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DATE:          May 11, 2007  
CONTACT:    Cassandra Hinojosa 361.825.2337
 
Getting the Kids Geared Up for Summer: Tips for Parents
 
Where to Park Your Kids This Summer
School’s over, so where will your kids be hanging out while you’re driving away to work? Dr. Margaret Bolick, associate professor in the College of Education, has tips on how to pick the best summer camp or program for your kids. She also explains why students in middle school and high school still need structured activities. Contact Dr. Margaret Bolick at 361.825.2674 or margaret.bolick@tamucc.edu.
 
Keep Them Learning; Keep Them Safe
What important things should you know before you enroll your child in a summer program? Dr. Denise Hill, assistant professor in the College of Education, can guide parents in reviewing if a program is developmentally appropriate, provides safety and has adequate supervision. Contact Dr. Denise Hill at 361.825.5880 or denise.hill@tamucc.edu.
 
Kids Need Summer Fitness Programs
Keep your children on a clean bill of health with physical fitness this summer. Dr. Randy Bonnette, chair of the Kinesiology department and National Youth Sports Program project administrator, provides advice on where to find summer leagues, sports camps and fitness classes, what to bring and if you’re paying too much. Bonnette outlines questions parents should ask when considering these activities and what they should do immediately after kids begins a new program. Contact Dr. Randy Bonnette at 361.825.3317 or randy.bonnette@tamucc.edu.

Summer’s a Great Time to Bond With Your Kids
As hectic schedules wind down in the summer, take time to build a lasting relationship with your child. O.B. Garcia, teacher recruitment coordinator for the College of Education, suggests parent-child activities you can work into your schedule with your kids (even if you have just a few hours) and how to open the lines for communications with your children. He can also discuss what may happen when children and parents don’t communicate. Contact O.B. Garcia at 361.825.6032 or ob.garcia@tamucc.edu

Sometimes That Summer Vacation is Right in Your Backyard                                  
You don’t need a week-long vacation to spend time with your child. All you need is a few hours. O.B. Garcia, teacher recruitment coordinator for the College of Education, can provide a list of kid-friendly attractions in our own community that make for a great getaway for parents and won’t leave you broke. Contact O.B. Garcia at 361.825.6032 or ob.garcia@tamucc.edu.

Don’t Overload Your Summer
Sometimes planning too many summer activities can leave you exhausted. Dr. Denise Hill, assistant professor in the College of Education, lends advice on how to avoid getting over-booked this summer and setting aside time for much needed relaxation and creativity. Contact Dr. Denise Hill at 361.825.5880 or denise.hill@tamucc.edu.
 
Are We There Yet?
It’s the most-often asked question on summer vacation. Summer is the prime time for parents to establish guidelines for their kids. Dr. Margaret Bolick, associate professor in the College of Education., gives tips to parents hauling kids on those long trips or family vacations “out of their normal element.” Contact Dr. Margaret Bolick at 361.825.2674 or margaret.bolick@tamucc.edu.

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