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7 Questions to Ask Your Child's Camp Counselor

June 5, 2018 at 9:00 AM / by Gabby Fisher posted in summer camp activities, summer camps, summer camp for kids, summer, parenting tips, parenting resources, parent, parenting, Kids, Day Camp, featured

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If it's your child's first time at sleep away camp, you might feel a little uneasy about leaving your child with someone you've never met. Sometimes getting to know the person a little better will help to put your mind at ease. In this post, you will find seven questions that will help guide the conversation so it seems more natural and less like a crime investigation. 

Here are the 7 Questions to Ask Your Child's Camp Counselor:

  1. Are you from around here?
  2. What did you learn at staff training?
  3. What's your background working with kids?
  4. How do you handle it if someone gets hurt or sick?
  5. How do you help a child who is homesick?
  6. What awesome plans do you have in mind for this week?
  7. What is one thing you hope to teach the kids this week?
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Day Camp: A Great Choice for Kids

May 9, 2018 at 4:00 PM / by Gabby Fisher posted in summer planning, summer camp activities, relationships, nature, tips, Tech, summer camps, summer camp for kids, summer, resources, parents, parenting tips, parenting resources, parenting, Kwaddle, Kids

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When people think of summer camp, they often think of sleeping overnight in an outdoorsy setting. While that might be the first thing that comes to mind, it isn't the only kind of summer camp for kids. Day camps are widely popular in the United States today. In this post, we are going to talk about why and how attending a day camp can benefit your child.

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Everything I Learned About Parenting I Learned from SomeeCards

May 4, 2018 at 8:00 AM / by Gabby Fisher posted in summer planning, summer camps, summer camp for kids, summer, parents, parenting tips, parenting resources, parenting, parent, moms, laugh, Kids, Kwaddle, funny stories, family-friendly, family, families, encouragement, children, camp, baby

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In an effort to be the best parent I could be, I did some online research about parenting and thought I would share my findings with you. While all of this advice is as good as gold in my opinion, you should at no point take this post as proven or serious. We all need a little laughter in our lives and this is our effort to bring some joy to into yours. 

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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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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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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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Be Like Dr. King and Dream

January 11, 2018 at 8:02 AM / by Gabby F. posted in believe, children, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., dream, dreamers, General, hope, Kids, P.T. Barnum, parenting, parents, teach, The Greatest Showman

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Martin Luther King, Jr. was a dreamer.

He was also an inspiration and role model to many. While his dream and ours might not be the same thing, being a dreamer is so important. In his "I Have a Dream" speech, he shared that his dream was for all men and women to be treated as equals regardless of their skin color. His dreams were far more than what he saw at night when he closed his eyes.

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Music: How Does It Help My Child?

January 8, 2018 at 11:00 PM / by Gabby F. posted in After School Enrichment, children, Education, General, Health, instruments, Kids, Kwaddle, Music, musical, News, parenting, parents, play, sing, STEAM, STEM, Tech

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I love music.

It is truly the one thing that can melt away stress and make me a more pleasant person almost instantly. While I would've loved to make a career out of singing, that was never really an option for me so instead I dove into being an educator and mama. Because music is a constant in our lives, it didn't take long before my children took an interest as well. My oldest is undoubtedly a musically inclined child too. She has a great set of pipes and does pretty well with the piano too. My younger daughter also sings beautifully and will hopefully begin taking guitar lessons in the near future. Both of our boys also love to sing, but it is yet to be determined if that's the beginning or end of their talent. To me, music is a huge part of life.

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Featured Partner: Courtney Harris Coaching

January 3, 2018 at 11:00 PM / by Gabby F. posted in child centered, children, coaching, Communication, communication with kids, Education, General, Health, Kids, parenting, parents, special needs, teenager, teens, therapy, trust

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This week’s featured partner is Courtney Harris Coaching.

Courtney is a Child-Centered Coach who specializes in working with pre-teens, teens (typically 11 – 19 year olds), and their parents. We know that mental and emotional health is very important for our children and teens. However, like me, you may not be familiar with what coaching is about so I took time to chat with Courtney to learn more about what coaching is all about.
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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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