Christa Melnyk Hines

Day camps come in all shapes and sizes, appealing to a range of interests and ages. Here are some tips for finding a camp that invests in your youngster by creating an unforgettable experience. Read more

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A digital citizenship contract can help you spell out your expectations of appropriate online behavior and send a clear message about how seriously you take your child's safety and online reputation. Read more

As 14 million children across the country head to day and overnight camps this summer, they'll return home with more than just a cute camp t-shirt. The summer camp experience can give kids an advantage in school and in life. Read more


Tips on how to support parents of children with special needs Read more


During this month of thanksgiving, don't forget our military service members. Help a veteran, a deployed service member and military families know that you appreciate their sacrifices. Read more


The initial six weeks after a newborn arrives can be a mixture of happiness and anxiety as moms settle into a new routine. A postpartum doula can provide experience and valuable support that a new mother may be missing. Read more


As part of our global sisterhood, moms can relate to certain universal truths about motherhood, even as all of this advice starts to sound cliched. Here are a few truths that not only help with life in general, but with parenthood in particular Read more


Cliques among children typically begin forming between the third, fourth and fifth grades and usually settle in around the sixth grade. But long before kids decide who's in and out, parents may unintentionally influence their kids' social network. Read more


For many parents, kindergarten signals an important transition from the all-consuming baby and toddler years. Suddenly, your "baby" is expected to make more choices on her own, stay focused over a longer period of time. Read more


School bells will soon ring once again. Whether that comes as music to your ears or a bittersweet reminder that the free-spirited summer days are over, check out these tips from the pros to help your child enjoy a smart, happy start to school Read more


From whitewater rafting to performing arts and cooking, today's sleep-away camps appeal to a wide range of interests while still providing the long-term benefits summer camp is known for. Read more


Women who feel a balanced sense of connection are healthier and more resilient to stress, anxiety and depression. According to a recent Gallup poll, stay-at-home moms are more vulnerable to depression compared to women who work outside of the home, a Read more


Like many parents, I wondered: what is developmentally normal when it comes to baby tooth loss; how does the tooth-obsessed fairy collect her pearly prizes; and what is the paying pixie's going rate for a baby tooth these days? Read more


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