Now what? You can almost hear the groans of parents everywhere after the last school bell rings.

Now what? You can almost hear the groans of parents everywhere after the last school bell rings.

What will we do with the kids this summer? Can I afford to take them on a vacation? Can we just stay close to home? Will I keep my sanity? Well, we can help you with most of those queries.

This issue contains our ever-popular Summer Fun Guide and it's chock-full of great daycations and affordable trips close to home. Hang on to this piece all summer long for great, affordable getaway (and stay-at-home) ideas.

When my kids were little, a tiny plastic pool, bubbles and sidewalk chalk would keep them entertained for hours. While the kids played, the neighbor moms and I would sit in our lawn chairs in the driveway, reading magazines and gossiping about celebrities. It was a gloriously simpler time. Our biggest decisions of the day were what to have for lunch and which park to go to.

Eons ago when I was a little girl, my friends and I would wander the neighborhood all summer long with one purpose: exploring. We'd look for caterpillars and cute boys, hang out at the pool, and look for "the bubble gum man." There was an older gentleman who would walk up and down all the streets around our area of town handing out big, chunky pieces of bubble gum to little kids. To us, that gum was treasure. We didn't really think about our safety; we just got the gum and ran.

Can you imagine letting your child take gum from a stranger these days? No way. That's why we have a stranger danger checklist in this issue. Take some time to sit down with your child and go over the dos and don'ts of safety so they know how to stay out of harm's way.

While you're talking, maybe that's the time to teach children how the love of all families - no matter what kind - is the same. Our profiles of non-traditional families will open your eyes and hearts to what it really means to be a family.

Check out our story about parents going back to school, which definitely is not unusual in this economy. And don't forget our web exclusive Easter Seals article this month which showcases the incredible work being done to help central Ohioans with disabilities.

Finally, for all you dads out there, a hilarious quiz for you to take to find out what kind of dad you are. The results may surprise you and we're sure you'll get a chuckle out of it.

So, not to worry, parents. School's not out forever, just a few short months. And don't rush the time that your kids are home, even when they drive you crazy. Get in the car and go explore something new - together.

Happy Father's Day!