Family Vacation Anxiety

Can everything really go smoothly on a family vacation?

By Shirin Yadegar

Shirin YadegarDo you get anxiety when thinking of your next family vacation. Family vacations require hours of thoughtful planning so everyone involved is happy.

Is that realistic when you have teenagers and kindergarteners?
Yes, it is.

Over spring break we planned an incredible two week vacation for our immediate family which includes my husband and I and our 14, 12, 8 and 6 year old plus my nearly 80 year old father-in-law. (more…)

Is it Wise for a Parent to Homeschool Their Own Child?

By Janis Adams
Lauren RashapThere are times when a traditional school is just not working for your child. It may be as simple as scheduling. Perhaps a child’s personal or professional interests may require a flexibility that schools are unable to accommodate. It may be that a child’s academics do not align with their grade level. The child may be highly gifted or in need of remediation, struggling with a curriculum that does not even closely match their academic level. It may also be emotional, for example, a child that is being bullied. There are many reasons that parents seek alternative options to a one-size-fits-all school.

When a traditional school fails to meet a child’s needs, many parents decide to homeschool. This option sounds fun and creative, anticipating days spent exploring, discussing, and bonding. However, despite these benefits, it can also be over-whelming and frustrating for both the child and the parent. Taking responsibility for a child’s education requires ample time and an unwavering commitment. It is a teaching job and not something to be treated lightly. (more…)

The Perfect Spring Break Staycation

By Trish Healy
Glamp Out HeroSpring Break is almost upon us. So for many of us Moms that means scratching our heads looking for new and inventive ways to keep the kids entertained.

But you don’t need to head out of town for a memorable vacay. Why not give the kids a spring break escape at home with a stay-cation they’ll never forget?

WonderTent Parties has created a range of memory making at home SleepOver and GlampOut experiences designed to bring the WOW to spring break sleepovers. (more…)

What is Your Child’s Learning Style?

By Alex Munchak
Alex MunchakEvery learner is different; therefore, it is crucial to understand your child’s unique learning style in order to help support their study/learning habits. A short online quiz can help assess your child’s learning style, and in turn, allow you to best support their educational journey at home.

This information can also better inform your choices for after-school activities such as camps, sports, and extracurricular classes. (more…)

Excessive Sugar Consumption Leads to An Early Grave

By Lauren Rashap
Lauren RashapAccording to research presented by Dr. Mercola, there are “strong associations between excessive sugar consumption and rising rates of obesity, and major diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s”. I always try to present in my newsletters that the easiest way to stay away from high sugar meals begins in the kitchen, cooking from scratch with whole foods, real foods. Adults, please be aware that heart disease is not only an adult disease, but high sugar diets are also a significant risk factor for cardiovascular disease in children. For those of you who have kicked your sugar habit, or are signing up today for on my easy ‘3-Day Sugar Cure Cleanse’, now it’s time to pass the gavel to your sugar-consuming children. (more…)

CHOOSE WISELY: Why Should You Attend a Summer Camp & Teen Programs Fair?

JillLevinSummer may seem far away, but before you know it, it will be June. Do you have a plan for your children?

NOW is the time to choose a summer OVERNIGHT camp or teen program for your child or teen. How do you decide which one is right for you?

Tips on Trips and Camps summer program advisors are always available to talk by phone, but why not take it a step further and attend a Tips on Trips and Camps Fair? (more…)

Parenting Kids in a Hypersexualized Culture

By Liz walker
By Liz walkerOver the past few months, with the #MeToo campaign dominating the media, it has been impossible for the public to ignore the voices of women sharing their stories of harassment and abuse. Although we live in unsettling times, as parents, we are in a unique position to curb the ongoing sexual aggression and objectification that girls and women encounter daily, by building resilience and resistance in our kids to the onslaught of hypersexualized images. These images, that form the wallpaper of our lives, normalize and legitimize an atmosphere that promotes the kind of behaviors that women are protesting in the #MeToo campaign. (more…)