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August 2018

This month is sure to be a fun time as families cram in their last days of summer activities. Get in those visits to the beach, lounging by the pool and free time for spur-of-the-moment fun. Too soon it will be time to trade the flip flops in for sneakers, the beach tote goes away and out comes the backpack; sleeping in turns into early rising as it’s back-to-school time. Our August edition shares fun-in-the-sun ideas coupled with advice on how to ease into the new school year. This is one issue you’ll want to refer back to again and again.

Summer doesn’t have to mean over-the-top activity and entertainment. Sometimes it’s the smallest things that make the biggest impression on your kids. Discover some low-key good times that will make the best family memories. Encourage children to nurture their creativity and use their imagination.

If your family is like most, getting out of the door in the morning can be utter chaos! Establishing a routine is a great way to relieve the stress. We share some simple steps to get everyone organized. We have more. What do you do if your child loses everything? One mom has some suggestions to stop you from going crazy, while at the same time helping your kids keep track of their belongings. And to calm those back-to-school jitters, we feature some great book selections from the Lucy Robbins Welles Library in Newington. 

One of the items you have to address before the first day of school is whether your children have met all their medical requirements. Make sure all of your child’s immunizations are up-to-date and, if you have an athlete who will be playing a sport, a physical is required. As you enter the fall sports season, keep your young athlete in tip-top shape with proper nutrition to fuel her active life style.

School is great, but kids reap multiple benefits from being involved in after-school programs, too. Studies show that kids who participate in after-school enrichment activities are high achievers. Theatre, dance, martial arts, gymnastics, skating are all fun. One activity your child might enjoy in order to exercise his brain is chess — it’s not just for adults. Youngsters are embracing this game that traces back 1,500 years!

If your child is headed off to kindergarten, ease your fears and those of your child by reviewing our checklist to make sure she is ready. Take a look at the parents’ guide to basic skills for today’s academic world. We have interviews with three local Montessori schools on their educational philosophy and how it can prepare your child to succeed.

We have a lot to offer this month. Peruse our Small Talks and check out the Family Fun Calendar with all it has to offer. Have an awesome August!


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