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Smooth Sailing in September - 5 Tips to Create a Positive, Healthy Start to a New School Year

The lazy days of summer are over, and it’s time to look ahead to another busy school season. You’re in the process of purchasing new school clothes and supplies for the year. The kids are gearing up to meet their new teachers, and they’ll reacquaint themselves with their schoolmates. It’s a time for new beginnings and fresh starts.

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Your Child's Ever-Shifting Social Scene: The Upper Elementary Years can Present Unique Challenges

When Shawna Crist’s daughter Carly entered third grade last September, the eight-year-old fully expected to continue hanging out with a girl she considered a close friend. “But pretty soon, I wasn’t hearing this little girl’s name anymore,” recalls Crist. When pressed, Carly offered, “Mom, she’s just not the same. All she talks about is softball.” And while Carly enjoys that sport, she just doesn’t play it at the same level or with the same degree of interest as her now former pal does.

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Is Your Child Enjoying This School Year? It's Not Too Early to Assess

It may seem early, but October is a perfect point in the school year to assess your child's progress. Your child has had enough time to become accustomed to their schedule, routine and new classmates and the teacher has informally assessed kids to determine progress compared to grade-level expectations. Since it can take weeks or months to fix academic or social issues, it is important to assess early and often. In addition, waiting can cause some problems to become more difficult to fix, which could negatively impact your child's self-confidence.

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The Sleepover Camp Handbook

Going to a sleepover camp is a milestone for children. Kids will make friends fast and experience new ideas. They’ll eat foods that they would have never tried at home and develop more self-confidence. Sleepover camps give kids a great opportunity to learn new life skills, too. If your child is anxious about the thought of going away this summer, do some thinking, planning and talking now, so you can enrich your child’s experience before it even begins.

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