Dr. Minette Riordan is the founder of North Texas Kids magazine and an ACPI Certified Coach for Parents. She is passionate about helping parents create better connections to their kids through relationships, time together and access to the resources they need to raise happy, healthy kids. She is the mother of two kids, aged 11 and 8. She loves public speaking, training and workshops in addition to her coaching and work at NTK. In her spare time, she loves being outside with her family or entertaining. She loves to cook and is a closet American Idol fan. You can read her complete bio at www.minetteriordan.com.

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Are you ready for summer camp?

Today is April 1st, April Fool’s Day and there are certainly days when I feel more like a fool than an organized mom. Which seems ridiculous considering that I own North Texas Kids magazine, a great resource full of summer camp ideas that my kids would love to participate in (and while that sounds like shameless self-promotion, it is a testimony to the fact that just because we have all the information at our fingerprints via parenting magazines, websites, girlfriends, etc. doesn’t mean we actually take action).

I don’t want to think about summer yet! Is it really April already? I envy those moms who have their entire summers planned out and their deposits paid for this or that camp. As a working mom, summer is crazy for me. I have to juggle getting my kids to and from camps and working full-time. It gets complicated at times. My kids are reaching the age where they have different interests and don’t want to go to the same camps anymore. Soon my son will be too old to go to camp, too young to work and too bored to just hang out, but we’re not quite there yet.

The only thing I know for sure is that both of my kids are going to sleep away camps for the first time this summer. My son to Camp Langston in east Texas. He can’t wait to ride an ATV. My daughter is going to Girl Scout camp with several girls from her Brownie troop. Part of me is happy they want to go, looking forward to a week alone with my husband but a bigger part of me is panicking. What am I doing sending my babies off without me or at least a grandparent to watch over them?

So if you have any great words of wisdom to share about shipping your kids off to camp, I would love to hear them!

I am thrilled to be part of the DFWMama.com community and look forward to sharing with all of you and learning from you!

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  1. camp76 04/05/2010 at 9:44 pm

    As a camp director I urge you to visit the camps that you are considering. Look around, are the facilities in good shape? Ask the questions you really want to know, such as are your counselors trained and background checked? What are your camper to staff ratios? What are some typical menus? If an overnight camp, find out if the staff stay in the cabin with the campers. Most of all find out if the Camp is accredited by the American Camp Association. This is a good indicator of the camps safety and that they hold themselves to a high standard!

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