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Hot Fun in the Summertime

The first day of summer isn't until June 21st, but as most parents know the key to a successful summer is planning ahead!

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Making Mom Friends: Redux

The isolation of being a new mom was something I was ill prepared for. My fiancé travels often for work and only had about 5 days of paternity leave. My mom was only able to take a week of vacation time to help me out. A steady stream of visitors soon turned into a trickle. I was sleep deprived, frustrated and lonely. I needed to make some friends, but it wasn’t going to be easy. more

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A Time to Give Back to the Community

It’s National Volunteer Week (April 12 – 18), and it’s a great time, young leaders, to take action and discover opportunities to give back and make a difference in your community. Up in Tarrytown, New York, Maya’s giving back at her mom’s early education center because “taking isn’t enough.” Mike would tell you it’s not only a great time of the year to get out there and start hiking, but also to “help kids find their own outdoor adventures” by teaching them to appreciate the beauty that surrounds them every day. You can tell just by watching their “do-it-yourself” video stories, that they really get something out of it too. more

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How the Day Camp Experience Enriches our Children

As a mom, it can be extremely difficult to let go. However, one thing is inevitable—one day you’re going to have to let that baby bird leave the nest. One great way to give your kids greater independence and enrich their lives while keeping them close to home is allowing them to participate in a day camp.  more

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Get Animated!

Some of our young leaders start off at the Y in afterschool programs, camp, and kicking around a soccer ball or taking a dive in the pool. For Seth Reid, the Y experience started to make sense to to him when he joined up for the annual junior assembly in Tampa as a middle school student. Fast forward to college, Seth's now making a difference on campus as a freshman... more

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