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Sneak Peek

Camp + Activities

Claire Kenamore, MD Pediatrics

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+ Activities Sneak peek Summer 2022 Camp & Activity Listings Sneak Peek 15 Are You Resilient? Adaptive? Or Just Annoyed and Over It? 30 Gallatin Valley YMCA Opens Fourth Summer Camp Location 32 Blitzz FC Recreational Soccer & Yellowstone Soccer Experience Camp 34 Snapology 36 Menstruation at Camp 38

What’s Up? Montana After-School & PIR-Day Activities 42 What’s Up? Bozeman 44

Regular Columns Keeping it Real 52 New Column: Ask Flora 53 Monthly Giveaway: MBC’s Snow White tickets 54 4

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Summer Art and Nature Camp for 3-9 year olds

ART • DANCE • MUSIC • NATURE EXPLORATION Full Day 9 a.m.-3 p.m. or Half-Day 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Options - Monday through Friday


346 Gallatin Park Drive, Bozeman (406) 579-7692

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Splash Camp is for kids who love to swim and want to grow their swimming skills! Learn competitive strokes from certified coaches, including our gold-medalist head coach, Hans Dersch!

March 29th - April 1st

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WHERE............... Bozeman Swim Center

WHO....................... Kids ages 5 - 10*

HOW TO SIGN UP..... Space is limited! Register by visiting: BozemanBarracudas.org

COST.................... 4 Days - $80 per participant


*Participants must be able to complete one length of freestyle and backstroke without floatation devices


Health Benefits! Swimming is a fun way to keep your kiddos active and healthy.

*Up-to-date local COVID-19 guidelines will be followed


Improves Social Skills! Swimming will give your child the opportunity to meet new friends their age who share similar interests! Boosts Confidence! Swimming helps children overcome fears and teaches them to adapt to new challenges. Improves Mental Development! According to studies, due to the exercise, swimming helps children develop their mind/body connection. Reduces Stress! The increase of endorphins in the brain from swimming help kids to effectively relieve their stress. Teaches Safety Skills! Swimming teaches children a lifesaving skill and helps them be more aware of their surroundings and others.


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Advertising is not always a tangible thing.

Some businesses have a budget for advertising, and others don’t. So, as a small business – when you can’t always predict, measure or see the results from specific advertising – it can be hard to put your dollars on the line. I have a story I would like to tell about a particular small business that chose to place their faith in Montana Parent. And I put my faith, and the safety of my child, into the hands of that business. My oldest child met a boy at college this year. He lives in Philadelphia and she lives in Bozeman. All was great until the more than three-week winter break arrived. Desperate to visit him, even for just a few days, she begged to start looking at flights. Everything was either over $1,000 or a minimum of 17-hours travel time, which included an overnight at the airport. We almost gave up, until I remembered an advertisement I saw in our magazine for Platinum Travel. Figuring it was worth a shot, I sent an email. Christina Dear (such an appropriate last name) replied immediately and said she would start working on something for us. I was busy with conference calls all day so I put her in touch with my 18-year-old daughter who would be flying alone for the first time. We gave Christina a budget, preferred dates of travel and let her run with it. We ended up with roundtrip tickets (purchased a little more than a week before travel – DURING THE HOLIDAYS) for $500,

excellent flights, easy layovers – the works, all with my daughter in mind (traveling alone for the first time, making the most of her travel days etc.). Travel day arrived and the proverbial wheels fell of the bus. As we were walking out the door on December 27 at 5:15 a.m., we received a text that the flight was delayed three hours, making my kid’s layover almost impossible. Christina worked with us in the early morning hours, giving us options. When that flight sat on the runway in Bozeman for an extra hour, we knew she couldn’t make the new connection. Christina texted with my daughter, keeping her calm, all while on the phone with the airlines, working magic. If you traveled anywhere over the holidays, then you probably know how the next part of this story (and my daughter’s journey) goes. Same thing for the trip home. Again, Christina Dear was there with my child the whole way. She says she’ll never travel over the holidays again, for anyone. And I’m glad she learned this lesson herself. I learned a lesson as well: I will never book travel arrangements on my own again. Having someone in my corner, working to make everything successful so I could concentrate on other things, like work and my kids, was a game changer! If your child is traveling for camp this summer and you want peace of mind, call Christina Dear at Platinum Travel. She will be with your precious cargo every step of the way. And if your family is traveling, anywhere, anytime, call Christina. Take all of the hassle, pain and aggravation out of travel.

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MARCH 14-18 | 8:30AM-3PM | GRADES 4-9 Starlite’s awesome Spring Break Street Dance Camp features daily hip hop dancing, dance history lessons, writing, and large-scale design and painting guided by graphic artists! Each child will also work on several themed projects to bring home including an airbrushed trucker hat, hip hop bandanna, a fun T-shirt and more!










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Plan your kids' summer fun here for more information about these camps, visit our interactive Summer Camp & Activities Finder at www.mtparent.com


Adventure Day Camp Gallatin Valley YMCA

Ç yprograms@gallatinvalleyymca.org Ç 406-994-9622 Ç www.gallatinvalleyymca.org Ç www.facebook.com/Gallatin.Valley.YMCA Ç https://www.instagram.com/gvymca/ This YMCA camp focuses on youth development and learning through creativity, play and exploration of the environment. Activities and trips are intentionally planned to promote physical, cognitive and emotional/social development and provide campers with memorable experiences and friendships that last a lifetime. All campers will have the opportunity to leave their site every day, swim, slip n’ slide on the camp’s giant slide, hike once during the week, visit multiple parks and attend two field trips that relate to the weekly theme. 16

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Alpengirl Adventure Camp

Ç info@alpengirlcamp.com Ç 406-570-6312 Ç www.alpengirlcamp.com Ç www.facebook.com/AlpengirlCamp Ç www.instagram.com/alpengirlcamp/

Alpengirl is an overnight summer adventure travel camp for girls ages 11 to 16. Their one- or two-week outdoor camps are held in the Pacific Northwest and Northern Rocky Mountains: Washington, Wyoming, Oregon, Idaho and Montana. Trips are multi-adventure and include a variety of activities such as backpacking, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, sea kayaking, rock climbing and more. Daily camp life includes tent camping, self-esteem development, friendship-building, leadership opportunities, yoga and delicious camp food.


XY Learning Center is offering limited spots in our school-age summer camp program. Each week kids will experience learning opportunities which include: community experts presentations, hiking, swimming, field trips, team building activities and more!

SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR KIDSNow! AGES 5 to 12 Enrollment Open 11 weeks starting June 13th 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Ages 5 - 12 ( 5 yr olds must be entering 1st grade) $250 per week Located in beautiful downtown Bozeman 202 South Willson Ave, Bozeman, MT 59715 406.577.2554 WWW.XYLEARNINGCENTER.COM

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Camp Equinox Summer Theater Day Camp

Ç Bozeman Summit School, 3001 W. Villard

Boost Your Child's Learning This Summer! Sage Learning Center

Ç 406-582-9570 Ç www.sagelearningcenter.com Ç www.facebook.com/sagelearningbozeman Sage Learning Center sees so much success in their fun, interactive summer learning sessions. Sessions at Sage are in a one-on-one setting with individualized instruction for children ages 4-18. They offer flexible weekly sessions throughout the summer months. Offering both in-person and virtual zoom sessions.

Ç registrar@campequinox.com Ç 406-522-7623 Ç www.campequinox.com/ Ç www.facebook.com/Camp-Equinox-Summer-Theater-DayCamp-104945576214990

Ç www.instagram.com/campequinox/ Bozeman’s premier summer theater camp is now in its 27th year! It’s a thrilling and welcoming place for kids to learn all about the theater and to explore their own creativity. From musical comedy, Shakespeare and film acting to mask-making, puppetry, playwriting and comedy improv, it’s a month of challenges, friends and intense fun! Equinox offers two four-week sessions for kids going into first through eighth grade. “What a magical, magical place. You guys really have a gift.”

Circus Summer Camp 406Cirque

Bozeman Sports Camp

Ç bozemansportscamp@gmail.com Ç 406-661-5496 Ç www.bozemansports.camp Ç www.facebook.com/bozemansports Ç www.instagram.com/bozemansports.camp Bozeman Sports Camp is an active summer sports camp for kids entering grades K-6. They provide fun and engaging activities, games and instruction in sports of all kinds. Instructors are Bozeman-area teachers and college students studying education who provide quality instruction of sports skills, strategies and sportsmanship while providing an active setting for kids to spend their summer.


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Ç 406cirque@gmail.com Ç 406-475-2513 Ç www.406cirque.com Ç www.facebook.com/406cirque Ç www.instagram.com/406cirque A group of circus and theater performers with more than 35 years of combined experience bring to Bozeman a unique and unforgettable experience. A place where kids are welcome to bring their most authentic self; where they are challenged in healthy ways and encouraged to go beyond their own limits, and unleash the true potential of their imagination and physicality. In the words of a parent: “Our daughter had the most magical camp experience with 406 Cirque! Well run and orga nized. Thoughtful and supportive. And she learned great skills. Most importantly, she was thrilled to go every day. Thank you!”


