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Five Summer Surprises You Need to be Ready For

April 28, 2018 at 12:00 PM / by Gabby Fisher posted in summer planning, summer camp activities, tips, Technology, swim safety, swim lessons, summer camps, summer camp for kids, summer, parents, parenting tips, parenting resources, parenting, Food, family, families, Day Camp, children, child care, camps

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Like most things in life, summer camp can sometimes throw us a curve ball or two. Because we know things don't always go as planned, we thought we would share with you a handful of surprises that could be headed your way in hopes that we can make sure you are prepared.

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My Summer Planning

April 24, 2018 at 4:00 PM / by Gabby Fisher posted in summer camp activities, nature, swimming lessons, swim safety, summer camps, summer camp for kids, summer, registration, parenting tips, parenting, parent resources, Day Camp, children, camps, activities, summer planning

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I work from home. It sounds all good and fine and awesome, but here's the reality...summer is coming. While I wish summer meant days lying by the pool, water gun battles, and my children thinking I'm the coolest mom ever, the truth is that I have to work. And honestly, the thought of trying to keep my kids happy while I work this summer is down right overwhelming. 

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Great Ideas For Keeping Kids Busy This Summer

April 18, 2018 at 9:00 AM / by Gabby Fisher posted in General, Kids, sleep away camp, teens, swimming lessons, swim safety, summer camps, summer, resources, recipes, reading, play, parents, parenting, parent resources

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Are you a stay-at-home parent? Do you work from a home office and keep the kids with you when school is out? Are you wondering how this summer is going to go and feeling overwhelmed? If so, you are not alone. This post is full of ideas for keeping kids busy this summer. 

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12 Creative Ways to Save for Summer Camp

April 6, 2018 at 10:45 AM / by gabbyfisher posted in Adolescents, Day Camp, Entertainment, General, Health, Local Tips, money jar, parenting, parents, save, scholarships, Summer Camp, summer camps, teens, Tweens, ways to save

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Like most great things in this life, quality comes with a cost. Camp is no different and some parents must find ways to save. If you read our post 11 Tips for Choosing A Summer Camp For Your Child, you probably recall that the financial piece is something that must be taken into consideration when you are choosing a summer camp program. Unless a program is advertised as free, chances are, it comes with a price tag and you've got to be willing to pay. The good news is that the government does recognize that these programs are a necessary expense, and has included them as qualified tax deductions for parents. For more information about this helpful way to put more money in your pocket, click here.

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10 Reasons Why Summer Camp is Great for Kids

March 29, 2018 at 12:00 AM / by gabbyfisher posted in Adolescents, cognitive, Early Childhood, emotional, General, Health, nature, News, obesity, parenting, parents, physical, relationships, screen time, self esteem, Soccer, social, sports, STEM, Summer Camp, summer camp activities, summer camps, Tech, teens, Tweens

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 Summer camp is great for kids for the following reasons:

  1. Summer camp helps kids build relationships.
  2. Kids gain experience doing things they may not get to do at home.
  3. They will have exposure to experts.
  4. They are physically active.
  5. Summer camp gives them a break from devices.
  6. They get to experience and learn about nature.
  7. Activities at camp helps to keep their brains active throughout the summer.
  8. Summer camp activities build self-esteem.
  9. Attending camp makes kids resilient.
  10. Summer camp educates the whole child.

 

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Jump! Gymnastics Shares Advice with Parents on Child Safety

March 22, 2018 at 6:10 AM / by Molly Clack posted in Adolescents, Early Childhood, extracurricular, General, gym, gynmastics, Local Tips, News, parenting, parents, Partners, sports, Summer Camp, summer camps, teens, Tweens, featured

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When parents begin the search for sports activities for their children, one of the biggest questions we have is, “Will my child be safe?” We parents are not only concerned about the possible injuries that could be sustained on the sports field though. We, also, fear emotional and sexual abuse at the hands of coaches, trainers, or sports physicians. Especially in light of the recent conviction of Dr. Larry Nassar, who committed horrific abuses as a USA Gymnastics doctor, parents are searching for extra assurances that their child safety will be kept in mind while enjoying extracurricular activities.

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Day Camp VS. Sleep Away Camp: What's the difference?

March 12, 2018 at 8:30 AM / by gabbyfisher posted in Adolescents, camp, Camping, Day Camp, General, parent, parenting, parents, sleep away camp, Summer Camp, summer camps, teens, Tweens

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You are looking into camp options for your child and you are wondering which option is the best. At Kwaddle, we work with oodles of providers that offer one or both of these options and we are pleased to pass that information onto you. Both day camps and sleep away camps have their own pros and cons and we thought it might be helpful if we broke things down a bit.

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Tax Deduction Related to Child Care and Camp: Where to Begin

March 5, 2018 at 10:32 AM / by gabbyfisher posted in child care, day care, General, income tax, News, parent, parenting, parents, Summer Camp, summer camps, tax, tax credit

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With Tax Day upon us, we thought it would be a good idea to highlight the Child and Dependent Care Credit that many parents are eligible for. While we encourage you to visit the IRS website or direct your questions to your accountant, here are a handful of things you may want to know before you file. Who couldn't use another tax deduction, right?

 What is the Child and Dependent Care Credit?

Very simply put, it's a tax break for parents and custodial guardians who have paid for someone to care for their child while they are at work. Child care centers, summer camps, day camps, nanny care, and at home providers are all types of child care that qualify for the tax deduction. Parents can get up to $3000 credit for one child or $6000 for two or more.

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Summer Camp Paperwork: How You Can Be Prepared

March 1, 2018 at 11:31 AM / by gabbyfisher posted in Adolescents, General, health insurance, Kids, parenting, parents, physical, sleep away camp, Summer Camp, summer camps, teens, Tweens

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When children are away from their parents, the liability transfers to the caregiver. Most parents only allow their children to stay with people who they know well and trust. Similar to enrolling your child in a child care program, there is some necessary paperwork that you may be required to complete before you can leave your most precious treasures in someone else's charge. This guide is designed to help you be prepared so that when its time to fill out the paperwork for summer camp, you are completely ready. There are four main areas to keep in mind.

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Is Sending My Child to Sleep Away Summer Camp Okay?

February 22, 2018 at 2:23 PM / by gabbyfisher posted in General, sleep away camp, Tweens, teens, summer camps, overnight

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You are considering summer camp options for your child and you've come to a road block. Your kiddo really wants to go to a sleep away camp and you aren't sure if he or she is ready for that. Worse yet, you aren't sure if you are ready for that. Before saying no right away, consider these five points to help you determine if sleep away summer camp is a good plan. If you need help determining which summer camp is best for your child, check out our post "11 Tips for Choosing A Summer Camp For Your Child."

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