In our family, we’re all about age-appropriate transparency. If our kids have questions about something mature, we do our best to provide honest, clear answers. And if there’s something I don’t know, we read a book or Google it...
Do you remember your first cell phone? I do. The first one I had, which was only mine, was a pink Razor flip phone I bought when I was 22. I often forgot to bring it with me, forgot...
My daughter entered kindergarten this year. While she had some anxieties at first, she's really grown to love it, and so have I! Here are five reasons why... 1. The Art So much art and worksheets daily. The pile is bigger...
Central Carolina Community Foundation is now accepting scholarship applications for the 2022-2023 school year now through March 5, 2022. More than 200 scholarship opportunities are available — totaling over $500,000. Interested students should visit www.yourfoundation.org/scholarships to view eligibility criteria...
We don't do Santa. I'm going to just get that out of the way. Close your mouth and keep reading. My son is a teenager now so it's too late to change our mind on that. The reasons don't...
My daughter loves makeup. She's been intrigued by it since she was a toddler. The shiny lip gloss, the sparkly eyeshadow, and the fluffy brushes all beckoned her to unleash her creativity on her face. And why not? Makeup...
Once upon a time, I kind of freaked out about having a baby. It was our first, and who knew what to expect? All I knew was that life would change forever, and we were most likely highly unqualified...
Middle school readers are wonderfully unique. They are right between Middle Grade books, which are appropriate for fourth through seventh grade, and Young Adult literature, which spans middle and high school. How does one find appropriate, interesting books for...

Parenting Teens

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Being a parent to teens has always been hard, but in today’s society, you could say it’s just a little bit harder. Our kids are exposed to so much more than we ever were. I’m not even in my...
A few weeks ago, my silly, sweet, and rambunctious five-year-old started kindergarten. She was looking forward to it for a long time. Her new school is in our neighborhood and right next to our favorite park, so she was...
One of the things my husband and I discussed as our son turned 15 this year, was whether to get him started on learning how to drive. We realize that driving is very complex and carries the consequence of...
Hire Me SC — a statewide workforce development campaign to increase employment outcomes for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities — launches a free online resource for families of people with disabilities. The employment gap between those with disabilities in South...
I was walking through Target with my son and we saw the school supplies all being set out. The summer items were already dwindling and being replaced by crayons, markers, and notebooks. It’s July. Summers seem to be shorter and...
After the year 2020 brought us I knew the 2020-2021 school year would be like no other we had faced in the education field. As a teacher-librarian, I am part of the leadership committee at my school, so I...
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Columbia Mom EATS :: Flava Filled Foods (Ghost Kitchen)

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Over the weekend I stopped by Flava Filled Foods. It’s a ghost kitchen inside of IndulgeNPTs on North Main. If you're wondering what a ghost...