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Mark Griffin, M.E., Blog Writer

It’s summertime, and that means kids around Greensboro will be beating the heat. But they probably won’t be hanging out at the pool or lake like their parents did. It’s more likely they will be huddled around their electronic devices playing video games or watching YouTube. The World Health Organization has recently classified addiction to video games as a certified mental disorder. Our children are particularly susceptible during the summer months when they are out of school and have less structured activities.

The signs of video game addiction are disturbingly quite similar to other addictions such as exercise addiction or sex addiction. If your child has difficulty talking or even thinking about anything other than video games, then they might have a problem. The problem is exacerbated by the gaming designers attempting to make their games psychologically addicting purposely. As with drug and alcohol addictions, they may have such a compulsion to play that they let school work lag and their grooming and hygiene begin to suffer.

In the beginning, gamers may be satisfied to play one or two hours at a time; however as they become more addicted, they crave much longer sessions. Some children have to be physically removed from a game console, or they will play continuously. As the addiction worsens they frequently suffer from significant weight gain or weight loss, sleep disruptions, mood changes, sleep deprivation, Avoiding friends and family members. They may begin lying about the time spent playing video games and start skipping meals. Shoddy work and academic performance should also set off alarm bells.

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One thing that parents from all walks of life can commiserate over is the struggle to find child care. If you are a new parent, expecting your first child, new to the area, or just considering a change in care, there is a lot to consider when choosing a child care provider. There are several crucial criteria to keep in mind when searching for a daycare or preschool: curriculum, ratings, and your gut.

Curriculum

Some daycares are just that – care for the child during the day. At the daycare, there may be a schedule for naps, feeding, and playtime, but no set curriculum. What differentiates a daycare from a preschool is the curriculum. While it may sound ludicrous, it is important that all children (yes, even infants) have a curriculum. So, when I first heard of this concept, all I could picture was a child who could barely speak taking a pop quiz on shapes, colors and the alphabet. But this is not what curriculum is all about.

The primary purpose of a curriculum is to identify when teachers should be introducing new concepts, tasks, and challenges to your child at certain developmental milestones. For example, if your child is having trouble walking and is frequently stumbling then the curriculum would address your child’s gross motor skills. Teachers can provide the child with uneven surfaces to walk on or navigate to help your child’s balance and coordination develop. A curriculum is just a plan to help your child grow, and as a parent, you should never feel nervous asking a potential provider for a copy of their curriculum.

Ratings

Parents who have a child already enrolled in a facility are likely familiar with the star rating system in North Carolina. The North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education developed a star rating system for licensed facilities to help parents quickly identify the standards their provider is meeting. The star ratings range from one to five, with five stars being the highest rated licensed facilities. Facilities earn their stars based on their staff education and their program standards. The state also has a website where parents can search for a provider in their county and refine by special requirements. A link to this site is provided at the bottom of this article.

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By Kristina Pisano, Blog Writer, Woodruff Family Law Group

If you have been in court all morning and you need something to give you an energy boost during lunch, there are several great lunch spots in Winston-Salem that are just a few steps away from the courthouse.

Kabobs On Fourth: Just a five-minute walk from the courthouse, Kabobs on Fourth offers healthy lunch options to get you ready for your afternoon court session. Homemade naan is baked daily, and their tzatziki sauce is fresh, which you can tell when you enjoy it on your chicken or lamb kabobs. They have a special lunch menu from 11:00am-3:00 pm that will get you in and out in no time.

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By Kristina Pisano, Blog Writer, Woodruff Family Law Group

Fourth of July, a day of grilled hot dogs, pool parties, and fireworks. I always look forward to this fun summer holiday both because of the traditions I have enjoyed with family growing up to now enjoying new celebrations with friends as I get older. The Triad area offers many activities to enjoy with your friends and family on this day of America’s independence.

Fun Fourth Festival If you have not yet been to downtown Greensboro to experience the Fun Fourth Festival, you need to make plans to do it! Every year it grows bigger and bigger, and I always think there is no way they can do more, but they do. Start the festivities off on July 3 the Freedom Run 10K, or for those who don’t feel like running quite so far, the Firecracker Road Race is only a mile. Then the big show starts at 8:00 pm with the Sleeping Booty Band at the Elm Street & McGee Street Lot. Then on the 4th itself, the festival starts at 2:00. There are several bands, craft and food vendors, community group presentations, kid games and more. Of course, it wouldn’t be 4th of July without patriotic music from the Trombone Shout Band, and the City of Greensboro Philharmonia, followed by a spectacular firework show. The best part about the Fun Fourth Festival is that it is a free event and family friendly.

Independence Day Celebration at Old Salem What better way to celebrate America’s Independence than to spend the day at Old Salem. Bring the family to see how the Moravians lived in the 18th century. They will have hands-on demonstrations and activities for kids of all ages. Old Salem is open from 9:30 am-4:30 pm and what is especially unique about this celebration is all guest will be invited to Salem Square to see how the first 4th of July was commemorated by the Moravians. Of course, there will be live patriotic music playing all afternoon to keep you in the spirit of the holiday. Continue reading →

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By Kristina Pisano, Blog Writer, Woodruff Family Law Group

Dad and I 2014

I am just like my Father: I have come to this realization as I get older. From the red hair, the red-headed temper and the overly kind and generous heart; I thank my father. It wasn’t until recently, though, that I realized how much I am like him. Quiet at times, especially around new people; he becomes the life of the party once he is around his people. I realized that in my mid-twenties I was the same way. Turning junk into treasure, an eye for color and design and the overwhelming and sometimes heavy load of putting everyone else’s needs and worries before myself is me and my father. He taught me how to drive the wide open roads respectfully in the Pennsylvania Mountains and the unique connection you can make with a four-legged friend. I owe my Dad the world and so much more. How will you spend Father’s Day with your Dad this year?

