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July 2014

July begins with an explosion of colors, when fireworks fill the night sky celebrating America’s independence! The rest of the month is also all about being free — carefree, that is! Between fun in the sun, family vacations and making a splash, July means summer is in full swing! Connecticut Parent Magazine is filled from cover to cover with everything you need to make this summer one to remember!

Kids are spending lots of time outdoors participating in all types of sports. Whether it’s at camp, a clinic or a neighborhood pick-up game, it’s important to know how to keep your young athlete on the field and in the game, and not sidelined by an injury. Summer is also a good time to expand creativity and imagination. Learn how to expose your child to new hobbies and interests, while being supportive but not overly involved.

Planning a 4th of July BBQ? Alongside the traditional hamburgers and hot dogs, try a new assortment of desserts that pop with flavor and color! You might not be able to choose just one treat! Talking about choices, does your child have a tough time making decisions? Watching this process can be painful and frustrating (not to mention time consuming) for the whole family. During this summer, you can work on skills to ease the decision-making process not only for now, but for years to come.

Summertime is family time, but infertility may be turning this dream into a nightmare. Help is on the way. Learn how some minimally invasive procedures and the right doctor may be able to make your wishes come true.

Are you hitting the road with the kids for exciting adventures on your long-awaited vacation? If you don’t want to hear a chorus of “are we there yet?” mile after mile, check out some tips for family games and projects. And, while you are traveling, make sure you bring along some books. The Atwater Memorial Library in North Branford has selected some great reads to get kids excited about your upcoming trip. If a staycation is in your summer plans, make sure you check out the selection of new DVD releases, including a real “block” buster!

Looking for fireworks? Want to go on a run/walk, take in a show or a concert? Make sure you check out the Family Fun Calendar. There’s something for everyone each day of the month. Have a safe and happy 4th and enjoy these lazy, hazy, crazy days! 


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