Beating The Summer Camp Blues

Toasting marshmallows over a crackling campfire, learning new skills, swimming, exploring nature, and hiking are many of the things kids look forward to about going to summer camp. The memories which last a lifetime can easily be tainted when homesickness sets in. Thinking positive and distracting campers with fun activities are two strategies that work […]

Beating the Summer Vacation Brain Drain

Tonya Perry, Ph.D., assistant professor of curriculum instruction in the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Education and author of the “Supporting Students in a Time of Core Standards” series says; “We need to revisit the purpose of summer. We all think of it as time away from the academic school year, but we […]

Supporting Creative Free Play At Home:

One of the best ways for children to engage in positive physical, mental, and social development is for kids to experience creative free play on a regular basis. It is one of the most important types of imaginative activities for children. Creative free play is expressed when children get to use familiar materials in unique […]

Using Technology Wisely – How Much is Too Much for Families?

As little as eight years ago, Facebook was an idea, twitter was something birds did, and linking in professionally was done at face to face networking events. Oh! How times have changed. In less than a decade, our use of technology has exploded. Everyone has a smartphone, computers now fit in your purse easily, and […]

Summer Jobs for Tweens

It’s time for that long stretch of summer vacation. Many teens and college age kids have already turned in their applications, had an interview, or are returning to a previous summer job. Or, they may be getting more hours and working full-time at that after-school job. However, there’s another group of kids who also need […]

Successful Summer Fun for Kids with ADHD:

For many parents and kids summer means fun . . . . .and boredom. Every once in a while, everyone needs help finding constructive things to do and meaningful ways to fill those golden days of summer vacation. For kids with ADHD being able to provide meaningful activities and daily structure can be essential.

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5 Tips for those Family-Friendly Road Trips

Summer is racing towards us, which means that many families are gearing up for the proverbial road trip. We all remember the Griswolds driving their way towards ‘Wally World’ like in the old National Lampoon movie. It spoofs the pitfalls and pit stops that can plague any family trip; however, there is some honest truth […]

4 Tips to Quell Test Anxiety:

It’s that time of year when public schools are busy with standardized testing and colleges and universities are in the midst of giving final exams. While every student feels a certain level of anxiety about testing, there are some things that parents can do to help quell test anxiety and reinforce realistic expectations. According […]