Promoting Independent Thinking in Children

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How to Cultivate Autonomy From choosing an ice cream flavor to choosing a career path, our lives are colored by our ability to make decisions and think for ourselves. Autonomy is a marker of adulthood, and it’s a skill that parents can begin cultivating in their children from the start. To get more insight into […]

Off to Camp!

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A Parent’s Guide to Helping Kids Make the Most of Their Summer Camp Experience Summer camp experiences offer children valuable opportunities to learn, play, and explore the world around them. Here, we highlight the benefits of social-emotional learning at camp, helpful advice for packing your child’s camp essentials, strategies for helping homesickness, and tips for […]

Embracing Routines this Summer

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Embracing the Summer Season Structure and routine is very important for most kids – and parents – to flourish and succeed. Schedules are easier to maintain during the school year, but the seemingly endless summer days with fewer obligations can throw off a family’s equilibrium, as can a big transition like starting school again in […]

A Parent’s Guide to Helping Kids Make the Most of Their Summer Camp Experience

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Off to Camp Summer camp experiences are valuable for children’s development in a myriad of ways, like gaining independence and friendship-building skills! Here, we highlight why being unplugged and having new experiences can be beneficial for your child as well as how to avoid homesickness, plus tips for choosing the right kind of camp for […]

Musings on Motherhood

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Bringing a child into the world is an incredible event. But as wonderful as being a new mom is, it can also be a very challenging time with its fair share of ups and downs. Here, three ladies talk about their journey through recently having a child and what they have done that has helped […]

Teaching Kids All About Managing Money

The Fundamentals of Finance We all want our kids to grow up and lead happy, comfortable lives. And a big part of life is managing money. Here, three local ladies share a few ways they are helping teach their children about the value of money, hopefully making an impression for years to come. “It’s never […]

Helping Kids Reacclimate to In-Person Learning

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Going Old-School In pre-pandemic days, “Back to School” was a fairly momentous occasion. It meant new outfits, new pens and notebooks, and a new routine. For parents and students alike, it was bittersweet – children were sad to see the carefree days of summer vacation end, while parents might regretfully anticipate a reduction in parent-child […]

Area Moms Share Their Secrets for a Smooth Transition Into the School Year

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Back to School After months of summer sunshine and the fresh routine that comes with it, many area children are gearing up to go back to school. But transitioning from camp back to the classroom can be easier said than done. Between getting supplies and packing lunches to carpooling and participating in extracurriculars, it can often […]

Learn What to Do When Your Child is Grieving

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Sadder But Wiser For obvious reasons, the past year and a half has shown a spike in mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, stress, and grief. And, unfortunately, children are not immune to these emotional concerns. While it might be easier to assume that the “carefree nature of childhood” overrides true grief in children, […]

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