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October 10, 2017

Smarty Podcast: Social Media Parenting – Delaying Technology and Social Media Presence


Welcome back to the Charlotte Smarty Pants podcast series, which is powered by Charlotte Star Room, Charlotte’s premier boutique music development and corporate video production studio + the best Pop Star birthday parties in the QC, AND professional voice lessons in a studio.

Today we’re talking to local mom, Anne Willette. Anne talks to Smarties Jen and Cheryl about the community she and fellow parents from her kids’ school are creating to help navigate the tricky world of social media parenting. Their “Wait til 8th” strategy is something you’ll definitely want to hear about if you’ve got kids in elementary or middle school.

You can join Anne and educators from all over our city at our Smarty Town Hall on Social Media Parenting 2.0. Click here to register. We hope to see you at Charlotte Latin School on October 29 – join the conversation!

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From the Smarty Education Corner: Learn how to bring CEO success to students at the Oct. 26 Fletcher Forum!

You’re invited to attend (free of charge) The Fletcher Community Forum on October 26 to hear an engaging presentation from award winning CEO in the public and private sector, Neil Peterson!

Throughout his career, Neil learned the value of an Executive Coach in helping him achieve success. In 2005, he created the Edge Foundation with the goal of providing the same benefits to students that CEOs have been relying on for decades. He reasoned that students, especially those who have learning, attention and executive functioning challenges could excel with the support of an Executive Coach, just as businessmen do.

Since its inception, Edge has expanded to provide Edge Coaching in public, charter and private schools in the District of Columbia, California, New York, and Washington states. Specially trained Edge Coaches have helped students achieve outstanding results. For example, coaching has led to rising GPAs and has helped students learn the skills needed to survive in school and to excel in life. Neil will discuss how Edge Coaching works and the many ways that learning differences can be strengths for students, parents, entrepreneurs and others.

Date: Thursday, October 26, 2017
Time: 7:00-8:30pm
Location: The Fletcher School Gymnasium, 8500 Sardis Road, Charlotte, NC 28270
Cost: Free of charge

After a successful career as the Seattle, Oakland, and Los Angeles METRO transportation leader and founder of the awardFletcherForumSpeaker winning car-sharing company, Flexcar, Neil Peterson retired and embarked on a new career. Taking lessons learned from his years as a CEO and as the father of two bright children with ADHD, Neil created the Edge Foundation to bring executive coaching to students. He believed that personal coaching, delivered by professionals trained to work with ADHD, could help students develop fully and gain an increased sense of purpose, happiness, and self-esteem. Neil Peterson and The Edge Foundation provide students and families with a crucial edge in their struggles with the challenges of ADHD.

This workshop is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Read More →

October 8, 2017

Smarty Alert: This Week’s School Open Houses


Don’t miss this week’s School Open Houses we’ve listed below. This is NOT the full Open House listing for each school or school system – it’s just this week’s. For our full listing of open houses, please see our 2017 Smarty School Open House Guide.

Charlotte Country Day School

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Charlotte Country Day School
1440 Carmel Road
Charlotte, NC 28226
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October 5, 2017

From the Smarty Health Corner and CEENTA: The Importance of the HPV Vaccine – A Smarty Podcast


CSP Team Note: Welcome to our Smarty Podcast Series where we talk to experts from all over Charlotte on relevant parenting topics from health to education and everything in between! Feel free to listen while you’re commuting to work, making dinner, folding laundry, exercising, or any other multi-tasking endeavor! We LOVE the podcast flexibility! We’ve partnered with Southeast Psych’s Shrink Tank and Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat Associates, P.A. for this podcast – enjoy!

In this week’s podcast, we talk to Dr. Douglas Villaret of Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat Associates, P.A. about something you might not associate with eye, ear, noses, and throats – the HPV vaccine. While at first glance, you might think these things don’t go together, we encourage you to take a listen to this podcast. HPV can affect many different areas of the body in different ways, and Dr. Villaret is great at bringing this real-life issue into the forefront.

Dr. Villaret is an ENT doctor and head & neck cancer specialist who practices in CEENTA’s SouthPark and Pineville offices. He graduated from Stanford University and earned his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati. He is fellowship-trained in head and neck cancer treatment and has cared for patients in both North and South Carolina.

A big thanks to Dr. Villaret for his time. Hope you enjoy the podcast, and make sure to share, share, share!

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October 4, 2017

Register now for the Smarty Pants Town Hall on Social Media Parenting 2.0

CSP Town Hall 2.0

Do you feel like keeping up with your kids’ social media is a full-time job? You’re not alone. Parents today have it hard. We’re all playing catch up with the social media world and often feel overwhelmed by how to parent through it. Our first Town Hall on Social Media Parenting was a huge success, and now we’re back excited to host our second Town Hall on Social Media Parenting (we call it 2.0) where parents and experts in our community can come together to discuss kids and social media. This time around you’ll have plenty of time for small group discussion that will be relevant to your family’s needs – whether you’re holding off on social media and devices or all-in. We’ve got local experts for everyone.

Charlotte Smarty Pants is partnering with Charlotte Latin School on October 29th at Charlotte Latin School for this event. All parents from preschool to high school and from any school are welcome to join in on the conversation. Our goal is to bring knowledge, relief, and empowerment to navigate the iGeneration. And guest what? It’s FREE.