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Dancing Under the Big Sky (DUBS) Creative Arts Summer Camp

Ç 346 Gallatin Park Dr. Ç erin.creativeartspreschool@

Dancing From Stage to Sky: Aerial & Dance Camp

Ç 406-579-7692 Ç www.creativeartspreschool.org Ç www.facebook.com/

Ç 346 Gallatin Park Dr. Ç cathy@mountainairdance.org Ç 406-595-0909 Ç www.mountainairdance.com Ç www.facebook.com/

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CreativeArtsBozeman creativeartsbozeman

This is an art- and nature-based school that operates year-round. They incorporate art, dance, music and nature exploration into their daily activities. All summer long, they get campers outside to enjoy the beautiful Montana surroundings and create art projects that focus on all the natural beauty campers see each day.

Montana Ballet Company

Ç 2304 N. Seventh Ave., Ste. C-3 Ç info@montanaballet.org Ç 406-582-8702 Ç www.montanaballet.org Ç www.facebook.com/montanaballetco Ç www.instagram.com/montanaballet Ç July 25-August 6, 2022

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This fun and unique day camp challenges students physically and mentally with classes in aerial arts, dance technique, choreography, yoga, Pilates, hula hooping, juggling, hand balancing, flexibility training, arts and crafts.

Montana Ballet Company’s Annual Dancing Under the Big Sky (DUBS) two-week Summer Dance Intensive is an enriching, educational program featuring exceptional guest teachers and a full curriculum. Rachel Van Buskirk and Christian Clark, both of whom have danced and taught for the Atlanta Ballet, will serve as special guest teachers. DUBS 2022 (for ages 8 and up) will be held July 25 through August 6. Classes run from 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m., with short breaks and a lunch break each day. The Dancing Under the Big Sky Intensive curriculum exemplifies MBC’s belief in nurturing the “whole dancer” – mind, body and spirit.

Rhythms World Drum Camp African! Cuban! Egyptian Drumming! Storytelling, Games, World Culture! Ages 4-12 • Monday-Friday – 9 a.m.-noon Bozeman Camp Dates:

June 13 - 17; June 20 - 24; July 11 - 15 With Award Winning Teacher Chet Leach Meets at Rhythm Drums at The Emerson | www.rhythmdrums.com | 406.580.8229

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Farm Camp

Bodhi Farms


helena Join LEWIS & CLARK LIBRARY for a summer of play and activities! This year's theme is Oceans of Possibilities

The Summer Library Program and Summer Reading Challenge will begin on June 1 and end July 31.

Download our Summer Library Program booklet with fun activities for all ages by visiting www.lclibrary.org/391/Summer-Library-Program SERVING HELENA AND LEWIS & CLARK COUNTY VISIT



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Explore! Summer Day Camps bozeman parks & Recreation

Ç Story Mill Community Park Ç 600 Bridger Dr. Ç hcrane@bozeman.net Ç 406-582-2293 Ç www.bozeman.net Ç www.facebook.com/

Ç 13624 S. Cottonwood Rd. Ç kidscamp@bodhi-farms.com Ç 406-201-1324 Ç www.bodhi-farms.com/camp-bodhi Ç www.facebook.com/experiencebodhi Ç www.instagram.com/experiencebodhi Bodhi Farms’s outdoor summer kids camp runs July through August and focuses on yoga, art, outdoor education, homesteading and farming skills. This camp is geared toward elementary aged-kids entering first through fifth grade in the fall 2022.


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It is tough to find the variety, adventure and affordability of Bozeman Parks & Recreation camps anywhere else! Run by leaders who truly care about your children and implementing quality programs, Parks and Recreation Summer Camps create a safe and fun camp environment that is spent mostly outdoors where kids will play, laugh, create art of all kinds, learn about our local ecosystem, meet new friends, get a little dirty and challenge themselves by engaging in new activities daily.

GirlSing Music, Singing, Songwriting and Art Camp

(with Music Kate)

Ç Pilgrim Church, 2118 S. Third Ave. Ç katebryan2000@gmail.com Ç 406-570-2839 Ç www.girlsing.com Ç www.facebook.com/GirlSingCamps Ç www.instagram.com/musictogetherbozeman GirlSing camp empowers girls ages 7 to 11 to explore their creative spirits through music, singing, songwriting, journaling and self-expressive art projects Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (with early dropoff/late pick-up options available). GirlSing celebrates the beauty in every personality (introvert, extrovert, inbetween, etc.) and the gifts that make each girl unique. Indoor/outdoor activities include daily hikes/picnics, singing, beginning songwriting, self-expressive arts projects plus a bonus Thursday night family music event. Small COVID-safe camps (15 girls/camp).


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Heart and Hand Summer Day Camps & Retreats

Ç 20010 Bridger Hollow Rd. Ç support@heartandhandcenter.com Ç 406-587-4036 Ç www.heartandhandcenter.com Ç www.instagram.com/heartandhandcenter/ Heart and Hand Center is again presenting awesome Summer Day Camps for Kids as well as Adult week-end Retreats this year. Activities include hiking in the beautiful mountains at the K-J Ranch, making music and art in the Heart and Hand Center Tipi, playing games and spending time with horses, drumming, yoga, crafts and much more.

Visit our website for more info! 2477 W. Main St. | 522.9087 | montanasciencecenter.org

Heart and Hand Center

is inviting you to join us for Summertime Fun at our Day Camps & Retreats! Horses, Hiking, Art, Drumming, Yoga All for you at the K-J Ranch just East of Bozeman!

Where Kids, Teens & Adults can get away from the hectic pace of life, relax and rejuvenate at our beautiful Mountain Ranch.

Kids Yoga Summer Camp

Our Yoga Family

Ç becca@ouryogafamily.com Ç 406-209-9954 Ç www.ouryogafamily.com/our-events Ç www.instagram.com/ouryogafamily Let your child shine and spend quality time being themselves this summer, learning social skills, gross and fine motor skills as well as emotional wellbeing. Together the group will enjoy a yoga circle each day, time to free-play, opportunities to learn practical skills – like putting on our shoes, walking in a group, sharing with and helping others or using your breath to help you, how to relax, share and be confident – along with special age appropriate songs, crafts and projects. Offered Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 9 a.m.-noon for ages 3-5 OR 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for ages 5-11.

Our Day Camps & Adult Week-end Retreats will give you time to enjoy nature, hike, be with horses, make art, and relax in the fresh invigorating Montana mountain air. — 2022 ADULT WEEK-END RETREATS —

Women’s Rejuvenation - July 22-24 Discover Your Life Purpose - August 26-28 — 2022 SUMMER DAY CAMPS —

Kids’ Camp I - June 20-24 10-4 daily (ages 8-12) Kids’ Camp II - July 11-15 10-4 daily (ages 10-13) Back to School Camp - Aug 1-5 10-4 daily (ages 10-14) Learn more at: heartandhandcenter.com IG: heartandhandcentermt FB: heartandhandcenter Offices: 111 Grand, Suite 275 – Emerson Cultural Center in Bozeman K-J Ranch: 20010 Bridger Hollow Road, Bozeman 406.587.4036 Email: support@heartandhandcenter.com

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Lone Mountain Summer Camps

Leadership Through Horses

Gallatin Valley YMCA A Bozeman summer camp for elementary aged kids with yoga, outdoor education, homesteading & farming skills. Learn more & register at bodhi-farms.com.


Ç Windhorse Equine Learning, 3477 Johnson Rd.

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Ç 406-994-9622 Ç www.gallatinvalleyymca.org Ç www.facebook.com/Gallatin. Valley.YMCA

Ç 1237 N Rouse Ave. Ç www.lonemountain.biz Ç 406-587-1180 Ç www.lonemountain.biz Ç www.facebook.com/Lone-Mountain-Gymnasticsand-Swim-School

Lone Mountain offers a fun variety of summer camp options – everything from KidVentures camp for little ones to Campapalooza (an all-around fun day camp offering swimming in the afternoon sessions). There’s Trampoline Camp and Combo Camp (highlighting gymnastics and overall sports agility), Ninja Camp and Tiny Dancers Camp. And don’t forget about swimming lessons! Lone Mountain can keep your kids active, engaged and having fun this summer. Camp offerings vary each week, so check out the website or call for details.

Ç www.instagram.com/gv_ymca EMPOWERING GIRLS Through Singing, Song Writing and Self-Expressive Art! Girls Ages 7-11

5-DAY CAMP @ 9 AM to 4:00 PM

with opt-in Early Drop Off & Late Pickup Thursday Night—Family Concert & Art Show

JUNE Camp: June 20-24 AUGUST Camp: Aug. 15-19

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Campers work daily with horses to learn important aspects of leadership, communication and partnership skills, as well as horse behavior, nonverbal communication and how to safely approach, halter, groom, lead and ride a horse. By earning the respect of a horse, participants gain confidence and learn how to be compassionate, focused, honest and responsible leaders. The curriculum is offered by Windhorse Equine Learning. Classes are taught by instructors certified by PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship).

Montana Ballet Company Summer Ballet Programs

Ç 2304 N. Seventh Ave., Ste. C-3 Ç info@montanaballet.org Ç 406-582-8702 Ç www.montanaballet.org Ç www.facebook.com/montanaballetco Ç www.instagram.com/montanaballet Please visit montanaballet.org for more details on summer ballet programs for dancers of all ages and the two-week summer intensive, Dancing Under the Big Sky, for ages 8 and up.


