Opinion: When Did Day Care Become a Bad Thing?

Do you scoff at summer camp? You obviously don't have four kids. Credit: Getty
In the five months I have spent as a mom of four kids, I've learned that I'm probably always going to be behind.
I'm regularly late on the payments for m...
A busy mom of four says sending your kids to day care is perfectly OK.

How Camp Changes Kids

Over the past few years, there's been talk of a new camp ailment: childsickness. It's not children getting sick, it's parents homesick for their kids. Pathetic, but understandable. After all, this is a generation of parents who spend a huge chunk ...Camp is the ultimate field trip -- one that doesn't need Mom or Dad tagging along for the ride.

Malia Obama is Heading to Summer Camp

Malia Obama is trading her White House digs for summer camp bunk beds. Credit: Mandel Ngan, AFP / Getty Images
Bug juice, anyone? Being the president's daughter and living in the White House doesn't make for a typical tween existence, but no...

My First Child is Off to Summer Camp (and I Never Got to Go)

I never went to summer camp. In fifth grade, Girl Scout camp presented me with my first opportunity, but my Spanish-born mom who was unfamiliar with and somewhat suspicious of this all-American summer tradition, surmised it was an unnecessary ...

Summer Camp and Tipping: What You Need to Know

Should you slip some cash to your kid's camp counselor? Credit: Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains / AP
Soon, parents everywhere will be packing up their children and sending them off for the adventure of a lifetime at summer camp. It's...

ParentDish's Top 25 Summer-Themed Movies for Kids to Teens

Summer movie night? Pick a flick with a camp or summer theme. Credit: Corbis
"No more pencils, no more books; no more teachers' dirty looks; no more math and history; summer time has set us free!" So sing the kids at Camp North Star in the 1...

Diane Falanga's 'P.S. I Hate It Here!' Helps Homesick Kids Adjust to Camp

Desperate pleas for food, strapless bras and tickets home fill the pages of Diane Falanga's new book. Photo courtesy of Diane Falanga
Diane Falanga's new book, "P.S. I Hate It Here!" is a compilation of 150 hilarious letters written by kids at ...

Worried About Paying for Summer Camp? Apply for a 'Campership'

Summer camp doesn't have to be out of reach. Credit: Courtesy American Camp Association
If you've been hit by the recession and think you can't afford to send your kids to summer camp this year, talk to the camp director. You may qualify for a "...

Economy Hits Summer Camp, More Free Time for Kids

Summer camp attendance is down, due to the economy. Image: Pink Sherbet Photography/Flickr
As families everywhere tighten their belts and pinch their pennies, summer camp attendance is taking a hit. The American Camp Association reported at 10 t...

Kids Struggle to Unplug At Summer Camp

Could your teen unplug for a week? Image:
Sending the kids off to summer camp is a time-honored tradition for many families. For parents, sleep-away camp is a rare break from parental duties and a chance to let the kids take some baby step...

Summer Camp, Free Pampers, and Teacher Trouble - Links We Love

Diapers are expensive, which is why you should enter LilSugar's giveaway where you could win a full year's worth of Pampers. Pampers will also donate the cost of 50 tetanus vaccines to UNICEF. -- LilSugar Segregation in schools is on the rise, say...

Summer Camp - Are You Afraid to Spend the Money?

With the Dow falling faster than Joaquin Phoenix's asking price for a film, many parents are cutting back on unnecessary expenses. And it's not just new video games or fancy sneakers. Summer camp is on the chopping block. While day or sleep-away c...

Helicopter parents require their own camp counsellors

With all the hand wringing and obsession over children, it's amazing that summer camp has survived the Helicopter Parent Era. But counselors and cabins and bunk mates are still available, but there have been some changes. Many summer camps have had ...

Manitoba camp for gay teens a success

Many kids go away to camp during the summer. Some are general outdoorsy-type camps while others are more focused and specialized. When I was younger, I spent several summers at a camp that included hikes, canoeing, arts and crafts, and about six hour...

Summer camp memories

As the end of summer slowly approaches (and it would have to given the unbelievable heat), I find myself thinking about my favorite memories of summers past. The part of me that will always be a kid resurfaces every summer to reminisce about summer...


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