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Monday reads

…catching up with what you may have missed while changing diapers/refereeing cereal fights/cleaning the hamster cage/identifying the goo in the back seat…in other words, living.

How much autonomy do kids need to help them learn what they need to know to live as adults? How do we impart basic skills like housekeeping, respecting others and money management? Columnist Delise Dickard leads an interesting discussion of this topic here.

Jonathan Colson, the Spotsylvania boy who was struck by lightning while playing baseball in 2009, is working to get back on the field. His family is raising money to install devices to warn of potential lightning strikes at Spotsylvania youth baseball fields. Read the Colsons’ story and learn how you can help here.

None of the area’s school divisions made “Adequate Yearly Progress” under the requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind law. Now, state and federal officials may adjust those requirements, as fewer and fewer divisions around the country are able to meet them. Read Jeff Branscome’s report here. He lists individual schools that made AYP here.

Siblings of children with special needs will have a chance to play, connect and share their feelings with other children in similar situations at at Sept. 17 event the disAbility Resource Center plans at Fredericksburg United Methodist Church. Janet Marshall has all the details on her “In Moderation” blog.

School Dressing Days are still going on today and tomorrow at Bragg Hill Family Life Center. In case you have missed Amy Umble’s coverage of this important event, she has the hours posted for these back-to-school clothing giveaways here. Cathy Jett wrote about the weekend event here.

Would you like to see healthier stuff on restaurant kids’ menus? Do you think your kids would order or eat offerings that don’t include fries and chicken fingers? A local pediatrician has worked to make over the kids’ menus of two local restaurants, and hopes to do more. Read the story from Sunday’s Healthy Living section here.

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