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Letter from the Editor March 2014

Rachel Kalina

Spring arrives this month, and we can finally start to look ahead to warmer weather. While I enjoy cozying up in my homestead during winter's long freeze, I'm eager to spend more time outdoors in the coming weeks with their longer bouts of daylight.

PARENTGUIDE News, too, is blooming in the spring. Our Calendar of Events has tons of extraordinary events and special, new highlighted happenings for you to explore with your family. March's WoMom and Update columns, featuring great giveaways, have been given a makeover, too, along with the Health and Travel columns. We'd love to hear your thoughts about the new looks on our Facebook page; and while you're online, check out the Eyes of March Photo Contest for the chance to win a fantastic prize.

Sunnier days also conjure thoughts of camp, and many area programs are now hosting open houses so you can check out their myriad options. Whether you're seeking a sleepaway or a day camp for your brood, you'll find great tips and insight about the benefits of such programs in expert Scott Arizala's "Cool Campers." The author discusses the value of kids feeling "cool" due to their sense of belonging to a camp community. Plus, strike it rich with the plethora of day camps, sleepaway camps, and summer programs in our Camp Directory.

Are you concerned about your child's lack of speech in social settings? Rather than mere shyness, your child may be experiencing something else entirely. Learn how to help with Dr. Carly Orenstein's "Selective Mutism."

Also gear up for the lion-to-lamb seasonal transition with our "Spring Style" fashion spread this month, and have a marvelous March!


Rachel Kalina