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In today's wired world, some moms love to share everything about their kid on Facebook; others hide their brood from the Internet. Where do you stand?
Summer camp care package ideas are no longer centered around sugar and artificial flavors. Many camps have banned candy, baked good, chips and other junk food items from care packages. In fact, they have folks digging through the mail because parents sometimes try to sneak something sweet to their sons and daughters despite the new rules. Don't be that parent! A week or two without junk can be a good thing for your kid, and you can show how much you care with a different kind of care package. Check out these seven ideas for cool boxes of wholesome fun to send your camper this summer!
In search of some engrossing summer reads for your second grader? Look no further! We've combed the shelves for this solid gold list of second grade titles.
A day spent outdoors in the garden offers a host of benefits for kids. Gardening activities boost physical fitness, strengthen family bonds and foster an understanding of plant and water cycles. You don't need a farm or big backyard to garden with your kid. Try these fun 'urban gardening' ideas to bring the benefits of gardening to even the most modest locales. You may be planting actual seeds, but you may also plant seeds of knowledge or a new passion in your little one!
Today's children are more nature deprived than ever. What are the consequences and what can parents do about it?
These road trip apps solve the old problem of bored kids on long trips. Ranging from free to 3.99, it's a small price to pay for a little peace in the backseat!
Crunching numbers isn't always easy; from counting and addition to multiplication and fractions, the elementary years build a solid foundation for math skills down the line. Give your kid a leg up with these educational (and super fun) math apps.
Practicing math facts this summer? Take some tips from the pros to make the process both fun and effective.
Celebrate the summer weather with this collection of easy, natural crafts for kids that kick start creativity and recycle things found in nature.
The phrase 'summer school' may give your kid nightmares, but with an attitude like that, he'll turn summer school into a regular routine. How do you help your struggling student turn things around and get ready to tackle summer school like an all-star student? We asked Tracy L. Jackson, a school counseling district coordinator, for her expert advice.
Teaching basic hygiene concepts to children at a young age will form the groundwork of a healthy lifestyle in the future. Here's how parents can do it.
Finding the right apps for your kindergartener can be tricky and tedious—it's tough to know which kindergarten apps are truly educational and skill-based, and which are simply glorified games. To get you started on the right track, here are 10 of our favorite apps for kindergarten-aged kids, including the best iPad apps for kindergarten and the best Android apps for kindergarten.
Got a kid who's never been camping before? Ease her fears with this collection that shows getting closer to nature can be fun and a precious memory.
The summer slide, a term describing the loss of educational skills over vacation, means review come fall. Help your kid stay sharp with this roundup of apps, featuring math, geography, science and reading practice.
Here are some tips for parenting in an increasingly distractible society
Avoid the summer slide with these educational activities and fun ideas for how to keep your kid learning over the summer.
Looking for camp care package ideas? Look no further! We've got five great camp care package ideas. Whatever your kid is into, we've got you covered.
Watch one of these family-friendly movies and your kids won't even realize they're learning something new. Here are the top educational movies for families.
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