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April 26, 2017

Smarty Scoop on Weekend Events: April 28-30

Discovery Place

Smarty Scoop is proudly sponsored by Discovery Place, Discovery Place KIDS – Huntersville and The Charlotte Nature Museum.


13th Annual Hope Floats Duck Race
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy., Charlotte, NC
April 30, 2:00pm – 5:00pm, All ages, Free (parking not included)
Summary: Thousands of Charlotteans of all ages will line the banks of the main channel to watch over 15,000 adopted (and adorable), sun-glass wearing, rubber duckies brave the rapids towards the finish line. This free, family-friendly fun event begins at 2pm with live music, games, kids activities, and appearances by Quackers, our official race mascot!
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April 25, 2017

Smarty Tips on Divorce Part 3: Co-Parenting After the Divorce

CSP Team Note: This is final post in a three-part series written by Rebecca Wofford, a family law attorney and partner at Wofford Law, PLCC to help our readers navigate the divorce process. Read part one here and part two here.

Most clients are ready for the divorce process to be over and, when they have settled all of their issues, they breathe a sigh of relief. However, there can be issues that arise after the divorce is finalized — especially for parents. Here are some general answers to questions that arise for parents after divorce. Divorce Part 3.jpg

For a collaborative case or when parents settle their divorce issues amicably, a lawyer will most often prepare both a separation agreement and a consent order for custody and support. The separation agreement contains the terms for equitable distribution, i.e. the division of marital property, and spousal support. This agreement is a contract between the parties and is not generally filed with the court unless someone breaches the agreement or does not abide by its terms. Hopefully, you and your spouse will divide all of your property exactly how the agreement says you will do this and the supporting spouse will pay spousal support in accordance with the terms of the agreement. If one party does not follow through or violates the agreement, the other side would have a claim for breach of contract he or she may file with the court. This agreement is non-modifiable meaning once you and your spouse have signed it in front of a notary, it is binding and won’t be changed without the consent of both parties.

For issues related to children, generally speaking, we advise clients to have those terms included in a consent order that the court will approve. This document is filed with the court and is modifiable. Unlike property and spousal support, for children, our law does not expect parents to be able to ascertain everything that is in the children’s best interests for every year between the time the order is entered and when they turn 18. A child’s needs change as he grows. Read More →

April 24, 2017

From the Smarty Health Corner and CEENTA: What to expect from a tonsillectomy or adenoidectomy

By our Smarty friends at Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat Associates, P.A.

Parents only want the best for their children, especially when it comes to their health. Sometimes, that means your child needs surgery, like the very common tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy. While the idea of your child getting anesthesia and undergoing surgery can be nerve-wracking for a parent, this month we want to tell you what they’re like and help you feel more relaxed if your child ever needs these surgeries.Young girl hospital bed

Tonsils are small glands on either side of the throat and the adenoid is a small gland at the top of the throat behind the nose. Both are part of the immune system, but they have a limited role. Some people need them removed because they are frequently infected and make the person sick. Others need them removed because they are enlarged, which can cause sleep apnea, eating problems, delayed growth, constant nasal obstruction and congestion, poor alignment of teeth and abnormal facial development, and a poor disposition and irritable behavior.

Before surgery

CEENTA has 34 physicians providing tonsil and adenoid care. They perform surgery in a number of outpatient centers across the region. If your child needs surgery, your doctor will talk with you to find a facility convenient for you.

If your child does need surgery, the best thing you can do for them is to prepare them for a realistic expectation of the entire experience, said Lauren Hall, the Prep/Post-Anesthesia Care Unit Clinical Supervisor at the SouthPark Surgery Center in CEENTA’s Fairview Road location. Get a book from the library or reading about it on the Internet is very helpful.

