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5 Tips to Connect with Your Tween

At our summer camp programs west of Chicago, we have the great opportunity to have youth of all ages connect with young adults (and older adults), who have the great ability to have children listen to what they have to say and actually abide by their respectful requests.  Wouldn't it be amazing if that happened consistently in your household too? Oh the seemingly unpredictable "tween" can feel daunting trying to figure out what to say and what to do to connect with your pre-adolescent child—going through the rigors of middle childhood and adolescence—usually around 10 to 14 years of ...

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How Summer Camp Helped A Camper to Never Say “I Can’t”

At our multicultural summer camp near Chicago, we recognize the power of a good camp experience to transform campers' lives, and the impact of positive psychology. A recent blog by author Blake Boles reinforces the powerful lessons he learned. As he puts it, "Summer camp taught me that my habit of saying 'I can't' was a cage, and this cage had a key called 'I could if I.' To escape the cage, all I had to do was pick up the key and think a little differently.” Other positive lessons he gleaned were: Instead of “I can't”, he learned “I could if I...” Instead of “I should”, he ...

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8 Good Tips on How to Be an Intentional Parent

At our multicultural summer camp near Chicago, we strive to be intentionally challenging, intentionally empowering, and intentionally fun. The concept of intentionality appeals to many of our parents, who are also quite intentional in the values and character development they wish for their children. A recent blog post by Jon Helmkamp—who writes a good series called Finding Fatherhood—gives some good tips on ways that parents can be intentional in their parenting. Below are some bullets summarizing his blog entry. 1. Think about how you were raised..about the day in, day out parenting ...

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Defining Camp as an Ultimate 21st Century Skills Learning Environment

At our summer camp outside of Chicago, Illinois, we recognize the critical piece that a summer camp experience can play in the development of children and young adults. A recent blog by Andy Pritikin (Owner/Director of Liberty Lake Day Camp in New Jersey and the President of the American Camp Association, New York and New Jersey) recognizes how a good camp program is critical to developing an important forward-thinking skill set. Pritikin recognizes that child rearing occurs in multiple ways: what parents teach their children at home, and what educators teach their children in school. He als...

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10 Great Ways to Prepare for Camp

Even though winter is fully upon is in the Midwest, we are busy preparing for this summer's great versions of our girls-only and boys-only camp programs! As we've been visiting with potential camp families at camp fairs, a common question is how they should prepare for a first-time camp experience. To help your child maximize a camp experience, here are ten ways to help that happen! Talk with other parents and friends to learn from their camp experience. Ask the camp director to tell you about other camp families in your area. Introduce your child to other children who will be attending...

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Should we focus on achievement or caring?…Harvard psychologist gives 5 ways to raise children to be kind

At our multicultural summer camp, we try to be intentional to foster an environment encouraging children to be their best selves to and with each other. You'd think that most parents would share that goal right?  Unfortunately, a recent study shows otherwise--that children believe their parents are more concerned with the kids' achievement than whether they cared for others. Richard Weissbourd--a Harvard psychologits with its graduate school of education--and his colleagues have some good recommendations about how to raise kids to become caring, respectful and responsible adults. It's somethi...

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5 Ways to Emphasize Why Your Child Can (and Should?) Go to Camp for the First Time on Their Own

Parents, especially those of first-time campers, often tell me that their child is looking forward to attending camp, but that they're comfortable doing so only if they go with a friend. At first blush, this seems like a good idea—what better way than to enjoy a fantastic new camp experience than to do so with a good buddy? However, often what that child might really be saying is that they're not sure of what to expect from their camp experience, and, like a security blanket, the friend will offer them comfort and security. Indeed, you can certainly try to find a friend that fits the bill; it ...

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Why Parents Appreciate Summer Camp

As the new year picks up pace, resolution makers ponder how to come through on the self-promises made. As parents resolving to enhance the experiences of their children and themselves in the coming year, finding a great summer camp program offers many great growth opportunities. In a recent blog article, camp directors Stephanie and Mitch Reiter explore what children develop at summer camp and how families and parents appreciate those developments. Bullets below, with the full article available at this link.   1. A willingness to try new things.  When children experience the reward o...

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Good Family Dinner Table Conversation Starters

As the new year gets underway, it's a good time to start new family habits or reinforce good ones that you're already doing. At our dinner table, it can sometimes help to have some tricks up our sleeve to facilitate easy conversations and bonding with our child. A recent article by Casey Seidenberg has some good additional ideas—some highlighted below—to add to your go-to list! In her words, “Parenting books tell me to develop a tight bond with my children now so it will withstand the teen years and beyond. So that is exactly what I am trying to do. If it takes some silly games and artifi...

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Striving for Daily Peace and Harmony (Book Recommendation: Not Quite Nirvana)

I'm not one for writing reviews, but Rachel's recently published book Not Quite Nirvana  drove me to do an Amazon review.  In addition to offering stories cute, pithy, and funny, the book also offers practical tips and easy suggestions for bringing more peace and harmony into one's daily life. One of my favorite passages reads: "I want to act as if I'm in a world where compassion, kindness, and the awareness of our mutual dependence is the status quo.  There is no need to wait." The Amazon description: "With honest and vivid stories about dealing with difficult relationships with family member...

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