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Montana Conservation Corps Youth Expedition Program

Ç caleb@mtcorps.org Ç 406-587-4475 x106 Ç www.mtcorps.org/joinmcc/ youth

Learn to fly! Summer Camps - Aerial Fitness Aerial Yoga - Mama & Me Birthday Parties-Private Lessons Kids - Teens & Adults Registration online at MountainAirDance.org

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Ç www.instagram.com/mtcorps Build new relationships, learn meaningful skills and explore Montana – ignite your summer with the Montana Conservation Corps Youth Expedition Program. Expeditions are for Montana high schoolers ages 14-18 and run as two- or four-week sessions during the summer months of June-August. Embark on 11-day trips around the state for conservation work including trails, habitat restoration and recreation improvement. MCC cultivates communities of young people inspired to build a brighter future. Benefits include 72 volunteer hours, leadership, communication and technical skills, and a summer of fun.

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MOSS Summer Programs

Montana Regional Ballet Intensive Yellowstone Ballet Academy

Ç 109 S. B St., Livingston Ç yellowstoneballet@gmail.com Ç 406-222-0430 Ç www.yellowstoneballet.info Ç www.facebook.com/

Ç bgitch@outdoorscience.org Ç 406-582-0526 Ç www.outdoorscience.org Ç www.facebook.com/MontanaOutdoorScienceSchool Ç www.instagram.com/mt_moss/ MOSS summer programs offer fun, engaging and educational explorations of the natural world in and around the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. MOSS believes that inspiring a love for nature helps children become aware of—and want to care for—the unique environment in which they live. Camps fill quickly, so registering early is recommended.




K Beginner to Advanced Riders K Ages 5 and up K Life Skill Development Workshop K Speed/Rodeo Events K English/Western Riding K General Horsemanship Learn more about camps, clinics and events at


cedar ridge equine

horsemanship camps, clinics & lessons Owner/Trainer Amy Prechter email cedarridgeequines@gmail.com phone 406-282-3355


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YBA offers a cutting-edge ballet intensive for Intermediate and Advanced students (June 1326) focusing on classical ballet technique, pointe, variations, repertoire, pas de deux, contemporary, conditioning/ stretch and Pilates. An Advanced Beginner intensive (June 13-17) will offer classes on ballet technique, pre-pointe, repertoire, folk dance, contemporary, conditioning/ stretch and Pilates. Guest teachers include: Arcadian Broad, principal dancer, Orlando Ballet and Top Ten on America’s Got Talent; Tricia Sundbeck, former principal dancer with the Sacramento Ballet and Cincinnati Ballet; Thomas Bell - ballet master, University of Cincinnati; Taylor Sambola, certified Pilates instructor and professional dancer, Orlando Ballet and Sarasota Ballet.

Pet Pals Summer Day Camp Heart of the Valley

Ç 1549 E. Cameron Bridge Rd. Ç volunteer@heartofthevalleyshelter.org Ç 406-388-9399 x223 Ç www.heartofthevalleyshelter.org/ Ç www.facebook.com/bozemanhov Ç www.instagram.com/heartofthevalleyanimalshelter HOV’s seven-week summer day camp is for children (6-12 years old) who love animals. Campers learn the importance of compassionate animal care through time with animals, games, crafts, humane education lessons and a wide variety of guest speakers. Each week children will have the opportunity to interact with a variety of animals. The camp is held Monday-Friday with drop-off between 8:30-9 a.m. and pick-up between 3-3:30 p.m. Scholarship applications are available upon request. The weekly cost of camp tuition is $250.



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Is your child ready for kindergarten? Jumpstart to Kindergarten is a new kindergarten readiness program in the Gallatin Valley.

Our program is a three-month session created to prepare your 4-5 year old child for his/her kindergarten experience in a small group setting. Our goal is that your child leaves our program with the tools needed to be successful in their own educational journey. Classes are twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 am to 11:00 am with an option of an additional hour.

We can’t wait to work with your child! Currently enrolling for our session starting February 1, 2022

For more information, email jumpstartkinderbzn@gmail.com or call 406-530-5224

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Rockhaven UnCamp Ridge Kids Summer Fun Camps

Ç 4181 Fallon Ç ridgekids@ridgeathletic.com Ç 406-582-4452 Ç www.shedulicity.com Ç www.facebook.com/Ridge-Kids-at-Ridge-Athletic-Clubs The Ridge Athletic Club is hosting a great summer camp for kids ages 5 to 12 that will include swimming, kid-specific group exercise classes, crafts, gym play and fun in the Play Zone. Ridge counselors and fitness professionals are trained and qualified to keep your kids safe during their exciting camp days. They offer half-day morning and afternoon sessions or give your kids the full-day fun that they will love. If you’re enrolling multiple children or if you need more information, call 406-582-4452.

Ç Gallatin Gateway Ç scott@rockhavencamp.org Ç 406-586-9194 Ç www.rockhavencamp.org Ç www.facebook.com/rockhavencamp Ç www.instagram.com/rockhavencamp Rockhaven “Un”Camp is an innovative summer day and overnight camping program where free-play, nature-play and child-led independent play are all front and center. It’s a safe environment where creativity and imagination can flourish, and kids can just be kids and get a little dirty playing like kids are meant to play. Rockhaven takes the schedules, expectations and rules out of summer and puts back genuine play, natural curiosity, epic messes, muddy faces, sticky fingers and awesome memories. Sessions for kids 4 to 15 years old.

Rocky Creek Farm Camp Rhythms World Drum Camps

Ç 111 S. Grand Ave. #215 Ç chet@rhythmdrums.com Ç 406-580-8229 Ç www.rhythmdrums.com Children ages 4 to 12 are invited to join Chet Leach (a.k.a. Mr. Chet) for weeklong drum camps. These summer camps will include drumming from Africa, Brazil, Cuba and Egypt. Your child will learn about world culture through storytelling, games and, of course, lots of DRUMMING!


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Ç 34297 Frontage Rd. Ç rockycreekeducation@gmail.com Ç 406-599-2361 Ç www.gallatinvalleybotanical.com Ç https://www.facebook.com/gvbfarms Join Rocky Creek Farm this summer for an opportunity to explore connections between farming and nature. Weeklong sessions give campers the chance to be farmers, explorers, chefs, scientists and artists while growing a sense of connection to the land. The mission is to engage campers with local agriculture and landscapes by inspiring connection to the land, sense of place and confidence as members of the natural community. The education staff is committed to experiential teaching, connecting with nature, working cooperatively and intentional play.


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Summer of Science Camps

Montana Science Center

Snow White Summer

Montana Ballet Company

Ç 2304 N. Seventh Ave., Ste. C-3 Ç info@montanaballet.org Ç 406-582-8702 Ç www.montanaballet.org Ç www.facebook.com/montanaballetco Ç www.instagram.com/montanaballet Learn all about the Snow White ballet with a daily ballet class, dance-related arts and crafts, choreography, a performance and more. Held Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.-noon: June 13-16 (ages 4-6), June 20-23 (ages 7-9), June 27-30 (ages 4-6) and July 11-14 (ages 4-6).

Ç 2744 W. Main St. Ç hswanson@montanasciencecenter.org Ç 406-522-9087 Ç www.montanasciencecenter.org/learn/summer-camps-1 Ç www.facebook.com/montanasciencecenter Ç www.instagram.com/montanasciencecenter Discover science and technology all summer long. Five different themes – including Spy Camp, Inventors Workshop, engineering challenges, learning to code and color discovery – are included in the Summer of Science camps at Montana Science Center. Grades K-2 and 3-5 can join for hands-on, interactive camps including outside time, experiments and high-tech makerspace activities.

Teen Camp

Gallatin Valley YMCA

Starlite Kids

Starlite Bozeman

Ç 622 E. Tamarack St. Ç info@starlitebozeman.com Ç 406-551-2220 Ç www.starlitebozeman.com/summer-camps/ Ç www.facebook.com/starlitekidsbzn Starlite Kids Camps are back for 2022! Choose from three amazing themes featuring unique experiences and adventures that will grow into a lifelong appreciation of the world around us. Each camp features small class sizes to guarantee lots of individualized instruction, amazing friendships and healthy kids.

Ç 3673 Love Ln. Ç yprograms@gallatinvalleyymca.org Ç 406-994-9622 Ç www.gallatinvalleyymca.org Ç www.facebook.com/Gallatin.Valley.YMCA Ç www.instagram.com/gv_ymca YMCA’s Teen Summer Camps provide older campers more significant opportunities to spread their wings and experience new adventures. Campers are encouraged to make their own choices, build relationships and develop important life skills through YMCA character values. The teen camp offers a more challenging range of activities for experienced campers. It provides a safe place where teens can be themselves, participate in activities and go on field trips specifically tailored toward teens’ evolving interests.

