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Summer Camps For Every Kid

Before you know it, summer will be here. After the allure of playing in the backyard and discovering new apps have worn off, your kids will begin using the phrases all parents dread "I'm bored." or "There's nothing to do."

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Topics: Parenting

Six Steps to Organize Toys in Your Home

Spring is in the air! Open your windows, freshen up the blankets and pillows, and clean the winter grime from your house. As the spring-cleaning bug takes hold of you and your family, make time to go through and organize toys in your home. Reduce clutter by getting rid of toys that are no longer being used and organizing the ones you keep. Here are a few tips to get you going.

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Topics: Parenting

The Wonders of Winter Reading

Winter can be one of the most unpredictable seasons in Pennsylvania. Snow, rain, unseasonably cold or warm temperatures can completely rearrange your plans for the season. While you may be tempted to abandon any winter planning, don't. There are still plenty of things to do even during the coldest of the winter days.

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Topics: Parenting

Winter Wonders: Five Great Activities for Winter Fun

With gray skies, frigid temperatures, and only a few holidays to break up the monotony, the months between January and March can put a damper on you and your kids' spirit. If you're feeling the winter blues, try a few of these fun activities to add some adventure to your chilly days.

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Topics: Parenting

Spread the Love This Valentine's Day 

You may remember Valentine's Day as the day to pass out a tiny card to everyone in your class at school, or you may be intrigued by the history of Saint Valentine's pursuit of performing outlawed marriages. Wherever your thoughts on the holiday lie, Valentine's Day is a celebration of love. Of course, this doesn't mean that you have to be in love to celebrate. Rather, Valentine's Day is a fantastic time to simply, and intentionally, show your friends and family that you care about them. Not sure where to start? Here are a few ideas.

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Topics: Parenting

Scrapbook Ideas For You and Your Children

Even in the digital age, making a scrapbook can be a great art project that, by its very nature, can last many years. Scrapbook ideas you can do with your children can be especially fun to engage in, as it doesn't take as much artistic talent as drawing or painting, but can still result in something beautiful and memorable.

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Topics: Parenting

What's the Difference between a Merit Scholarship and Need-Based Financial Aid?

Small classes sizes, a truly dedicated faculty and staff, access to competitive sports teams, and world-class art programs are some of the many reasons that families choose independent schools each year. The decision to attend an independent school also includes the responsibility of the family to pay tuition. While independent schools recognize that the family has the primary responsibility to pay tuition, most schools have some sort of financial aid program to help families that would otherwise be unable to afford an independent school.

It’s true that the financial aid process can be confusing, forcing a family to learn a new vocabulary, pay attention to deadlines, and try to understand a completely foreign process. Financial aid at independent schools falls into one of two categories: merit scholarships and need-based financial aid. There are many differences between these two types of aid, and I’d like to help you better understand them.

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Topics: Parenting

New Year, New You: Map Your Resolutions For 2018

The new year just arrived, and many people are making resolutions. They are resolving to lose weight, make better financial decisions, and find emotional peace.

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Topics: Parenting, Holidays

Decorating Your Home with Thanksgiving Decor

Whether you're hosting friends and family for the Thanksgiving holiday or you simply want to enjoy more of the beauty of the season, you want your home to look its best for the Thanksgiving holiday. Sometimes, however, you may find yourself wondering where to start. While your decorating style may vary, there are plenty of great ideas to give your home a little holiday flair. 

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Topics: Parenting

Lunch Time Prep for Moms and Dads on a Budget

Lunch is probably the hardest meal of the day for busy parents. Why lunch? Because many parents take their children to different activities during the summer such as library story time, the pool, daycare, gym time, dance/swim classes, etc. and when it is time to go back home, it is usually right around lunch time. This makes it very difficult to save money and eat healthy because everyone is hungry; you're more likely to stop for quick and easy food that actually ends up being more expensive than preparing a meal at home. As a busy parent with kids back in school, we have a few tips to help your family eat healthy that will save you money.  

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Topics: Food, Parenting, Back to School