So hard to believe summer is already around the corner - what a long winter it was for some this year. Lots of environmental changes that created obstacles in the Okanagan area...but also some GREAT skiing and skating for families to enjoy! With challenges come opportunities and this is true throughout life! How do you peel those teens and tweens away from the tech world and how much is too much? Malia Jacobson has a great article to help guide our decisions and gives us lots to think about. Other challenges over the summer season include planning family vacations and how to travel with different aged children. Heather Lee Leap has some great insight into travelling with school aged children and what to do to keep your sanity!! Sometimes its giving our children opportunities that create challenges, such as packing for summer camp or how to enjoy outdoor festivals as a family, or how to be actively engaged as volunteers in the summer. Our writers have come up with the coolest tips and tricks to help you work your way through the different opportunities for your families and the challenges that come with it. Do not forget to take care of yourself throughout this summer season as well, we have a great article on what creates belly fat to how to use essential oils effectively for a variety of reasons. And do not forget the dads in June, we have an easy craft for you to create something special with your family. This is time to unplug, and re-connect as a family, create new memories and re-live old ones through family reunions and BBQâ€™s. Enjoy the sun, the fun and do not forget the sunscreen in the hot summer months. When you are in tough spot take a moment and think.....how do I turn this challenge into a new opportunity and what will that mean for me? Taking that next leap is never easy and takes a lot of strength, but I have learned from hard experience, sometimes the times you think are the hardest are by far the most rewarding on the other side. Have a wonderful summer and Bev and I have some exciting announcements coming for the fall....thanks to you Okanagan Child is getting bigger!!!
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