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XY Learning Center Day Camp

Windhorse Leadership with Horses Camp

Ç 3477 Johnson Rd. Ç programs@windhorseequinelearning.org Ç 406-522-3906 Ç www.windhorseequinelearning.org/ Ç www.facebook.com/windhorseequinelearning Ç www.instagram.com/windhorseequinelearning/ Windhorse Equine Learning offers a unique camp experience where kids learn horsemanship and riding skills, and how to be good leaders and fair partners for their horses and each other. The relationship they develop with the horse (and the skills they learn to handle them safely and to communicate with them effectively) gives kids confidence, builds selfawareness and teaches valuable lessons about respect, trust, empathy and communication. Camps are offered in partnership with MSU College of Agriculture and the Gallatin Valley YMCA.

Ç 202 S. Willson Ave. Ç xylc@xyplanningnetwork.com Ç 406-577-2554 Ç https://xylearningcenter.com/ Join XY Learning Center for yet another exciting, educational and adventurous day camp. With weekly camp sessions, you can explore Montana through hikes, field trips and guest speakers as well as exploring art and science with creative projects, experiments and, of course, swimming. Weekly sessions will foster all kinds of kiddos’ interests from space exploration to animal care and crafting. Camp runs Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., with 11 weekly sessions starting June 13 for ages 5-12 (5-year-olds must be entering first grade in the fall). Weekly cost is $250 per week.


ExplorationWorks Summer Camps Yellowstone Alliance Adventures

Ç 13707 Cottonwood Canyon Rd. Ç office@yaacamp.org Ç 406-763-4727 Ç www.yaacamp.org Ç www.facebook.com/yaacampmt Ç www.instagram.com/yaacamp YAA is all about maximum fun and maximum adventure. From riding the zipline and experiencing archery to climbing to the top of the tower or participating in a meaningful chapel or fireside experience, everywhere you turn is an opportunity to build friendships, learn about Jesus and have fun. After a week of camp at YAA you will have memories to last a lifetime and a desire to come back for more. 28

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Ç info@explorationworks.org Ç 995 Carousel Way, Helena Ç 406-457-1800 x1 Ç www.explorationworks.org/summer-camps Ç www.facebook.com/ExplorationWorks/ Ç www.instagram.com/explorationworks Spend the summer as a scientist and explore the world around you! Camps begin the week of June 13th and run through the week of August 22nd. ExplorationWorks offers camps for kids ages 4+ All day camp combos! Pick a morning and afternoon camp to create your personalized all-day learning adventure! Your scientist will experience one exciting morning camp, break for a supervised lunch, then start the science fun again with an afternoon camp! (Lunch not provided.) There's sure to be a combo for your budding scientist!


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Grandstreet Summer Theatre School

Ç 325 N. Park Ave. Ç marianne@grandstreettheatre.com Ç 406-442-4270 Ç https://grandstreettheatre.com Ç www.facebook.com/grandstreettheatreschool.org Ç www.instagram.com/grandstreettheatreschool/ Grandstreet’s Summer Theatre School expands student skills in character development, improvisation and playmaking while providing practical experience in rehearsal techniques. Class work is aimed at building character – both on and off the stage. Take half-day mini camps in stage combat, musical theater or performance or join the all-day, two-week camp.

Stonetree Climbing Camp

Ç 1222 Bozeman Ave. Ç info@stonetreeclimbing.com Ç 406-534-0325 Ç www.stonetreeclimbing.com/ Ç www.facebook.com/stonetreeclimbing/ Ç www.instagram.com/stonetree_ climbing/

Join Stonetree all summer long for the best day camp in town. Weeklong camps encourage kids to be active, build confidence, play creatively and foster new friendships. Campers spend the day climbing, challenging their comfort zones, playing games on and off the climbing walls, doing arts and crafts and having a blast. Experienced instructors make sure that every climber leaves having learned something new and with a smile on their face. These camps fill up fast, so register early!


+ Activities guide Be sure to check out our complete 2021

Summer Camp + Activities Guide in the

March issue, or visit our online interactive

Montana Learning Center at Canyon Ferry Lake

Ç 7653 Canyon Ferry Rd. Ç MontanaLearningCenter@gmail.com Ç 406-475-3638 Ç www.MontanaLearning.org/Student-Programs Ç www.Facebook.com/MontanaLearningCenter The MLC is Montana’s science camp for kids. It is a place for students to come together to solve problems, create and be empowered. Camp life includes STEM-immersion experiences, friendship-building and recreation. Campers enjoy fishing, kayaking, boating and swimming at the lake. The MLC’s staff is composed of certified teachers, many of whom are award winning. The student-to-staff ratio is 8:1. Each of the MLC’s instructors and counselors are CPR and First Aid-certified.

Summer Reading Program Lewis & Clark Library

Ç 406-447-1690 Ç www.lclibrary.org Ç www.facebook.com/

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Ç www.Lewisandclarklibrary Join Lewis & Clark Library for a summer of play and activities! This year's theme is Tails and Tales. Each week, celebrate a different animal with a themed take-home activity kit for grade-school kids, reading adventures, and much more! :: calendars, blog & more @ MTPARENT.COM ::

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Are You Resilient? Adaptive? Or Just Annoyed and Over It? WRITTEN BY KATIE GOODMAN

As a parent, and director of Camp Equinox, I have been thinking a lot about kids and resilience. About creativity. Being flexible and adaptive when things change unexpectedly. And about falling apart. Two years in and this still is not easy. During our first summer of the pandemic, we were just so relieved to be together again. Everything was thrilling and exciting. That was the case for year two – last summer – as well. Our need for connection was, well, quite literally desperate. And summer camp (outdoors! no masks! playing with friends!) was the antidote. And these kids have been remarkably resilient. But two years later… How resilient are we now? Are we permanently affected by the pandemic? The insecurity of it? The changing rules? Kids can be spectacularly accepting of changing rules. In fact, some of my campers love to try to change the rules of games all the time. They make them better – well, usually. Sometimes vastly worse! But always it’s a hilarious adventure. One of Camp Equinox’s favorite games is an improv activity called “Game-O-Matic” that you may have seen our adult improv comedy troupe, Spontaneous Combustibles, play at Sweet Pea. We make up new rules right before your eyes and then quickly try to play the game without ever having played it. (Sounds very much like what we’ve been doing for two years, doesn’t it?) The new games are often a delightful mess. But the fun is in trying to come up with silly rules. Working this mental muscle is definitely one way to train our brains, so we can transfer that skill over to other areas and learn to make the pandemic easier to live with.


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Kids have an intrinsic interest in rules. Rules are deeply important, of course. They give kids’ boundaries and they help them feel secure. “I know the rules. I’m safe if I follow the rules.” But the pandemic keeps changing the rules on us. And it’s not always fun. “You can go hang out with friends without masks! Wait, nope! Now you can’t!” And not everyone plays by the same rules in a community. Masks and vaccine debates have torn families apart, and my guess is, some children’s friendships too. But the real gift of youth is resilience, flexibility, the ability to adapt to change. While some of us older adults struggle to get our brains’ inelasticity to catch up and adapt, I notice my younger early-20’s staff, and even younger interns, are bright and positive, flexible and adaptive. One thing about being in school is you are prepped for learning. That’s why you’re there. So learning is a given and an expectation. After college, and after the early stages of a first job, learning can taper off if you don’t tend to it. I think we parents would find this all easier if we could harness our flexible, adaptive learning brains like our kids do. Learning something new during the pandemic like cooking, playing an instrument, trying a new sport or language, or even just a new pattern like “Family Board Game Night.” These all help us to navigate the rough terrain of the shifting situation, and make it easier to learn how to adjust, and can help lift our spirits when we need it. My campers inspire me. Equinox has literally been my favorite two months each year of the past two years. I wish it could go on all year. They are flexible, resilient and can make anything fun. So, while we’re hoping for a summer where we can once again use our indoor space, let down our guard, have some rules that don’t change in, say, midJuly again (!), we know the kids’ bright joy and adaptability will be there to keep the community buoyant. I’m grateful to them. And I’m trying to learn from them.

SPRING BREAK DAY CAMP At the Ridge Spring Break Day Camp, children will participate in group fitness classes, gym play, swimming, age-appropriate workouts with a fitness instructor and Playzone fun. Camp counselors and fitness instructors are trained and qualified to give your child a safe and exciting day while helping them build a foundation for a healthy and active life!

MARCH 14-18 8:30am-12:30pm, 12:30-4:30pm or Full Day $35 Member | $40 Non-Member (half day) $60 Member | $70 Non-Member (full day) Ridge Kids is available for extended care at the normal hourly rate.

Register on Schedulicty or call (406) 582-4452 Please bring tennis shoes, water bottle, swimsuit and a lunch if you choose not to purchase one. Call (406) 582-4452 if enrolling multiple children. Choose morning, afternoon or full day camp.

I, for one, can’t wait for camp. Katie Goodman, with her husband Soren Kisiel, is the codirector of Camp Equinox, Bozeman’s premier and oldest summer theatre day camp held at the Bozeman Summit School. www.CampEquinox.com

4181 Fallon St., Bozeman, MT 59718 • (406) 586-1737 • ridgeathletic.com

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Gallatin Valley YMCA

Adds Fourth

Summer Camp Location Over the last decade, Gallatin Valley YMCA summer camps have grown to incorporate three different locations to cater to our evergrowing community. During this past summer of 2021, the Y operated camps out of Hawthorn Elementary (Adventure Day Camp K-4), The Commons (Adventure Day Camp K-4), and the Gallatin Valley YMCA (Teen Camp). Even with these three locations, camps were booked to capacity before May! After a fun, adventure-filled summer with great feedback and support from camp staff, Y families, and the Y team – they decided to open a NEW fourth location for the summer of 2022.

