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We're Not Doing Anything This Summer -- And I'm Totally OK With That

Lori Ferraro | Posted 06.23.2015 | Parents
Lori Ferraro

We are one week into summer vacation, and I've joined forces with a few other working moms who have semi-flexible schedules to give our kids one of those old-school, no-agenda, bike-riding, running-through-sprinklers, free-for-all, popsicle-eating-'til-there's-a-ring-of-red-around-your-mouth summer vacations.

School's Out, Structure's In: How to Plan Your Child's Summer "Work Week"

Tamar Chansky | Posted 06.19.2015 | Parents
Tamar Chansky

While kids are counting down the days till "school's out forever!," many parents are secretly dreading the final bell. They love the thought of not having to wake up at the crack of dawn and get kids off to school, but they are anticipating being on the losing side of an endless game of keep away from electronics.

10 Ways to Survive Mud Season

Liftopia | Posted 06.18.2015 | Travel
Liftopia

Here are 10 ways to survive mud season. This should help you cope until summer is fully upon us, when you can deal with the loss of skiing and fully embrace the sweet, short days of not-winter.

School's Out, But Learning Is Still IN!

Laurie Schacht | Posted 06.11.2015 | Parents
Laurie Schacht

There are some great opportunities for kids to have fun in the sun this summer, all while keeping their minds active and ready for the school year ahead.

Thoughts on the Last Week of School

Melissa Fenton | Posted 06.03.2015 | Parents
Melissa Fenton

I'm fully aware that six weeks from now, I will be begging for a routine and just a few hours alone, but right now, I just want to enjoy several days with my kids with no "to-do list.

How To Entertain Your Kids For Free This Summer

Shari Medini | Posted 05.28.2015 | Parents
Shari Medini

To save your summer and your sanity, I've rounded up a few free (or almost free) activities that you can do with your children over the next few months.

10 Things To Do With Your Kids Before School Starts

Laura Usky | Posted 10.05.2014 | Parents
Laura Usky

Even though your kids probably ride their bikes everyday and with friends, there's something different about loading up everyone's bike and riding along with them. Pack snacks and water so you can stop along the trails and refuel.

All Those Summer Feels That Make Life Worth Living, In 80 Seconds

The Huffington Post | Amber Genuske | Posted 05.27.2015 | Green

Summer is upon us -- the season jam-packed with outdoor fun, bare skin and bliss. When the childhood nostalgia of having two entire months off fro...

Is It Food, or Is It Foodiness? Or Maybe It's "Berry-ness"?

Erica Wides | Posted 09.22.2014 | Taste
Erica Wides

Down here in the Foodiness Fallout Shelter, we really enjoy thrift. As an avowed thrift lover and general cheapskate, I'm always looking for free stuf...

A Music Festival That's So Much More Than The Music

Molly Fosco | Posted 09.09.2014 | San Francisco
Molly Fosco

There aren't many festivals quite as unique as the High Sierra Music Festival in Quincy, CA.

5 Dreadful Things That Happened to My Daughters at Summer Camp

Shannon Bradley-Colleary | Posted 09.06.2014 | Parents
Shannon Bradley-Colleary

I did something that totally pissed my kids off. I sent them to summer sports camp so I could work and try to make money to pay for their braces and college. That's right, I'm an a**hole.

31 Days Of Summer Fun With Kids

Kim Bongiorno | Posted 09.06.2014 | Parents
Kim Bongiorno

Summer days can be looong when you have kids at home, so I did a bit of research on Pinterest and came up with a 31-day plan to keep us occupied.

Summers of Content

Bushra Alvi | Posted 08.19.2014 | Impact
Bushra Alvi

We didn't have television and internet to vie with. Social interaction was our entertainment. And hordes of indoor games. Hot summer afternoons would be spent lazing about the house, playing cards and ludo.

These Are the People Who Stop at Lemonade Stands

Galit Breen | Posted 08.18.2014 | Parents
Galit Breen

The neighbor we rarely see whose kids are grown and gone but still come home to pass footballs in the cul de sac. Whenever I see him and his wife I feel like we offer each other a trade of sorts -- a look at their past for a peek at our future.

Summer Activities for Kids Are no Vacation for Their Parents

Laurie Levy | Posted 08.17.2014 | Education
Laurie Levy

Most children have parents who work. It is time we wake up to the realities of the 21st century and adopt a version of year-round schooling.

4 Activities College-Bound Students Should NOT Do This Summer

J.D. Rothman | Posted 05.06.2014 | Comedy
J.D. Rothman

It is no secret that the admissions committees are very concerned about what you do with your spare time -- be it volunteering with lepers in India or interning as a trapeze artist with Cirque du Soleil.

Tara Marie Segundo, M.A.: 8 Surefire Ways to Energize Your Summer Weekends

Red Room | Posted 10.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Red Room

Sizzling summer temperatures can put the brakes on the best-laid plans to remain active. When heat and humidity spike, much of our energy is used to c...

Smarter Summers: Keeping Kids Engaged During Crucial Summer Months

Anna M. Babin | Posted 10.02.2013 | Impact
Anna M. Babin

When school doors close for the summer months, studies show the learning gap widens drastically for kids from low-income families compared to their more advantaged peers.

Paris vs. Napa and Sonoma: Honeymoon Showdown

Peek | Posted 09.28.2013 | Weddings
Peek

With the arrival of wedding season comes honeymoon season, the time where we all drool over photos of our friends relaxing on an island in Bora Bora or floating down a canal in Venice, Italy.

6 Terrific Pieces of Advice for Writing College Application Essays

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 09.24.2013 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

Personally, I am always looking for that magic piece of advice another writer has that will get me through predictable writing blocks. So, here is what different writers have shared with me about how to spend more time loving rather than hating writing.

50 Ways To Burn 50 Calories

Posted 07.10.2013 | Healthy Living

The arrival of summer sparks our romance with the outdoors. Whether it's a simple stroll at dusk, or a bike ride to the beach for a picnic, this seaso...

9 Best Family-Friendly U.S. Campsites

Posted 06.30.2013 | Fifty

Hit the great outdoors this summer with the best family-friendly campgrounds in the U.S. Happy National Camping Week! Grandparents.com is celebr...

Staying Home On The 4th Of July? Try Adding These To Your Party

The Huffington Post | Rain Embuscado | Posted 06.29.2013 | HuffPost Home

They're great ways to soak up some sun.

8 Great Ways To Surprise Your Grandkids

2013-02-21-grandparentslogo.jpgSPECIAL FROM Grandparents.com | Bethany Kandel | Posted 06.19.2013 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Grandparents.com Guess Who! Every child loves a surprise, especially one that's filled with their grandparents' love. When they le...

Why There's More To Summer Than Just Sitting On Your Couch

Celeste Yim | Posted 05.11.2015 | Teen
Celeste Yim

The notion of learning, especially during the summer, seems to imply dullness or monotony, but throughout a number of my summers, it has simply implied discovery. I really believe summer is not only a time to relax, but also a time to learn.