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September issue of WNC Parent

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    c o n t e n t sThis months features

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    As I write this note for the baby issue, Ivejust sent my babies off to school, my babieswho are now 10 and 13 years old. Its true,what they say about time flying.

    My son is in his last year of elementaryschool. As we waited together for him toboard the bus on the first day, we reminiscedabout how, when he was about 3, he insisted oncoming out every morning, sometimes inpajamas, to wait for the bus with his oldersister. I can hardly believe that was so longago. And now he is just as content waitingoutside by himself, with a reassuring, Imfine, Mom.

    When you have a baby (or two), it is hard to imagine your kidsas old enough to see themselves off to school. Instead, youreworried about diapers and baby food. To ease those concerns,weve got a story on each this month. Learn about how to go greenand go local with your diapers in our story on Page 14. And getsome ideas on how to make your own baby food on Page 9.

    Another worry: to work or stay home? Some Asheville momsdecided they didnt want to choose, so they turned their ideas intoa home business. Meet them in our story on Page 6.

    For parents of older children, one debate is whether to usemoney as an incentive for grades, sports or chores. We talked toarea families to find out how they handle this. Get their takes onPage 16.

    Lastly, its fall (almost), which means festivals and football.Find a roundup of area family-friendly autumn events on Page 36.And meet a fewWNC families with a great enthusiasm for collegefootball on Page 19.

    Heres to a great fall!

    The baby years

    Kids Voices .....................35

    Growing Together............39

    Dads View ......................42

    Librarians Picks ...............45

    Story Times .....................45

    Divorced Families ............46

    Nature Center Notes ........46

    Artists Muse ...................48

    FEAST .............................49

    Kids Page ........................66

    Calendar .........................71

    Working at homeWNCmoms buildbusinesses and raise kids.

    Make your ownBaby food doesnt need tocome from a jar.

    Night schoolA few evening classes areavailable for parents whowork.

    Green diaperingLocal companies make andsell cloth diapers and more.

    Money asincentiveDo you pay your kids forgood grades or athleticperformance?

    Football funThe whole family gets intothe festivities for collegefootball.

    Milk sharingMoms who cant nurseturn to others for milk.

    Diner fareMake the burgers, friesand milkshakes at home.

    Scary moviesParaNorman kicks off astring of scarier moviesfor kids.

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  • For parents who want to stay at home with their little ones,earning an income at the same time can be challenging. But,as many moms (and dads) have found, with hard work andperseverance, it can be done.

    Nearly two years ago, Asheville momsMarsha Almodovar andSandra Brown met at a Mommy andMe yoga class and instantlybonded. Now, they own a business together, Lango Asheville, animmersion-based language program with classes in Spanish,French andMandarin for children ages 18 months to 11 years.

    One of the main reasons we started Lango Asheville was so wecould spent as much time possible at home with our babies, saysAlmodovar, who like Brown, has a background in education. An-other reason was our amazement at the ability of our own kids to

    TRANSFORMINGANIDEAINTOINCOME

    By Pam J. HechtWNC Parent contributor

    Marsha Almodovar, left, with her son, Wyatt, and Sandra Brown with her daughter, Lilianna Sofia, started LangoAsheville so they could work and remain at home with their children. JOHN FLETCHER/JFLETCHER@CITIZEN-TIMES.COM

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    learn several languages this young.Almodovars son, Wyatt, is 2, and

    Browns daughter, Lilianna Sofia, is 20months old.

    Before her son turned 1, Almodovar, astay-at-home mom, became a single par-ent. She wanted to continue being at homewith her son but needed to find a careershe was passionate about that could sup-port herself and her son, she says. Brownalso wanted a job that was home-based sothat she could spend more time with herdaughter. Knowing the benefits of learninga foreign language at an early age, theysaw the need in Asheville for a foreignlanguage program.

    The challenges have been juggling itall, says Almadovar. The most importantthing is time management and keeping to aschedule.

    Both teach classes but do most of thework from both of their homes. Sandrasmother helps take care of Sophia; Mar-shas live-in, 21-year-old niece helps withWyatt; and at times, Brown and Almodovartake turns watching the kids.

    For Brown, not overworking herself isthe biggest challenge, she says.

    Sometimes I find myself working waytoo many hours during the night when mydaughter is sleeping, Brown says. I ne-glect my own sleep so I can get thingsdone and be able to enjoy with my daugh-ter fully during the day.

    Having a home business has allowedme to create my own work schedule whichis always attuned to my daughters ownschedule, Brown adds. Being your ownboss and having plenty of schedule flex-ibility is definitely one of the biggestperks.

    TV producer changes the channelStephanie Carroll Carson, of West Ashe-

    ville, never intended to have her own busi-ness. But with the birth of her first child,working as an Emmy-award winning net-work producer for CBS did not allow herthe flexibility she had always wanted as aparent.

    After relocating to Asheville from Phil-adelphia before her second daughter wasborn, she turned the freelance work shewas doing on the side into a home busi-ness, working part-time and later, a flex-ible, nearly full-time schedule once heryoungest started preschool. Now, shesable to have more quality time with herdaughters, Elise, 4 and Aubrie, 2, whilestaying in the field she loves.

    Its different than the freelance work Iwas doing before theres not as much of

    a commercial market in Asheville, shesays. So I had to reinvent myself.

    Carsons company, Out of the Box Pro-ductions, produces video content for com-mercial and corporate clients, events, anddocumentaries, as well as wedding video.It also provides media relations consult-ing. As a freelance journalist, Carson alsoruns the North Carolina and Florida bu-reaus of the Public News Service, an on-line news content provider.

    I wouldnt have it any other way, saysCarson, who appreciates her ability tothrow in a load of laundry while workingdown the hall in her home office.

    Being able to set her own schedule alsoallows her to be more available to herdaughters, who attend a preschool acrossthe street from home.

    But like Brown, setting boundaries and

    deciding when to shift gears and stopworking can be challenging, she says.

    I always want to check off everythingon my to-do list and make clients happyits a never-ending process, Carson ex-plains.

    Crafter marketshandmade accessories

    When Amanthus Lunns son, Orlen, 2,was born, she was intent on keeping herfocus on him. But with the familys needfor some extra income, she began thinkingabout how to translate another passion crafting into a side income, while stillremaining at home to maintain the house-hold and care for her son.

    Lunn decided to market her handcraft-

    Stephanie Caroll Carson, owner of Out of the Box Productions, in her home office with herchildren Elsie 4, and Aubrie, 2. JOHN COUTLAKIS/JCOUTLAKIS@CITIZEN-TIMES.COM

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    ed dog apparel and accessories for chil-dren and adults made of sustainable fab-rics such as up-cycled clothing or materi-als made of organic, bamboo or recycledplastic bottles.

    Working from home made sense toLunn, who needed the flexibility to bal-ance family life, she says.

    Having my own business is somethingI can do creatively that goes beyond beinga mom and partner, says Lunn, of WestAsheville. I love being at home with myson, but at times I need something formyself and any money that I can contrib-ute financially is helpful.

    After selling by word of mouth, Lunn isexpanding her business, Miss Ladyfingers,and her products will soon be available atlocal stores as well as online, she says.

    For Lunn, the challenge is finding ded-icated time for her business without get-ting distracted.

    Her fiance helps take care of Orlenand a baby sitter comes twice a week forseveral hours.

    I also try to utilize naptime and eve-nings, says Lunn, who is setting up ahome studio with space for Orlen to playalongside her.

    Tips for home business successLunn, Carson, Almodovar and Brown