This week's featured partner post is all about Girls Empowerment Network, better known as GEN. I had the chance to chat with Claudia Arellano, Outreach Program Coordinator, and learn about this amazing program. Read on to learn all about these girl experts and how they are changing girls' lives year after year.
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.
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.
Summer camp is great for kids for the following reasons:
- Summer camp helps kids build relationships.
- Kids gain experience doing things they may not get to do at home.
- They will have exposure to experts.
- They are physically active.
- Summer camp gives them a break from devices.
- They get to experience and learn about nature.
- Activities at camp helps to keep their brains active throughout the summer.
- Summer camp activities build self-esteem.
- Attending camp makes kids resilient.
- Summer camp educates the whole child.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
Summer Springboard is an amazing organization that is helping high school students (and their parents!) get ready for college. We interviewed the team to give you greater insight into this leadership development opportunity and how Summer Springboard can benefit your high school student.