You Should Know
Toddlers as young as two benefit from exploring with art. Incredibly sensory driven, toddlers enjoy using their hands to feel and apply paint, scribble with crayons, and squeeze modeling clay. They can even practice using safety scissors to cut paper and then glue them into collages. Art at this age develops both gross and fine motor skills. Plus it gives them a way to express themselves when their words just aren’t there.
The way to get the most out of a Spring Break (or Summer) Staycation is to treat it as much like a real vacation as you can – just without leaving town. No cooking, no cleaning, no working from home. No fighting, no worrying, no laundry, no phone. Plan actual activities (within your budget). Think like a tourist (do an internet search). And break a few rules (like staying up late and sleeping in).
Kids should have a say in the camp they go to. Camps don’t want campers who don’t want to be there. And you don’t want to worry about having an unhappy child. So include him or her in the summer planning process. Tour camps if you can, or at least visit their websites and decide together if they have the kinds of activities your child will enjoy. It’s great to encourage kids to try new things, but you still need to make sure their true interests are met. That way you can expect the experience to be enjoyable for everyone. Check out our Camp Directory to find the perfect camp for your child.
There are five legal documents that every adult needs to sign, date, notarize and keep in a safe place. A Will. A Living Will. A Healthcare Power of Attorney. A Durable Power of Attorney. And a Revocable Trust. It’s hard to think about these things, and it’s easy to put off thinking about them, but it’s a big mess without them. So, if you haven’t already, do your survivors a favor and take care of these documents ASAP. Especially if you have kids.