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Top Ten Tuesday: Tips For Co-Parenting During The Holidays

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Co-parenting can be extremely difficult for all parties to adjust to; especially children. As difficult as situations may be, it is always best when parents can come together, and reach a happy medium in the best interest of the child(ren). For children in co-parenting families, it is imperative they understand that although they may be raised between two households, that they are indeed, loved!

Here are our Top 10 Tips for co-parenting:


Top Ten Tips For Co-Parenting During The Holidays

1. Allow your children to express their feelings. Encourage discussions, and activities, where children are allowed to express their feelings regarding the separation.

2. Stick to your visitation schedule. If your child is mature, involve them in the establishment of your co-parenting visitation schedule. In the event one parent has to make a change to the schedule, let the child know directly.

3. Show, more than you tell. Your actions truly do speak louder than words! Tell your children how much you love them, but make sure you also show them through your actions.


Keep disagreements, discrete! Mommy and Daddy will have disagreements, and that’s fine. However, children should not be privy to the discussion.

5. Gifts don’t change the situation. Often times, we try to “gift” our troubles away. In reality, those “gifts” do not resolve the issue that a child is having a difficult time adjusting to co-parenting. Save your money, spend time with your child, and talk to them about the issue, and reassure them that everything is going to be just fine.

Parenting is forever! Make sure your child(ren) understand that although their parents may no longer be together, that their relationship with both parents is forever.


Don’t make promises you can’t keep.


8. Be present. Your presence in your child’s life is truly more of a gift than any materialistic present you could purchase. Shower them with your presence!

9. Same Team! Someone wave the white flag! Co-parenting takes a lot of work; no one said it would be easy. However, it is for the best interest of what’s most precious to you - your child(ren).

10. R-E-S-P-E-C-T – Show a little respect; it goes a long way!



Ms. Cydny A. Neville, MAEd is the President/CEO of the Neville Empowerment Network, Inc., and has over a decade of experience working with agencies across Northern Virginia, to enhance the lives of youth; and nearly two decades of experience in the nonprofit sector. Author of the co-parenting children’s series, “Baby, You Are Loved,” and a Facilitator of Commonwealth Court Mandated Parenting Seminars, she has a wealth of experience facilitating community outreach programs throughout the Commonwealth, and truly "Puts the "C" in Community!"

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Top Ten Tuesday: Christmas Lights In And Around FXBG 2016

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We are right in the thick of the Christmas season! There's seriously no better time of year to bask in the magic of twinkle lights. Here are 10 of our favorite places to take our families, cocoa in hand, and enjoy the sparkle.


Top Ten Places To See Christmas Lights In And Around Fredericksburg




1Ignite The Night Light Show- Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings step into a land of lights and magic. You might even get a glimpse of Santa or see it snow! Showtimes on Thursday and Friday evenings at 6 & 7. Saturdays 6, 7 and 8. In the Village at Towne Center Across from Sephora. *Check out this week's live Ask The Expert for more info!


2 Concert in Lights-Every night on the green across from Bravo in the Village Town Center, watch a concert in lights! 6:30, 7:30, 8:30 and 9:30pm shows, with a Christmas Eve finale at 5:30pm. *Check out this week's live Ask The Expert for more info!


3 Pauls Bakery Light Show:  What's better than doughnuts and christmas lights? Pull up to the parking lot adjacent to Paul's (2006 Lafayette Blvd.) and enjoy a small, local Christmas treasure. Admission is free. Visitors are invited to bring a donation for Toys for Tots. Donations are also accepted during business hours at Paul's Bakery and Paul's Young at Heart.


4 The Annual Candle Light Tour- Okay, this one has sadly already passed for 2016, BUT you can still plan ahead for 2017! It's a rare opportunity to tour several of Fredericksburg's finest historic homes by candlelight at Christmas time.


5  Jingle Bell Carriage Ride- Ride in a horse-drawn carriage fitted with jingle bells through Downtown Fredericksburg. It's issucha magical place to be this time of year! The Christmas lights and window displays are absolutely magical. From their website, "Bring the whole family to participate in our Most Popular Ride of the year.  Indulge in some holiday fun; experience a jingle bell carriage ride, with holiday music, Christmas Popcorn, bring some hot chocolate and warm blankets to snuggle up in.We will travel down Caroline Street to see the orated store windows, past Kenmore Plantation, down Washington Avenue, then wind your way past Fredericksburg's official Christmas Tree."


Worth The Trip:


6 Zoo Lights- So a trip into DC during the holidays may not be on everyone's wish list, but you have to make an exception for ZooLights at least once! "Join the thousands of visitors who make ZooLights a part of their annual holiday tradition. ZooLights includes live music performances, tasty winter treats, and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland. New this year will be a dazzling light show set to music!"


7 Dominion GardenFest of Lights-  Did you know the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Richmond had a light show? It sounds like it's pretty spectacular. Especially at such a beautiful location. The Dominion GardenFest Of Lights is "a holiday tradition featuring more than half-a-million twinkling lights, hand-crafted botanical decorations, model trains, holiday dinners, fire pit with s'mores and hot chocolate (for purchase); nightly family activities & more. The region's ultimate holiday extravaganza!"


8Illuminate The Night Light Show-  In Doswell Va (Near Richmond). "As you drive through the park you will experience hundreds of thousands of LED lights synchronized to music from your car radio. The show features an 80-foot tunnel of lights, 50-foot Christmas trees, dancing snowmen and festive decorations. After the show, spend some time in Santa's Village, where fun awaits your whole family. There will be pictures with Santa, children’s activities, Christmas trees, food and more." Santa AND an amazing light show? What's not to love.


9 The Bull Run Festival Of Lights- Again, this is a bit of a trek, but totally worth doing at least once! They have "Over 40,000 lights set to music and playing every night."   


Our Personal Favorite:


10 In your home, snuggled up by the tree with the people you love.- We can't think of a more cheerful place to enjoy Christmas lights than at home with family and friends.




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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.