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Letter from the Editor April 2014

Rachel Kalina

Spring fever is in full swing, and we're so excited to start summer planning.

Now's the time to check out day camps, sleepaway camps, and summer programs for your brood. The PARENTGUIDE News Camp Directory has all the options you need to find the perfect fit for your child. When you're deciding on a summer experience, keep in mind Rich Brugger's "Sports Safety," which offers points to note and questions to ask while considering programs and touring facilities. It also brings awareness to an important subject during National Youth Sports Safety Month.

April is a great time to spread awareness about topics relating to special needs and green habits, too. The return of our Special Needs Directory coincides with April's Autism Awareness Month. You'll find services and resources for your family in its pages. To deepen your knowledge of how to enrich activities when it comes to special needs, "Therapy of Play" by Aviva Weiss offers advice about play's place in learning. And discover how you can celebrate another essential movement this month with "Earth Day" by Kathleen Rogers.

You may have noticed a familiar face on our cover. In "Steve Sanders & Sharknado," actor Ian Ziering famous for his 90210 adventures and fighting a tornado with bite dishes on family and his most important role yet: Dad.

To burn off all that extra energy lingering in the longer daylight hours, find fun family happenings in our Calendar of Events. Enter to win prizes in columns throughout the issue, as well as in the Messy Face Photo Contest. Additional details and even more giveaways are available at www.parentguidenews.com. When clicking around, stop by The Sandbox Social for the latest anecdotes about family life, day trips with kids, and more from our blogger moms.

Have a superb spring season!

Rachel Kalina