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5 Tips for Sane Summer Parenting  

Are your school age kids still on summer break? Has the novelty of vacation worn off a bit, and now they are just driving you crazy at home? Here are a few quick tips to beat  the Summer Slump.  Read More 

Sneaky Teacher: Summer Activities for Kids Can Be Educational and Fun
Betsy Brown Braun, author of "Just Tell Me What to Say: Sensible Tips and Scripts for Perplexed Parents" and "You're Not the Boss of Me" is a child development and behavior specialist, parent educator and founder of Parenting Pathways Inc. Braun shares ideas on how parents can redefine learning and make everyday activities educational and fun for kids this summer.  Read More 
NARME Conference June 28-July 2, 2014

Frisco, Texas is heating up for a fantastic NARME Conference and the invasion of Family and Relationship Educators! Set your calendar for June 30, July 1 and 2nd!  Make sure you join us for TOP GOLF!  


 We challenge you to sign up and compete for bragging rights in Texas!  We will be having a blast eating, networking, and trying to hit golf balls! Dinner receipts for $41 will be given to TopGolf attendees. Sign up today when you register for the conference!    


Click Here to Register for the Conference.  

Should You Make Your Teen Get a Summer Job?
Lifeguarding. Lawn mowing. Fast food. These are just a few of the summer jobs my two stepsons had when they were teenagers. We didn't explicitly require the boys to work. But when I told my youngest stepson, Trinity, that I was writing about this topic, he said that by the time he got to high school, "I knew my parents wouldn't just throw cash at me while I was a bum all summer. Read More
Organize Your Teen's Summer

Do you remember the lazy, hazy summer days of youth? Lying out by the lake, sleeping in, hanging out with friends? Well, those days are no more. Today's teens are faced with a dizzying array of summer choices, and many of those choices are geared toward preparing for their future. With so many options, it's often difficult to choose, and the logistics of who needs to be where at what time can be a nightmare. Holly Beckman, mother of three from Tigard, Ore., has been juggling crammed summers ever since her first child became a teen, and now that her youngest is almost 16, the stress of juggling the calendar can be overwhelming.

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Challenges of a Single Parent During Summertime

For some children, the end of the school year will mean a move to a new classroom. For others, it may mean choosing a camp or a recreational program followed by a new class or school in the fall. Summer might also mean vacation, hot days, iced tea, family, friends and a swimming pool.

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