Fredericksburg Parent

June 2020

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6 Fredericksburg Parent and Family • June 2020 PUBLISHER Leigh Anne Van Doren Tabitha & Jamie Nelle's mom EDITOR Chris Jones Quincy, Hayden & Olive's dad MEDIA & ADVERTISING DIRECTOR Megan Walsh: Mia, Noelle, and Adelaide's mom DESIGN & PRODUCTION Cheryl Carter, Owner, Carter Creations Alex, Kate & Jackie's mom WEBMASTER Karen Charney: Joshua & Spencer's mom, and Abby's mother-in-law SOCIAL MEDIA AND MARKETING MANAGER Lovedy Carroll: Meredith's mom CALENDAR & COOL THINGS TO DO ELETTER Leigha Pecher: Jake and Luke's mom EDUCATION AND INFANT ELETTERS Debra Caffrey: Aidan's mom parent fredericksburg & family Entrepreneur of the Year PROUD FOUNDING MEMBER ADVERTISING PHONE 540-429-3572 EMAIL CALENDAR & SOCIAL MEDIA E-MAIL EDITORIAL PHONE 540-429-3572 E-MAIL SNAIL MAIL P.O. Box 7884, F'burg, VA 22404 The publishers reserve the right to reject any advertisement, editorial or listing that does not meet the publication's stan- dards. No part of this magazine may be reproduced with out permission. Listing and advertising rates are available upon request. Every effort has been made to assure the accuracy of the information con- tained herein, however, the publisher cannot guarantee such accuracy. Listings and advertisements are sub- ject to typographical errors, ommissions and/or change without notice. For terms and conditions please visit our website at © Copyright 2019 Nurture, Inc. All rights reserved. LIKE FredericksburgParent SIGN UP TWEET PIN fredparent FOLLOW @fredparentmagazine Since March 30, Virginians have been under a temporary stay at home order due to COVID-19. The change interrupted our businesses, our schools, our outside entertainment and everything we considered "normal, everyday life." Despite the pattern interruption caused by COVID-19, the people and businesses in our community have shown amazing resiliency, creativity and resolve. Our City Spirit Initiative and hashtags bear witness of that: #LoveFXBG, #FXBGStrong and #CitySpiritFXBG. Last month, we showcased the creativity of Fredericksburg area children who submitted artwork for our 2020 Cover Contest and Chalk Your Walk contest. It always seems like our brightest and most resilient rays of hope during down times are the youth. Kids don't always understand the full scope of things, but unlike adults, don't overthink it. My kids wake up, play Xbox One, do their daily classwork and chores, ride their bikes, watch YouTube vid- eos and play in the yard. They're happy and content. We can learn a lot from our kids during this time. They're living day by day. I'm not advocating we be uninformed, or worse, misinformed. I'm saying the situation is what it is and none of has the power to alter it. We must ride it out together and choose our attitude along way. Governor Northam will decide on the current stay at home order this month, and whether he opens more of the state, or moves the goal posts, we'd do well to imitate our chil- dren and live the day in front of us. So, I hope you'll continue to use this time to connect with your family, deepen relationships, support businesses that matter to you and give back to chari- ties. Our kids benefit in seeing how we face adversity and disappointment. They also see what causes us panic and fear, so monitor that too. Let's aim for joy, knowing that this too shall pass. Pattern interruptions may be incon- venient, but they give us room to breathe and allow us to weigh what matters most and what's trivial. They help us reconcile from within. WRITTEN BY CHRIS JONES letter to readers PATTERN Interruptions Our kids benefit in seeing how we face adversity and disappointment.

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