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March 15, 2018

From the Smarty Health Corner and CEENTA: The Truth About Tongue-Tie

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

Have you or someone you know ever been called “tongue-tied” after stumbling over your words? Sure, it’s a light tease, but did you know it’s also a real condition that can affect your baby? Happy family baby

Tongue-tie – or ankyloglossia – is a condition in which a band of tissue, known as the frenulum, is too long or too tight and ties the bottom of the tongue to the floor of the mouth. At birth this can cause difficulty latching on while breastfeeding, pain for the mother while feeding, and overall decreased feeding time. At older ages it can cause children to mispronounce words while saying certain sounds.

Tongue-tie can be present at birth. While some doctors are able to identify it right away during a newborn’s exam, it may be missed and be present for many years. You can you tell if your baby is tongue-tied if they have: Read More →

March 9, 2018

Smarty Summer Camp Guide 2018: Girls on the Run

Camp GOTR Primary

Camp GOTR combines the best of Girls on the Run with all the fun of camp! During each week-long session, rising 3rd – rising 5th grade girls will build friendships in a fun and inclusive setting that includes interactive games, being physically active, and expressing creativity through art & crafts and storytelling.

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Camp GOTR by Girls on the Run will provide a one-of-a-kind opportunity for girls to develop self-confidence and learn life skills they can use now and as they grow! Girls on the Run will be offering two weeks of camp, Girls Have Heart which focuses on emotions, and Girls Have Power which focuses on friendship. Read More →

February 27, 2018

From the Smarty Health Corner and CEENTA: 5 steps to springtime allergy relief

CEENTA Spring Allergies 2018

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

Spring is almost here! Some of you will love watching the trees turn green and the plant life come back, but some of you will be looking at it with a sense of dread because you know that means one thing: allergies. Today we want to offer you five steps to help you get relief during the coming season.

Get tested: The first thing to do is find out exactly which allergens are bothering you. CEENTA does both skin and blood tests, and once they’re done they can begin developing a treatment plan for you.

Avoid the allergens: One of the easiest ways to reduce your allergy symptoms is to practice avoidance techniques. If possible, don’t go outside in the early morning, when pollen is at its heaviest. You can check the pollen count daily online. Also, keep your windows shut. This will keep pollen outside, where it belongs.

Rinse with saline: Rinsing your nasal passages with saline after spending time outdoors flushes the pollen from your nose, which minimizes your contact with allergens. Read More →

February 14, 2018

From the Smarty Health Corner and CEENTA: When your child hurts your face

CEENTA Protect Your Face

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

It seems like just yesterday your baby was a tiny newborn, wrapped in blankets and sleeping the day away. Now little Timmy has grown up just enough to start exploring the world around him, but he’s still not too big to hold. But as adorable as he is, and as much as he loves his mommy and daddy, those exploring hands of his may accidentally injure you. Let’s talk about what to watch out for and what to do if your little one does hurt some part of your face.

Before we start, we both know that your child isn’t intentionally trying to hurt you. Babies and toddlers are impulsive, aren’t completely aware of their bodies, don’t always have complete control of their bodies, and don’t understand the consequences of their actions. So remember: what’s painful to you might just be playful curiosity to them. Read More →

January 29, 2018

Five sleep tips from a veteran night sitter

A piece of advice I got over and over as a soon-to-be twin mom was to get a “night nurse.” Veteran twin moms told me to do it, so did doctors, moms of multiple young children and some of the best mothers I know. Thanks to the generosity of a relative, I was able to do it and for our first 3 ½ months with twins, we had a night sitter in our home three nights a week. Frankly I’m not sure how we would have made it without her.