We hope you join us because let’s face it: what happens in my kid’s school affects what happens in yours thanks to social media. Meet the panelists here.

Event Details:

Sunday, October 29 from 2-4pm

Charlotte Latin School
Thies Auditorium
9502 Providence Rd, Charlotte, NC 28277

What to expect:
We’ll start out as one big group then (2) 30-minute breakout session blocks, (4) breakout panels. Panels will repeat for the 2nd session block. When you register, you’ll be prompted to tell us what (2) breakout session topics you plan to attend.

Register here now. Hope to see you there! Read More →

Smarty Scoop On Weekend Events October 6-8


Scarowinds & The Great Pumpkin Fest
14523 Carowinds Blvd., Charlotte, NC
The Great Pumpkin Fest

Scarrigan Farms Haunted Trail
Carrigan Farms
1213 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy, Mooresville, NC
October 7 – October 31, See website for schedule, Ages 12 and up, $25
Summary: On select October nights (highlighted in red on the right sidebar / schedule page) our 170 acre farm is transformed into the scariest haunted trail in the region. If you are looking for a new and out of the ordinary way to get your heart pumping and adrenaline rushing this October, Scarrigan Farms is the place for you. This is not a trail for kids. If you’re under 12 come back when you’re old enough. We’ll be waiting. Read More →

October 2, 2017

The 2017 Smarty Awards – Vote Now!

They’re back and better than ever! For TEN years Charlotte parents have given their biggest shout-outs to local businesses and professionals through the CSP Smarty Awards. We absolutely LOVE this pink ‘n green award because we {heart} anything local and we love recognizing how awesome our city is. This year is no exception! We want Y-O-U, Smarty Charlotte, to vote for your QC favorites.CSP-204.SmartyAwards2017

We will accept nominations now through 10 PM on October 16. We’ll tally all entries (one per Smarty email address, please) and announce the winners on Tuesday, October 24th. Vote here now!
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October 1, 2017

Smarty Alert: This Week’s School Open Houses


Don’t miss this week’s School Open Houses we’ve listed below. This is NOT the full Open House listing for each school or school system – it’s just this week’s. For our full listing of open houses, please see our 2017 Smarty School Open House Guide.

Charlotte Christian School

Early Education Enrichment Opportunities
Prospective students ages 4-6 and their parents are invited to be our guests and experience the Charlotte Christian Early Education program through 45-minute, discovery-based learning/play events.

STEM – Oct. 3 at 3:15 p.m. – Led by our lower school STEM enrichment teacher, hands-on activities will spawn curiosity and creativity in the world of science and technology in an age appropriate and balanced lesson.

Please contact the admissions team to tour the campus, reserve your space at an upcoming open house or enrichment activity by calling (704) 366-5657, e-mailing or visiting

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Charlotte Christian School
7301 Sardis Road
Charlotte, NC 28270
(704) 366-5657
Twitter: @charchristiannc
Instagram: @charlottechristianschool

Charlotte Latin School

Admission Events

TK & Kindergarten
October 6, 2017
9:30 – 11:30 a.m.


Charlotte Latin School
9502 Providence Road
Charlotte, NC 28277a
Admissions Office: 704-846-7207
twitter: @charlottelatin

September 28, 2017

Save the Date: Town Hall on Social Media Parenting 2.0 on Sunday, October 29th!


Save the date, Smarties! CSP in partnership with Charlotte Latin School is presenting the Town Hall on Social Media Parenting 2.0 October 29, 2017 from 2-4 pm at Charlotte Latin School. More details and registration coming soon, but put it in the calendar and plan to join us! The event is FREE and open to anyone from any school and for parents of preschoolers to high school and beyond. Let’s keep the conversation going, Smarty Charlotte!

September 27, 2017

Smarty Giveaway: Win a set of Grund Organic Bath Rugs valued at $124.99!

Grund Bath Rugs

Team CSP was lucky enough to try some of Grund’s super soft organic bath rugs this summer and we instantly fell in love! And guess what? You will too because one lucky Smarty will get to try a bath rug set, valued at $124.99 – and they are still offering a super Smarty Steal on all home goods through the end of September! Read on!

About Grund Organic Cotton Home Goods:

At Grund, we believe what you put on your body is just as important as what you put in it. That’s why we offer high quality, all natural products that are better for you and better for the planet. As parents, we have many things to worry about, but with Grund’s organic cotton rugs and towels, you can have one less worry on your list. All of our products are made from non-GMO organic cotton and possess ZERO toxic chemicals. We validate every step in our entire supply chain to ensure no harmful chemicals are used from field to finished products. So, you can feel good knowing each towel and rug is responsibly made to the highest social and environmental standards.

The Grund® Organic Cotton bath rug collection is made of Organic Cotton, and is available in a range of soothing colors including ivory, driftwood, and green tea. The Asheville Organic Cotton bath rug is our softest and most luxurious bath rug yet, with an exquisitely soft and thick sheared pile that you’ll want to plunge your feet into after bath time. Made from 100% GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) Certified Organic Cotton, this luxurious bath rug is over 50% thicker than most bath rugs. The Asheville also comes with a unique National Floor Safety Institute Certified non-slip backing to keep the rug safely in place. Read More →

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