SAFE CAMPING

Some people love the great outdoors and are willing to pitch a tent in the nearest glade and set up a rustic campsite. Other people prefer to camp with all the comforts of home in an RV or trailer. (This is often called “glamping.”) Whatever your preference, being prepared is essential for a safe and successful camping trip.  “Being prepared for emergency situations is critical when people are out in remote areas with limited access to phone service, hospitals and emergency help,” said Don Lauritzen.

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LET YOUR KIDS STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES AT THE ARBORETUM

Are you looking for something that can provide your children a very special opportunity? Something that at the same time will allow them to experience stimulating sensations? The place you seek is right here in Lexington on the campus of the University of Kentucky. The Arboretum is Kentucky’s state botanical garden and includes the Home Demonstration Garden, the Rose Garden and the Fragrance Garden.  Start your exploration with a stop at the Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center, which is open Monday through Friday....

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KEEPING KIDS ACTIVE IN THE SUMMER

Kids these days are heading down the path leading to a sedentary lifestyle, and that makes it important for adults to spark a passion for activity in them. This will keep their bodies, brains and development on track. Summer is the right time to get them moving.

Here are five ways to encourage your kids to live and love an active and healthier lifestyle outdoors.

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A love of learning and reading will serve your child a lifetime. Reading is one of the essential school components that helps your child reach his or her full potential. Reading encompasses the essences of writing, vocabulary, learning and understanding. That is why it is so important for your child to enjoy reading. Libraries are a great way for children to discover reading.


Most towns and communities have a local library. Many times the library is known as a main resource center. Children will enjoy getting familiar with the library and the services it has to offer. It’s great to get started as soon as possible. Library membership can start at a very young age as well. Here are a few steps to help you and your child have an enjoyable summer full of reading and learning:


•  Read to Your Child Regularly. Introduce your child to the world of reading at a young age. Try to make reading part of your daily routine. Bedtime stories are always a great start for younger children, and incorporating books during the day as your child learns to read on her own is important as well. Find out your child’s interests and get a variety of books about them.


•  Visit Your Local Library. Take a visit to the local library. Talk to the children’s librarian about the programs that are offered there during the summer. Get the library’s summer calendar so you can stay up to date on all the upcoming events.

USING THE LIBRARY DURING THE SUMMER

TANIQUA WARD, M.S.

TaNiqua Ward is a staff writer for Health & Wellness magazine.

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•  Get Your Child His Own Library Card. When your child is at the appropriate age, sign him up for his own library card. Having a library card teaches your children responsibility. They’ll have to keep up with the due dates and be responsible for their books.


•  Let Your Child Select Her Own Books. It is important to give your child the independence to select her own books. She will pick something that fits her own interests or perhaps something she may be curious about. If a book she selects is not in her usual reading category, let her check it out anyway as long as it is age appropriate. This is part of the learning process.


Make the library visit a regular outing for your children. It will enrich their learning and make certain areas of schoolwork more enjoyable since they have already been introduced to reading. Reading is an inexpensive activity that has endless rewards. As Dr. Seuss said, “The more you read, the more things you know. The more you learn, the more places you go.”