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.
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.
Some of you might have amazing Mexican cruises scheduled or perhaps you plan to vacation in Europe. However, if spring break means more work and less play, we have some suggestions for where the kids can hang while school isn't in session and you are at work.
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.
Deciding on the right pre-K and/or child care program can be a challenge when there is so much to consider. In our last post, we discussed the eight reasons why pre-K is so good for kids. In this post, we will give you five things to look for to find the right program for your family and explain a little bit about the different pre-K/child care options.
Have you looked for ways to teach your children confidence, focus, self-respect, and respect for others? Martial Arts might be the activity you're looking for.
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.
Still trying to figure out how you feel about Halloween?
Halloween is fun! However, it can also be terribly scary for some kids. It's important for parents to be aware of how it affects their kids. (Not to mention that candy. Oh, that candy and cavities and hyperactive, sugar filled children. The despair!)
Praise and Encouragement
I recently read an article by Kids Matter about the value of praising our children and how it affects their development early in life. Even though I have a degree in early education that says I know my stuff, I somehow have forgotten about the power of praise with my own children. It wasn't so apparent until recently when we brought home our fourth child (read: final child) through international a doption. Friends, allow me to tell you a little known secret about adopting an older child from a third world country. It is really stinkin' hard. I'm not talking crying over spilled milk hard. I don't mean bad day at work hard. I'm talking about wondering if you made a huge mistake, kicking and screaming, ugly, begging God to make the fits stop hard.
Dogs are cute!
You won't hear me coming at you with 29 reasons why you shouldn't get a dog. That's for sure. Quite honestly, the opposite is probably true. Puppies are sweet and affectionate. Dogs are loyal and love you when no one else does. They keep you company. Dogs make great companions and teach children responsibility. They supposedly even lower blood pressure. The list could go on for days. However, just because puppies are cute and have many perks, doesn't mean that every family should have one. Before your son or daughter gives you puppy dog eyes and begs for a poochie, consider these questions to make sure your home is a good fit.