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The 4-1-1 for First-Time Campers

It’s almost time for the kids to leave for day- or sleep-away camp. For some kids, it’s easy (especially for the ones who’ve spent time at camp before). They’re looking forward to seeing old friends, practicing sports, arts and crafts, exploring interests they’ve put aside during the school year, and discovering new talents. For other kids, especially the ones for whom this whole camp thing is new, the time can be nearly as stressful as it is promising: What can they expect? Will they make friends? Will it be scary? If it’s a sleep-away camp, will they be homesick? What if they don’t like it? Now is the time to address these potential issues and put them to rest as much as possible. Here are some tips to consider.

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Beyond Finger Painting: 12 Benefits of Exposing Your Children to Fine Arts

As our school classrooms become more and more focused on reading and writing excellence, our children may be missing out on some of the most important skills they can learn: the appreciation of and active participation in the arts!

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Raising a Writer - 10 Tips to Champion Your Young Scribbler

Do you think you have a budding writer under your roof? Well, never fear. Writing has evolved quite a bit in recent decades and the information-age provides all kinds of promising options for writers in the future, which have never existed before. Still, I’m sure you want your scribbler to take a gradual approach.

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Not a Team Player? Three Sports Your Child May Enjoy

Fencing, Mixed Martial Arts and swimming - they are not as mainstream as baseball, basketball and soccer, but they may be a good fit for kids who want to participate in sports but shy away from team-focused activities. Here’s more about the benefits and safety of these diverse sports from three instructors who teach kids the same sports they grew up enjoying themselves.

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