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10 Reasons I Heart Camp

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In honor of “I Heart Camp” Day (February 1), here are 10 reasons why, as a parent, I love camp for my own kids: 1.  Camp gets my kids OUTSIDE, breathing fresh air, watching spectacular sunsets, and getting their sweatshirts … 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

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My SMART Goal: Encouraging Notes to my Kids

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I love thinking about and writing down my goals for each year.  I used to set unrealistic, vague, way-too-big goals and resolutions – the kind that barely last beyond the start of the New Year.  My mom and I laugh … Continue reading

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Two Ways to Be a Better Parent

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This weekend, I had the pleasure of listening to Madeline Levine, PhD. (author of The Price of Privilege, Teach Your Children Well) speak at my favorite annual camp conference. Dr. Levine has insight as to why so many of our children … Continue reading

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100 Memories Family Activity

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Here’s a fun end-of-year family activity:  Make a list of 100 family memories from 2013.  It doesn’t matter where you create the list — use a notepad app on your smartphone, a legal pad, or sticky notes (one for each … Continue reading

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Let the Kids Cook Dinner

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One of my parenting role models is a fictional animal.  She’s the lead character in the children’s book The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes, which was written by Du Bose Heyward in 1939.  I can see why the … Continue reading