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How Camp Helps Parents Raise Adults

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“The movie Stepford Wives came to mind as I watched my students live their college life still somehow looking to the sidelines for mom or dad’s direction, protection, or intervention as if they were five, playing soccer, and needed a … Continue reading

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Ready for Adulthood Check-List for Kids

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Yesterday, I scheduled hair appointments for me and my dog, checked in with my sister about this weekend’s schedule, made lunches for my husband and me, dropped off a birthday present for a friend, mailed a package, reorganized my weekly … Continue reading

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My 2016 Reading List

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If you read my post last week, you know that I’m planning to refill my parenting “toolbox” this year (especially my teen boy parenting skills). In addition to listening to podcasts and attending speaking events, I plan to do some … Continue reading

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Picking my Parental Battles

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“Battle” is probably not the ideal metaphor when discussing parenting, but lately I’ve felt like it’s been one scuffle after another between me and my adolescent sons. As I have a chance to reflect each night, what unfurls is a … Continue reading

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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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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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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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“What Else Can I Do?”

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This simple question is a parenting tool that helps grow kids into responsible adults who employers will be beating down doors to hire. Last weekend, I heard Dr. Deborah Gilboa speak at a camp conference about “the 3 Rs”: Respect, … 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