“Please do not tell them they are ‘just going to the doctor,’” Ms. Hall said. “Every trip to the doctor after the surgery will then create fear and dread of medical providers due to the surprise of pain and confusion after surgery and anesthesia.” Read More →

April 22, 2017

Smarty Mom: Joanna Reule

I’m thrilled to introduce you to my friend Joanna Reule. Since my love of movies has been pretty established at this point, I have a great story about the power of film. Many people are touched by important stories, but Joanna went one step further and took action when she was inspired. Here’s her terrific story:

I am married to Dave and we have four adorable and rambunctious children. We have lived in Charlotte for our whole 13 years of marriage. Disclaimer- he is the most wonderful man on the planet, and would probably be a monk and/or canonized saint if I hadn’t seduced him with my charm and wit, after we met at UNC Chapel Hill while volunteering for Young Life… is ‘seduce’ too strong of word to use in article about homemade bone broth and alongside a reference to volunteering for a Christian organization? You tell me. Either way, I think you get my point, I basically hit the marriage jackpot with one lucky pull. 2016 Christmas card photo

And without Dave believing in me and Brave Bone Broth, this whole thing wouldn’t have happened, hence the disclaimer.

Tell me how a night at the movies sparked your amazing new idea:

After an inconspicuous girls night to go see the movie “Lion” (and escaping putting all four kids to bed!), I came home a sobbing wreck with a broken heart. As I tried to tell my poor, confused husband what had just happened to me, I could barely put it into words. Read More →

April 21, 2017

Fitness Friday: #tuckforacause at Pure Barre Ballantyne

Join the sweet ladies over at Pure Barre Ballantyne next Thursday, April 27, for TWO donation-only classes for Amy Early, a Pure Barre Ballantyne client who has stage IV kidney failure. Amy will be getting a kidney transplant from her twin sister, Rebecca, soon. Pure Barre Ballantyne hopes donations will not only help with the cost associated with the transplant, but will also show Amy how much the community stands behind her.Amy Early.jpg

Here’s what Pure Barre Ballantyne says about Amy:

Amy is an incredible, thoughtful and compassionate person. She is a dedicated 1st grade teacher who has put her heart into helping her students every single day. She has given so much to this community and it is our turn to give back.

You can also read more about her story here. Read More →

April 20, 2017

Smarty Giveaway: Win a Family 5-Pack to Carowinds’ Taste of the Carolinas!

Carowinds Taste of Carolinas

Carowinds is gearing up for the kick-off of the premiere spring festival, Taste of the Carolinas, this weekend. In typical Smarty style, we want you to join us in the festivities! We are giving one lucky Smarty a Family 5-Pack to Taste of the Carolinas, which runs Saturdays and Sundays from April 22 through May 14.

Get a taste of the best food, entertainment and culture from seven different regions all around the Carolinas, all in one day!


Carowinds is where the Carolinas come together, and on Saturdays and Sundays from April 22 through May 14, we’re bringing together the best from seven distinct cultures from North and South Carolina. Come to enjoy gourmet food and handcrafted beverages, homemade arts and crafts, first-rate entertainment, and memorable experiences from:

– North Carolina’s Asheville and the mountains, Outer Banks, and Lexington
– South Carolina’s Upstate, BBQ region, Lowcountry, and Charleston Read More →

April 19, 2017

Smarty Review and FLASH Giveaway: Children’s Theatre of Charlotte’s ‘Go, Dog. Go!’

“Go, Dog. Go!”Go,-Dog,-Go!-Final

** This giveaway is closed. We have chosen a winner **

Children’s Theatre of Charlotte
Recommended for ages 4 and older
Adapted by Allison Gregory and Steven Dietz
Adapted from the book “Go, Dog. Go!” by P.D. Eastman

From our friends at the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte:

Every dog will have its day. And at Children’s Theatre of Charlotte this April, every dog will have its party, too!

The long-beloved P.D. Eastman book, Go, Dog. Go! comes to life on Children’s Theatre of Charlotte’s stage from April 7 to April 23 in a zany, madcap musical version. This rendition comes courtesy of the genius playwriting minds of Steven Dietz and Allison Gregory and is sure to have audiences howling in their seats with laughter.

