Kids & Family

Training didn't quite go as planned for this writer and her daughter. Photo: Martyn Kyle

Against the wind: The family who trains together…pains together?

For me, parenting is often about managing my own expectations. I get all fired up about some idealized vision I concoct, then struggle with the way the reality is inevitably messier, louder, smellier, whinier…more real. Have you ever seen the site pinterestfail.com? It showcases pictures of beautifully photographed, adorable projects side-by-side with user-submitted photos of […]

At last month’s Dogwood Festival, the targets used for children’s shooting contests
featured a drawing of a man with a turban, dark beard, hooded eyes, and a star over where his mouth should be. Image courtesy of Dahlia Lithwick

Misfire: Two moms mouth off about Dogwood Festival target

Last month Charlottesville hosted the 65th annual Dogwood Festival, a joyful and exuberant celebration of everything that is fun, delicious, and family friendly about the city. Over the course of the festivities, thousands of locals and tourists jammed the fairgrounds to play games, try out thrilling rides, and see their friends and neighbors in a […]

Fifth graders at Tandem Friends School learn basic poses in preparation for next year, when they’ll have regular yoga practices incorporated into PE classes.  Staff photo

UVA student introduces yoga to local PE classes

At 9am on Monday, when most of us were grumbling about returning to the office, a small group of fifth graders was spreading yoga mats out on a gym floor, taking deep breaths, and preparing for a short yoga session. UVA third year, athlete, and practicing yogi Bennett Reck led the kids through a 15-minute […]