The lazy days of summer are almost here. Pools are opening, temperatures are climbing, schools are ending. Before you know it, you'll be diving in for fun in the sun! Make sure you're prepared for a safe and engaging summer. Read on to learn more.
Parents consistently cite summer as the most difficult time to ensure their children are stimulated and safe. Here are some things to consider:
Swim Safety - Don't allow children in or near a pool alone. Enroll your child in age-appropriate swim lessons. Find more swim safety tips here.
- Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing and take frequent water breaks. NEVER
leave children or pets in a parked car, even if the windows are cracked. Always apply sunscreen with SPF 15 or more. Here are more tips for heat.
When you leave your child with your partner or babysitter, you expect them to care for your child just like you would. That is not always the case. Read these important guidelines.
- Children can fall 2-3 years behind their peers without enriching summer activities.
Find a camp
(many offer scholarships!) or plan for
these 10 learning tips
Volunteer with The Family Tree!
Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship
Caves Valley Golf Club, Owings Mills, MD
The Best of Baltimore Party Ticket Committee
Now through August 17th!
For over 20 years, The Family Tree has been the benefiting charity of
Baltimore Magazine's Best of Baltimore Party
. You can support our cause too by joining our Ticket Committee!
Help us sell tickets and you can revel in:
- Upscale tastings from dozens of the area's best restaurants
- Handcrafted cocktails, beers and wine
- Live music
- And more!
Join the fun by contacting Kelley Harrison
Learn About Our Parenting HelpLine
The Parenting Helpline
is The Family Tree's oldest support service - and one that continues to be a vital resource! This 24-hour statewide line is free, confidential and serves over 7,000 callers a year with a listening, supportive ear.
When you call the HelpLine, the person who answers is trained on topics such as child abuse, parenting advice, mental health issues, providing basic needs such as shelter and housing, domestic violence, and much more.
It's a resource for caregivers, public and private agencies, community partners, professional agencies and schools. We even provide language interpretation!
Building Support & Awareness
A Look Back at the Great Chefs' Dinner
The 26th Annual Great Chefs' Dinner on May 3, 2017 was o
ne of our most memorable yet -
featuring captivating stories from parent participants, an eye-opening video about Adverse Childhood Experiences
, James Beard award-winning chefs who joined us all the way from Los Angeles, and passionate guests working together to prevent child abuse and neglect in Maryland. Thank you to our over 90 sponsors, a dynamic planning committee, auction donors, and over 400 guests! Check out the
A Look Back at Strike Out Child Abuse
Bowling is much more fun when you're doing it with The Family Tree's Next Generation Network! For the second year, we took over Mustang Alley's on May 18th for an event that puts the FUN in fundraiser. The sponsors and the 70 young professionals who joined us are making a big difference for Maryland's children and families. Thanks to them, we raised over $11,000! Stay connected with our new NGN Facebook page.
Your Words Can Create Trauma
We know that parenting isn't easy. Almost every parent lashes out at their child at some point. Yet the words you use can have a real impact. Fortunately, there are strategies that can help.
The Family Tree's Flip the Script campaign shows how you can better communicate with your kids. It's just one facet of our overall effort to help parents like you raise happy, healthy families.
See our Talk Kit
You can also learn more about Adverse Childhood Experiences (such as harsh verbal discipline) in our new video.
You can now refer parents or enroll
Parenting for Success
10-week research-based parenting class
Simple Techniques for Emotional Management (STEM)
anger management program
Cost: Sliding scale fee (medical assistance accepted)
*Advance registration is required for all of the above classes. All classes are held at The Family Tree (2108 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21230) unless otherwise stated.