Fredericksburg Families

Amy Umble writes about family issues and kid-friendly events.

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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.

School starts Wednesday for students and parents in the Spotsylvania County public schools and at Fredericksburg Academy. Whether you’re preparing to get out the tissues, or you’re glad to see the kids get back to class, we hope it’s a great week.

Speaking of starting school, Healthy Living editor Janet Marshall has some good tips over on her blog about how to get your kids ready to transition from a summer to a school-year sleep schedule. Families who still have a bit of summer vacation left might want to check out her post here.

Those old baby clothes gathering dust in your garage could help some of the area’s neediest children. Read here about how a Spotsylvania County mother has built a nonprofit that connects used clothes and equipment with children in the county’s social services system, and how you can help.

The benefits of breastfeeding have been well-documented, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Nutrition columnist Jennifer Motl shares some resources for breastfeeding support here.

More than 5,000 U.S. children are injured each year in falls from windows, and the problem isn’t limited to big-city high rises, according to a study published today in the journal Pediatrics. Read more here.

Book Corner: Children’s librarian Rebecca Purdy shares recommendations for young children’s books about dogs here.

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