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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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11 Tips for Choosing A Summer Camp For Your Child - UPDATED!

February 1, 2018 at 8:00 AM / by Gabby Fisher posted in Education, Entertainment, Local Tips, parenting, parents, Partners, registration, special needs, sports, STEM, summer, Summer Camp, summer camp for kids, summer camps

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It's high time to start thinking about summer plans for the kiddos! Choosing the right camps might seem like a daunting task, but no need to worry. This article offers you concrete tips for choosing the right camps for your kids. As a mother of four, I understand the feeling of urgency, and I'm ready to help ensure your kids have a fantastic summer camp experience.

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The Funny Files

January 17, 2018 at 12:56 PM / by Gabby F. posted in children, encourage, Entertainment, failure, Funny, funny stories, General, Kids, laugh, parent, parenting, parents, success

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Being a parent is hard work.

If it's not one thing, it's another. Just when you think you have a little extra cash at the end of the month, someone needs new shoes. It's schedules and laundry and homework and behaviors and the list could go on. While parenting can be scary and frustrating and unbelievably difficult at times, I think it is really important to look back and see everything we have survived. Many things have happened over the years relating to my children and, at the time, I was furious. However, when I look back and think about those memories, I almost always end up with a smile on my face.

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It's a Brand New Year!

January 2, 2018 at 3:15 PM / by Gabby F. posted in After School Enrichment, children, Entertainment, General, Health, Kids, New Year's, parenting, parents, promise, read, reading to children, reading to kids, resolution, resolve

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For much of the United States, January 2nd is when life resumes business as usual. It's a brand new year and even though 2018 began yesterday, it seems to me that today is when it really begins. School schedules begin ramping up again. Work schedules have or soon will return to normal. Over the past few days, you may have been thinking about your new year's resolutions. Maybe you want to lose a few pounds, start pursuing a dream you've had, or something else. If you're a parent though, have you thought about explaining resolutions to your children? Better yet, have you made resolutions to benefit your children? I hope this blog is useful in helping you do both!

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Happy New Year, Austin!

December 28, 2017 at 12:43 PM / by Gabby F. posted in children, Entertainment, events, families, family, family-friendly, Food, General, Kids, midnight, Music, New Year's Eve, parenting, parents, ring in the new year, sleep

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Towns and cities all around the globe are putting the finishing touches on their preparations for upcoming New Year's celebrations. To make your planning a little easier, we thought we'd share some ideas of ways you can ring in the new year.

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Social Media: 5 Tips for Keeping Our Kids Safe Online

December 21, 2017 at 11:58 AM / by Gabby F. posted in Apps, cell phones, children, Education, Entertainment, General, Health, Kids, online safety, parenting, parents, social media, Tech

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I am someone who enjoys social media and appreciates the good that can come from it. However, I am fully aware of the dangers that my involvement in social media can have on my life. As parents, we want nothing more than to keep our children safe. In today’s world, that might be harder than just making sure they don’t get harmed by a stranger or hurt on the playing field. Access to the internet and more specifically social media can really open our children up to many new dangers. It is our job to not only be good role models for them, but to also equip them with the skills to stay safe online.

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Thanksgiving Tips for Parents

November 20, 2017 at 8:00 AM / by Gabby F. posted in craft, Education, Entertainment, family, Food, General, history, read to kids, reading, recipes, Thanksgiving, turkey

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Thanksgiving is right around the corner!

Thanksgiving is a large piece of U.S. history and it has shaped a large part of how and what we farm here. Additionally, it is a sweet time of year when we take time to reflect on all of the good stuff that we have enjoyed over the past year.  Taking time to teach children about the history of thanksgiving is important, but showing children the value of thankfulness is huge.  In this post, you will find some thanksgiving activities for kids as well as some fun ways to celebrate with your family.

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5 Winter Break Camps To Keep Kids Active

November 3, 2017 at 7:48 AM / by Gabby F. posted in After School Enrichment, children, Entertainment, General, holiday break, Local Tips, Partners, registration, sports, winter camps

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Revision of a previous post. Updated November 3, 2017.

I get things done, and if you are like me, you make a million to-do lists on every color Post-it and then feel immense joy in crossing just one item off of said to-do list. We are planners, and there’s a sense of pride that comes with that. Even the research is on our side, explaining three psychological benefits of creating to-do lists.

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6 Questions for Choosing the Right Extracurricular Activity for Your Child

August 24, 2017 at 12:16 PM / by Gabby F. posted in After School Enrichment, chess, Education, Entertainment, extracurricular activities, General, goals, personality, Soccer, sports, STEM, Theater

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We did it!

We made it to the end of this series and one big question remains. How do I know what extracurricular activity to sign my child up for? There are so many options. Here are six helpful questions you should ask yourself that will help you choose the right extracurricular activity for your child.

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5 Ways to Kick the Summer Lull

July 25, 2017 at 8:20 AM / by Gabby F. posted in activities, baking, Education, Entertainment, General, give back, Summer Camp, summer camps, summer lull

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It's July and the kids are starting to get weary in the day to day summer routine. You or whoever is caring for your children this summer is starting to notice the boredom creeping in. Well, you've come to the right place. We've got some tips on how to chase away the boredom blue and brighten up your child's summer routine.

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