When asked about their favorite summer memory, most people will tell you about cold ice cream on hot days, going to the lake with friends or the summer of ’99 when they fell in love with a boy from Iowa they met on a family vacation at the beach – à la Sandy from Grease. However, if you ask the staff at Gallatin Valley YMCA about their favorite summer memory, the answer is easy: summer camp! While only some staff members had the opportunity to enjoy Y summer camps as children, almost all of them attended at least one summer camp in their lifetime. Even now, as adults, the staff are eager for summer to start so they can share the joy, magic and all-around summer fun that the Y’s summer camp bring to kids in our community. The Gallatin Valley YMCA has hosted summer camp for almost as long as it has been serving the Gallatin Valley community and has continued to perfect the age-old tradition of summer camp by fostering a culture of belonging in a fun and educational manner. Summer camps are 10-week day camps for kids in grades kindergarten through seventh that operate from June through August, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


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The Gallatin Valley YMCA is happy to announce a new Adventure Day Camp (K- 4) location in Belgrade at Heck-Quaw Elementary this summer. Join them for a summer full of fun exploring earth science, white-water rafting, creating mythical worlds, playing games, getting messy, going for the gold at the Olympics, visiting local farms and animals and celebrating holidays – along with beating the heat with water games, giant slip n’ slides and more. Registration for all YMCA summer camps opens Tuesday, March 1 for Y members and Tuesday, March 15 for nonmembers. In addition to a new summer camp location, the Gallatin Valley YMCA will also be offering four separate week-long sports camps this summer for kids in grades kindergarten through fifth who want to learn more about a variety of sports. Follow the Gallatin Valley YMCA via Facebook or Instagram to learn more.



2022 YMCA SUMMER DAY CAMPS K - 7th Grade | June 13th - August 19th

Join the YMCA for a fun, adventure filled summer! Play, Learn, & Build friendships that last a lifetime!

Camp operates 7:30am to 5:30pm Breakfast, Lunch & Snack included No additional fees for field trips


CAMPS: June and July — grades 3-8 CLASSES: Spring and Fall — grades 3-12 SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE !

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Yellowstone Soccer Experience Camp

Blitzz FC

Join Montana Surf/Blitzz FC for the 2022 Yellowstone Soccer Experience Camp. Kids of all skill levels, ages 4-14 are welcome to attend. If you’ve never played soccer before, this camp is for you. If you are a year-round soccer athlete, it’s for you too!

It’s time to register for another fun-filled spring soccer season with Blitzz FC! Blitzz has been kicking grass in the Gallatin Valley for more than 36 years and, along with their parent club –Montana Surf – they were just voted Bozeman’s Best Sports Team.

Camp week will include quality instruction and personal attention with an approximate 1:10 ratio of staff to campers. Players will engage in a variety of activities and games, appropriate to their developmental level, while strengthening existing skills. Campers will work on technical, tactical and mental aspects of the game while growing their enthusiasm and confidence.

Recreational Soccer Blitzz Rec provides a fun, low-key introduction opportunity for players ages 4-14 and is designed for players and families who want to play soccer in a local, fun setting without out-of-town travel. Games are played on Sundays throughout April, May and June. For more information, visit www.montanasurf.org.

Isabel Terrazas (left) and Jack Wright (right) the children who are running the Montana Soccer Soles’ Bozeman branch


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Camp will be held either the first or second week in August. Check out www.montanasurf.org for more information. Each camper will receive a soccer ball and a T-shirt for attending.

Yellowstone Soccer Experience Camp

register today online at

www.yaacamp.org DAY CAMPS

YAA CAMP l 2022

1st & 2nd Grade 6/20-6/24 3rd & 4th Grade 6/27-7/1 “Fire” Day Camp 7/11-7/15 “Water” Day Camp 7/18-7/22


Senior High 6/12-6/17 Trailblazer 6/19-6/24 Pioneer 6/26-7/1 Rookie 7/5-7/8 Boys & Girls Base Camp 7/5-7/8 Archery Camp 7/5-7/8 Explorer 1 – 7/10-7/15 Explorer 2 – 7/17-7/22 Outbound Adventure 7/25-7/30

FAMILY CAMP • Labor Day 9/2-9/5 YAA is permitted for outfitting and guiding in the Gallatin National Forest.


Parks Par ks & Recreation

2022 SPRING + SUMMER PROGRAM GUIDE Bozeman Parks and Recreation Department’s complete

2022 Spring and Summer Program Guide will be available in the March 2022 Summer Camp issue of Montana Parent, on stands March 5, or available online March 1, at www.mtparent.com

Creating Community Through People, Parks and Programs Parks • Recreation • Cemetery • Forestry • Aquatics Trails • Open Space and Parks (TOP Program) www.bozeman.net/Recreation • 406-582-2290

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Stephanie Scott, a former Montana public school teacher, found a passion for bringing engaging STEAM lessons to the children of central Montana in the fall of 2020. Snapology sort of fell into her lap when she was thinking about using her business background to switch to the private sector of education. Snapology, a 10-year-old educational enrichment franchise, was founded by two sisters in Pittsburgh, PA, who wanted more enrichment activities for their own children. Little did they know it would expand to 27 states and 13 countries and be awarded the numberone children’s enrichment franchise in the world. After about six months of research, Stephanie decided the programs were top-notch and invested in the first Montana franchise. “Our programs are unique because we use LEGO bricks to teach STEAM. Kids are engaged and learning the concepts much more than they are with non-engaging materials,” she remarked. “When combining LEGO bricks with learning STEAM, I have found that 90% of my students are engaged 100% of the time.” Snapology of Helena, Bozeman, Butte and surrounding communities offers more than 80 programs to choose from and more than 1,500 hours of standards-based curriculum. Every lesson teaches one or more components of STEAM. “We have had a slow start due to COVID, but with more and more schools opening up to outside organizations, we’re making our way in,” said Stephanie. “We currently serve Helena, Townsend, Whitehall and Bozeman public schools for after-school enrichment. We also hold events such as Bricks and Brews at a local brewery in Helena and Parents’ Night Out in Bozeman at the YMCA. We are a mobile business and partner up with organizations and businesses to bring our programming to you!” Last summer, Snapology held camps in Bozeman at MSU and in Helena at the Sleeping Giant Parks and other locations. This summer, they will be partnering with the YMCA of Gallatin Valley, Sleeping Giant Parks in Helena, Sylvan Learning Center in Helena and The Commons in Bozeman, MSU, Townsend and Whitehall.


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Menstruation at Camp WRITTEN BY MORGAN COMEY

campers click here

to plan your summer fun with our

online activity finder

Ahh, summer camp … sweet, sweet, s’mores, sunshine and laughter. While visiting home recently, I opened my closet to a familiar sight: My old camp T-shirt with names of friends scribbled alongside jokes long forgotten. What can I say? I’m 26 years-old and a lover of summer camp. Soft golden hues of nostalgia color my camp memories, but I haven’t forgotten the tough times, like when my period took me by surprise during camp in seventh grade. I lacked proper supplies and, frankly, the attention span to keep track of my cycle. I got blood everywhere and was mortified that someone might see and know that I, Morgan, had a period. Not to mention there was no running water; I was terrified that a bear would follow the scent of blood and eat me; and a cloud of mosquitos covered my every inch. If there is a possibility your tween/teen might get their period at camp this summer, keep reading. Even if they’ve gotten it before, keep reading. If they probably won’t get it because they’re a little too young, or they’re only going for a few days, or they’re older and use birth control to avoid getting a period…keep reading.


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Since my own experience, I’ve worked more than 500 days with youth in the wilderness. I now realize bears are NOT blood-thirsty sharks and menstruation isn’t dirty or shameful. I’ve also accepted that even the best camp counselors occasionally forget to bring extra menstrual products or may be at a loss for how to discuss menstruation. Plus, if your kiddo is transgender or non-binary, their counselor might make assumptions about their anatomy and not check in about their period. As a parent, you have lots to pack already – sunscreen alone is an epic endeavor. During this process, I encourage you to pause and calmly

check in with your child about their period. If they’ve had it before, make sure they’re wellequipped, even if it’s not supposed to come while they’re gone. At camp, cycles are often unpredictable, usually due to new stressors or an increase in activity. If your child might get their first period, and you haven’t already talked about menstruation, now is the time to discuss it. Approach them gently, help them understand the process, field questions and recognize they might be awkward. Be sure to let them know they can ask an adult counselor for help once they’re at camp. If they use disposable products like tampons and pads, bring extras, just in case. Pads might be less stressful for a first period. However, it can be empowering to pack tampons to try too, and you can add liners as a back-up. Plus, tampons are useful when swimming. Wipes might help your camper feel clean if they will have limited showers. If backpacking, they will need something to pack out their garbage to follow Leave No Trace Principles (LNT). Plan a discreet method to be mindful of potential shyness. I carry a lightweight, dark-colored stuff sac with soap, tea, and two or more plastic bags inside. One bag holds clean, unused products. Trash goes in the other(s): used tampons, pads, applicators, toilet paper and wipes, along with a dry tea bag or crushed aspirin to minimize odor. Everything lives in one convenient place. Applicator-free tampons reduce weight and bulk but require practice and intimacy with one’s body. They might be better for older teens. Be sure to remind your child to wash their hands using drinkable water before inserting or removing tampons.