“The classic picture book has captivated multiple generations since the first edition hit book stores in 1961,”Mark Sutton, director, said. “Yet, amazingly enough, the energy leaping off each page is as powerful today as ever.”

Originally written as an introduction to reading with a collection of mostly monosyllabic words, Eastman’s classic introduces young children to the joys of literature through big dogs, little dogs, black dogs and white dogs, as well as the familiar faces of Red Dog, Green Dog, Yellow Dog and Blue Dog. Read More →

Smarty Scoop on Weekend Events: April 21-23

Discovery Place

Smarty Scoop is proudly sponsored by Discovery Place, Discovery Place KIDS – Huntersville and The Charlotte Nature Museum.

Star Gazer: A Trek Into Outer Space
Booth Playhouse
130 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC
April 21-23, See website for schedule, $25+
Summary: A Trek Into Outer Space blends 3D mapping with dance and circus arts to fly you through our solar system. Stella is a young and curious girl who gazes out her bedroom window one night at the stars and the moon wondering what it would be like to visit the other planets.

Independence Park
300 Hawthorne Lane, Charlotte, NC
April 22, 10:00am – 3:00pm, All ages
Summary: Walk for the Animals is the HSC’s annual 2K fundraising walk. This is a fun family walk for people and pets of all ages. Walk with your pet or on your own. You’ll have a great time and you’ll get a warm furry feeling by raising money to help the animals. Your walk registration fee and fundraising proceeds will help us to meet our event goal of $160,000. Come and walk!! The shelter pets will love you for it. Read More →

April 17, 2017

From the Smarty Health Corner and Signature Pediatrics: What’s the latest word on sleep?

By our Smarty friends at Signature Pediatrics

Did you know that driving a car when sleep deprived is as dangerous as drunk driving? The effect of being awake for 24 hours and then driving is equivalent to having a blood alcohol level of 0.10! That’s worse than drunk driving which has a cutoff of 0.08!Kid Sleeping

What has that got to do with kids? We all know how lousy it feels to be sleep deprived, but few of us realize how much our thinking and reaction time has suffered from sleep deprivation. Inadequate sleep really and truly has a detrimental effect on brain function. And as true as that is for adults, it has an even greater effect on the developing brains of children.

New guidelines for sleep in childhood have come out from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the American Academy of Pediatrics:

Age & Recommended Hours of Sleep per 24 Hours
4-12 months – 12-16 hours (including naps)
1-2 years – 11 – 14 hours (including naps)
3-5 years – 10-13 hours (including naps)
6-12 years – 9-12 hours
13-18 years – 8-10 hours

Regularly getting less than the recommended amount of sleep is linked to difficult childhood behaviors and certain pediatric medical problems. These include irritability, difficulty concentrating, obesity, headaches, high blood pressure and depression. In fact, the exact behaviors that can lead to a diagnosis of ADHD are identical to behaviors seen from inadequate sleep. Read More →

April 16, 2017

Sunday Smarty Share from SHARE Charlotte: DO GOOD as a Family

By Addie Rising,, a free, easy and local website that makes it easy to learn about and engage with our local nonprofits.

As moms, we volunteer a lot. In fact, 30 percent of parents volunteer in some capacity, according to data collected by the Corporation for National & Community Service. But most of my volunteer hours are spent at my children’s schools or at church, which I love.do_good_week_LOGO

But I’m always searching for ways my entire family can get out together and DO GOOD. Luckily there are many opportunities that are family-friendly.

Here are six volunteer activities you can do with your family:

Help with childcare at Project 658
Project 658 meets immediate needs of Charlotte’s international community by providing English classes for adults, a clothing store, child care, after school activities, medical services, counseling, culinary training and job development opportunities. Volunteers will assist room teachers in taking care of and instructing children ages 0-5 of ESL students. Activities include reading, playing outside, coloring, snack time, etc. Read More →

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