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Top Ten Tuesday: What Parents Really Want For Valentine's Day

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Oh, Valentine's Day... On one hand, it's always awesome to celebrate love. Who wouldn't want to set aside a whole day to reflect on how great love is? On the other hand, Valentine's Day can sometimes feel cheesy or forced. When your kids or significant other ask you what you want for Valentine's Day, what do you say? Heck, do you even know what you're getting your loved one? You're hardly capable of remembering to put on shoes before you leave the house let alone craft anything. Have no fear! The Fred Parent team is here!


Top Ten Things Parents Really Want For Valentine’s Day

1 Sleep- I mean, this goes without saying right? Kind of a softball answer, but it's just so true! In a nutshell, Let us sleep undisturbed so long that we wake up disoriented and unsure of what day it is.


2 A cup of coffee that will never get cold- We can all dream, right? Wasn't there a spell in Harry Potter for this?


3 Time alone- Even for just an hour. That blessed alone time will give our minds a chance to focus and reset. Trust us. It's necessary.


4 Time with each other- Because we also need some one-on-one with the person we love the most.


5 Something the kids made- There is nothing sweeter than a gift from the kids! We will cherish those little handmade cards and necklaces FOREVER.


6 Words from the heart - While flowers and candy are nice, we really want words of affirmation. Let us know we're doing a good job as a mom or at work. Tell us you love our snort laugh and that our Netflix queue is genuis. Bonus points if you write it in a letter.


7 For our most hated chore to be done- Scrub the bathroom, mop the floors, or vacuum the car all without complaining. Swoon!


8 A judgment free hour at Target with a cup of coffee. It’s the simple things in life, right?


9 A clean, clutter free home. - We totally get that it will only last 3 seconds, but it will be an amazing 3 seconds! We may even post pictures of it on Instagram. You know, just in case we forget what it looks like.

10 An elephant the size of a puppy. - Adorable! Also a little inside joke from our Facebook Page. Drop in and say hi!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Fred Parent's 2017 Goals!

Color us crazy, but we think setting goals is one of the best parts of ringing in the new year! Everything feels so fresh, new, and full of possibility. There are a few little tricks we know to help achieve goals. Here are three big ones... Make them measurable, realistic, and tell others about them. That last part is where you all come in. Studies have shown that if you tell others about your goal, your chances are of success are higher. Let's call it a little bit of good peer pressure. Feel free to join in the fun by commenting here or on Facebook/ Twitter/ Instagram with your goals, too!


Top Ten (or twelve...) 2017 Goals!


Karen, Webmaster, -

  • Get better at cleaning my house (or learn how to use my nose like Samantha on Bewitched).
  • Listen to my first podcast.
  • Visit my sister in Hong Kong


Stephanie, Operations -  

  • Learn to balance- my body, my responsibilities, my checkbook...
  • Smile more.
  • Do a bit of service every day.


 Debra, Blogger, Writer, Enewletter -

  • Increase my running distance (going to try to do the SemperFive in May. Eek!).
  • I would also like to try to go with the flow more when it comes to my son getting older and more independent.


Brenda, Social Media Manager - 

  • Learn how to do a handstand.
  • Take the kids to Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens (We’ve never been!)
  • Run the Turkey Trot at Thanksgiving
  • Try SUP (stand up paddle boarding) for the first time.

Any tips for increasing running milage, headstands, or stand up paddle boarding? How about podcast reccomendations, or ideas for random acts of kindness/service? Let us know in the comments or on social media!

Happy New Year!


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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.