A-Wish Foundation – all while walking through Tanglewood Park’s beautiful “Festival of Lights” display.
Anyone who registers for Forsyth Family’s team will get extra tickets for their fabulous prize board and be entered into a special drawing for a gift card to O’So Eats, plus FOUR free tickets to the Nutcracker! Read More
By Alexander Powers, M.D., Pediatric Neurosurgeon
Wake Forest Baptist Health – Brenner Children’s Hospital
Every year, we hear numerous reports of young athletes who suffer life-threatening head injuries while playing sports. The most recent was just a few weeks ago in upstate New York, when a 16-year-old died from blunt force trauma after a seemingly typical play during a high school football game.
Because of these stories as well as recent attention on concussions spotlighted by the NFL, many researchers are focusing their efforts on head injury prevention. I am proud to say that Brenner Children’s Hospital, a part of Wake Forest Baptist Health, is at the forefront of this research. With our dedicated Concussion Clinic, we are able to provide the best care possible to children with head injuries, while conducting unprecedented research that will be used to save young lives. Read More
Sponsored by Greensboro Ballet; written by Jennifer Gentry, marketing director and mother to Reece, 9, and James, 8
Wouldn’t be great if there was ONE after-school activity for your child that combined learning an art form, musicality, some form of physical fitness and something that increased your child’s intelligence and life-skills all at once? Good news! There is and it’s called DANCE!
Your child can take one class, on one day/time, in one location, for one price and get all of those activities combined . . .all at the Greensboro Ballet! Read More
Sponsored by the YMCA of Northwest NC
It is hot, hot, hot and hard to believe that back to school is just around the corner. Before you know it the lazy days of summer will be replaced with the hustle and bustle of new teachers, open houses, back to school shopping and more!
Many kids in our community don’t get to experience the thrill of back to school shopping. The Y is partnering with other local nonprofits to help supply much-needed backpacks and other school supplies to children. You can help make back to school special by visiting your local Y with a new backpack to donate.
For new members who make a donation now through August 18, the Y will offer $49 off your joining fee. Joining fees vary by branch, age and whether the membership includes other family members. Membership at the Y provides access to a wide range of activities that support youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility, as well as the opportunity to strengthen our community. Read More
By Timothy Dalton, M.D., North Point Medical Associates and Forsyth Medical Center
There was a time when most of us thought of obesity as just a grownup’s problem. But these days, a growing number of children in the U.S. are considered overweight or obese. In fact, at least one in three kids is carrying around more than just a few extra pounds—and that’s not all they’re carrying. These children are at an increased risk for cardiovascular disease and diabetes, as well as low self-esteem, depression and difficulties finding acceptance among their peers. It’s not overstating the problem to call it a national epidemic.
As a physician, this is a tough trend for me to witness. While it can result from pre-existing medical conditions, such as endocrine disorders, very often lifestyle issues are to blame when children become obese. It’s just a fact that we’re living in the digital age, when more and more children live their lives in front of televisions and computers. For many teens, texting and instant messaging account for much of their social activity. That means less time spent doing the things that kept us healthy as kids, like bike riding and shooting hoops. Read More
Sponsored by the Greensboro Children's Museum
If you are looking for some fun with the family next weekend, look no further! The Greensboro Children’s Museum is hosting their Green Acres Gala fund raising weekend of events on Friday, May 20th and Saturday May 21st. It kicks off with a much deserved parents night out at the Green Acres Gala “Black Tie and Blue Jeans” party from 6:30 p.m-11:00 p.m.
Join other adults for an evening of live music, dancing and delicious food and spirits from some of the area’s favorite local restaurants (Undercurrent, Bin 33, Maxie B’s, Southern Lights Bistro, and more!). You won’t want to miss this opportunity to enjoy the museum at night while helping raise money for the Museum Scholarship and Educational Program funds. Tickets are $50 per person and sponsorship opportunities are still available. You can purchase online at www.gcmuseum.com or by calling 336-574-2898, ext. 308. Read More
Sponsored by the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina
With June and the end of school less than a month away, most parents are still looking for the perfect summer camps for their children to learn, grow and thrive while also having a great time! Then look no further than summer camp at the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina.
Whether your child is looking to make new friends, improve sports skills, learn to shoot a bow and arrow or just have a great time, the Y has the answer. Each and every camp centers on our five character development traits of caring, honesty, respect, responsibility and faith. We also combine fun and adventure with age-appropriate, camper-centered programs, which incorporate new skills and group activities, all in a safe environment. Read More
By Kelly Melang, fitness enthusiast and blogger for Forsyth Family magazine
With the era of computer games, video games and the excuses they provide for a sedentary lifestyle, create the desire to exercise in your children by setting the example. Challenge them to hit the floor with you and show them how to get a few crunches in, don’t sit in front of the television with computers on, get outside and have a real conversation! Two benefits include great family time and keeping childhood obesity at bay! Make a commitment to MOVE and reap the benefits!
There are many benefits to regular exercise, especially with children. These include: Read More
By Katie Moosbrugger
Cabin fever is one thing we don’t handle well as a family. As soon as the temperatures hit the 60s we are outside! And as much as we love to explore around our home, we are always seeking an adventure elsewhere. One of our favorite things to do as a family is to go on a hike.
We are, by no means, professional hikers. Never were, and especially not now with kids. We simply just enjoy getting out, exploring, checking out beautiful scenery, experiencing natural wonders, and teaching our children to respect nature. And we take it easy, seriously. I’ve actually hiked through Stone Mountain with a two-month-old strapped in a Baby Bjorn on my belly, and we’ve taken my daughter at age two on trails at Pilot Mountain. Easy peasy is just fine for us (with kids, at least) and comfort, safety and simplicity are key to making sure everything goes smoothly. If this is your kind of outing, then keep reading for some tips and tricks I’ve discovered. Read More
By Guest Blogger Heather Bjork
September – school starting back and the start of soccer and football season. Fans of both sports are passionate in their love of these games. One does not have to look very far to spot people wearing football or soccer apparel around the Triad. Sports are an important part of most people’s lives, and they are commonly discussed at home, with friends, in the workplace, in cyber space and through any form of media that we come in contact with on a daily basis. As such, it seems we would be doing our children a disservice to not expose them to different sports and give them an opportunity to experience playing different sports. If you have not yet provided your child with the chance to get involved in a sport, think again. Even if you are not a “sports” person yourself, there are multiple benefits to allowing your child to play sports. Read More
By Guest Blogger Laura
A few weeks ago, our Girls on the Run team from Whitaker Elementary (Winston-Salem) joined more than 10,000 other dedicated walkers, runners and supporters in the Komen Race for the Cure held in Winston-Salem. The race was the culmination of twelve weeks of training that began with just a few laps around the soccer field on a frigid day in February. Our girls, who ranged in ages from 9 to 12, started at all different levels of fitness, and as coaches, we could not have been prouder to see each of them cross the finish line with her running buddy. Read More
By Guest Blogger, Kevin Redding
Our guest blogger, Kevin, grew up in Salisbury and spent many days exploring the forests, fields, and creeks. He and his wife, Lori, now live in Greensboro. They have a three-year-old son, who loves working in the garden with dad, and a 16-month-old daughter who will soon join in the fun. Kevin is the Executive Director of the Piedmont Land Conservancy. Read More