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Let Your Son Go!

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I started listening to the Dr. Laura radio program a few decades ago while living in Los Angeles. Callers ask Dr. Laura Schlessinger questions, and she offers them blunt guidance and reprimands. Recently, I rediscovered her show on XM radio (Stars … Continue reading

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Who’s Not Ready for College?

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This is the text message I sent to two friends last week who were dropping their children off at colleges on the other side of the country: “When can we have our first MMD/MMS (mothers missing daughters/mothers missing sons) meeting? … Continue reading

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Life Changing Lunches

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45 hours. That’s a conservative estimate of how much time I spent making my children’s lunches each school year until 2011.  I used 15 minutes a day for my estimate, because I am not at my best in the early … Continue reading

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3 Life Lessons Learned on a Tow Rope

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The recreational sports we teach at camp include sailing, water skiing, rock climbing, and many more fun outdoor sports. But these are not the most important skills campers learn. We view the recreational skills we instruct as a means to … Continue reading

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It’s Not All Bullying

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  A few summers ago, a ten-year-old camper wrote a letter home telling his parents he was being bullied at camp. His irate mother called to let us know. I was very concerned, so I went to talk with the … Continue reading

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Focus on the “Do”s

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Next week 100 counselors arrive to spend 10 days learning to lead campers to have fun, make friends, and grow this summer. As I prepare our training sessions and line up guest speakers each spring, I reflect on how all parents should … Continue reading

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What’s the Best Age for Camp?

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You probably want a number here.  If you’re only going to read these first two sentences, then I’ll pick the age of nine. But my real answer is a bit more complex. When to start sending your child to sleep-away … Continue reading

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Five Reasons Great Parents Send Their Kids to Camp

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My shy, quiet nine-year-old went to camp not knowing a soul. Two weeks later, she came home transformed.  She blossomed. She made friends, learned a multitude of activities, felt safe, loved, confident, and happy — really, really happy.  As hard as … Continue reading

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Hug Your Teen Today

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“The most important assignment a mom has is to nurture her children.” Tim Sanford, M.A. (Losing Control & Liking It) Significant research has shown that babies need a lot of nurturing in order to thrive.  But I think that nurturing … Continue reading

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4 Parenting Challenges and How Camp Can Help

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In today’s digital, fast-moving, ultra-competitive world, raising kids who grow into happy, independent adults has become more challenging for parents. Quality summer camp programs offer an experience that many parents have found to benefit their child’s development of important life skills.  … Continue reading