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Navigating the Pre-Teen Years

Here's a good post from blogger Jodi Durr (Meaningful Mama) with some tips on navigating those sometimes treacherous pre-teen years.  At our girls-only summer camp, we get lots of practice ; below are some of the article's highlights that can work well for you at home. Recognize it is Normal – Each child is an individual and should be treated as such, but the change in hormones and how their brains are developing is fairly consistent with other people their age. A Commitment to Love and Show Grace – Make it clear to your child that your loves doesn’t waiver despite their behavior...

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Fun and Funny Camp Videos

Check out this link for a new camp video, plus a couple of other funny ones here and here [embed][/embed] that show the fun and benefits of camp!...

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How to Enhance Your Daughter’s Future

Our son Mico had a soccer game yesterday (in which he and his team played very well...but that's not the point). His team is coached by a now-sixteen year-old girl, who has been coaching his team for several years now, since she was thirteen. (Her little sister also plays on the team.) She is confident, assertive, caring, great with the kids on the team who play very hard, practice very hard, learn a lot, and have a ton of fun. Clearly, her parents avoided doing any of the child development behaviors below! (We also try to accomplish the same goals during our girls camps!) Below are some hig...

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Importance of Girls Camps Given Societal Issues

If you're an NFL fan at all, lately there has been a lot of attention surrounding the league's treatment of players with allegations of domestic violence. While the controversy has had potential good points, like the increased attention regarding the dearth of women in decision-making positions in the league, it has highlighted just how far the league, and American society generally, has in regards to issues that significantly impact women. For me, it underscores the importance of continuing to foster environments where girls and young women can strengthen themselves. It underscores for me wh...

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Why We Need to Be Inclusive and Culturally Competent

Everyday, it's easy to pick an example of a stereotype being perpetuated; we seem to continually forget the lessons of history and repeat discriminatory behavior—and rationalize to ourselves why it's okay. Today it's Muslims and homosexuals, yesterday (in historical terms) it was blacks and Jews, the day before interracial couples and Protestants, you get the drift... At our girls-only and boys-only camps, we exist for children as they are so they imagine the women and men they can become. To do that, we help them celebrate and appreciate their own identity while doing the same for others. "Kup...

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20 Things a Father Should Tell His Son

Here's a fun slash useful post regarding 20 things that a father should tell a son.  Some of my favorites are listen up Mico! The only time it is appropriate to use your fists is to defend yourself from someone else using theirs on you. Learn to disagree with someone without taking personal offense – if for no reason other than the fact that you can’t expect something from someone that you aren’t able to deliver yourself. Never let anyone do your thinking for you. There are far too many people with far too much invested in you believing what they believe. Peer ...

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How to Raise a Hero

As my eight year-old son returns to school for the beginning of the school year, it reminds me of the importance of providing an environment where he is challenged to be the best person he can be.  An old article from sociologist Christine Carter has some good tips on how to maximize your child's ability to take action rather than be an unresponsive bystander when witnessing wrong. Our communities can always use more heroes!  Highlights below! Here's how we can make it more likely we raise heroes than bystanders: Foster their Heroic Imaginations. We need to get kids to consider how it...

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Helping Children Through Transitions

Late summer brings with it many transitions for families--kids coming home from camp or other summer activities and getting ready for school; families with young adults getting set to head away from home or to college.  Just like at camp, parents should be careful when considering "rescuing" their children who are undergoing tough times, whether the child is anxious, homesick, or lonely.  Sociologist Christine Carter advises parents on helping manage transitions, emphasizing that the seeming "rescue" can often exacerbate the issue longterm, rather than letting them get through it and grow strong...

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6 Things Every Optimist Believes

Good things are going to happen.  Gratitude makes you stronger. Forgiveness is key to a happier life. For these and other great tips on maximizing your happiness, check out this recent Huffington Post article by Lindsay Holmes.  Any other good words to live by?...

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And So It Goes…

Boys camp came and went in the blink of an eye; and after two weeks, campers created some strong bonds. Not only with each other, but also with their counselors. It was a transformative experience for them all and we are looking forward to next summer already! Without further ado, Mother Daughter Weekend began on Friday evening and ended Sunday. We enjoyed watching the interaction and growth between mom and daughter, hopefully as much as they enjoyed it! Moms and Daughters were able to bond with each other and channel their adventurous side through participation in activities such as Archer...

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