June is filled with so much promise. Open days, free from school, can create a feeling of joy but also can create challenges as you try to arrange childcare and activities to fill those long summer, days. No one wants their children in front of screens all summer but planning activities can be a chore. We have some great suggestions on how to prioritize activities and ways to make even routine trips into spontaneous fun!

June 18 is Father’s Day. Today’s father looks different than the fathers of the 1970s and 80s. He is more engaged, less traditional and as likely to be a true caregiver to the children as the family breadwinner. We salute all fathers and those that fill that role and thank them for their contributions to raising the next generation.

We also want to inform you of opportunities for your high school student to get their volunteer hours in and to know what is going on in the school district this summer. Additionally, we want to remind you to get your rising kindergartener registered as soon as possible if you haven’t taken care of this important task.

June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month. What a great time to grow something or pick up some local goodies to enjoy with your family. It is also Great Outdoors Month so enjoy one of our beautiful hiking trails or parks. And June 12 is National Peanut Butter Cookie Day – so look for our favorite peanut butter cookie recipe on our website and whip up a bunch with your kids. Even the little ones can use a fork to push them down before you put them in the oven. You might even have some left over for June 18, National Picnic Day!

Wishing you a safe and happy summer,



Dr. Barbara C. Holley
Editor, Parent Magazines

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