Are you ready for summer? I know I am! The best part of summer is the expansion of our world into the great outdoors as soon as the temperature rises. There’s a certain satisfaction in hearing kids playing and laughing outside that cannot be matched in the dreary winter months indoors. Here in Central Oregon, where you can’t help but feel like you’re on vacation everyday, fun-in-the-sun is the name of the game these days.
Be aware, though, that too much sun exposure may plague tender skin later in life. Lizzi Katz enlightens us in her article, AnOunce of Prevention on page 45.
With school ending, you may be fine tuning those summer plans. Is your child ready for an adventure away from home? Paul Bacon has done his research and presents a fabulous array of overnight (or residential) camps for kids looking for that experience – sans parents! Speaking of camps, we know you’ll delight in the Culinary Camp for Kids, as well as a couple of kid-friendly cookbooks in our Culture section. Want to get outdoors this summer with your whole family? Try fishing! Brian Jennings paves the way to getting started in his article on page 46. For more summer options, browse our complete Calendar. You’re sure to find something of interest for the entire family.
May and June bring us Mother’s Day and Father’s Day – time to take a moment to embrace the differences in parenting styles while leaving consistency at the forefront. Several local families share their kids’ take on Mom Says, Dad Says, by Amanda Klingman.
On a more serious note, this summer, take time to teach your child some fiscal responsibility. We live in a world run by money, where kids need to know the value of the dollar. Sherron Lumley guides parents through the process of starting an allowance in her article on page 11. Speaking of money, the trend in teen employment has taken a nosedive in recent years, but that’s not to say that your teen can’t find the perfect summer job – check out Leaving the Nest for some tips on how you can help guide the teen job search.
Amongst all this family-centered summer fun, don’t forget to take some time for yourself, Moms. Check out Adult Time, where Annette Benedetti touches on friendships and girlfriend getaways. New this issue, are the Language and Parenting sections too – check them out!
Happy Summer – may you find the balance in all you do!