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ASK A MOM: Smelly boys, picky eaters, and vaccine anxiety

  Q: My 9-year-old son smells after soccer practice. Not sweaty kid smell—like, full-blown body odor. We make him shower every night, but is it too soon for deodorant? I don’t want to embarrass him.—Liz  A: No. Not too soon. If he needs it, he needs it. If you had a daughter who got her period younger than other girls,…

WEEKENDER: Winston-Salem

Photo Credit: Visit Winston-SalemAt just over an hour drive from Charlotte, Winston-Salem is an easy getaway if you find yourself with an unscheduled weekend ahead of the holiday season. Find seasonal festivals, fall foliage, holiday lights, and a mural-lined greenway. Leave the car at your hotel and explore seven walkable city blocks filled with restaurants, breweries, and shops, or escape…

ROOM WE LOVE: Drop Zone

Courtesy Chris Edwards  Charlotte Lucas isn’t afraid to use bold colors and whimsical patterns, and that’s exactly why clients across the city hire the designer to add some pizzazz to their homes. When it came to her own midcentury modern house in Eastover, Lucas mixed and matched unexpected patterns, colors, and furniture styles to create a drop-zone for her kids,…

THE MOM’S SPACE: The grieving mom’s island

Please be gentle with me. It’s a phrase that encompasses what many of us grieving moms want from others and need from ourselves. Yet too much gets in the way, leaving us feeling overwhelmed, paralyzed, and alone. Perhaps this is you, or maybe a friend or someone you know who has experienced the loss of a child. When a mother…

WEEKENDER: Elizabeth City

  Elizabeth City is a popular stop on the way to the Outer Banks in the summer months, but the waterfront town is also a great place for a family-friendly weekend trip in the fall. You’ll find cozy accommodations, a range of food and drink options, and lots of seasonal activities for kids. You can also see colorful foliage across…

Is Now the Right Time for a Baby?

When deciding the right time to have a baby, considerations like maternal age, finances, and ages of other children come into play. For more than a year, the pandemic has given couples even more reason to wonder, “Is now the right time?”   “Many people decided to put their desire to expand their families on hold due to the fear…

From the Mountains to the Beach: 3 Fall Kid-Less Getaways for Charlotteans

Photo courtesy of Asheville’s Applewood ManorEarlier this summer, my husband and I hiked through the woods near Linville Falls, leaving our three boys at home. I felt the stress of the last 18 months melt away. School, jobs, extended family, health, and safety had been our primary concerns. The focus on our partnership had stalled since the pandemic, and we’d…

ROOM WE LOVE: A Durable Dining Nook

Photo by Amanda Anderson Brooke Adler had a very specific timeline when she redesigned the breakfast nook in her client’s Myers Park home. The homeowner was expecting her third baby so she needed furniture that was in stock or had a reasonable backorder date, and everything had to withstand the daily wear-and-tear of three small children. “What’s cool is that…

ADVICE: Why Does My Kid Seem Uncoordinated?

Body awareness is an important part of the developmental process, but it’s not a milestone we pay much attention to. For many of us, body awareness is not something we have to think about as we go about our day.   Body awareness is having a sense of where our body’s parts are in space and how those parts move….

How to Be an Ally Parent

June is LGBTQ Awareness Month, and across the country, picnics, parades, and workshops celebrate gay pride. They also provide an opportunity to support members of the LGBTQ community and educate your children on different family structures and backgrounds. If you or your child want to be an ally but aren’t sure how, here are some tips from experts:    Embrace…

ADVICE: Why Does My Kid Struggle with Noise?

A few hours at a local pizza restaurant with singing animals on stage, screaming kids, and the incessant pings of arcade games is enough to put me over the edge. I can usually hold it together, but as soon as my kids start screaming or fighting in the car, I lose it. The reason for this, like some of our…

ROOM WE LOVE: Above and Beyond

John Soprano, owner of Sopranos Building and Restoration, has done custom carpentry in and around the Fort Mill area for more than 20 years. From master closets to staircases to pool house gazebos, there’s almost nothing he can’t do. When his wife Tammy, a realtor, sold the oldest of the couple’s three grown daughters a home in Waxhaw, Tammy suggested…

When Mother’s Day is a Hard Day

We can all agree that motherhood is hard work and moms are more than deserving of a day that celebrates them and all they do. But for some people, Mother’s Day can be difficult. “There is an assumption that it’s a happy day for everyone, but motherhood is an inherently complex,” says Dr. Alexis Conason, a psychologist in New York…

MOM WE LOVE: Shannon Spake

Shannon Spake with her two boys, Brady and Liam.Between hosting NASCAR race coverage for Fox Sports, anchoring the daily NASCAR show RACE HUB for FSI, and interviewing NFL players for FOX on Sunday afternoons, Shannon Spake knows how to juggle. She and her husband Jerry McSorley are parents of 11-year-old twin boys, Liam and Brady, and oh yeah, she’s also…

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