Fredericksburg Parent

September 2014

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8 Fredericksburg Parent and Family • September 2014 letter to readers PRODUCTION PUBLISHER Leigh Anne Van Doren Tabitha & Jamie Nelle's mom EDITOR-AT-LARGE Chris Jones Jordan, Quincy & Hayden's dad OPERATIONS & MARKETING Heidi DiEugenio, President, HD Solutions Duke & Dane's mom OFFICE MANAGER Nancy Massanat Emily & Kyle's Mom ADVERTISING SALES REPRESENTATIVES Sheila Giscard; Jack's mom Jodi Urquhart; Noah & Carly's mom DESIGN & PRODUCTION Cheryl Carter, President, Carter Creations Alex, Kate & Jackie's mom WEBMASTER Karen Charney Joshua & Spencer's mom CALENDAR EDITOR Leigha Pecher Jake & Luke's mom CIRCULATION Krista Starosta Nick, Andrew, Kaylin & Kensington's mom COMMUNITY BLOGS Mary Becelia Katherine Laura & Robert Joseph's mom FACEBOOK COMMUNITY Pamela Quinones: Corinn, Michael, Isabella & Dalton TWITTER & PINTEREST COMMUNITY MANAGER Brenda Sapanghila: Archer & Maddox's mom EVENT PLANNING & SCIENCE SATURDAYS Stephanie Maldonado; Julia, Tyler & Aiden's mom parent fredericksburg & family Entrepreneur of the Year PROUD FOUNDING MEMBER ADVERTISING PHONE 540/374-1495 E-MAIL CALENDAR & RESOURCE REQUESTS E-MAIL E-MAIL EDITORIAL PHONE 540/374-1495 • FAX 540/374-1672 E-MAIL SNAIL MAIL P.O. Box 7884, Fred'bg, 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 contained herein, however, the publisher cannot guarantee such accuracy. Listings and advertisements are subject to typographical errors, ommissions and/or change without notice. For terms and condi- tions please visit our website at © Copyright 2014 Nurture, Inc. All rights reserved. Charging in to Fall W e seem to stay busy all year round. summer is just a little more laid back … but who am i kidding. now that the lazy days by the pool and sleeping in are gone, back-to-school is really just a step into a more consistent routine for our family. My daughter will be a sophomore in high school this year, which means she is busy with friends and marching band, but that started way before we ever got to the first day of school. Then there is my son who has autism; he is the most joyful 12-year-old you will ever meet. For him, summer break was just too much. he prefers the routine of school. As a matter of fact, on the third day into a weeklong beach vacation, he actually asked to go to school. Throughout the summer, i tried to take advantage of our more forgiving schedule to do some fun things with the kids. each kid is so different and so it is important to do different things with each one. emily and i worked on a painting proj- ect and really enjoyed our time together. Kyle, on the other hand, will let me know i need to slow down and spend time with him. he is hard to resist when he makes you sit on the couch with him to watch Toy Story. While summer was a nice break for the same old, same old, i'm finally happy to get back to a regular routine. Nancy Masannat is the office manager and bookkeeper for Fred Parent. She is a creative, crafty mom of two who tries to balance work, kids and creativity with just a touch of autism. Working at Fred Parent has inspired her to start her own business – Simple Joy Designs, hand-made crafts for those who aren't crafty. By nAnCy MAsAnnAT

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