Lowcountry Parent

Ahead of the Curve: Making Your School Search Timeline

Lowcountry Parent, October 2017

You’ve spent countless hours researching the options and weighing pro and con lists. Maybe you've ultimately reached the decision that forgoing a traditional/neighborhood school is the best option for your child. But, now what?

When it comes to choice school options, each school or district follows its own schedule. However, the National Association of Independent Schools suggests that parents begin their school search timeline a full year in advance -- or the August of the year before you want your child to attend a new school. Read more...

Choosing the Right School: Types of Schools in the Lowcountry

Lowcountry Parent, October 2017

Sending your child to school used to be as simple as which neighborhood public school your home was zoned for.

Recognizing that each child learns differently and has unique needs, the trend has shifted away from a “zip-code education” system to alternative learning environments such as charter, magnet, independent, Montessori and virtual schools. You hear other parents talk about them at the park or see threads about them on social media, but truth be told, it can be daunting to figure out what each of these types of schools are, the differences between them and which one is best for your child. Read more...

Life on top: Olympic gymnastic makes Holy City stop for Southern Women's Show

Lowcountry Parent, September 2017

Olympic gymnast, Laurie Hernandez is no stranger to the spotlight. Fresh off winning silver and gold medals in Rio, she went on to win the mirror ball trophy on Dancing with the Stars last fall. Ahead of her meet and greet and guest appearance at the Southern Women’s Show on Friday, Sept. 22 at the Charleston Area Convention Center, Laurie gave us an update about what she’s been up to and insight into what it’s like to be a 17-year-old professional gymnast. Read more...

Back to school: What's new in local districts?

Lowcountry Parent, August 2017

The new school year is fast approaching, and there's no doubt your to-do list is growing longer with each passing day. While you've been busy shopping for school supplies and clinging to every last second of summer fun in the Lowcountry, we checked in with school officials from each of the four local school districts to find out what's new for the upcoming year.

While most updates are unique to each district, three of the four districts have chosen to delay the first day of school due to the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21. Students in Berkeley, Dorchester Two and Dorchester Four should set their alarm clocks and be prepared to hit the ground running for the first day of school on Tuesday, Aug. 22. Charleston County students begin the week prior, on Thursday, Aug. 17, but there's no school on eclipse day.

From school openings to new programs, here's everything else you need to know as you prepare to send your child off to school in the Lowcountry for the 2017-2018 school year. Read more...

A camping we will go

Lowcountry Parent Magazine, March 2017

When you hear the word camping, you might think of tents, sleeping bags and cooking over an open fire, but today’s summer camps offer so much more. To fill the time between family vacations and the lack of homework, a few carefully selected day camps can give children new hobbies, an educational head start and maybe a glimpse at a future career. Read more...

2017 Summer Camp Guides

Lowcountry Parent Magazine, February & March 2017

Looking for ways to keep your kids busy during the lazy days of summer? For the second year in a row, I've compiled Lowcountry Parent's two summer camp guides--the overnight camp guide in February and the day camp guide in March. 

Each guide includes an introductory story followed by a comprehensive directory listing. Both are combined into a searchable digital database, making it a value resource for Lowcountry families.

There’s an app for that

Lowcountry Parent Magazine, December 2016

With more technology than ever at our fingertips, it’s hard to remember a time without it. When used efficiently and in moderation, mobile devices and apps can enhance quality of life. Whether your goal is to get organized or improve your health, there’s no excuse to not put your best foot forward in the New Year. Read more...

Beyond the Fitbit

Lowcountry Parent Magazine, December 2016

The New Year is a chance to start fresh, but there is nothing magical about Jan. 1. Since it takes 21 days to create a new habit, or to break one, why not start now? When January rolls around you’ll be ready to hit the ground running with established, healthy habits.

Use technology to your advantage to help you overcome common fitness barriers. Though the Fitbit is popular, there are many other fitness gadgets on the market. Read more...

The pros and cons of being a work-at-home parent

Lowcountry Parent Magazine, November 2016

As technology makes communication and collaboration easier, more and more Americans are working from home. About 24 percent of employed adults did some or all of their job at home in 2015, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. But with less generous parental leave policies in the United States compared to some countries, for many working from home is a necessity rather than a luxury.

After giving birth to her son Tucker in 2014, Reba Cole quickly learned that it was not realistic for both her and her husband to maintain traditional careers outside of the home. A real estate agent with Century 21 Properties Plus and co-owner of 9Round Kickboxing in Summerville, being a work-at-home parent gives Cole the flexibility to work around her son’s schedule. Read more...

Dealing with bullying

Lowcountry Parent Magazine, October 2016

As a parent, there’s no shortage of things to worry about. Are your children eating enough? Are they getting too much screen time? Are they happy? The list could go on forever. But one common concern shared by parents of school-aged children share is bullying.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines bullying as a form of youth violence that includes any unwanted, aggressive behavior. Harm or distress is inflicted on the targeted youth and can come in the form of physical, psychological, social or educational harm. In 2015, one out of every four students reported being bullied during the school year. Bullied students are at increased risk for poor school adjustment, sleep difficulties, anxiety and depression. The National Education Association reports that more than 160,000 children miss school every day out of fear of being bullied. For these reasons, bullying is considered a public health problem. Read more...

What's new in local districts

Lowcountry Parent Magazine, August 2016

As we get ready to say goodbye to the lazy days of summer, it’s time to shift the focus to the new school year. As stores line their shelves with supplies and parents struggle to enforce earlier bedtimes, we checked in with officials from each of the four local school districts. From bell schedules and grading scales to school openings and expansions, here’s what you need to know as you prepare to send your child off to school in the Lowcountry for the 20162017 school year. Read more...

The art of babywearing

Lowcountry Parent Magazine, September 2016

As the mom of an infant or toddler, your hands are always full. Whether you're stuffing yourself with lactation cookies or chasing after a rambunctious older sibling, you're probably dying for a way to keep your little one occupied. One of the most popular ways to be hands-free is to wear your bambino in a baby carrier or wrap.

The norm in many cultures around the world, babywearing is the centuries-old practice of using a piece of fabric or carrier to wear your baby or toddler. In the United States, bucket car seats and strollers are used most often. However in recent decades, babywearing has rapidly increased in popularity and is supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Read more...