Fredericksburg Families

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

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Monday reads

…a weekly compilation of family-related news from, The Free Lance-Star and beyond.

The Cobblestone Children’s Museum has changed its name to Explore It! and is looking for space in the region. Bill Freehling has details here.

Online courses are a solution that an increasing number of public school districts are turning to to cut budgets and offer new classes. The Wall Street Journal took a look at the pros and cons of this type of education in a story that ran this weekend. Read it here.

Middle-school girls can be pretty mean to each other. Now there’s a program at Stafford’s Margaret Brent Elementary School that aims to give them the skills to recognize and combat bullying. Read about the Girl Smarts curriculum here.

Project Yellow Light, a teen safe-driving initiative started by the family of Hunter Garner, who died in a car crash in 2007, is going national, with help from the Ad Council. Read about a nationwide teen video contest here.

A group of local women in business has formed to offer support to help women pursue their professional interests while also managing families, home life and other jobs. If this interests you, read Katie Thisdell’s story on the Ladies Small Business Network here.

Families looking for gluten-free options for eating out might want to check out this report from Donya Currie on Castiglia’s efforts to create a gluten-free menu.

 Today’s Book Corner column offers suggestions for books that teach the alphabet with museum-worthy illustrations. Read it here.

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