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Black Hills Bike Rodeo Experience Standard

It’s true that any deviation from a normal routine can be exciting and fun for children—but it’s equally as true for adults. The crew from Black Hills Parent saddled up and escorted the children of Creative Director John Edwards to school. It was a blast for everyone. Some of us met at John’s house in the morning and were privy to the planning stages—helmets strapped on, musical instruments and lunches placed in the car, a scraped toe analyzed—and we were off. The kids led the way down the coasting hill, and then we met the rest of our group and… Read More >>

Nana’s Notes: Go Outside! Standard

Nana says, “Go outside!” In summer, she always wears clothes with pockets, in case of spontaneous walking. Nana also has a backpack ready with plastic baggies, paper towels, small notebook and pencil, and permanent marker. “It does wonders to exercise kids’ minds in the fresh air,” she says. “We love finding tiny things, like bits of quartz or the smallest pine cones. We crack open pine seeds that look like miniature cups—and notice how the most minute hairs on a piece of moss make it look like a wee forest.” Outside walks work even in town—just move slowly and pay… Read More >>

Scaredy-Cat Standard

Scaredy-Cat “Kids see the similarities between their own doctor visits and their pets’,” Dr. Erin says. Allowing kids to help prepare a pet for a visit to the veterinarian creates a calm for everyone. Imagine this: You’re day is disrupted as you are lured from your home by a friend thinking you are heading for a fun roadtrip. All of the sudden, you show up at a strange place filled with odd smells, weird people and you can even hear screaming in a nearby room. You aren’t sure why your friend you trust brought you to this place; can you… Read More >>

Raising a “Can-Do” Kid Standard

Raising a “Can-Do” Kid Therapists Wendy and Craig Mullins—of LMB, Live. Move. Be.—tell us that by adjusting our expectations to meet our kids where they naturally are, we maximize their potential for success.   If you’re a parent of a school-aged child, chances are you have been impacted one way or another by parenting standards à la Pinterest. Do you measure your abilities against images of ultra-fancy, impossible tree houses or Martha Stewart-caliber cupcakes?   You should have seen the look of sheer disappointment on our daughter’s face when presented with a homemade pink lemonade Elsa and Anna cake for… Read More >>

5 Reasons for Summer Camp Standard

Camp: It’s All Here Five reasons great parents send their kids to camp Unless they are chaperoning, many parents won’t allow their child to go on a school field trip or school outdoor education trip—so it’s no surprise that those same parents may find the idea of sending their child to sleep-away camp incomprehensible. Parents who do send their kids to camp might get a shocked response from one of these “non-camp” parents. Common questions might include, “How can you stand having your child away from you for so long?” or, “How will she survive without you?” or,  “Isn’t he too… Read More >>