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5 Taco Tuesday Twists: Super Easy Family Dinners

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While I’m not a food blogger or an accomplished chef, I am a mom who—like most moms—must figure out what the heck to feed my family EVERY SINGLE DAY. I’m always on the lookout for simple, delicious meal ideas. I … Continue reading

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Five (MORE) Reasons Great Parents Send Their Kids to Camp

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There are so many reasons great parents choose to send their kids to summer camp. Two years ago, I shared five of them on the most popular post I’ve ever published. But now I have more to share. Consider this … Continue reading

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Be a Better Parent by Doing Less

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If you’ve read my posts the past few weeks, you know that I’ve been on a roll with thoughts about letting our kids fail more and preparing them to be competent adults. Reading Jessica Lahey’s The Gift of Failure and … Continue reading

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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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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