1. Tell me about Fluoride Children get fluoride two ways. Systemic fluoride, or fluoride that is swallowed, is obtained through drinking fluoridated municipal or bottled water, prepared foods that have fluoride in them or fluoride supplements. This type of fluoride is incorporated into developing teeth and bones to create a stronger molecule. Topical fluoride is…

When your children ask for help with their homework, do you ever find yourself thinking: It’s been years since I studied this.  I forget how to do it. Well, on a smaller scale, that’s exactly what happens to your child every summer. By the time children return to school in August, it’s been months since…

What better way to celebrate your child’s Summer birthday, then with a refreshing pool party! Here are some ideas and inspiration to get you started: The Food: A pool side lunch with a whole wheat turkey sandwich, juice, chips and veggies.                       Dessert table with…

It’s Summer! The kids have been waiting for this since last fall, you have been looking forward to a little less structured life for a couple of months. The first week or two is all great.  Then the “there’s NOTHING to do”s  start. We are lucky to live only an hour and a half from…

If your kids camp of choice isn’t starting as soon as school is out, and you don’t want to see them whittle away idle time, why not hold your own family summer camp? Here are three, simple, week-long themes to get you started. Log on to www.floridafamilyliving.com for more fun at-home camp ideas. FIDDLE WITH…

1 Habit     Moms, are you in the habit of telling your child everyday how much they mean to you, and how much you love them? This makes sense as we all need to feel that supreme connection of love, for growth inside and out. It helps your child’s self esteem, they’ll smile and treat…

Summer can be a time of fun, relaxation and long held memories. It can also be a time of tension, strife, and unfulfilled expectations where you end up needing a vacation from your vacation! Here are some things that can happen during vacation that can set your child off and keep your vacation from having…

…and Nine Other Restaurant Sanity Savers   We know that taking kids to a restaurant can be stressful. But it doesn’t have to be. With a little upfront preparation, your meal can go smoothly – from appetizers to dessert. Before heading out, call ahead and see if they take reservations or accept call-ahead seating. If so – do it! There’s nothing worse than…

What You Need To Know By: Erin Gifford     Despite our best efforts, it’s impossible to keep our infants and young children from getting sick, particularly those who attend day care. Worse, more often than not, our children will come into contact with viruses that have to run their course since antibiotics are useless against them. Healthy children can get…

By Stacy Herlihy       Reading is perhaps the single most important skill acquired in elementary school. Nearly every other aspect of learning that follows builds upon this foundation. A child who learns to read well will be other academic subjects. Ideally parents should prepare their children to help acquire the skills necessary to begin to read at…

Are they really ready?   The transition from preschool to kindergarten is a big step that can be both exciting and daunting for many children – a sense of accomplishment at going to a big school alongside anxiety about leaving familiar surroundings, friends and teachers. Parents can help by discussing the upcoming changes and making the transition a “special” event.…

If your child is between the ages of 3 and 6 and attends a child care center, preschool, or kindergarten program, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) suggests you look for these 10 signs to make sure your child is in a good classroom. Children spend most of their playing and working with materials or other…

By Kathy Sena   he preoccupation with numbers begins even before the umbilical cord is cut, as excited new parents, almost unconsciously, start counting fingers and toes. Before long, we begin noting “milestones” — first steps and first words. And while, by a child’s third birthday, Mom and Dad have usually stopped logging every developmental stride in the baby book, a…

by Diane Weiss and Dr. Robert Weiss     If you’re a parent of a young child then you just might recall the momentous occasion when you announced your child’s triumph over the potty. For lots of reasons, potty training is often one of the most celebrated milestones during the early years. Whether it’s because some preschools won’t allow…

by: Myrna Haskell   Many of us have been there. You’re in aisle twentytwo of the grocery store and your toddler decides it’s time to get out of the cart. When you don’t oblige, she starts to scream at decibels heard by all, including the man in the bread section who dons a hearing aide. At home you have…

8 Ways to End Before-Bed Battles by Laura Davis and Janis Keyser     Q: My toddler fights going to bed each night. This has become exhausting for both me and my husband. Friends have recommended that we establish consistent bedtime rituals. Will This really help?   A: Toddlers are busy learning about their bodies: how they…

  If your child is between two and five years old, fasten your parenting seat belt! Get yourself ready for both challenging times and loads of family fun. One reason many parents enjoy these years is that their child is changing so quickly. That unique personality you saw in your baby now gets expressed with words, imagination, lots of running…

  Summer changes everything! During 12 weeks at our YMCA camps kids become stronger, smarter and they learn how capable they are – all while having fun! Choose which Y camps you’ll attend week by week and experience everything the Y offers, from traditional day camp with cooking, fishing, arts and drama breakout sessions to…

  The Sea Of Strengths Academy is a school dedicated to helping students with dyslexia, ADHD, speech/language impairment, and others struggling in core academic areas. The school specializes in providing high-quality instruction and a low student to teacher ratio. The multi-sensory curriculum allows teachers to reach students at their current level, and systematically raise their…

