April 2021

April 2021

2021 Northeast Ohio Parent Camp Finder

The Camp and Summer Programs issues February through May featured easily digestible Camp Grids. Parents can find listings of area camps and summer programs for overnight, day, sports, academic, arts and STEM. Find the camp options that best fit your child. ...
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7 Ways Schools can Improve your Child’s IEP Meeting

If you’re familiar with special education, you’re well-acquainted with the term IEP — Individualized Education Program, but you may not know exactly how a properly-implemented IEP can benefit your child. Matt Christensen, a seventh-grade intervention specialist at Julie Billiart School in Lyndhurst shares with us what an enjoyable, effective IEP experience can look like. ...
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Pandemic Pressure: Check on Mental Health of Tweens and Teens

With teens and tweens having normal stressors such as grades, social relationships and seeking independence from parents, the pandemic has brought on an additional worry. Dr. Laura Gerak, director of clinical psychology and pediatric psychologist at Akron Children’s Hospital, provides some ways parents can talk to their children and check on their mental health. ...
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7 Bedtime Storybooks to Help your Child Sleep

Got a sleep-resistant child? Maybe it’s time for your little night owl to hit the books. Use nightly bedtime story to help build and reinforce healthy sleep habits, overcome common sleep saboteurs and boost parent-child bonding. ...
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Camps and Parents Look to Summer Programs in 2021

Families across Northeast Ohio, with the help of summer camps, are taking a step toward normalcy after a year of lockdown. Camp programs across the region plan to follow safety protocols as outlined by the state and local governments in order to keep all attendees safe.  ...
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Camp Decision Checklist

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to more questions about safety at camp. However, first-time campers and their parents still have to be comfortable with all other aspects of attending. We talked to Bill Champ, the auxiliary programs director and summer programs director at University School, about what parents can ask and do to make the most informed choice. ...
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Dad Matters: The Velma Scale

Northeast Ohio Parent columnist Jason Lea of "Dad Matters" shares with us his scale, named after the “Scooby-Doo” cartoon character, which ranks if a person’s choices are good or bad. It’s his way to help his children think about stories and the choices made. ...
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Mother’s Day is For Those Actively Mothering

In 2018, I wrote an article for the magazine about giving moms a mental day off for Mother’s Day.

You can read it here: Give Mom the Best Gift for

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Explore All Sports at Camp

There are countless benefits of being a multi-sport athlete, such as improving a player’s physical and mental skills, making new friends, teamwork, and being exposed to new experiences — all while having fun. We spoke with several local experts who talked about some of the important benefits of playing multiple sports. ...
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Plant Native in Your Garden

It’s almost that time of year to think about what to plant in your garden. While there are plenty of options at your local big-box store's garden center, think about choosing native flowers and plants this year. Planting native can add something special — and it goes a long way toward helping the environment. ...
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