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Back to Life, Back to Reality


It's that time of year again. Summer is in full swing and back-to-school time is nipping on its heels. It's a new adjustment for some and a readjustment for others. The back-to-school season ushers in a newness and excitement that few times of the year can bring for parents and children.

This month's issue aims at helping parents and children in transition. You'll find stories on dealing with anxiety in children, putting your kindergartner on the bus for the first time and ways to help your high school senior prepare for college.

What I loved about this time as a child was the excitement of new school supplies, fresh clothes and seeing my friends again after a long summer layoff. I was giddy over getting my schedule in the mail and then calling up my closest friends to see if were in the same classes.

As a parent, I'm excited about the educational and social journey; what new things will they learn and how will they solve the challenge of making new friends if old friends are not going to the same school, not in the same classes or not on the same lunch shift. This year, I'm putting a kindergartner on the bus. I'm confident that he can handle the transition. He has an outgoing personality and connects with others effortlessly. He's me all over again.

We thank you for continuing to read the Fredericksburg Parent and Family magazine. If you have some transitional stories you'd like to share, please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. I'd love the opportunity to read and share some of your experiences with our readers.

Chris Jones is the editor of Fredericksburg Parent and Family and even though he's playing it cool, he's probably going to tear up when he puts his little boy on the bus.

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Pouches' Community Corner

Trains, Planes and Automobiles Kids' Race Series


From a small beginning, Cathy Weise of the Ron Rosner YMCA has developed an ambitious three-race series for kids for this summer, with the help of The Great Train Race, Shannon Airport, Dominion Raceway & Entertainment, the Fredericksburg Area Service League and Race Timing Unlimited.

Great Train Race Director Jennifer Taylor was one of the first on board.