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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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3 Ways to Make Family Dinner like a Campfire

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Most of us know the importance of family dinners: Kids who regularly eat dinner with their families are more emotionally stable, are less likely to abuse drugs and alcohol, get better grades, have fewer depressive symptoms, and are less inclined to obesity or eating disorders. … Continue reading

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Raising a Book Lover

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When I was four years old, I amazed my Pre-K teacher by flawlessly reading aloud Are You my Mother? by P.D. Eastman. Not only did I read every word correctly, but I had appropriate inflection in my voice. Child prodigy? … Continue reading

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100 Memories Family Activity

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Here’s a fun end-of-year family activity:  Make a list of 100 family memories from 2013.  It doesn’t matter where you create the list — use a notepad app on your smartphone, a legal pad, or sticky notes (one for each … Continue reading

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Are We Having Fun Yet?

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I have a confession to make. My family, as of late, does not have much fun together.  Yes, there are the occasional weekend trips or parties with friends where we have fun. But, on a day-to-day basis, there isn’t a … Continue reading

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Making Family Dinner like a Campfire

An activity we do at campfires at camp has been helpful in our family at getting our kids to communicate about both positive and negative events in their lives.   For children who don’t normally share their struggles and keep them … Continue reading