Up & Coming Weekly

September 03, 2019

Up and Coming Weekly is a weekly publication in Fayetteville, NC and Fort Bragg, NC area offering local news, views, arts, entertainment and community event and business information.

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WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM 24 UCW SEPTEMBER 4-10, 2019 LAURA BOARTS, Music Director, WCLN. Comments? Editor@upandcomingweekly. com. 910-484-6200. MUSIC CROWN COMPLEX 1960 Coliseum Dr. • 910-438-4100 www.crowncomplexnc.com Sept. 14 Michelle Weaks & Reggie Codrington Oct. 11 WIDU 61st Anniversary Traditional Gospel Night Oct. 15 Chicago Live in Concert Nov. 8 Patti LaBelle Nov. 19 Mannheim Steamroller THE TAPHOUSE AT HUSKE 411 Hay St. • 910-426-5650 Oct. 5 Thunderstruck — The Ultimate AC/DC Tribute Show at the Taphouse LOUIE'S SPORTS BAR & PUB 2417 Robeson St. • 910- 323-3373 Sept. 6 Tom Godfrey and Friends Sept. 7 End of Summer Bash feat. Clockworx Band Sept. 11 Rock 103 Baker Bike Night: Kenny Huffman Trio Sept. 13 The Chemical Lizards THE DRUNK HORSE PUB 106 S Eastern Blvd. • 910-835-8347 Sept. 26 Through The Eyes of The Dead Sept. 28 Social Repose, Johnnie Guilbert, Secret Tree Fort & Keyse Ask better questions by LAURA BOARTS A little bit of effort can go a long way when having conversations with your children after school. Keeping a list of conversation starters handy could be helpful. OPINION I don't have any school-aged kids in my house, but in my mind, as soon school starts it's time for fall. I'm ready for cooler weather, rusty- colored leaves, warm cups of coffee in the middle of the day, football games and "Happy Fall, Y'all" signs in yards. Maybe I'm weird, but I can smell it approaching. There's something in the air that feels different. It might be the return of routine or earlier sun- sets, or maybe my dog getting fluffier for the winter — I can't put my finger on it, but it's palpable. It's time for change, and the earth is speaking it. My son started day care recently, so although he's not school-aged, it definitely felt like it was back-to- school time. We got "school" supplies, a couple new outfits and a new pair of tennis shoes. The first few mornings of taking him, I found myself thinking about what it was going to be like to actually send him to school. Would he want to talk about his day? How do I get him to volunteer information about what's going on in his life? I want good conversation. I want him to know he's loved and that I care about what's going on in his world. How do I teach him to care about what happens in others' lives? How do I get a deeper answer than "My day was fine?" Okay, okay, I realize he's not even two yet, but I want to be intentional. I don't want to waste a minute. Maybe it starts by asking better questions. Recently a friend of mine came up with a list he called "After School Questions" — questions that require more than a one-word answer that you can ask on the way home from school or when the kids get home from school. I'm tucking them away for the day my son can actually talk, but maybe you could add a few to your arsenal right now. • What was your day's high and low? • Who was an encouragement to you? • Was there a way you were an encouragement to someone else? • What was the hardest rule to follow? • What was the best part about lunch time? • Who'd you sit next to at lunch? • What did you do during recess or break? • Did you do anything different today? • What's the most interesting thing (teacher's name) did in class? • Did anything happen that annoyed you? • What are you grateful for today? • Who in your class is most like/unlike you? What do you appreciate about them? • Did anyone wear something you thought was awesome- looking? • What teachers would you pick for your team in a dodgeball game? • What about tomorrow are you already looking forward to? These are just a few questions, sure. Some are random, some are pointed, but they all have the potential to reclaim the small amount of down time we spend with our kids and change our family dynamic. It only takes a little effort sometimes to make a big difference. As the leaves are changing, so can we. Come on fall, we're ready for a new start! know in the stay www.upandcomingweekly.com We can help you learn what is happening in and around Fayetteville! In print and online! 208 Rowan St. 910.484.6200

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