Fredericksburg Parent

August 2017

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8 Fredericksburg Parent and Family • August 2017 letter to the readers PUBLISHER Leigh Anne Van Doren Tabitha & Jamie Nelle's mom EDITOR Chris Jones Quincy, Hayden & Olive's dad BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT & MARKETING Heidi DiEugenio, President, HD Solutions Duke & Dane's mom MEDIA & ADVERTISING DIRECTORS Julie Brosnan, twins Chris & Finn's mom Megan Walsh, Mia, Noelle, and Adelaide's mom DESIGN & PRODUCTION Cheryl Carter, President, Carter Creations Alex, Kate & Jackie's mom WEBMASTER Karen Charney Joshua & Spencer's mom SOCIAL MEDIA Brenda Sapanghila Archer, Maddox & Oliver's mom CALENDAR & COOL THINGS TO DO ELETTER Leigha Pecher Jake and Luke's mom EDUCATION ELETTER & EVENTS Debra Caffrey Aidan's mom MARKETING INTERN Claire Van Doren Steve and Kelli's daughter DISRIBUTION INTERN Tabitha Van Doren Tom and Leigh Anne's daughter 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, 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 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 2017 Nurture, Inc. All rights reserved. WRITTEN BY CHRIS JONES LIKE FredericksburgParent SIGN UP TWEET FredericksburgParent PIN fredparent FOLLOW @fredparentmagazine I posted on my Facebook page during the last week of June how Staples began sending me Back-to-School Sale emails one week after school ended. Some people loved it, some clicked the angry face emoji and others hat tipped Staples for being smart marketers. All I could think was, "Hey, summer is just beginning. Get off my lawn!" I love summer with my kids and the thought of it being over before it started wasn't a happy thought. But now, it really is ending and I don't know where the time went. My children seemed to grow up before my eyes this summer as my boys hit milestone birthdays — 10 and 5 — and claimed some of the independence associated with those ages. This year, my 20-month-old daughter, Olive, took sign language classes with her brothers. I had individual movie dates with my boys to see "Captain Underpants" and "Cars 3." The boys learned to play pickleball in the park. My wife brought a fine artist friend over to paint with Quincy, who is interested in art, and Hayden played basketball for the first time (not just dribbling and shoot, but actual movement with the ball). Summer always feels like a reminder that my kids are growing up. One of the things I didn't expect to see was a desire for separation between my boys. They get along great, but now Quincy is expressing his desire to have a circle of friends in the neighborhood that doesn't include his little brother. While that won't happen since Hayden is popular amongst the kids and they all like to play, swim and ride bikes together, it does mean that we'll have to be more deliberate in getting Quincy together with other children who share his interests. That will be our mission going into the fall. Speaking of fall, I'll have a kindergartner this year. Hayden is over the moon excited to go elementary school and I'm not sure who will cry more, my wife or me. She'll cry because he's her baby and she can't let him go. I'll cry because he's been the child who has been the closest to me. He's a small version of me. Now that we're back in school mode, I invite you to check out some of the great stories we have on school and education in this issue. Our Family Money columnist Nikki Ducas talks about her decision to homeschool (p. 28). Our Ages & Stages column delves into ways your high school senior can finish strong (p. 30). Chancellor High School music director Ryan Addair talks about the value of music education (p. 10). And we dive into creative ways to pack a healthy lunch (p. 18). I hope you and your family finish summer well. Cheers to success for your kids on a new school year. Kids Grow Up

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