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  • We're All a Little Mad Here

    We're All a Little Mad Here

    Present Moments: There will be ups and downs, and good days, and bad days, but enjoy those days. Enjoy all the days and moments that are right now. Right now will never happen again.

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  • Pillow Talk

    Pillow Talk

    The College Parent Survival Kit: Over the years, many colleges and universities have developed Parents Programs because, well, the "Helicopter", "Stealth", and I believe the new one is called "Lawnmower" parents kind of necessitated it.

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  • Practical Pantry

    Practical Pantry

    The Chopstick ChallengeThe challenge was to see how many items on the list you could successfully pick up and eat using the chopsticks, such as "something slippery" and "something teeny."

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  • Childhood is Calling

    Childhood is Calling

    Montpelier: Hands on History In addition to free house tours during the summer (with purchase of an adult ticket), Montpelier offers “Hands on History” activities geared specifically toward children under the age of 14.

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  • My Stomping Grounds

    My Stomping Grounds

    Moms, Let's Linger Longer With Our Kids: My junior will be gone before I type this next word, my second grader will ask for the car keys tomorrow and my fifth grader will be off on her first job interview in the morning. Time is flying.

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articles from august

  • Chalk N’ More Fights CMT With Family Game Night

    Frank Hughes and Mary Hefner are taking on big challenges this summer. The owners of Chalk N’ More, a local educational store for teachers and parents in Central Park, are expanding their space to meet community demand. “Last year’s Neighborhood Read More
  • Ask the Expert: Access Eye Centers

    Believe it or not, we’re all going to be getting into back-to-school mode soon. While we’re squeezing in our kids’ physicals, buying sneakers, and making sure everyone has the right notebooks, let’s not forget about eye exams! Did you know Read More
  • Preparing Your Teenage Driver for the Rules of the Road

    According to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, motor vehicle accidents are particularly high in the first years that a teenager is eligible for a driver’s license. Preparing your teenage driver for the unpredictability and responsibility of the road is Read More
  • Preschool-Aged Children and ADHD

    Melissa Zentgraf knew early on her young son’s behaviors were not like those of his preschool friends. “He was more persistent in what he would do,” Ms. Zentgraf says. “He would yell a little louder. His moves would be very Read More
  • Picture Imperfect

    All too soon, it will be time for school. Our children’s fresh-smelling supplies will be laid out at the ready, backpacks fully stocked, love notes in lunchboxes inscribed with sentiment. Our cameras will hang proudly around our necks as we Read More
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articles from july

IMAGE Ask the Expert: Smart Beginnings
“Studies by the Federal Reserve, the World Bank and the Economic Policy Institute share this common conclusion: investing now in early childhood... Read More...
IMAGE Unleashing your Child's Creativity
Is creativity genetically predetermined? Environmental? Can parents aid its development? Answers: somewhat, yes, and yes. The good news is everyone... Read More...
IMAGE Preparing Your Teenage Driver for the Rules of the Road
According to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, motor vehicle accidents are particularly high in the first years that a teenager is eligible... Read More...
IMAGE 5 Fun, Low-Cost Family Adventures You Didn’t Think Of
Load up the kids and head out for a day trip or weekend getaway that the whole family can enjoy. Let the adventures begin: 1 At Luray Caverns, take a... Read More...
IMAGE Best of the ‘Burg
Who’s your pediatrician? Where do you get your hair done? Can you recommend a good mechanic? Where’s a child-friendly place to eat downtown?... Read More...
2016 FredParents' Family Favorites
We asked and you voted! Here are the results from our 2nd Annual FredParents' Family Favorites survey! If you are viewing on a smartphone or tablet,... Read More...
IMAGE Family Favorites: Sugar Shack Donuts
Everyone loves a good donut, especially our readers. This is why it comes as no surprise that Sugar Shack Donuts was voted “Best Downtown... Read More...
IMAGE Providing Fresh Produce to Local Families
When the Rappahannock Area Health District was given a gracious grant to use in creative ways to help encourage healthy eating and reduce the obesity... Read More...
IMAGE Using Technology to Connect Kids with Nature
Today, limitless options exist for kids to use technology in their everyday lives, so why not use this tool to also engage kids with nature?... Read More...
IMAGE How to Deliver “The Talk”
Research shows that parents are the best resource for information when it comes to teaching children about the birds and the bees, but knowing just... Read More...

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FredParent on Twitter

FredParent Congrats marthablake3!!! You've won our LAST family 4 pack of one day passes to the Massad YMCA… https://t.co/Gth4ha8L3N
FredParent RT @crrlnews: Salem Church book sale! Beginning today and ending Thursday, August 25. #booksale https://t.co/kPSX9KGn9L
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Upcoming Events

Pouches' Community Corner

Pouches Bright Beginnings

On Saturday, August 27, the Rappahannock YMCA will be holding its first ever Bright Beginnings event. The Y is committed to outfitting at least 40 children with new back-to-school clothing and school supplies. There is no cost to the child’s family to participate, but they are counting on the generosity of the public, organizations and corporations to make this happen!

There are several ways that you can help:

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