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5 Ways Camp Grows Grit

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“It turns out that grit predicts performance better than IQ or innate talent. Grit makes our kids productive and successful because it allows them to reach their long-term goals despite life’s inevitable setbacks. This ability to overcome challenges makes them … Continue reading

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5 Ways to Teach Kids to Live Life Well

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As I started writing this, I realized that my title is inaccurate: “5 Ways to Live Life Well” would be more appropriate. As an adult, I still need these reminders to help me live my own life better. And, as … Continue reading

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3 Simple Year-End Reflection Activities

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The end of one year and beginning of the next offers a unique opportunity to both reflect back and plan ahead. Because I’ve been a journaler and list-maker since I was very young, I’ve always loved this time of transition … Continue reading

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10 Life-Changing Books

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Are you looking for some inspirational reads to help you switch some things up for 2016? Over the past few years, I have been drawn more and more to books that make me stop, reassess my life and how I’m … Continue reading

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5 Fun 30-Minute Family Activities

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With more of my kids away at school than still living at home, I have lofty ambitions for our family together time over these coming two weeks – the only time of the year when all our kids’ vacations coincide. … Continue reading

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10 Surprising Things Kids Learn at Camp

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I would not be the person I am today without camp. -15-year-old camper My three decades of camp experience, coupled with my own and others’ research, have shaped my long-held opinion that camp experiences benefit children in profound ways. Yet … Continue reading

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Coaching Your Child to Better Social Skills

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Does your daughter have trouble fitting in to a particular social group? Does your son feel like he’s being excluded from social events? Are you concerned your child doesn’t have any close friends? Do you notice social interactions that don’t seem appropriate? Research has shown … Continue reading

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A Grateful Family is a Happy Family: 5 Gratitude Practices

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Creating a grateful family culture is a challenge in our entitled, indulgent age. Yet much research has confirmed what we intuitively know – practicing gratitude and being grateful are keys to a happier life. Therefore, it’s well worth our consistent … Continue reading

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Choose Wisely: 8 Questions to Ponder Before you say “I Do”

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Do you ever get an anxious feeling when you’re on the way to the airport, leaving for a trip? You’re going through your mental checklist of what you packed, and you know you’ve forgotten something, you just don’t know what … Continue reading

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Does our Family’s Schedule Reflect our Values?

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A few weeks ago, one of our children (who shall remain nameless to avoid incrimination) made the choice not to go to a service event because he didn’t feel like it. He preferred to relax and watch TV. The event … Continue reading