By Joanna Nesbit When my daughter, Leah, was six, I signed her up for a month of swim lessons, every day for half an hour, because, well, it worked for another mom’s kids. This mom had told me her kids’ skills didn’t progress until the third week, and a four-week block was the only way…

#1 Before the party Before the party play act how your child should answer the door, greet the guests and receive the presents. Discuss good manners and acceptable behavior.   #2 Siblings Involve the entire family in the birthday party planning. Siblings generally feel left out and neglected when it’s not their birthday and may…

by Kathryn Kvols A mother and her toddler were visiting a friend. When it was time to leave, mother abruptly announced, “It’s time to go. If you pick up your toys and put on your shoes quickly we’ll get an icy.” Then she continued talking to her friend. A few minutes later she repeated her…

experts from The Summer Camp Handbook and The American Camping Association The Gunnery Camp is considered the first organized American camp. Mr. and Mrs. Gunn operated a home school for boys in Washington, CT. In 1861, they took the whole school on a two-week trip. The class hiked to their destination and then set up…

Should kids under the age of 13 be allowed on Facebook? It’s a question many parents are faced with. Some experts believe it is fine to allow younger kids on Facebook, but only in a supervised setting. Many younger kids are responsible and certainly more teachable and willing to listen to parents about safety concerns.…