  Sarasota Youth Sailing Program The Sarasota Youth Sailing Program summer camp will run for 10 weeks starting June 10th. In 2010 there were over 425 children in the program, and we are expecting 500 for the upcoming summer! Classes run Monday through Friday for two consecutive weeks and meet either from 9-12 a.m. or…

  Sarasota Y CAMP INCREDIBLE  In our safe, nurturing environment, children will discover new interests, make new friends, and develop character and leadership skills. Camp Incredible offers a unique and well-rounded experience that will have your children begging to come back year after year. Ages: 5-14 years  Weeks: 1 – 11  Time: 7am – 6pm,…

  Sarasota Jungle Gardens Summer Zoo Camp Unlike any camp in the area, Sarasota Jungle Gardens is excited to show you our wonderful world of birds and animals through hands-on games, crafts, demonstrations and other activities! Come explore behind the scenes as you learn about caring for our plants and animals, and seeing firsthand what…

PROGRAMS: Kids Creative Art Classes Teen Intensive Pre-College Drawing Course Creative art classes is fun and educational program for kids age 6 to 12. Children will have fun while learning basic principles of drawing with introduction to art history, building confidence and creating their very own masterpieces.  They will explore various materials and techniques. Small…

Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School is built upon a tradition of excellence.  Known for its solid reputation as one of the area’s premier private schools, Saint Stephen’s provide students in grades Pre-K through 12 a world-class education that nurtures each and every child. Saint Stephen’s World-Class Summer Series offers that same level of excellence.  Situated on…

Don’t miss The Players Studio Summer Camp! This camp is for students between the ages of 8 and 17. During these two four-week sessions students will explore the magic of musical theatre learning acting techniques, dance, singing, play production, theatre games, and more. Participants also enjoy workshops and attend one field trip each session. After…

DISCOVER YOU!!  WITH SENSE AND STYLE! Saturday Workshops Springbreak and Summer Camp   Heidi Lane, award winning photographer and former fashion model (NYC, Miami), has returned to the area! Heidi says, “My workshops teach how to go inside to look for beauty within first, finding your own special beauty, combine communication and social skills, and…

Camp JRA is Julie Rohr Academy’s Summer Camp for children ages 18 months to fourteen. For pre-school and children entering kindergarten, there are daily classes in art, music, physical education, learning activities, literature and creative play. For children who have completed kindergarten through 8th grade there are daily field trips which include swimming, skating, bowling,…

“Cool Drama in the Hot Summer!” Get ready for a spectacular week or two of fun with Drama Kids International’s world-renowned curriculum!  Whether your child is new to drama or is always performing, Drama Kids Camps will be a perfect way to ACT UP this summer!” Sarasota and Manatee Camps Drama Kids Summer Camps include…

The Vision of the Boys & Girls Clubs in Sarasota County is to provide a world-class Club experience that assures success is within reach of every young person who walks through our doors, with all members on track to graduate from high school with a plan for the future, demonstrating good character and citizenship, and…

Sun-N-Fun proudly announces the start of our third summer of fun and adventure for boys and girls ages 5-13 at Camp Sun-N-Fun beginning Monday, June 3, 2013. Our superb facilities, including an Olympic-size outdoor pool, 3-1/2 story Hippo Slide, huge jumping pillow, water walking balls, tennis, basketball, fishing on our big lake, 18-hole mini golf…

It’s summer fun time! Children enjoy new experiences while making lasting memories at Sarasota County Parks and Recreation summer camps. Parents know their children are well cared for and will have a great time. Families appreciate low fees with payment plans and financial assistance to qualifying families. Programs are offered every week of summer with…

  SUMMER ART 2013   Ringling College of Art and Design is THE PLACE to CREATE this summer!    Teen Studios Calling all aspiring teen artists!  Students entering 6th-12 grades can choose from traditional studio art courses in Foundation, Drawing, Figure Drawing, Illustration or Painting, along with cutting edge digital art studios in Photography, Photoshop,…

Summer Day Camp at the Y   The Manatee County YMCA Summer Day Camp Program offers a safe, value-based environment where children and teens will make friends, develop new skills while having fun. The Y offers Summer Day Camp at all branches of the Manatee County Y (locations listed below) for ages completed K-8th grade.…

The GAP School’s 8th Annual Sensory Integration and Social Skills Camps     Our intensive camp program assists campers to better navigate their social world by offering intentional small groups, low Teacher-Camper ratios for a more individualized interactive experience in a fun and safe environment.   Sessions Include: • builds confidence • provides guided peer…

People are sometimes surprised to learn that Circus Sarasota is a non-profit organization that was created to give back through its community outreach. Circus Sarasota’s programs teach key academic subjects in local schools; train students year-round in the performing arts; and serve those in hospitals, nursing homes and care facilities through vibrant and well-respected programs…

New Gate Adventure Camps No Child Left Inside  Elementary age campers experience outdoor fun and exciting adventures every day. The action-packed activity schedule includes: Kayaking, Horseback Riding, Ice Skating, Alpine Climbing Towers, Fencing, Acro-Fit Gymnastics, Scavenger Hunts, Silly String Fights, Martial Arts, and much, much more. Activities take place all around the Sarasota area. This…