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June 19, 2014

New Studies Indicate that Kids Need More Sleep

NPR (National Public Radio) printed an article highlighting two studies regarding a correlation between sleep deprivation and depression in teens: “The teenage years are a tumultuous time, with about 11 percent developing depression by age 18. Lack of sleep may increase teenagers’ risk of depression, two studies say.” The two studies are from University of Texas Health Science Center... Read More

April 7, 2014

Summer Camp Counselors Can Provide Guidance for Life’s Next Leap

A recent article on Kidshealth.org details how parents can support kids as they transition out of high school and into the next phase of adulthood. But parents aren’t the only ones who can help with this. As the article suggests, your teen can reach out to people within his or her network for informational interviews and professional guidance. Summer... Read More

March 11, 2014

Summer Camp is an Important Developmental Step for Kids and Parents

In an article from the Washington Post, Michael Thompson, the author of Homesick and Happy: How Time Away from Parents can Help a Child Grow, is interviewed about the effects of early childhood independence. He purports that, if approached properly, experiences like sleepovers and summer camps have short- and long-term health benefits for the whole family. Help Kids Build... Read More

November 6, 2013

Find A Community of Parents and Expert Parenting Tips on ParentsConnect.com

ParentsConnect.com is dedicated to creating a space for parents to get the support and community they need in order to build strong healthy relationships with their children. It provides parents with activities, product recommendations, parenting info, daily tips, recipes, baby names and their meanings, and family-friendly resources. It also offers a place to share your parenting expertise by submitting... Read More

August 30, 2013

Summer Camps are an Important Part of Keeping Kids Physically Active

Valerie Strauss, education writer and blogger for The Washington Post, recently presented an article titled “Physical Education Should be a Core Subject: Institute of Medicine” about the dire circumstances in which we as a nation find ourselves regarding physical education. She cites an Institute of Medicine report that finds that since 2001, “Nearly half (44 percent) of school administrators... Read More

August 15, 2013

How Summer Camp Programs Keep Kids Learning over Summer Break

The article “Summer Matters: How Parents Can Keep Their Children Learning All Summer Long” outlines the importance of keeping kids physically and mentally engaged in the summertime stretch. The article’s author and Executive Director of the Partnership for Children and Youth, Jennifer Peck, explains that “With only 90 days of summer, every day a student is not participating in... Read More

July 30, 2013

Summer Camp Teaches Kids Real Life Skills

Lisa Damour, private psychologist, clinical instructor at Case Western Reserve University and director of the Laurel School Center for Research on Girls, recently wrote “Don’t Make Your Children the Exception to Every Rule” for a NY Times parenting blog called Motherlode. Using the anecdote of an angry father stepping in when Dr. Damour spoke with his daughter about her... Read More

May 5, 2013

The Number of Children Diagnosed with ADHD On the Rise

ADHD Numbers Skyrocketing for Kids Age 4 to 17 Did you know that eleven percent of all children in the United States are affected by attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that number is 16% higher than it was in 2007. Parents with kids affected by ADHD might wonder whether their child could... Read More

April 5, 2013

Peer Approval Stimulates the Adolescent Brain

Teens Take More Risks When Pressured By Peers Science Daily reports that teens’ brains are more sensitive to rewarding feedback from peers. The article posits that adolescents are more reckless than younger children, but they do have the knowledge and ability to make competent decisions about risk. The teenage brain is still developing, and research shows that teens are... Read More

March 5, 2013

PE and After-School Programs Help Children and Teens Excel

Kids and Teens Still Aren’t Doing Nearly Enough Physical Activity Nanci Hellmich in the USA Today article, Kids Need To Step Up Physical Activity, Report Says, argues that, despite prodding from their parents, teachers and doctors, American kids just aren’t getting enough physical exercise. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, only 29% of teens get... Read More