Experienced midwifery for the birth and care you desire.


Period underwear comes in different sizes, styles and absorbencies. To use, just put them on! They cannot be worn while swimming, so if camp is centered around water activities, bring another method. Your child will need several pairs, washing each between each wear. Depending on camp facilities, you may need to practice handwashing. When backpacking, pack a plastic bag to transport underwear between washes.


Menstrual cups are versatile, long-lasting and create minimal waste but have a learning curve. If this is a choice you child is interested in exploring, check out next month’s issue of Montana Parent for an article all about menstrual cups.

Beyond menstrual products, consider packing ibuprofen and/or heat pads for cramps, try adhesive toe-warmers for camping. Help keep summer camps clear of trash and follow LNT principles. Make sure your child packs out all period waste. Whew, that was a lot of period talk! With so many options for your kiddo, I know you’ll find what’s right for your family and ensure your child leaves with realistic expectations for managing their period at camp.

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Although evidence shows menstrual products don’t attract bears, unusual scents can attract other animals. Therefore, unscented products are best, and your child might need to store toiletries, including used menstrual products, with food.


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SEPTEMBER - MAY Gallatin County Fairgrounds

September 25 October 9 & 23 November 13 & 20 December 18

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Spring 2022 After-school & PIR-DAY


submit listings now @ www.mtparent.com/afterschool-finder $50 per activity listing featured in the online activity finder through June 1, 2022

» February 22 - Ooey, Gooey,

Barracudas Spring Splash Camp Ç 1121 W. Main St. Ç coachhans@bozemanbarracudas.org Ç 830-308-8593 Ç www.bozemanbarracudas.org Ç www.facebook.com/cudaspublic Ç www.instagram.com/bozemanbarracudas Splash Camp for ages 5-10 will be held at the Bozeman Swim Center, March 29-April 1 from 4-5 p.m. Founded in the late 1960’s, the Bozeman Barracuda Swim Team has provided children of the Gallatin Valley the opportunity to learn, engage and compete in swimming for more than 50 years. Whether your child has just figured out how to kick and float, wants to be more competitive in high school or is pursuing Olympic dreams, the Barracudas have a place for them. An emphasis on technique, graduated levels of instruction and training gives kids a chance to progress at their own pace. The Barracudas maintain a team of 160-200 swimmers, ages 5-22.


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Gallatin Valley YMCA PIR Camps Ç 3673 Love Ln. Ç yprograms@gallatinvalleyymca.org Ç 406-994-9622 Ç www.gallatinvalleyymca.org School’s Out Days can be the best when you enroll in the Y’s PIR-day programs. Participants spend time outside (so bring appropriate clothing), learn new things, meet new friends and visit different parts of our beautiful community. Each day offers different themes, certain to engage and entertain your student. PIR-day programs run from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and are filled with educational projects, arts and crafts, games and physical activities that help kids move, meet new friends and expand their horizons. All PIR-day programs are supervised by CPR/first aid-trained staff that enjoys helping kids.

Awesomeness! Let your creativity flow with hands-on art using all different types of mediums. Campers will learn the art of tie-dyeing, painting snow and creating coloring experiments.

» March 14-18 - Spring Break Adventure

Land Adventures are a regular part of this spring break experience. During this week, campers will explore nature, experience treasure hunts, go sledding, go bowling, do some arts and crafts and more.

» April 7 - Rainbow Camp (Bozeman)

Campers will learn about clouds, rain, thunder, lightning and rainbows. Kids will have their heads in the clouds while they learn through arts and crafts and handson science experiments.

» April 8 - Discover the Forest (Bozeman)

Campers will be learning about life in the forest. They will gain knowledge about their favorite forest animals, participate in forest crafts and games and explore nature on a scavenger hunt along the trails of Glen Lake Rotary Park.

» April 15 - Rainbow Camp (Belgrade &

Manhattan) Campers will learn about clouds, rain, thunder, lightning and rainbows. Kids will have their heads in the clouds while they learn through arts and crafts and hands-on science experiments.

» April 18 - Discover the Forest (Belgrade

& Manhattan) Campers will be learning about life in the forest. They will gain knowledge about their favorite forest animals, participate in forest crafts and games and explore nature on a scavenger hunt along the trails of Glen Lake Rotary Park.

MOSS PIR Days Ç Museum of the Rockies Ç 600 W. Kagy Blvd. Ç bgitch@outdoorscience.org Ç 406-582-0526 Ç www.outdoorscience.org Ç www.facebook.com/


Ç www.instagram.com/mt_moss/ Keep the learning up, even when school’s out. MOSS, in partnership with the Museum of the Rockies, offers science-based camps held during PIR days throughout the school year.

» February 21 - Nature’s Engineers

This camp, ties in MOR’s Human Plus: Real Lives + Real Engineering travelling exhibit from Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) – an interactive exhibit about technologies that extend human abilities. The camp focuses on how some of the local wildlife engineer their own solutions to survive in their natural habitats. How do beavers build dams, birds construct nests or bees create honeycomb? And why? Compare human engineering strategies to those used by the animals that live around us.

» March 14-18 - Spring Break - All Things

Yellowstone Yellowstone National Park is a wonderland of waterfalls, geysers and wildlife and, during this spring break camp, we’re going to explore it all from the comfort of our own backyard. We’ll discover all of the elements that make Yellowstone unique, including the hidden gems you might not learn from a quick visit (like all about thermophiles!). From the geologic story to wildlife behavior today, we’re going deep beneath the surface of our first national park.

» April 7 & 8 - Adventures in Biomimicry As we

explore MOR’s exhibit Human Plus: Real Lives + Real Engineering from the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), we’ll learn about technologies that extend natural human abilities. Then we’ll delve into other technologies that mimic animal characteristics and natural patterns in the outdoors. Each PIR day will be full of creative thinking for biomimicry challenges and real-life applications, so sign-up for both.

Science PIR Day Camps Ç Montana Science Center Ç 2744 W. Main St. Ç info@montanasciencecenter.org Ç 406-522-9087 Ç www.MontanaScienceCenter.org Ç www.facebook.com/ montanasciencecenter

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When school is out, science camps are in! Join Montana Science Center for a day camp full of hands-on experiences, guest presenters and time in the high-tech makerspace, STEAMlab.

» January 17 - What’s the deal with light? Discover the science behind light and its properties. We’ll do experiments to explore nano, light and color science.

» February 21 - Black History of Science For Black History Month, we’ll be learning about BIPOC scientists and inventors through stories, experiments and activities.

» March 18-20 - Spring Break Camp:

Magic Camp Explore the science behind magic tricks with guest presenters from the Magic Society. Three days of MAGIC fun!

» April 7 - Become a Scientist! April is

Citizen Science Month, which means it’s time to get out, discover the world around you, and submit your own findings to help scientists with research all around the world!

» April 8 - What Makes a Kite Fly?

Celebrate National Kite Day by learning the physics behind kite flying. Then, build a better kite that might fly higher and farther! :: calendars, blog & more @ MTPARENT.COM ::

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Super Bowl Fun Run Tackling Pediatric Cancer February 13, 2022

On February 13, 2022, help raise funds for Gallatin Valley families facing the unimaginable, pediatric cancer. Before indulging in tasty sips and snacks while watching the Super Bowl, come burn some calories, support The Bozeman 3 and have fun in the process. With your participation in this event, you will be supporting the families of children in Gallatin County who have been diagnosed with pediatric cancer. Dress up your self, your kiddos and your four-legged friends in your favorite football team apparel and help Tackle Pediatric Cancer!

The Super Bowl Fun Run will be live as well as virtual this year. The live event will be held at the Rocking R Bar and will kick off with a Kids 1K Fun Run. Champ and the MSU Spirit Squad will be there to cheer on kiddos on while they run. A 5K around Bozeman will follow with volunteers stationed around the course cheering runners on and helping them navigate the course. For those not comfortable joining in person, a virtual option will be offered, allowing racers to run (or walk) from any location they choose.

NOTE: 100% of funds raised go to The Bozeman 3 families.

For more information, visit The Bozeman 3 and Super Bowl Fun Run 5k on Facebook and Instagram.

The Bozeman 3 is a Bozeman-based nonprofit organization that supports Gallatin Valley families with kids diagnosed with cancer. The organization provides financial support for assistance with expenses that are not covered by insurance, serves as a platform for families to connect and provide support to each other as they navigate pediatric cancer with their child and donates funds to research organizations focused on improving treatments for children. Since its inception in 2012, the Bozeman 3 has been managed by an all-volunteer board and has provided support to more than 15 Gallatin Valley families.

