Advice For Parents

Bridging the education gap

Kathy Kearns //
When you hear the phrase, “summer slide,” you might think about fun times at the water park. But the phrase refers to the documented loss of learning that occurs during summer vacation. Studies show that many youths experience a setback in their education when school takes a pause and they are away from structured learning and the discipline of the classroom. Research demonstrates that at least a month of a child’s overall ability to learn is lost over summer...

Summer camp is a lot like Fortnite

Marcy Kornreich //
It’s hard to be a parent and not worry about something. When my children were younger, I refused to buy popular “blood and guts” video games because I worried it would give them a cavalier attitude towards violence. If you’re the parent of a toddler, you may worry that watching Blippi YouTube videos is destroying brain cells. And if you’ve got children age 8-18, you’re likely familiar with Fortnite, a phenomenon that’s already been downloaded more...

Teens and the day camp experience

Kierstin Merlino //
When it comes to day camp, it’s a win-win for parents and teens. Day camp provides a platform for teens to learn life lessons they don’t learn in school. Teens who actively participate can improve their physical, social and mental health. Healthy social interaction occurs in age-appropriate group settings and through engaging activities. Also, day camps allow affordable options for busy working parents. Education Parents will do just about anything for their children....

From campers to leaders

Lara Skinner //
Picture this. Your camper is starting her first summer at camp — games, swimming, new friends and camp songs. The camp songs start making the rounds in the car a few days into camp. It could be the super-catchy Yogi Bear: I know someone you don’t know, Yogi. Yogi. I know someone you don’t know, Yogi Yogi bear… If you forget the words or tune — it is Camptown Races by the way — your camper is sure to remind you. One day when you pick her up,...

How to prepare first-time campers for a fun summer experience

Jacob Labovitz //
OK, so you have made the excellent decision to give your child the gift of an overnight summer camp experience. Yikes, what now? No need to panic, everything is going to be fine. Sending your child to summer camp is one of the best things that you can do to help you raise an emotionally healthy and well-adjusted human. Just take a deep breath and try some of these helpful tips. 1. Try a sleepover Some first-timers have never slept away from the safety and security of home. Send junior...

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