The Learning Zone

  • Stress and Motherhood

    Stress and Motherhood

    DIANNA FLETT I love stress. I respond to it and hug it up as my friend. It keeps me focused and strong. When I am in stressful points of my life or singular situations, I find that I get quite...

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  • Top 10 Staff Media Favorites of 2019

    Top 10 Staff Media Favorites of 2019

    The FredParent team has our Staff Media Favorites of 2019 for books, shows, movies and podcasts. What were YOUR media favorites? Any of them on the list? Get social and share yours with us -- we’d...

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  • Monster Jam® Triple Threat Series

    Monster Jam® Triple Threat Series

    Monster Jam® Triple Threat Series™ is an action-packed, points-based event that showcases athletes as they go head-to-head in six different competitions, driving three different vehicles – Monster...

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  • Disney on Ice presents Celebrate Memories!

    Disney on Ice presents Celebrate Memories!

    Your favorite Disney stories come to life at Disney On Ice presents Celebrate Memories! Sail along with Moana on her high-seas adventure and dance with Woody, Buzz and all the Toy Story friends....

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  • Christmas Surprise

    Christmas Surprise

    by Dianna Flett After reading a post about a group that comes together to do something special each holiday, I decided to organize friends to support a local waitress with a large tip at a...

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  • Good Fortune

    Good Fortune

    by Dianna Flett Christmas in Germany is a magical time. There are Christmas shops called Christkindlmarkts set up in the city centers of the larger cities. From November till just before Christmas...

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  • My New Year’s Resolutions for Parenting Teens

    My New Year’s Resolutions for Parenting Teens

    By Cheryl Maguire I’m not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions, but I thought I would embrace change this year. As I reflect back on last year, my first thought is, “I survived being a mom to twin...

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  • Parent questions for the ENT

    Parent questions for the ENT

    Brought to you by Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center You can depend on Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center to provide expert compassionate care close to home when your child is sick or needs...

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  • 10 Tips on Making Your Child’s December Birthday Party Special 

    10 Tips on Making Your Child’s December Birthday Party Special 

    by Katy M. Clark When my daughter was born on a cold December night, I was overwhelmed with love. I cuddled with her as my husband and I listened to Christmas music. We found an ornament in the...

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  • Head off headaches

    Head off headaches

    by Sanjai Rao, DO Child neurologist and board-certified headache specialist at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU Kids’ headaches can range from occasional and minor to frequent and extremely...

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  • Have You Thought About a Side Hustle?

    Have You Thought About a Side Hustle?

    Written by Nikki Ducas Ever since I was a tween, I’ve been a jack of all trades and have had the good fortune of being able to turn my passions into lucrative money-making opportunities. The extra...

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  • Family Favorites: Tulip Salon & Day Spa

    Family Favorites: Tulip Salon & Day Spa

    By Chris Jones Whether you’re looking to level up your look for an upcoming office holiday party or give yourself a much deserved after Christmas “New Year, New You” makeover, Tulip Salon & Day...

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  • What's So Different About the New SAT?

    What's So Different About the New SAT?

    Students taking the SAT on March 5th will see a new and completely redesigned SAT test.  Many parents have contacted us regarding their concerns about this new test, and there is a lot of...

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  • Resolve to Look at Learning in a New Way in 2016

    Resolve to Look at Learning in a New Way in 2016

      Frequently, I get a phone call from a concerned parent that sounds something like this:  My child did so well in elementary/middle school.  At that time, the work was easy.  They rarely...

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  • Best Educational Toys Under $50 Part II

    Best Educational Toys Under $50 Part II

    Here is a follow up to my last post and five more educational toys for you to pick up during your last minute shopping.   The Learning Journey Match It!...

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  • Best Educational Toys Under $50 Part 1

    Best Educational Toys Under $50 Part 1

    If you are a parent, December is all about shopping for the perfect holiday gifts for your little ones.  As an educator, I like to think about how I can sneak a little learning in whenever...

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  • 6 Ways to Prepare Your Preschooler for Kindergarten

    6 Ways to Prepare Your Preschooler for Kindergarten

    As many of you know from my previous blogs, my oldest daughter just started Kindergarten.  If you are about my age, and were in elementary school in the 80’s and early 90’s, you probably think of...

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  • Teachers and Parents Give Their Best Back to School Advice

    Teachers and Parents Give Their Best Back to School Advice

    As many of you know, my oldest daughter started Kindergarten this week!  I...

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  • Capture It

    Capture It

    I watched my oldest daughter “A” scurry around her room, smiling and...

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  • Local Summer Program Options

    As promised in the May issue of FredParent Magazine, here is some more...

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