Category - Leisure & Vacation

Is Our Family Ready for a Pet?

Leisure & Vacation
Parents Tips

Before you spontaneously head off the SPCA or Humane Society with your kids, consider taking some time to think through the decision to take on another family member. Pets need much more than just food and water, and it is important to consider whether your family is totally prepared or if your children can truly be responsible for helping with a pet. Animals (ranging from hamsters to dogs) need regular veterinary check-ups, plenty of space, exercise, and lots of love and attention. Many compare bringing home a pet to having a baby—in the sense that it will take up your… Continue Reading


Posted by Admin on August 4, 2017

Prepare for a Safe Summer: 4 Tips for Kids to Handle Predators and Risky Situations

Leisure & Vacation
Parenting Skills
Parents Tips

Ahhh, the carefree days of summer … the word summer still conjures up a great number of positive associations for me, as I hope it does for you. As a child summer meant barbeques, long days at the beach or pool, and nights spent biking around with friends (after dinner!) because it was still light out. But, if you’re a parent, it is unlikely that your summer days are carefree. Summer has become a crazy balancing act of keeping your kids entertained and safe 24/7, all while trying to keep up with the regular demands of your work and home… Continue Reading


Posted by Robyn Matlon on June 19, 2017

5 Ways to Help Your Family Transition to Summer

Leisure & Vacation
Parents Tips

For many families, June is a mixed bag. The routines of the school year, and the rounds of year-end celebrations and rituals, suddenly give way to summer, which, with its promises of freedom and leisure, can create a new kind of stress. That stress is most keenly felt by working parents, parents on a budget, over-scheduled families, and families with children who need extra time to adjust to summer’s new routines. Here are five ways to ease your family’s transition to summer. 1. Discuss your child’s feelings. Some kids feel confused or dismayed about the passage of time, and this can… Continue Reading


Posted by Susan Sachs Lipman on June 6, 2017

9 Tips to Nurture a Child’s Spirit

Leisure & Vacation
Parenting Skills
Parents Tips

How would you describe your child’s spirit? You might find that a tough question to answer. What do we mean by “spirit,” really? I define spirit as the type of energy we bring: whether to a room, a conversation, our work, a musical instrument, or other activity. Perhaps you see your child as fiery, bold, nimble, or charismatic. Or perhaps your child’s teacher or a relative has described your child as “a leader,” “a natural peacemaker,” or “a great thinker.” Think about the ways in which your child shows up in the world and their unique characteristics and you might… Continue Reading


Posted by Mechele Pruitt on May 9, 2017

Powering Off: Taking a Digital Detox as a Family

Leisure & Vacation
Media Safety
Preteens & Teens
Sleep
Special Challenges

At their best modern devices are helpful tools and can make our lives easier. At their worst, they are remarkably addictive, and research now clearly shows that their use can lead to a host of behavioral, interpersonal, and mood issues for people of all ages. If you are reading this, you likely have a young child or adolescent. I have some bad news for you—for young children in particular, screen-time has been shown to have negative effects on sleep (which can also negatively impact mood and lead to behavioral issues), social interaction and learning, executive functioning (e.g., self-regulation and working… Continue Reading


Posted by Robyn Matlon on May 1, 2017

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