Volunteer needs for the event include: February 13 - Course Crew 15+ people, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Help runners navigate the course and cheer them on February 13 - Face Painters, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Face painting for all racers and family

Community support is critical. The Bozeman 3 efforts are only as good as the support received from the community to continue providing assistance to these families and future families.


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MBC Presents Winthrop Corey’s

Snow White With live orchestra conducted by Stefan Stern February 19 and 20, 2022 Back by popular demand, Montana Ballet Company (MBC) announces the return of Winthrop Corey’s original Snow White on Saturday, February 19 and Sunday, February 20 at the Willson Auditorium. Snow White was choreographed in 2016 by Winthrop Corey, world-renowned master choreographer and teacher, and former principal dancer with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and National Ballet of Canada. Premiering at the Mobile Ballet to critical acclaim, Mr. Corey’s Snow White has been performed by numerous ballet companies across the country, including its Montana Ballet debut in 2017. This enchanting treat for the entire family will feature Mr. Corey’s exquisite choreography and fine, hand-crafted costumes. Special highlights of the 2022 performance will include MBC’s Music Director, Stefan Stern, conducting a live orchestra of esteemed local musicians and MBC’s very own Company Dancer, Frances Cole, dancing the title role of Snow White. Ms. Cole began training with MBC as a child in 2010. Audiences will recognize her as the featured dancer in MBC’s REIMAGINES 2020 film, as well as the lead dancer in MBC’s Nutcracker Arabian divertissement. For Snow White tickets, contact the Montana Ballet Company at 406-582-8702 or online at www.montanaballet.org. All seating is reserved. Ticket prices range from $20 - $65.


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An Evening in Science February 25, 2022

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Montana Science Center is hosting their signature event, An Evening in Science, in support of science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) education. The event is the largest fundraiser for MSC and features an adult science fair with exhibitors from across our community showcasing the science and technology behind their business. “Once again, we are bringing together science supporters for a fun-filled evening helping to provide STEAM learning experiences for the children and families of our community. The event was virtual in 2020, we postponed 2021 – this year, in-person, will be a black-mask event,” said MSC Board President, Brian D’Urso. Attendees can look forward to exhibits focused on the latest technology being developed here in the Gallatin Valley and beyond with an emphasis on the ways we move. And MSC will highlight innovative exhibits from the center. There will be paper airplane launchers, drones, telepresence robots and more. Individuals and businesses are encouraged to attend to claim the title of Gallatin Valley's Best and Farthest Flying Paper Airplane. “We are thrilled to be able to share an evening in science,” said D’Urso. “As a local nonprofit providing unique, hands-on experiences for families and kids of all ages we know our mission is critical to filling the gap in education that kids haven’t experienced. The center relies on support from individuals, businesses and foundations to lower barriers to access to science and technology discovery.” “Attendees can expect to have a lot of fun while learning about the incredible science happening in our backyard. Throughout the night, I will be told ‘MSC gives adults permission to play’ – it always happens” said Executive Director Abby Turner. “We invite anyone that supports education, kids and families to come join us.” Tickets are available online at MontanaScienceCenter.org. EVENT INFORMATION IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE DUE TO POSSIBLE COVID RESTRICTIONS. PLEASE VISIT EVENT WEBSITES BEFORE ATTENDING.


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11th Annual

Snowball Downtown Join the Gallatin Valley YMCA for an exciting night of gourmet food and great company – all in the name of supporting an important cause. The Gallatin Valley YMCA’s 11th Annual Snowball Downtown is a lively event for all to enjoy. This year, Snowball Downtown will be hosted live and in-person on Saturday, February 26, from 5-8 p.m. at the Rialto. The Gallatin Valley YMCA is also selling raffle tickets, priced at $20 each. Raffle ticket holders can choose from one of six prize packages, including a Backyard Paradise Package, an Ultimate Recreation Package, a Dine-In Dine-Out Package, a Concert Lover Package, a Family Fun Package or a Give Big Package. Proceeds from the Snowball Downtown event and raffle stay right here in the Gallatin Valley and support the YMCA’s Financial Assistance Fund. The fund ensures that no one is ever turned away for an inability to pay and that the YMCA can continue to offer high-quality programs to ALL members of our community. For more information about Snowball Downtown, sponsorship tables or the raffle, contact Meghan Cosgrove, Philanthropy & Events Director, at events@gallatinvalleyymca.org.


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Modern Indoor Play Space Opens in Bozeman

State of Play Introducing State of Play, an intentional and modern indoor play and art space where play culture is being reinvented. State of Play’s creative and educationally-informed space will engage families with children under 5, making it a place where children and grown-ups can connect through the power of play. For families to enjoy this modern play space, State of Play will divide its offerings into 90-minute play sessions throughout the day. Participants can drop in or reserve a spot in advance for play periods, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Once there, guests can move through the space allowing their child’s curiosity to choose which thoughtfully curated stations they want to explore. Guests will encounter everything from whimsical play forts and messy art experiences to a glow cave and a cozy book nook. In addition, embedded in select open play sessions, State of Play, will be offering a variety of engaging 30-minute classes throughout the week such as music and movement, yoga and mindfulness, sign language, puppetry and storytelling. When children play, they develop important life skills such as problem solving, collaboration, independence, communication, perseverance and emotional regulation. Open-ended play gives children the freedom and courage to explore and imagine; it provides opportunities to highlight the beauty of spontaneity and nurture creativity and innovation. State of Play is a place to grow together and is therefore intentionally set up as a parent or caregiver accompaniment experience. While play is the primary focus, State of Play is committed to implementing a community-centric approach that will create a supportive and informative space for parents and caregivers to access helpful resources by gathering leading field experts and developmental information all in one place. State of Play believes that a major part of a strong community is inclusivity. ALL people deserve access to high quality creative experiences. State of Play’s equitable access program has already established a scholarship that will work with local nonprofits to connect even more people with access to these impactful play programs. From infants to adults, there will be opportunities for EVERYONE to Play, Connect and Grow! 48

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Bridger Bowl Ski Area Supports Breastfeeding Mothers with a

Mamava Lactation Pod Bridger Bowl Ski Area has announced the installation of a Mamava lactation pod, available to the ski area’s breastfeeding employees and guests. The pod is located on the fourth floor of Saddle Peak Lodge. Bridger Bowl is the second ski area in the country to have a Mamava pod and the only west coast mountain to support breastfeeding women with a lactation pod. “We knew we needed a space for nursing mothers,” said Bob Petitt, General Manager of Bridger Bowl Ski Area. “It’s great to have a comfortable place for mothers and their babies.” “Mamava lactation suites are designed for breastfeeding and pumping on the go so that women can continue to live their lives without compromising their breastfeeding goals and vice versa,” said Rachel Kaulius. Kaulius, Mamava Account Executive, mom and a native of Gardiner, grew up skiing at Bridger Bowl. “It makes me so happy that my home mountain is supporting breastfeeding mothers at work and empowering women to get outside to do what they love.” Having a dedicated space, designed for breastfeeding—with easy-to-disinfect surfaces and good airflow—is even more important this ski season, with COVID-19 protocols limiting spaces that are available to guests. Providing support for breastfeeding—and all breastfeeding mothers—is as critical as ever. A recent survey by Mamava and Medela found that COVID-19 has made moms even more committed to breastfeeding, in part for its immunological benefits. The Bridger Bowl pod is also a notable one for Mamava – until recently Montana was the only state without a Mamava pod. With this installation and another in a Missoula Walmart store, Mamava pods are now available in all 50 states.

City of Bozeman Announces Eight-Week

Paid Parental Leave Policy for Employees In January, the City of Bozeman signed into effect a new policy to provide paid parental leave of up to eight weeks for city employees. The policy recognizes the importance of bonding and caring for a new child, and hopes to support parents during an exciting and stressful time in their lives. The policy provides eligible city employees with up to eight weeks paid parental leave in the event of a birth or adoption, either experienced by themselves or with their spouse or partner. Qualified employees must have been employed by the city for at least 180 days. City Manager Jeff Mihelich says, “Adding a new family member is both thrilling and overwhelming. I’m proud to say that as an employer we are taking steps to ensure that city staff have a means of financial support as they go through a big life event!” Mihelich adds, “The city of Bozeman strives to be a best-in-class employer and already offers great benefits as a government agency. However, now more than ever, it is critical that we do everything we can to retain the great employees that we have. This new policy is just another way for us to make the city a great place for employees to have a long career.” Implementing a paid parental leave policy was identified as a part of the City of Bozeman’s work to be a more inclusive city. The goal of this work is to ensure that every resident, visitor and City of Bozeman employee feels welcomed and valued and can thrive no matter their race, identity or life circumstance. Several cities and counties in Montana have enacted similar policies. The City of Bozeman is the first local municipality employer to offer a full eight weeks to employees. :: calendars, blog & more @ MTPARENT.COM ::

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Early Literacy and Reading Readiness in Bozeman

