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Plan a fun family activity before your kids go back to school. Whether it’s a visit to the zoo, an amusement park, or water park, take a day (or maybe even a weekend) to celebrate the “last hurrah” of summer.

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Here’s a sweet and healthy summer treat you can make with your kids.

Frozen Banana Bonbons

Cut bananas into 1-inch rounds and freeze for several hours.

When fully frozen, dip them in a favorite flavor of yogurt.

Roll in crushed graham crackers.

Place the slices in an airtight container and store it in the freezer until you’re ready to eat.

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Did you know that children under the age of 13 are not permitted to join Facebook?

As children being to use the internet and request their own Facebook account, make sure that you are comfortable with it and that they are of age. Though there is no real way for Facebook to truly enforce their under 13 rule, since anyone can make up a different birth year, it is up to you to decide if your child is ready to take on the responsibility of social media and if you are comfortable with it.

Before allowing them to set up an account, set rules and guidelines (right down to the amount of time they’re allowed on the site). Make sure you set the privacy settings to your liking, have their password, and know what photos they are posting. Revisit and update the rules and guidelines as necessary. And also keep in mind that Facebook regularly updates their privacy settings and rules, so be sure to keep checking in on those settings as well.

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Never leave your child alone in the car. Heatstroke can happen even on cloudy days and in temperatures that are below 70 degrees Fahrenheit /21 degrees Celsius.

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Physical activity doesn’t have to be a competition, and you don’t need fancy equipment. Sure, a tennis racket or a pair of skis can provide a little inspiration, but a simple, affordable jump rope or an inflatable beach ball can do the trick, too. Keep a hidden stash of new outdoor toys. Then bust ’em out on days when your kids seem bored.

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As the end of the school year approaches, have your child write (or help them write) a thank you note to their teacher highlighting a few of the things they loved learning during the year, how much they enjoyed being in the class, etc.

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Think of your teenager as an adult in training. Make sure you teach him or her practical things like how to do their own laundry, iron, change a tire, prepare a meal, open a checking/savings account, and create a monthly budget.

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When you take your kids shopping, before you go into the store, prepare your child(ren) by being clear about the budget they have (whether it be for a toy or clothes) and if there are rules as to what they can and cannot buy. Make sure you’re all on the same page before you enter the shop.

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As your children begin to have their own chores, make sure you set up a system of rotation, or have your children draw cards to see which chores they have that week. Rotating chores will allow your children to become competent in several different areas.

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Dinner’s over. Instead of heading for the TV room, make a beeline for the door and go for a walk instead. Keep the conversation light (This is not the time to go over your child’s grades or chores) and relish in the time spent in nature with your family. If it’s fun for everyone, you’ll all want to keep doing it.

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