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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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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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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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Parent Top 10

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As I prepare for next month’s camp counselor training, I find myself reflecting—once again—that parents should get at least this much preparation before they start the job of raising kids. After all, just like camp counselors want to have a … Continue reading

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5 Steps to Help Kids Resolve Conflicts

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I’ve always considered myself non-confrontational and have done my best to avoid conflict. In researching ways to teach kids conflict resolution skills, I’ve discovered that avoidance is actually a choice on the “Conflict Resolution Wheel.” I’m primarily a “walk away” … 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