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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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10 Ways to Better Understand Your Camper’s Experience

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Your camper’s home from camp, and they had a great time. But what exactly was this camp thing all about? If you want to better understand your camper’s experience and how it impacted them, try one or more of these … Continue reading

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Positive Messages for a Homesick Camper

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For the most part, kids who come to summer camp adjust within a few days and overcome sad feelings of missing home. But there are some campers for whom the intensity of the homesickness is much stronger, and the discomfort … Continue reading

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Six Tips for Complaining Well: Guidelines for Parents

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“Are you the person I file a complaint with?” Those were the man’s first words to me as I stepped out of the van I had just driven for five hours, following the bus carrying kids home after their stay … Continue reading

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A Happiness Boost

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This morning I was on the receiving end of a telephone call that made me view my day and my life in a whole new light. The call was from my neighbor and friend who, despite a life full of huge challenges … Continue reading

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5 Fun Ideas for Letters to Campers

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With children heading to summer camp in a matter of weeks, parents will soon have a new daily “to do”– write and send a letter or email to their campers! Because we’re not in the habit of writing letters to … Continue reading

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One Simple Way to Increase Happiness

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In two weeks, I’ll be graduating with my master’s degree in Psychology. Why at 46 did I decide to go back to school? Mid-life crisis reframing was definitely part of it, but I was also compelled to return to school … Continue reading

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Focusing on our Kids’ Strengths

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Every Monday morning I get an email with my kids’ current grades. Typically, I scan over them for any assignments or subjects with lower grades. I scroll past the A’s, because those don’t grab my attention. Like most people, I’ve … Continue reading

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Secondary Homesickness: When Your Camper doesn’t want to go BACK to Camp

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Two or three times each year, I get a call from a returning camper’s parent who is baffled that their once-happy camper is now saying she doesn’t want to return to camp. From what the parent saw and heard last … Continue reading