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7 Ways Moms Can Get a Summer Break

7 Ways Moms Can Get a Summer Break

If you’d spied on me the other night as I walked home from my commute, this is what you would have seen: A woman walking by a running sprinkler, stopping in her tracks, dropping her tote bag, hopping onto the lawn, and walking back and forth through the streams of water. It might have seemed like I’d lost it. But really, I’d had a long day at work and needed a flash of f-u-n. Read more

23 Signs It's Summer Vacation

23 Signs It’s Summer Vacation

The temps are high, the days are long, the smell of freshly mowed lawns fills the air, and the sound of kids whining, “I’m bored” engulfs your senses. Ahhh, summer vacation … that magical time of year when the kids are home. All. Day. Long. As a parent, I have a love/hate relationship with summer vacation. On the one hand, I love that my kids are home and no one has to get up early! But on the other hand, I really hate that all I do all day long is pick up “stuff” and do dishes! Read more

9 Things Parents Forget About in the Summer

9 Things Parents Forget About in the Summer

“Is everyone’s kid staying up past 10p in the summer or am I the only shitty parent?” a friend of mind asked in a Facebook post the other day.

“It’s summer!” replied one mom. “Not only does my kid stay up late, he also hasn’t had a bath in a week and he turns the TV on first thing when he wakes up and eats a bowl of sugary cereal while watching cartoons!” Read more

Cooking in the Car

As the Summer temperatures rise, there’s one important message going out to parents: never forget your children in the car on a hot day. We’ve previously seen one dad lock himself in a steamy car to show parents what can happen to their kids, and now a chef is speaking out on the subject. Chef Haim Cohen shared a seemingly innocent video about how to cook pizza in your car. But it quickly takes a dramatic turn once you realize the underlying message. See the shocking results above. Read more

8 Tips For Teaching Your Kid How to Swim Like a Fish

8 Tips For Teaching Your Kid How to Swim Like a Fish

With Summer fast approaching and pool covers being tossed aside with joy all over the country, it’s definitely the time to talk to your kids about pool safety, and — if they haven’t already learned — to teach them how to swim. You could send your kid to swimming classes or do it right in your own backyard or community pool (using videos, if needed) — either way, these eight tips will help your child become a better swimmer and decrease the chances of a water accident this Summer. Read more

"Slow Parenting" Summer

“Slow Parenting” Summer

Rather than fill my kids’ eight short weeks of vacation with extracurricular activities to keep them busy, I’m going to keep the calendar as empty as possible, leaving room for adventure, spontaneity, and even boredom.

“So what have you signed the boys up for this Summer?” I’ve been asked this question several times by well-meaning friends who have already planned out every week of their kids’ Summer holidays. Art camp, soccer, rugby, swimming lessons, literacy camp, museum camp, YMCA day care, karate, and Vacation Bible School are all popular options among my fellow parents. In fact, there are more options for activities than I could ever fit into the two months my sons are out of school. Read more

How to Choose the Perfect Summer Camp for Your Kids

How to Choose the Perfect Summer Camp for Your Kids

When I was 8 years old, my parents sent me away to camp for the first time. I think they needed a break from all my talking! I didn’t want to go, I didn’t know anyone and I cried all the way on the bus. But when I got to Camp HoneyRock in Wisconsin, I had one of the best experiences of my life. To this day, when I think of camp, I think of afternoons spent learning archery, doing wood-burning crafts and riding horses, and nights sitting around the campfire, making s’mores and singing Kumbaya (that’s not a metaphor, we really did). When I became a parent, I was fortunate enough to be able to send my kids to camp, and now they look forward to sending their own children when they’re old enough.

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