When & How to Leave Your Child Home Alone

Other than driving, allowing your child to stay home unsupervised may be the scariest rite of passage we parents have to endure. But it doesn’t have to be a dramatic transition. We’ve all seen the MacCaulay Culkin holiday classic, but unlike his comically negligent parents, you can actually decide when and how, and make preparations […]

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Cool Extracurriculars for Kids on Both Shores

We all know that after school activities are good for kids. They’re helpful in: cutting down on electronics use building confidence relieving stress teaching time management There are certainly plenty of opportunities for kids to participate in team sports after school and on weekends, but what about the non-sports kids, or kids who want or […]

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Hydration Guidelines for Kids

While watching one of my son’s new favorite shows, Adam Ruins Everything (an “educational comedy television series” that, sure, contains the occasional raw language, but appeals to the short tween/teen attention span), the crazily coiffed host tackled the issue of hydration. He cited multiple studies, and even brought in a hydration specialist to dispel many […]

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STEM Stuff to Stave off Summer Brain Drain

Most of us are familiar with the concept of summer brain drain. It’s the phenomenon, also known as “summer slide,” where kids on summer break get mentally lazy and actually lose skills and knowledge. According to IDTech.com, “Kids can lose as many as two to three months of math and reading skills over the summer. […]

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Wet ‘n Wild or Cool ‘n Mild: Summer Fun for Everyone!

The one thing all parents need in the summertime is OPTIONS (and maybe patience)! Sure, it’s nice to have time to chill out at home after a busy school year, but the kids will eventually get stir crazy, which will, in turn, drive their parents crazy. Whether it’s hot or rainy… you’re feeling energetic or […]

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Kids’ Summer Earning & Saving Ideas

If you plan on having any lulls between camp sessions and family vacations this summer, you might want to consider a productive activity for your child — earning money! For kids who are getting too old for day camps, but are still too young for summer jobs, there are many ways to give them a […]

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Tips for a Safer Summer

Ah, summer. Does it bring to mind carefree, lazy days filled with snowballs, flip-flops, and swimming pools? That’s a lovely image. But, be honest — does your parenting brain also see a minefield of potential hazards, like Zika-carrying mosquitos, skin cancer-inducing sunburns, and drowning risks?   No matter where you fall on the neurotic spectrum, […]

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