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Summer Break

A Mother's End-Of-Summer Love Note

Jennifer S. White | Posted 08.26.2015 | Parents
Jennifer S. White

So much of my life has been this space between managing my reactions with the authenticity of internal need and awareness of this reaction upon others; coupled with the guilt after -- the guilt of either not reacting firmly enough for my own needs or, more often, being too harsh.

Welcome Aboard the SS Summer Fun Cruise Ship!

Erin Janda Rawlings | Posted 07.30.2015 | Parents
Erin Janda Rawlings

Years and years ago, I went on my first and only (as of yet) cruise. It was the glorious Jubilee from Carnival (and by glorious, I mean it *was* glorious . . . circa 1987).

Confessions of a Stay-at-Home-Mom on Summer Break

Ashley Gulla | Posted 07.28.2015 | Parents
Ashley Gulla

Their persistence is impressive. Their energy is 10 times what mine was at their age. Their ability to laugh, despite how serious I try to be is annoying, yet something I am thankful for.

How Can I Make Sure My Kids Don't Lose Knowledge and Skills Over the Summer?

Common Sense Media | Posted 07.21.2015 | Parents
Common Sense Media

Summer slide -- when kids forget what they learned from the school year -- is pretty common. Here are a few ways to keep kids skills up over the summer.

How To Choose The Right Summer Camp

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 06.11.2015 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

Summer vacation has started for many schools, and others will be ending soon. It's not too late to sign your child up for summer camp!

An End Of Year Deal for Teachers

Sonya Spillmann | Posted 06.05.2015 | Parents
Sonya Spillmann

Here in Virginia, we are in school for three more weeks. THREE. MORE. WEEKS. (Even though most of us parents were done about a week and a half ago, if not more.)

The Art of Noticing

Annie Flavin | Posted 06.01.2015 | Parents
Annie Flavin

This summer, I am going to notice my children as they notice the world in the timeframe of summer -- when the days are long and the schedule is gone.

The Summer Pep Talk Parents Need

Kate Baer | Posted 05.28.2015 | Parents
Kate Baer

Have you ever tried putting sunscreen on a toddler? Imagine greasing a back-talking cake pan who has been given the gift of questions while also holding his younger sister, a slippery watermelon with "boundary issues." Does that sound fun?

30 Years of Solitude: Spending My Summer at Home

Lianna Serko | Posted 10.28.2014 | College
Lianna Serko

When my parents left for a short jaunt to the shore in the middle of the summer, I exulted in the freedom their absence would lend me. But what ensued stunned me.

The 7 Stages of Summer Vacation

Chara Campanella | Posted 10.12.2014 | Parents
Chara Campanella

You are going on vacation! As many parents have noted in the past, vacationing with kids is just parenting in a different location with fewer resources and more expense, but it's still crazy exciting. You are going someplace else! You might take a plane!

A Letter to The Parents of the Golf Cart Kids

Cort Ruddy | Posted 10.11.2014 | Parents
Cort Ruddy

I've seen your kids zooming around, going the places they think they need to get as quickly as possible. I'm not writing to say they're going too fast, which they probably are. Or that the buzzing is ruining our family's quiet vacation, which it likely is. I'm writing on behalf of your kids.

How We Spent Our Summer Vacation

Gary A. Olson | Posted 08.31.2014 | College
Gary A. Olson

In public higher education, many system-wide coordinating boards use the summer to conduct workshops aimed at briefing different groups of administrators on new regulations and at coordinating efforts among the system's various institutions.

School's Out, But Learning Doesn't Have to End

David R. Mosena | Posted 08.27.2014 | Education
David R. Mosena

To those of us in the science education business, summer is an exciting season, but one that makes our youth's minds vulnerable. It's known as the "summer brain drain" -- and it's real.

Put Down the iPhone: Top 10 Travel Toys That Don't Need a Charger

Cheapflights | Posted 08.24.2014 | Travel
Cheapflights

If you're searching for ways to let your child unplug on a trip, here are our 10 of the best travel toys on sale this summer -- that don't start with the letter "i."

You Know You Went To Sleepaway Camp In The '80s If...

Jenny Isenman | Posted 08.24.2014 | Parents
Jenny Isenman

You have a clear understanding of the four food groups: cereal, Popsicles, bug juice and s'mores.

Work Much? A Professor's Summertime Blues

Hinda Mandell | Posted 08.20.2014 | Comedy
Hinda Mandell

Not all college professors spend their summer months running for Congress. But nearly every college instructor I know fields some variation of this question: "So, do you actually work in the summer?"

The Toys of Summer (Movies)

Dana Holmes | Posted 07.20.2014 | HuffPost Home
Dana Holmes

Want to be a hero? Scoop up one of these toys and surprise your little ones with it after the show!

6 Fantastic Reasons To Celebrate Aging This Summer

Michael Hodin | Posted 09.27.2013 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

Summer's here! For the kids, it's the best time of the year. No school, no homework, and recess lasts all day long. But summer is also a great time for adults and those of us anachronistically called 'senior citizens.' But there's no reason to let that 20th century terminology get us down. Here are six reasons to celebrate aging this summer.

9 Things NOT To Stress About This Summer

Posted 07.17.2013 | Teen

Stress often comes from the sneakiest of places and hits us like a ton of bricks. Even in the supposedly carefree summer months -- when you're not loa...

YouTube's "Summer Break" Reality Stars Talk Life In Front of The Camera & Crazy Tweets (WATCH)

Shira Lazar | Posted 09.11.2013 | Technology
Shira Lazar

The stars of YouTube's "Summer Break" reality series - Alex, Ray and Kostas - stop by the What's Trending studio to talk about their weirdest tweets...

A Season Well Spent: The Myth of a Summer Break

D. Michael Lindsay | Posted 08.26.2013 | College
D. Michael Lindsay

While misperceptions abound regarding the ivory tower of higher education as an impractical exercise conducted in three-and-a-half-month spurts, we have a chance this summer to show that the scope and depth of a liberal arts education extends well outside the constraints of spring and fall semesters.

The Perils of Re-entry

Judy Bolton-Fasman | Posted 08.10.2013 | Parents
Judy Bolton-Fasman

Just as spacecraft re-entry can be a very tricky business, so is acclimating your college freshman back to home life.

10 Tips to Encourage Summer Learning

Meryl Ain, Ed.D. | Posted 08.04.2013 | Parents
Meryl Ain, Ed.D.

Did you know that when students return to school after summer vacation, they've often lost one to three months of learning?

The Dirty Truth: Most Parents Hate Summer Vacation

Dave Taylor | Posted 07.30.2013 | Parents
Dave Taylor

It's almost June 1, which means that millions of children throughout the United States have already heard or are poised to hear that fabulous sound, the last bell of the last period of the last day of school for the year.

School's Out for Summer--Now What?

Laysha Ward | Posted 07.21.2013 | Impact
Laysha Ward

As students across the country wait in anticipation for that final bell to ring, I think it's important to ask: what will they be up to this summer? And is the time away from learning worth the price that many of them will pay tomorrow?