Having newborn twins as well as a nearly 2-year-old son meant the whole “sleep when the baby sleeps” tactic is really hard to pull off. It’s twice as likely somebody is awake! I am breastfeeding too, so I wasn’t going to get to sleep through the night even with a night sitter. But having three nights a week when I could spend only 15 minutes pumping every three hours, while letting the night sitter bottle-feed the babies, change them and get them back to sleep – which could sometimes take me up to an hour and a half – made all the difference. I could be a human being for my older son during the day and my husband could show up rested for work about half the time! JeannetteGregory

Jeannette Gregory was recommended to me by twin mom and our own Queen Smarty, Jen Plym. Thank you Jen!!! Gregory doesn’t night sit herself anymore but runs an impressive team of women who do. (While some registered nurses do provide this kind of service, the women who work for Gregory aren’t technically nurses. She calls them “night sitters.” They sleep train; they don’t handle medical issues.) Read More →

January 25, 2018

From the Smarty Health Corner and CEENTA: Talk about glaucoma today

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

Your parents go to the doctor to ask about any aches and pains or notable changes in their health, but do they ask about conditions with no signs? Many conditions, from strokes to glaucoma, don’t have symptoms, but it’s just as important to talk to your parents about symptomless conditions as those with obvious signs. CEENTA Glaucoma

Luckily, January is Glaucoma Awareness Month, so let’s discuss talking to your parents about this disease.

Glaucoma is an optic nerve disease often called the “silent thief of sight” because there usually aren’t symptoms until the disease has progressed. The optic nerve is made up of many nerve fibers inside the eye, and transmits images you see from the eye to the brain. Glaucoma damages those fibers, which can cause blind spots and vision loss if left untreated. It is often, but not always, caused by a buildup of pressure in the eye when fluid cannot drain properly, but the exact cause is not known and can have multiple factors. Read More →

January 22, 2018

Glorious sleep

“For those who are sick and tired of being sick and tired!” – Arianna Huffington

Do you remember the last time you weren’t tired? If you truly want to thrive, sleep is a nonnegotiable. When our babies enter our world, we focus on their sleep, our sleep, and then sleep becomes a continual subject, even battle in some households, with night terrors and bedtime disasters. A new reality of thinking about sleep all too much is born and reborn with each baby.

Once upon a time sleep was revered. Now it seems there is so much pride in how little we sleep, stamping emails at 3 AM to show how vested we are in our work. Netflix and iPhones invaded some of our bedrooms, keeping us up longer than we often realize (hello blue light and active brainwaves). Oftentimes, I stay up later than I should to have my own time to read or to just savor the stillness to decompress. IMG_0105

In my last article, I shared a little about my decade long battle to sleep well. I often wonder if I have created a self fulfilling prophecy, putting sleep up on a pedestal while fearing it at the same time. Perhaps I think about it too much? Maybe if I just stopped worrying about not sleeping, I would, well, sleep. Gosh I love sleep. So how do you love something so much and then fail at it? I have some work to do…

While searching for a few book club titles through the Mecklenburg Library app, I felt like someone from above was trying to get my attention. I have never read a book about sleep, however, I have read more sleep articles than you can imagine. When Arianna Huffington’s book The Sleep Revolution appeared in my queue, I borrowed the book immediately. Read More →

January 12, 2018

From Girls on the Run Charlotte: Five Ways to Teach Kids to Value Improvement Over Winning

By Allison Riley, PhD, Girls on the Run International

One of my two-year-old daughter’s favorite activities is playing with blocks. She enjoys exploring their shape and texture as well as sorting them by color and size. Her ultimate fun is tower building. Since her ability to stack began to bud, she’s spent countless hours stacking and stacking, working her hardest to build an even taller tower. As she stacks blocks on top of one another, I can see the range of emotions crossing her face and, when each tower ultimately comes crashing down, these feelings, particularly frustration, are often magnified. Spring 2018 Program Registration Dates

As I sit on the floor alongside my daughter and observe her structural pursuits, I recognize her effort and remind her of her personal improvement. “You could stack 5 blocks last week and now you can stack 10 blocks. Wow!” Each time her tower falls I encourage her to keep trying and, occasionally, I show her different ways to stack the blocks.

What I am attempting to do, even at this young age, is to create a mastery motivational climate. Perhaps you haven’t heard this specific term before, but the underlying concept is likely a familiar one. In a mastery climate, the emphasis is placed on personal improvement and effort, and mistakes are seen as learning opportunities.

