Being an adult means you are free to do what you want, when you want. No one is there to stop you from skipping out on the gym in favor of an evening at home watching Netflix or hitting the fast-food line instead of grocery shopping. However, children are constantly watching and mimicking, and suddenly you are thrust into the spotlight and given the incredible opportunity to shape and guide your little one. If you need some suggestions for helping your child (and you) make healthier choices, keep on reading.

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The summer brings an array of carefree times for children. School’s out and the word “schedule” doesn’t exist. Many kids get to spend their days by the pool or boating on the lake. As a parent, you may have some concerns about having your child spend so much time around the water, which is understandable. Reckless behavior or carelessness around water can be fatal. Drowning is the second leading cause of death in children under the age of 14. As long as safety is a priority, you and your child will be able to enjoy a day in the sun without a hitch. Here are some water safety tips to help ease your concerns. Continue reading “Complete Water Safety Guide for Kids”

Ah, the joys of summertime. Summer can be a wonderful opportunity for children and adolescents to spend more time exploring their passions and interests. It’s also the perfect time as a family to cultivate new experiences and have fun together. However, all that extra free time over the summer can mean that some children may engage in risky behaviors.

Parents who are concerned their children might be at risk can take some proactive steps to be a positive influence in their child’s life. This can help parents hopefully guide children towards making safe, healthy choices during their summer break.
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Summertime is a great opportunity for kids to let loose and have fun, and many families look for summer camps to provide some structured activities. For some families, summer provides much-needed time to help children brush up on skills by connecting with a tutor. Older teens may be eager to use their summer activities to pump up their upcoming college applications. Luckily, most communities have a variety of options to suit every family’s needs.

Check out options at school, local churches, and community organizations

For school-aged children, a good place to start the search for the perfect summer camp may be with your child’s school district. The district may have a day camp program that gives kids a chance to stay connected with friends, play outside, and go on occasional field trips. The costs are often quite reasonable for these camps, and the setting may give your child the chance to stay in a familiar setting.
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