A roundup of news and advice:

A child crosses a developmental milestone the first time he or she lies, says research from Scholastic. The first fib proves the child is developing independence and control of emotions, and discovering “that her mind and thinking are separate from her parents.” (Scholastic via Parentables)

Family vacations don’t always go smoothly. Kids get cranky during long car rides or bored when visiting tourist attractions. Learn coping strategies for children and parents before departing on a family getaway. (CNN)

Ninety-five percent of children experience homesickness while at sleepaway camp, says child psychologist Michael Thompson. Symptoms range from stomach aches to an inability to sleep through the night. To help your kids adjust to life away from home, Thompson has outlined five suggestions. (PBS Parents)

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