On Father’s Day weekend both the Greensboro Grasshoppers and the Winston-Salem Dash have home games. Nothing could be better than watching the great American pastime, baseball. Grab some hot dogs, a cold drink and of course a bag of peanuts and reminisce of playing catch in the backyard.

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By Kristina Pisano, Blog Writer, Woodruff Family Law Group

The kids are starting to get antsy. All the final tests in school are coming to an end, and they have checked out for the year. You know what will be coming next: summer break! Last summer your kids always complained that they were bored, or they spent way too much time on their electronic devices. This summer, plan ahead and make it a fun and enjoyable time for both you and your kids.

Let’s all go out to the movies! Over the summer, many Triad area movie theatres offer discounts on afternoon movie tickets. Most movies are anywhere from $1 to $5 and sometimes include a snack and drink along with ticket purchase. Be sure to check out the summer time movie schedules at Cinemark Brassfield Cinemas in Greensboro, Regal Pallidum Theatre in High Point and The Grand in Winston-Salem. Take your kids to a one of a kind movie experience in downtown Greensboro where they will host the Center City Cinema. Movie line-up will be announced soon with showings at the new LeBauer Park in August.

Wet ‘n Wild: It gets hot here in the Triad, and I know the thought of spending your summer days outside is not appealing. But, the Triad is lucky to have one of the best water parks in our back yard. Wet n’ Wild, Emerald Point is open all summer long and you can get season passes to get you through the hottest days. Season passes are a great option because you can go for a few hours to relax or spend the entire day enjoing all the excellent slides and wave pool.

Camp Backyard: Sometimes it is hard to get the car packed with everything to enjoy a camping weekend. So, why not camp in your backyard? You still get the luxury of being close to your bathroom and kitchen, but the kids will love sleeping outside. Show your children how to put up a tent and roll out those sleeping bags. Build a campfire to roast marshmallows, tell fun ghost stories and count the stars. It will be a fun night away from the typical evening summertime routine. Continue reading →

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By Kristina Pisano, Blog Writer, Woodruff Family Law Group

It’s almost time to slide your toes into your favorite flip flops, shed some of that winter wardrobe and start thinking summer! The Triad offers many celebrations and fantastic events for you and your family to enjoy Memorial Day weekend locally.

Memorial Day Weekend Kickoff Concert: Nothing could be finer than enjoying some toe-tapping, patriotic music to put you in the summer time mood. The City of High Point is hosting the Army Ground Forces Band, which includes 56 soldier-musicians. This free concert is at the Oak Hollow Festival Park in High Point, NC.

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By Kristina Pisano, Blog Writer, Woodruff Family Law Group

It is a day to honor your best friend, your hero and your number one fan, your mom! Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 8, and the Triad offers many ways to help you celebrate that special lady who deserves the world.

Mom and Me 2016Tea Time: Instead of just the typical lunch or dinner outing for your mom, why not try taking her to tea. There are several tea rooms and unique Mother’s Day tea-themed events. The Pegg House Tea Room in Kernersville is offering their traditional high tea with a special twist for Mother’s Day. Or, you could whisk your mom away to the O.Henry Hotel for their Afternoon Tea, which includes tea sandwiches, quiches, scones and an array of tasty treats. If you want to make her feel special, hand her a corsage to wear while enjoying her tea! 

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By Kristina Pisano, Blog Writer, Woodruff Family Law Group

It has been a long morning at the downtown Greensboro courthouse, and it is now time for lunch, where do you go? Want something quick, but not fast food; something healthy, but nothing that will break the bank. From established restaurants to new and trendy spots, Greensboro has some fantastic options for your lunch break that allow some downtime before you head back to the courthouse.

Just a short walk up to W. McGee St. M’Coul’s pub can transport you to Ireland in seconds. Offering one of a kind Irish dishes like shepherd’s pie and bangers & mash, they can fill you up and provide an atmosphere that is relaxing and away from the hustle and bustle at the courthouse. If the weather is nice, take advantage of their second story deck to catch some sunshine.

The new kid on the block is 1618 Downtown which is located on Elm St. Their lunch menu offers thoughtfully crafted sandwiches, personal pizzas and smaller plates to share. Their menu changes with the season, so there is always something new to try like a truffle roast beef sandwich and grilled stuff portabella “burger”. They have one of the friendliest wait staff on Elm St. and attract a classy lunch crowd looking to get away from the office for an hour or so.

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Carolynby Carolyn J. Woodruff, JD, CPA, CVA, North Carolina Family Law Specialist

So you filed for custody in Guilford County.  What are going to be the steps to the trial?

Step One:  You file a Motion or Claim for Custody if there isn’t a Custody Order already.  If there is a custody order, then you filed a Motion alleging a “substantial change of circumstances” concerning the welfare of the child or children.  This “substantial change” can be something harmful going on regarding the children or something that would be beneficial to the children if a change is made.  State your reasons for wanting custody or a change in custody carefully.

Step Two:  You will have to go to a custody mediation orientation in Greensboro and then attend mediation with the other parent with a court mediator.  You will not be permitted to take your lawyer with you.  Two results will occur: (1)  you and the other parent agree.  If there is agreement, the mediator writes the agreement and sends to you and your attorney.  Your attorney will review the agreement with you to make sure you understand and to make sure the agreement is appropriate for you and your children.  (2) There is no agreement.  If there is no agreement, the custody mediator will call and “impasse”, and you can proceed to try your case. Continue reading →