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parent fredericksburg & family PRODUCTION PUBLISHER Leigh Anne Van Doren Tabitha & Jamie Nelle' s mom DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS & MARKETING Heidi DiEugenio, Duke & Dane's mom DIRECTOR OF ADVERTISING Leanne Dalton Justin, Steven & Rebeka's mom ADVERTISING SALES REPRESENTATIVES Kathy Vaughan; Becca & Sarah's Mom Amanda Radford; Blythe, Corey-Lee, & Kaden's Mom OFFICE MANAGER Nancy Massanat Emily & Kyle' s Mom EDITOR Chris Jones Jordan, Quincy, & Hayden's dad GRAPHIC DESIGNER Cheryl Carter Alex, Kate & Jackie' s mom WEBMASTER Karen Charney Joshua & Spencer' s mom s mom CALENDAR EDITOR Leigha Pecher Jake & Luke' DIRECTOR OF CIRCULATION Krista Starosta Nick, Andrew, Kaylin & Kensington's mom PROGRAM MANAGER, SCIENCE SATURDAYS Victoria McCollum Ian & Malcolm's mom COMMUNITY BLOG MANAGER Mary Becilia Katherine Laura & Robert Joseph's mom FACEBOOK COMMUNITY MANAGERS Elizabeth Jones; Jordan, Quincy & Hayden's mom Pamela Quinones: Corinn, Michael, Isabella & Dalton 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 standards. 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 typo- graphical errors, ommissions and/or change without notice. © Copyright 2012 Nurture, Inc. All rights reserved. Entrepreneur of the Year Proud Founding Member BY KRIS STAROSTA respect and unconditional love. At the time, I didn't see why I had to "like" my brother, or "be nice" to his friends. I never dreamed that one day I would be using those same values in my own family. Now, looking back, I thank my I grew up in a family with one brother and a lot of core family values. My mom taught mom every day for strong family ties and stronger values. With my own family of four children, there are times I sit back and wonder where their lives are happened in our separate lives at work and school. No one is allowed to leave until all had a turn. We speak open and honestly over a home-cooked meal about every topic called into question. It keeps us bonded in spite of our busy schedules. It is understood that between soccer practice and gymnastics, football and the dinner table six of us have place where we won't be judged, work, this is a acceptance and love. We know that our family will be there to listen to one another, regardless of the fight that just happened over "whose turn it was to clean up after the dog." Our criticized. It is an open forum where we can find laughed at or There is fighting, and arguing so severe sometimes, that I think they must hate each other. I am quick on those days to mandate a sit down dinner as a family. This is a time of communication and bonding. I don't allow cell phones or television and there is no judgment or disagreeing. It is a time of family renewal, where we all share our day's activities and talk about what has heading. 8 Fredericksburg Parent and Family • September 2012 together at the table creates a sense of peace and unity. Even if only momentarily. As my kids get older and start lives of their own, I hope that they will take these small life lessons that I am teaching them and incorporate them into their own families. After time family is not simply about how you treat one another during the good times, but more importantly, during the bad. all, a strong Kris Starosta is a wife to Keith and a full-time mom to Nick (16), Kaylin (9), Andrew (9) and Kensington (6), and a devoted staff member letter to readers A Family Knit TOGETHER Parent and Family magazine for the last three years. of Fredericksburg

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