It's time for summer fun!

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

Summertime. The kids are out of school for threeeeeeee looooooong months. Uh oh, now what do we do? Don't fear -- our annual Summer Fun Guide is here!

This issue is packed with budget-friendly places to go, things to see and do, and ways to keep your sanity until school begins again. Math in the sun anyone?

Let's start the month by celebrating dads! Take a look at the one on our cover. As co-host of the number-one rated Morning Zoo on WNCI, Dave Kaelin makes his living by telling funny stories about his family - among other things.

Every morning when I drive to work, my radio is tuned into the Morning Zoo radio show. I can't think of a better way to start the day than by laughing hysterically.

Awhile back, Dave's co-host Jimmy pulled a stunt on the entire Kaelin family by bringing a live turkey into their home. Funny as a listener, but if I was Dave's wife Carrie -- trying to get the lunches packed, kids dressed and out the door -- I'd be having words with him later. Which we learned on the show the next day, she did.

And that's why I love him. The Kaelins are a normal family. They look for ways to keep their sanity while struggling with the everyday havoc of raising teens. A perfect story for Father's Day.

Also in this issue, we'll take a look at a misunderstood and often misdiagnosed affliction called selective mutism (SM). This heartwarming story told by the mother of a child with SM will clarify what it is, how it's treated and how families and teachers can help children overcome it.

So, yeah, this issue's a keeper. Plan your summer vacay, give Dad a good read, look for fun stuff to do in your own backyard. It's summertime, and the livin' is easy.