Horse Wonder: Exploring the World ​of Horses

By Diane Turner Maller ​There was a time when it was common place for parents to have at least one tale from a childhood memory that involved an encounter or “wild ride” with a horse to share with their children. Fewer and fewer parents now have direct horse knowledge from our own upbringing. In finding…

Health Benefits of Summer Camp

By Suzanne Koup-Larsen While it’s not a medical diagnosis, child-advocacy expert Richard Louv coined the term “nature deficit disorder” to describe the wide range of problems that people, especially children, experience when they don’t spend much time outdoors. Additional research suggests that physical activity and exposure to nature contribute to good health. Many camp programmers…

Growing Pizzas

By Stephen Muff From the Hanging Gardens of Babylon to the Beer Gardens of Deutschland, humans have been trying to perfect cultivation since the beginning of time. Yet, many of us parents have lost our green thumbs during the process of preparing snacks, doing laundry, reading books, and the like. Wouldn’t it be nice if…

​FAQs for Parents Considering Private School Education

By Nora Heston Tarte When it comes to a child’s education, few subjects are more heavily debated. Weighing the benefits of a private versus a public institution, as well as the associated costs, can be overwhelming to say the least. Take into consideration, no school (public or private) is the same, and it’s nearly impossible…

Benefits of Team Sports

By Nora Heston Tarte No child is created equal. Some may thrive in athletics, while others may struggle to keep up. Some may need to learn how to cooperate with others and embrace a team mentality, while others may need help coming out of their shells. “I believe all kids can benefit from team sports….

Teen Gaming

“Not Now, Mom, I’m in Combat!” Teens Have a Hard Time Turning Off Video Games, Even After Midnight By Robert Andrews “I know I probably shouldn’t stay up until 2:00am on school nights,” reports Gilberto, a 16 year-old high school junior in my biology class. “It’s just that, I’m really into my PlayStation. The competition…

Activities to Help Your Child Do Better in Math

By Janeen Lewis Is math homework giving you a headache? Do you dread hearing “I hate math!” every night? While math may seem boring or challenging to some children, it is helpful to everyday living, and good math skills can open doors to exciting jobs post-graduation. Try these tips to show children math can be…

Helping Your Child Build Friendships

By Jan Pierce, MEd For many kids, building friendships comes as naturally as breathing in air or waking up in the morning. For others, the process is filled with landmines of fear, anxiety and discouragement. Experts agree that friendship-building is a skill—it can be learned. THE POPULAR KIDS Popular children, those successful in making friends,…

Prepare Your Child…and Yourself for Camp!

By American Camp Association For parents, the most heart-racing, adrenaline pumping moments happen when you let go and watch your child try something on his or her own. The moment the training wheels come off, the first trip down the driveway on the skateboard, the first time our children ride the school bus—these are more…

Getting Your Kids to Fall in Love with Reading

Written by Keira Regina Children love stories, whether they’re creating, watching or listening to them, but not every little kid enjoys reading them, as they may find it more of a chore rather than a hobby. Some research, shared by The Guardian, indicates that the motivation to read decreases in age, thus it’s important that children…

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