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November 21, 2016

The Thanksgiving holiday is the perfect time to reflect on what we have to be thankful for in our lives, spend quality time with family, take a break from work and school, and of course, eat some pie! Whether you travel to visit others or stay at home this year, here are some ideas for getting the most out of this Thanksgiving holiday with your kids.

Volunteer together. Thanksgiving is a great opportunity to give back to the community and... Continue Reading
August 01, 2016

During the summer months, it is easy to put learning on the back burner. Summer activities, vacations, and other priorities often get in the way, and kids can lose some of the math and reading skills they spent the previous school year building. Children risk significant ‘learning loss’ between the end of one school year and the beginning of the next. Even though all children have some learning loss during the summer, research shows that low-... Continue Reading

July 20, 2016

Ed note: This post appeared in the ACF Family Room Blog and was originally posted by the FYSB National Clearinghouse for Families and Youth. View the post here.

Yvonne,* a current intern at Street Poets Inc., first came to the organization at age 16. She grew up in an area saturated with gang violence, where sex traffickers and pimps would approach her and try to lure her into prostitution. Using a range of creative programs and... Continue Reading

July 11, 2016

Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts of America present an incredible opportunity for parents and children alike to become more involved in their community and to explore, learn, and grow alongside one another. With millions of children participating globally, both of these organizations teach valuable lessons and morals through all kinds of adventures, service trips, and challenges. Children of any age or gender who take part in these organizations’... Continue Reading

June 27, 2016

In summertime, the warm weather, increased hours of sunlight, and the absence of school open the door for all kinds of new, fun outdoor activities that may not be possible during the school year or in other seasons. Spending time in nature is both entertaining and healthy for you and your children. Sunlight gives us vitamin D, which has been scientifically proven to boost our moods and strengthen our immune systems. Exploring the outdoors... Continue Reading

June 16, 2016

One of the greatest ways a dad can bond with his children is by making memories together.  That requires us as dads to do things with them.  The key word is do something. When we are making those memories, take a minute to take a photo. Photos are a great way to preserve those memorable moments so you can look back hours, days, and years later on special moments together.

Here are 10 things you can do to make great memories with your... Continue Reading

June 01, 2016

As a dad it can be easy to get a caught up in the idea that the most important part of your job as a parent has to do with the material things you give to your kids. Beyond just covering basics like food and shelter, it can be easy to think your value is connected to how many sneakers, dolls, or video games you can give your kids. While all those things are important to keep your child economically stable, what is really valuable is the time... Continue Reading

May 23, 2016

What are you planning to do with your family this weekend? Or next weekend? Or the weekend after that? Coordinating schedules and managing our time is a big part of parenting. Between bringing kids to practice or afterschool activities, having mom and dad on different work schedules, and handling an inevitable child care disruption, it can be easy to lose sight of the importance of making the effort to create time for you and your kids. ... Continue Reading

May 16, 2016

“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” --Mr. Rogers

Children often pretend play about occupations that they find interesting. Police officers, veterinarians, princesses, firemen, and soldiers can all be found playing together in any nursery or playground. Pretend play is extremely important in the development of... Continue Reading

May 06, 2016

On Mother’s Day, many fathers seek ways to honor the mothers of their children. Sometimes, there is not a mom in the equation but another adult who plays an important role in the child’s life who deserves appreciation, such as a grandmother or aunt. Here are four fun ways for parents and children to celebrate the day:

BrunchMother’s Day is synonymous with brunch for many people. But if you have young children, going to a crowded,... Continue Reading