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Here come's September and I am sure you are wondering...how did we get here? This summer has flown by and has been great weather and no bugs. It has been a banner summer for tourism with the many fairs, festivals, free concerts, night markets and outdoor movies. It has been a roller coaster ride of a summer for me. I had a total hip replacement in June which went very well, then my son and daughter-in-law moved back from Australia in July after 8 years away and sadly my Dad passed away at the age of 90 after an illness. My husband Neil and I have been blessed having 2 sets of parents until this point. Such is life's journeys with it's happy and sad times. I am grateful to have wonderful friends and family that have helped me and my family through this summer's events.

It is now time to move on to school, hockey, dance, music, swimming, homework and what ever else your kids are involved in. Let's look forward to the routine of fall with those early mornings, bag lunches, carpools, packed weekends and after school hours of activity. Keep your attitude positive and your kids will be positive too. The structure of September is comforting so Bring It On! Going back to school is exciting but stressful. There is the excitement of seeing friends again, finding out who your teachers are, new lunch bags and school clothes as well as starting fall activities. But the freedom of summer will be missed by both parents and children. Check out our Back to School section for help to make the transition easier for your family. This section includes some great information on fall programs, classes and services that we are sure you will find valuable.

This issue celebrates the end of our 26th year publishing Winnipeg Parent. It is hard for me to believe this as I started the publication when my kids where very young and now they are 33 and 30. So much has happened over the years and time does not stand still. Embrace the years when your children are young. Yes, there are many challenges but you can get through them! If you need help we offer great articles by local experts such as family psychologist Dr. Jay Greenfeld and Speech and Language Pathologist Maureen Penko. There are many organizations and support groups for parents in this city so if you need help, don't hesitate to look for it. As they say...It takes a village to raise a child!

Why not Join Up as a family at a local recreation facility this fall? It may be your local pool where you go every Sunday as a family or a Y that can offer all kinds of recreational fun. It may be purchasing a membership at the Manitoba Children's Museum, the Manitoba Museum, The Zoo or one of our wonderful Nature Centres. How about making one evening a week a Family Library Day? This issue features a Join Up section with many options of programs, facilities and clubs for you and your children.

Have a Super September!

Susan



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