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Dear Parent/Parent Educator,

Many educators, youth program leaders, and parents across the United States are talking about the importance of helping kids develop “soft skills” like motivation, optimism, or persistence.

If you could focus on helping your child develop one of these numerous soft skills―also called noncognitive skills or social emotional skills―which would you choose?

Do you have a rainy-day rescue plan? When the kids are stuck inside all day, you’ll need some easy, breezy activities that spark their creativity, boost their brain power, and help keep you sane! Read more >>

This summer, include books in your family’s fun-in-the-sun activities! Kids who read throughout the summer perform better in school, no matter where or when or what they read. So take it outside, kids! Read more >>

Kids know how to live in the moment and dream big for the future. It’s much harder to grasp the past. This summer, be inspired to share and celebrate your family’s history and heritage with your kids! Read more >>

You already know that sports and outdoor activities can help your kids stay healthy and fit. But did you realize that they can improve your kids’ brain power, too? Help them score this summer, on and off the court. Read more >>

Make sure your summer schedule includes lots of artistic adventures. Create, explore, and celebrate the arts in your area; you might be surprised how many opportunities exist to color your child's world! Read more >>

Join ParentFurther for summer-long fun and educational activities! Beginning this July, we'll be sharing daily tips, and one blog a week centered on one of the following themes: "Start the Summer off 'Write", "We Heart Art", "Get Out, Get Active", "History Lessons", "Eat Out at Home", "Good Deeds with Dad", "Fun in the Sun with Books", and "Rainy Day Activities". First up is "Start the Summer off Write". Click on the link below to learn how, and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and check back for fresh, new activities each week this summer! See Activity: "Start the Summer off Write" >>

By: Mark Friestad, Guest Blogger

We all value “close” relationships. There’s a level of intimacy and reciprocity that makes both people feel validated. Communication flows freely, and there’s a high amount of mutual respect. Everyone knows that having a close family is better than having an estranged one. But that’s just the problem. Read more >>

By: Dr. Peter Scales, Guest Blogger

I get a lot of questions about how to address bad, rude, or inappropriate middle-school-aged and teen behavior when it’s coming from other people’s kids. Whether you’ve overheard a young person in your neighborhood swearing, or you’ve witnessed a young person making derogatory remarks or treating another young person badly, it can be tricky to know when—and when not—to confront him or her about the inappropriate behavior. What you might do in different situations depends on several things, but here are three general rules-of-thumb to keep in mind when addressing these types of situations. Read more >>

By: Susan Ragsdale

Can families volunteer? Can I? What age do you have to be to volunteer here? These are the same questions that pour forth every year from 13 eager girls, ages 9-12, involved in my local YMCA's one-week summer volunteer camp. Read more >>