Fredericksburg Parent

October 2012

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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 Becelia 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 8 Fredericksburg Parent and Family • October 2012 BY HEIDI DIEUGENIO time. School starts. The long list of to-do's I racked up over the summer looks like something I should tackle. Topping it all off, the faint sound of jingle bells can already be heard. With the best intentions, I try to work it ALL in. The problem is this: the truly important things tend to blend right in with the cumbersome list of SHOULDS and the whole lot suddenly looks imperative regard- less the size of the task. In recent years, technology promises it will save the day with helpful R eady, Set, GO! That's how I feel every year at this educational programs and games to keep the kiddos occupied. But what does it REALLY do for us; where does it leave us at the end of the day? Jumping thru hoops, over hurdles and being only half present at every turn. Sometimes it takes a lightning apps for me and band Chris, FredParent's ible Editor, and their 3-month-old son had suffered a house fire the night before. left them with nothing material, but in the ashes, there was the great gift of perspective for Chris, Elizabeth and all incred- The tragedy them. I marvel at the outpouring of love and generosity from their friends and strangers alike. But most of all, I am in awe of the Jones' and their ability to keep things in perspective. I've always said "should-y" thinking gets us nowhere and they continue to illustrate how true it is ~ they have not once lamented over their situation or bemoaned the way it SHOULD be. By keeping their eyes on what is truly impor- tant, they are flourishing. a those around bolt to jar us out of the haze, as I was reminded on a recent Saturday afternoon when I was busy running around, checking my phone for what was next. I saw a note from Elizabeth Jones, one of our awesome Facebook Community told me that her and her hus- Co-Managers. She lesson I aim to remember each and every day as I make the choices on where I put my energy and priorities. It's She and her husband Dave stay busy with their active sons aged 13 and 9 with the typical school, sports and extra-curricular activi- ties and enjoy making time to run, hike, surf, ski and travel as much as life allows. Heidi lives in South Stafford. letter to readers A Change of Season and Perspective

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