The Bozeman School District, in partnership with the Bozeman Schools Foundation, recently launched a new early literacy program. Through “Bozeman Reads” the district hopes to help parents and child care providers throughout Bozeman better prepare children for their educational careers. “In Bozeman, 31% of students entering kindergarten this year are below the benchmark for requisite literacy skills,” notes Interim Superintendent Casey Bertram, who championed both the Bozeman Reads program and the district’s hiring of an early literacy specialist. “Studies show that a child is 90% more likely to remain a poor reader at the end of the fourth grade if the child is a poor reader at the end of first grade – which is why we can’t wait for kindergarten to begin the learning process.” The district’s approach to early literacy is grounded in the latest research, known broadly as the “science of reading,” and built on the philosophy that parents are their children’s first teachers. While Bozeman Read’s message of “Play, Talk, Read” might seem simple, Bozeman School District experts know that connecting with parents and children before they enter school can make a huge difference. “Cognitive processes develop rapidly in the first few years of life. In fact, by age 3, roughly 85% of the brain is developed,” notes Megan Roth, the district’s Early Literacy Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA). “However, traditional education takes place in grades K-12, which begin at age 5.” Because of the importance of this early phase in a child’s development, Bozeman Reads is targeting families with preschool-aged children for the first phase of its programming. Roth is hosting a series of interactive Family Nights at Hyalite, Irving, Whittier and Emily Dickson elementary schools over the next few years. Parents with children between the ages of 1 and 4 are invited to spend an evening learning and playing together while they share a meal with other families. Parents and caregivers of young children can register for an upcoming Bozeman Reads Family Night at https://sites.google.com/bsd7.org/bozeman-reads/home. Using interactive materials developed by the Lee Pesky Foundation – including placemats, dry erase markers and brightly colored teddy bear figures known as “manipulatives” – parents are shown how to engage their children in simple and easy ways during meals. Each family attending Family Night receives a gift bag with their own placemats, markers and manipulatives. The Bozeman Schools Foundation raised more than $45,000 in community support to launch this new program. “Bozeman is a community that values education and really cares about the next generation of students,” said the Foundation’s Executive Director, Jennifer Lammers. “Generous support from the Bozeman Noon Rotary, Langlas & Associates and Wentana, LLC – Billings based Wendy’s franchisee for restaurants across Montana – made Bozeman Reads possible.”


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Sage Learning Center Tutoring students toward success WRITTEN BY KATIE MARONEY

It’s no surprise to parents that many children have struggled academically since the COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc on education, starting with the 2019-2020 school year. When schools switched to remote learning, the teachers at Sage Learning Center stepped up to the challenge. Since the start of the pandemic, Sage has never wavered in prioritizing the needs of our students. From offering tutoring sessions via Zoom to one-on-one sessions with face masks, every teacher at Sage has been willing to accommodate every student. They are also committed to closing any gaps in a student’s education, beginning with the foundational skills. Structure and routine are two of the most crucial aspects of a student’s education. Children thrive with structure, and they find comfort in routine. However, structure and routine were taken from students when everyone went online. Fortunately, Sage offers a warm, welcoming environment giving children the structure they crave. Each session at Sage begins on the hour and runs for 55 minutes. During this time, the teacher works through a program that has been tailored to each student’s individual needs. These sessions are one-on-one, which helps teachers get to know each student better, and are tailored specifically to each student as they grow academically. Teachers also strive to incorporate the student’s special interests into their program. In addition to this method of teaching, students are able to bring in schoolwork they may be struggling with. During their one-onone session, their teacher can address specific homework concerns, which can alleviate stress at home. The benefits of tutoring can truly change the trajectory of a child’s education. Sage Learning Center cares deeply for each and every student. They have a passion for education, but more importantly, they have a passion for seeing students become the best possible versions of themselves – both academically and personally. Katie Maroney is a teacher at Sage Learning Center.

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New Column


Hello Montana Parent readers! Welcome to the Ask Flora column, where you can ask your parenting questions (about kids between 2 and 10) and get answers from a Licensed Counselor and Parenting Coach of 12 years.


How do you encourage empathy and help your kids have ownership over their mistakes, so they say they’re sorry and make it right? Great question! And let me say first that about six variations of this question were submitted this month. So, it’s a common issue on many Montana parent minds. First of all, forcing an apology may be counterproductive because it can trigger your child to shut down with a “Shame-brain” response (Brene Brown). In addition, it really doesn’t move the situation forward, and repeat behaviors are likely. Instead of an apology, I recommend what I call “solution-focused ownership,” which sounds like this:

Step 1 To encourage empathy, point out what you notice and see if they solve it on their own:

» “I see that Sam is crying from that toy being taken away.” Or “I notice your sister is very upset that you took her stuffy without asking.”

Step 2 Direct the child to take ownership to make the situation right in that moment, or to make a plan for different choices in the future (and state that plan to the person who was upset or wronged). » “You grabbed that toy from Jackson, and now he’s sad. child a chance for a “do-over.”

What can we do to make it better?” This gives the

» Or, “What could you do differently next time?” Then ask them to state that agreement. “OK, next time you will ask sister before you take a toy out of her room. Great plan. Let’s go tell her that and give her back the toy.”

Step 3) If the child won’t choose a way to make the situation better, then you choose an outcome for them. » “When you choose a solution, you get to keep playing, Otherwise, there will be a sad consequence.”

For example, if the child is not willing to give back the toy, then you leave the playdate, or if they won’t trade toys, the toy they stole goes away until tomorrow. Whatever outcome you choose, it will be most effective if it is something you have the power to enforce.

Over time, using these three steps should be a positive way to help the child to take ownership for their mistakes, in a solution-focused way.


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How do I handle it when my child talks back or yells at me when they are mad or being defiant? This is such great question that I know many parents can relate to. Testing back-talk or yelling is very common. Sometimes it may be the child mirroring behaviors we are modeling (oops!), or it may be a moment where your child’s big emotions are overtaking their wise choices. First, it’s important to not add more fuel to the fire that’s already burning (we’ve all taken that road, only to see the situation crash and burn). Instead of answering their yell with another yell - may I suggest you… pause. Yes. Just. Pause… so you can stop your knee-jerk reaction of correction (or wanting to strangle them - like I sometimes feel). The best thing (that helps many parents) is taking one slow breath. Take a comfortable inhale through the nose and an exhale that is as slow as possible. It’s a quick tip from science that helps us rewire a hijacked system, into a physically more relaxed and focused self.

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Next, try something I call “Whoa, low and slow.” Put your arms in a “stop” motion, and decrease the pace and volume of your voice, in order to decrease the pace and volume of the child. “Whoah…let's…just…pause for a second… (take a breath in front of the child to model and they may take a breath with you).” If they seem open to it, offer a silent 30-second hug. This is all in alignment with the science we know from Dr. Dan Siegel and Dr. Bruce Perry about how your child’s brain can’t reason before they first regulate (calm down). Then slowly say, “I’d like to help solve this problem with you. I can’t help you when you are yelling.” If the child calms and is willing to talk, you can then guide them to tell you calmly what they are wanting or feeling: “I can help you best if you are talking in a voice I can hear.” If they continue to yell or use hurtful words, walk away or ask them to take some space in another room or area until they are able to talk calmly and with a voice you can hear.

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When our 14-year-old lab’s health started declining this last summer, my husband and I talked about getting a puppy. The intent wasn’t to replace Kula but to allow time for him to teach the new pup how to love “his kids.” Dogs are funny that way. I could sense he was hanging on. For what? I don’t know. Perhaps it was to make sure we were being properly watched over. I say “properly” because, yes, we have another dog who can be best described as a cranky 11-yearold Frenchie who is more like a cross between a cat, bat and pigeon—and leave it at that. We weren’t actively looking, and we certainly didn’t want a winter puppy. The truth is, we thought we would have more time—a life lesson on its own.


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And then, as with all adventures, there was a “but then” pivot point. My boss mentioned his neighbor had an accidental litter of half Newfie-half Irish Wolfhound puppies. Intrigued, we decided to go and look, and, well, we all know how that goes. The kids fell instantly in love, a puppy was reserved, and my husband and I both said, “Are we nuts for having three dogs?” Then, Kula passed. His departure came sooner than we thought it would, and with his passing came an immense sense of sadness and now... guilt. Do we back out? Do we even want or need a puppy now? Kula’s hair glitter still floats in our house, a constant reminder that he was just here. That can’t be right, can it? So, with still-heavy hearts, we picked up our little girl, and the spots where my sons’ tears had fallen over the last few weeks were now covered with puppy kisses.

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A smile and then a giggle from my sweet 6-year-old, his laughter breathing life back into the solemn void we had been entrenched in. Kula could never be replaced. He meant too much to all of us and was here for too many milestones. I like to think Kula lives on in our new girl. She is watching his kids now. All I can say is that my kids have learned to feel sadness and happiness in tandem. To love and mourn at once. To look ahead and to grieve what was. Hard lessons, but ones required for managing the unruly world we live in. Maybe it turns out that the timing was right, perhaps not in human time but in dog time. Blair Fjeseth is a working professional and proud Montana mom. You can reach her at blairparker.inc@gmail.com. Follow her Instagram @blair_mt for more adventures.

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How to enter:

Look for this post on the Montana Parent Facebook page starting February 1.

1. Like the post and Tag one friend 2. Follow @MontanaParentMagazine on

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Back by popular demand, Montana Ballet Company announces the return of Winthrop Corey’s original Snow White on Saturday, February 19 and Sunday, February 20 at the Willson Auditorium.

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