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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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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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Get Savvy: Life-Changing Advice for Girls

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“As a girl, I was really trained and enjoyed playing a certain range of ‘keys’ – that was being nice, being successful, being a good student. And I think the same is true of how we use our voice in … Continue reading

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5 Ways to Stay Connected with your College Kid

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We all know the dangers of helicoptering and over-parenting, but just how does a parent stay appropriately connected with a college kid who’s living away from home for the first time? We’re starting our fourth year of having our three oldest kids away at school, and we’ve found a … Continue reading

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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