Category - Leisure & Vacation

5 Ways to Honor Our Families, Ancestors, and Communities

Leisure & Vacation

Family and community are extremely important to young children. Celebrating our immediate, extended, and chosen families allows us to appreciate and pass on lore and tradition, while providing children with a fuller sense of themselves and their place in the world. Try one of these fun hands-on ways to honor those around you. Interview a Family Member Do you have an older relative? Now’s the time to get them talking about their past. Ask them about the kinds of things they enjoyed doing during their own childhoods. Ask them about the food they ate and what they did for fun…. Continue Reading


Posted by Susan Sachs Lipman on October 17, 2018

May is the New December: How to Get to Summer With Your Sanity Intact

Leisure & Vacation
Parents Tips
Raising Boys
Raising Girls

Does your family have spring fever? You know the symptoms–lax lunches, half-hearted homework checks, award-ceremony overdose and field-trip fatigue. Fear not: Summer is on its way. Here are 6 tips to help your family reach the end of the school year with greater ease. Cut yourself some slack The end of the school year can feel like both a marathon and a sprint. This is exhausting to even the most superhuman among us. The world won’t end if the softball uniform isn’t squeaky clean or pizza seems to be the main attraction at more dinners than usual. Give yourself permission… Continue Reading


Posted by Susan Sachs Lipman on May 15, 2018

How and Why to Encourage Your Child’s Creativity

Leisure & Vacation
Parenting Skills
Parents Tips

Parents and schools typically spend a tremendous amount of resources on academic readiness and performance, and skills in the areas that are thought to win kids plum jobs in the future, such as engineering and math. But companies you’d least expect, like IBM and Google, are stating the importance of soft skills–teamwork, empathy, adaptability, and creativity–over the more concrete “hard skills” when they recruit and hire. While we need programmers and coders, and especially need to encourage girls to excel in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and math) at the same rate we do boys, we may be emphasizing these… Continue Reading


Posted by Susan Sachs Lipman on January 23, 2018

It’s Time to Plan for Summer Camps! 6 Lessons Learned from a Summer Camp Veteran

Leisure & Vacation
Parents Tips
Raising Boys
Raising Girls

For all of you parents who need to figure out what your children will be doing when school is out in June, here is some wisdom about scheduling summer camps from Parents Place’s Community Outreach Coordinator, Elina Koretsky. Lesson #1: Register for the most popular camps in January. Yes, as crazy as it may seem, there are some wonderful camps that fill up almost as soon as registration opens. If you are hoping to fill a couple weeks of your child’s summer with a popular day or sleep-away camp, now is the time to get organized. Also, some camps offer… Continue Reading


Posted by Admin on January 17, 2018

Happy Hanukkah! It’s Time to Rededicate Your Family to the Practice of Giving and Gratitude

Jewish
Leisure & Vacation

Hanukkah is the Jewish Festival of Lights, and while only some of us here at Parents Place are Jewish, we love lighting the menorah because it is an especially delightful celebration with children, and because Parents Place is a program of Jewish Family and Children’s Services. The miracle of Hanukkah celebrates one night’s worth of oil bringing light for eight nights—as well as an ancient victory by the Maccabees over the Greek army and the rededication of the temple in Jerusalem. This is a special time of year to build meaningful traditions with your family and create deeper, richer connections… Continue Reading


Posted by Bonnie Romanow on December 12, 2017

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