Making Memories with Summer Fun
It’s almost summer, and parents everywhere are planning special outings, trips to visit family and even summer vacations. We hope our stories this month, along with our Calendar of Events, can help you do just that! My best memories of my childhood are from summer outings and trips with my family. As an older child with a difficult father, it was one time when he was happy, relaxed and enjoyed family and life.
My most treasured memories of him, especially now that he is no longer with us, is of these trips together.
When you have an outing with your child, a trip to visit family or the coveted family vacation, you are not just treating your family, but you are building memories, and even planting seeds. Life can be hard sometimes. Like mine, not every family is perfect – far from it. I hope this summer your family seizes the opportunity to build those memories together, and we hope some of our tips for summer fun can help you just a little bit.
May is also a time for graduations, and our Planning for College & Career section, beginning on page 16, may give your teen some additional tools to get off on the right footing as they head off for college or technical school. Be sure to check out our tips for getting scholarships on page 18.
There’s another aspect of summer than can be hard for children who may struggle with body image, and summertime clothing often reveals the bodies they may have a love/hate relationship with. Be sure to read Paige Townley’s “Battling Body Image” on page 14 for tips to help your child navigate this challenging issue.
As we see more and more live events in our calendar, we are crossing our fingers that the pandemic might be nearing an end or at least a lull. We wish you a wonderful, fun and healthy summer!
Be sure to save the date for our back-to-school event, the Happy Healthy Kids Fair on Saturday, August 13, at the McWane Science Center. See our back cover for details!
Carol Muse Evans
Member, Alabama Media Professionals and National Federation of Press Women, member of SAPA
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ABOUT THE EDITORS: Carol Muse Evans is publisher/editor/owner of Birmingham Parent magazine, a publication she and her husband David began in 2004. The Birmingham, Alabama-based parenting publication attracts more than 60,000 readers monthly in a four-county area and receives 10,000 hits per month on its website. The magazine has a 20,000+ print circulation, plus several thousand in readership of the digital edition online. It is the only independently audited free publication in our area, Evans is an award-winning writer and editor who has also has written for several other publications as a freelance writer since the late 80s. She is a graduate of Auburn University in journalism and is a graduate of Scottsboro High School. She is married with two grown children and lives in Alabaster. She is a member of the National Federation of Press Women, Alabama Media Professionals and Southeastern Advertisers and Publishers Association (SAPA).
Lori Chandler Pruitt is an associate editor of Birmingham Parent and award-winning writer, where she is responsible for the calendar and editorial editing. She also is a freelancer for Business Alabama magazine and has written/edited for several other publications, is a graduate of the University of Alabama in news/editorial, and Hueytown High School. She is married with two children.