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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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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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Spring Break Fun!

February 5, 2018 at 11:00 PM / by Gabby F. posted in camps, Day Camp, Education, General, Local Tips, parenting, parents, Spring Break

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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.

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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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Choosing the Right Child Care and Education Program

November 16, 2017 at 8:00 AM / by Gabby F. posted in After School Enrichment, child care, children, day care, Education, General, head start, Health, Kids, Local Tips, parenting, parents, pre-k, school

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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.

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Featured Partner: Aim and Focus Karate, Inc.

November 7, 2017 at 12:10 PM / by Gabby F. posted in after school care, After School Enrichment, Education, General, Health, Karate, Local Tips, sports

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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.

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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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Halloween Fun?

October 26, 2017 at 1:42 PM / by Gabby F. posted in Costumes, General, Halloween, Halloween safety, haunted house, Local Tips, parenting tips

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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!)

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Parenting Series Part 3: Praise and Encouragement

October 24, 2017 at 12:48 PM / by Gabby F. posted in After School Enrichment, Education, encouragement, extracurricular activities, General, Health, Local Tips, parenting, parents, praise, sports, STEM, tips

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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.

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5 Questions to Consider Before Adopting a Dog as a Family Pet

October 19, 2017 at 2:54 PM / by Gabby F. posted in breeds, dog, dogs, dogs with kids, family dogs, General, Local Tips, pets, puppy, puppy class, training

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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.

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