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Positive Messages for a Homesick Camper

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For the most part, kids who come to summer camp adjust within a few days and overcome sad feelings of missing home. But there are some campers for whom the intensity of the homesickness is much stronger, and the discomfort … Continue reading

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Six Tips for Complaining Well: Guidelines for Parents

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“Are you the person I file a complaint with?” Those were the man’s first words to me as I stepped out of the van I had just driven for five hours, following the bus carrying kids home after their stay … 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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Super Mom or Super Bomb? Modeling a Balanced Life for our Kids

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“First and foremost, we need to be the adults we want our children to be.” Brené Brown Books have an amazing way of dropping into my life at exactly the right moment. There’s usually one thing that really stands out … 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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10 Parenting Tips from Camp Counselors

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At one time in their lives, many of the parents I know were camp counselors. Those same people have told me that their time spent as counselors was great training ground for parenting. Among other things, they learned to comfort, … Continue reading

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Top 3 Posts of 2014

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Dear Sunshine Parenting Reader, Thank you for reading my posts this year! In 2007, I read a book called Writing to the Change the World. I decided that if something I share helps one person, then writing is a worthwhile way to … Continue reading