As we celebrate the birthday of our nation this month, we also welcome you to our Annual Birthday Issue! Each year in July, we turn our attention towards helping you plan the perfect party for your kiddos. Whether you like to keep it to a small gathering or goal l out with your celebration, you’ll find everything you need for the planning in our Birthday Party Guide. We’ve gathered details on local businesses where you can take the party and let them do all the work, along with others that bring the party to you with inflatables, face painting, tepee slumber parties, and much more. Our guide is your one-stop shop for planning your next celebration.
If you are leaning towards having your child’s party at home this year, it can feel a little overwhelming. And waiting until the last minute to start planning will make it that much more difficult. Enter Sandra Gordon and her extremely helpful article, Your Guide to Hosting the Ultimate Kid’s Home Birthday Party. The focal point here is having a timeline in place and Sandra provides just that, starting with things to do one to three months before the party and ending with what to do last minute, right before the first doorbell ring. Following the step-by-step process recommended here should make for a seamless (almost) event!
A feature not to miss if you are parenting older kids is Teen Turmoil: Helping Your Teens Manage Their Emotions. You may be thinking, “Well, that sounds about impossible!” And I feel you. We’ve raised two and are getting ready for a third, so I’m always looking for help here. In her article, Tanni Haas, Ph.D. shares advice from child psychology experts on what they have seen work when it comes to navigating the up and down moods and emotions of our teens.
Rounding out this month’s issue are monthly columns including Meeting Kids Where They Are and Tweens, Teens and Screens with even more help for your parenting journey. On a lighter note, we’re also celebrating another outstanding River Region school teacher, getting to know local mom Destini Cabble, and tempting you with a new recipe in Dinner’s Ready.
Enjoy this issue, then pass it on to a new neighbor who recently moved to our area. River Region Parents will give them a head start on learning all about what our community has to offer families, including fun events around town, which are plentiful this summer.
Happy Independence Day and a sincere thank you to all the men and women who devote their lives to securing our freedoms!