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How to find a nanny
In today's economy, many households have two working parents. That's where a nanny comes in. But hiring a nanny to care for your little one can be an intimidating process. As a former nanny and the fo...
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7 ways daycare changed our lives for the better
Truth be told, I’m the last person who wanted to put her child in daycare. When my son was born, we had a full-time nanny. When he was 18 months old, we found ourselves needing a new child care arrang...
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How to tell if a summer camp is a good fit for your kid
I'm a parent like you and I’ve had to choose a summer camp for my own kids a zillion times. With so many options available, how do you know when a summer program is the right fit for your child and fa...
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Discussions

feeling guilty about relief during camp

My kid with ADHD and anxiety is at sleepaway camp, and ... life is so much easier? I am not stressed all the time? I have time to myself? I'm going to bed hours earlier, the house is much cleaner, no one has yelled or cried, all the clothes have been sorted, everyone has had time to workout. I have ...

Homesick camper

Our kid (rising 5th) is at sleepaway camp for the second time. Last year she was homesick the first night, rallied, had an awesome rest of the week. This year she’s at a different camp for two week.  She called the first night because there was a family occasion and seemed a little sad, but not te...

Summer camp week of Aug 19th

I'm looking for a one week camp for my 12-year-old daughter the week of August 19. It would preferably be a sports camp, but I will take anything at this point. It seems that most all of the sports camps end at the beginning of August. ...

Summer camp Aug 26-30???

I need a camp for a kindergarten kids the last week of August. Any ideas? I'm at a loss... ...

Any Fred’s Camp parents know if there is a plan to remove the DePaul encampment prior to camp starting?

I received a cryptic email from Fred’s Camp a few days ago regarding the DePaul encampment, saying they didn’t think it would impact their programming, etc. That isn’t quite enough for me as I want the University to clear the encampment prior to camp starting. My kids absolutely should not be around...


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