From the Publisher
Raise your hand if you’re ready for summer. I, myself, am ready for a break from the alarm clock. No surprise there. It’s no secret I’m not a morning person!
I remember the first summer I really got to spend with Alexis. It was the summer of 2019 – my first with the magazine and her last before starting school. It was the first summer in 10 years I wasn’t tied to an office for nine hours each day, and I was really excited to be able to do all the summer things with Alexis that year.
Then 2020 happened and summer was pretty much not a thing. We returned to some semblance of normal last year, and Alexis was able to participate in her first camps and get some overdue swimming lessons under her belt. She even got to go on a little mini-vacation with her grandparents down to the beach.
This year, everything looks like it’s back in full swing, and Alexis has planned a summer full of art. From classes to camps, she’ll be painting, drawing, and crafting her way through this summer, and she couldn’t be more excited.
I, on the other hand, am wondering if I’ve lost my mind for signing her up for so many things. I mean, someone has to take her to and from all these activities! (It’s me. I’m the designated chauffeur.)
Summer is a great time to introduce your older kids to the idea of working for their own money. This month’s feature article, Ways Kids Can Cash-in – Money Making Ideas for Tweens & Teens, has more than a dozen ideas. I got my first part-time job around my 16th birthday. Over the next four years, I worked at two grocery stores, a sandwich shop, and a pizza parlor. I liked having my own money to spend at school break, and I wanted to be able to put gas in my car on my own (I could fill up for about $8 a tank back then!).
The busier our kids get, the easier it is to put ourselves on the back burner. This month’s Living Well with Valerie column has some great advice about how to make sure we’re getting what we want out of summer, too, not just our kids. And our feature article, 8 Great Mom Apps That Can Make Your Life A Little Bit Easier, can help with everything from meal planning to scheduling and even a better way to keep track of your kids’ artwork.
Summer should be fun for everyone, and I took that to heart when putting together our Summer Fun Guide. In it you’ll find a little bit of everything from arts and crafts to indoor and outdoor activities, summer reading programs, farmers’ markets, swimming, VBS, and fun day trip destinations. I hope it helps you and your family plan the perfect summer of fun this year.