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10 Reasons Why Summer Camp is Great for Kids

March 29, 2018 at 12:00 AM / by gabbyfisher posted in Adolescents, cognitive, Early Childhood, emotional, General, Health, nature, News, obesity, parenting, parents, physical, relationships, screen time, self esteem, Soccer, social, sports, STEM, Summer Camp, summer camp activities, summer camps, Tech, teens, Tweens

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 Summer camp is great for kids for the following reasons:

  1. Summer camp helps kids build relationships.
  2. Kids gain experience doing things they may not get to do at home.
  3. They will have exposure to experts.
  4. They are physically active.
  5. Summer camp gives them a break from devices.
  6. They get to experience and learn about nature.
  7. Activities at camp helps to keep their brains active throughout the summer.
  8. Summer camp activities build self-esteem.
  9. Attending camp makes kids resilient.
  10. Summer camp educates the whole child.

 

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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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Tax Deduction Related to Child Care and Camp: Where to Begin

March 5, 2018 at 10:32 AM / by gabbyfisher posted in child care, day care, General, income tax, News, parent, parenting, parents, Summer Camp, summer camps, tax, tax credit

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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.

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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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8 Reasons Why Pre-K Programs Are Good For Kids

November 14, 2017 at 8:00 AM / by Gabby F. posted in crime rate, early childhood education, early education, Education, General, gross motor skills, Health, illness, News, parents, play, pre-k, Preschool, special needs

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For many parents, whether or not to put their child into an early childhood education program before he or she begins school is a tough decision. Many parents find themselves wondering the following:

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Is it okay to say "no"?

November 9, 2017 at 8:00 AM / by Gabby F. posted in children, Education, General, Health, Kids, News, no, parenting, parents, say no

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"No" can be a very powerful word. However, your perception of  it likely falls in line with how and when you heard it used during your childhood. For some of us, "no" might seem like a real blow to your ego or perhaps make you feel very disappointed because you aren't used to hearing it. For others, being told "no" holds no clout at all. You've heard it so often that its lost its punch.

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