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July 2015

July is starting off with a bang and is filled with fun, friends and fireworks! The season has exploded — the heat is on! Let the joys of summer begin! Connecticut Parent Magazine is bursting with everything you need to make this month the best yet.

There is so much going on this month — it’s hard to know where to begin! Summer has traditionally been the time of year for families to get together for annual reunions. Do you have the job of organizing this event? Learn how to make this task less daunting and more fun. If you’re hitting the road, whether traveling to that reunion or going on vacation, you will need to read about ways to make car trips with kids enjoyable! Chances are a 4th of July picnic is part of your plans. Try making one of these cool and tasty treats to become a barbecue sensation! And, like it or not, bathing suit season is here! One mom shares her reluctant tale of switching from a runway bikini to a durable, child-proof one-piece!

While kids are enjoying the freedom that summer promises, it’s actually the perfect time to keep them engaged, and let them explore their own creativity. Get ideas to hone their writing skills, either through sending postcards, journaling, or setting up a private writing nook. It’s also important to foster independence in your child. From having a toddler learn to dress herself, to a teen doing some cooking, read about ways to nurture their independent spirit. And, don’t miss the books suggested by the Kent Memorial Library in Suffield all focusing on “being yourself!”

This issue also kicks-off our annual enrichment program. Finding a free-time activity for your child can be a trial and error experience. Discovering something your child enjoys, and avoiding all the nagging, is worth it all. Learn about ways to make this a rewarding experience for both you and your child. And, check out the directory for enriching ideas — from gymnastics to music, theater to academics and so much more — it’s all there!

Looking for spectacular fireworks displays? Need some fun ideas for family time? Check out the Family Fun Calendar. It’s always brimming with great things to do and see. Happy Birthday, America — have a wonderful and safe holiday.


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