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Choosing the Right Day Camp for Your Child

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Day camps come in all shapes and sizes, appealing to a range of interests and ages. Here’s how to find a camp that invests in your youngster by creating an unforgettable experience where they’ll meet new friends, gain self-confidence and learn new sk... Read full article

Doing Hard Things - Zipline Edition

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I can do hard things, and you can too, to borrow a phrase from Glennon Doyle. From getting ready to send my baby to Kindergarten to juggling anxiety about resuming in-person life after being vaccinated against COVID-19, hard things are all around me ... Read full article

Is Your Child’s Coach Abusive? Beware of These 6 Red Flags

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Sports are known for helping kids develop confidence, leadership skills, and a sense of belonging. But when the pressure to perform and unhealthy coaching practices do the opposite, kids find themselves in a tough situation where they may need parent... Read full article

Surviving Spring Sports: A Parent’s Guide

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As the older sister of a lifelong baseball player, I spent many hours at the ballpark. When it came time to sign my son up for spring T-Ball, I wasn’t worried–I had been living the baseball mom life for years! I was way ahead of the game.... Read full article

Laying Down the Foundation: STEM, STEAM, and STREAM: What is it?

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Children often have different interests from one another. Some may take interest in sports, some in cooking or baking, and some in collecting objects like buttons or coins. Occasionally, parents may take notice that their children are taking an inter... Read full article



Curb the Gimmies with the Spirit of Giving

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Do you ever cringe like the Grinch whenever your child rushes through Christmas gifts and does not stop for a second to say thank you? Society’s commercialized view of Christmas has led too many kids to learn the cultural perspective–get, get, get, a... Read full article

Lexington, Kentucky

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The charming city of Lexington lies in the heart of Kentucky’s famous Bluegrass region, and this city is known as the “Horse Capital of the World” for a good reason. Lexington’s charm will greet you as soon as you approach your hotel (which is also a... Read full article

No More Gifts! Experiences Please!

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During the holiday season, it’s so easy to get wrapped up in the quest to give the “ultimate gifts” for Christmas. ... Read full article

Overbooked Summers Can Be a Bummer: The Pros and Cons of Camp-Filled Summers

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If you could relive one of your favorite summer memories as a kid, what would it be? Would it be on the beach with your family? In your neighborhood with friends? Or would you pick a time where you were attending summer camp and learning a new skill?... Read full article

Thriving at Camp: Why Your Child Should Attend this Summer

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The sound of the last school bell before summer break leads to warm feelings of nostalgia for many of us. Sure, part of it was the fact we did not have to wake up early and spend all day in class, but the memories made during those sunny months make ... Read full article