A performance climate, the opposite of a mastery climate, focuses on competition and favorable comparison to others. In the example above, I would instead make the tallest tower I could and define success for my daughter by comparing the height of her tower to the height of mine. Instead of focusing on her growing skill, I would turn tower-building into a lopsided competition. Hopefully we can agree that this approach would not be effective (or pleasant) with my toddler. Why, then, is it so common in youth sports?

As a parent, caretaker or coach, here’s what you can do to create a mastery climate for the kids in your life:

1. Reflect on your own experience in sport and physical activity as a kid.
Gaining an awareness of how your own experiences might influence the environment you’re creating for your kids is a critical first step. After you reflect on your experience and the feelings that those experiences evoked, commit to doing things differently if needed. Just because you were constantly compared to others doesn’t mean it has to be that way for your kids.

2. Recognize effort and personal improvement. In many youth physical activity contexts, only the best athletes are praised and encouraged (performance climate). If we want all kids to have a good experience with physical activity, this is not the most effective approach. When you talk to your kid after a game, instead of asking if they won or who scored the most goals, ask them how they think they improved and if they tried their best.

3. Provide opportunities to practice skills. In a mastery climate, the focus is on learning, so it’s important that kids have a chance to practice their newly developed skills. As a parent, you can help your kids grow by taking some time to work individually with them outside of the practice or game setting. Read More →

January 11, 2018

Smarty Alert: Charlotte Pediatric Clinic Now Accepting Online Reservations for Weekend Sick Visits

We have the BEST news for our Smarty families with kids at Charlotte Pediatrics. The Weekend Sick Clinic at the SouthPark office is now accepting reservations online for established patients to reserve appointments on Saturdays and Sundays from 8-11:45 AM. We LOVE this new capability!

To reserve an appointment time, call 704-367-7400 or reserve your spot online here.Sick child boy lying in bed with a fever, resting

You can visit the weekend sick clinic to treat:

– Abdominal pain – recent onset
– Coughing or wheezing
– Ear pain
– Eye redness or drainage
– Fever
– Headache
– Injury
– Nasal congestion
– Rash
– Sore throat
– Vomiting or diarrhea
– Urinary symptoms

Thank you, Charlotte Pediatrics! Love, the Smarty Moms of Charlotte

Charlotte Pediatric SouthPark

4501 Cameron Valley Pkwy.
Charlotte, NC 28211
Phone: 704-367-7400
Fax: 704-367-7555

January 8, 2018

My Sleep Journey

Sleep and I were once in love. We spent hours together, sometimes half the day. Judging from the amount of time we were together, you would think we were forever inseparable. It was glorious looking back; I was really, really good at sleeping. Then everything changed about ten years ago forever (prior to that, my sleep was poor but I didn’t need as much).1920

Since that dreadful first night of poor sleep, tossing and turning, I have always maintained that “tonight will be the night I sleep really, really well.” I mean this certainly can’t go on forever. While ten years is not forever, it is forever to an insomniac. You see, when you don’t sleep well, your brain mashes everything up into a giant brain game where you have to sort everything out.

About a year ago, I made the concrete decision to not talk about my poor relationship with sleep anymore. I didn’t want to be labeled or known as “the poor sleeper.” I also recognized how I was overstaying my welcome with all my sleep talks with friends. It’s not that they weren’t concerned, rather they were tired of my conversation being set on repeat. And by talking about it so frequently, I was in a way creating a self fulfilling prophecy. Obsessions are only productive when it applies to vocations. I even decided to halt telling my family how truly tired I was most days, continuing to try to “fake it until I make it.”

When doctors ask me if I have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, I answer “C, all of the above.” I may not fall asleep until 2 AM, I may fall asleep at 10:30 PM and then be wide awake until 2 AM, or I may never get into a deep sleep at all. The irony is that despite how tired I am during the evening, once I go to bed, I am wide awake. Why does my brain want to be so productive during the evening! Doesn’t my brain know that I have to be a mom the next day, work, and be on 100% all day! Read More →

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