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4 Ways to Create an Awesome Kid

When we’re at our girls-only, boys-only, and blended summer camps near Chicago, we see quite a few awesome kids, and do our best at creating an environment to maximize their development. Below are some good tips on how to help your child be the most awesome s/he can be! stay stress-free. Summary below (from the folks at Barking Up the Wrong Tree), with the whole article available at this link.  Work on yourself: Increasing your own happiness and reducing your stress have big effects on your kids. Autonomy: Want them to be successful adults? Make sure they have a say in what they do —...

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4 Ways to Be Stress-Free

When we’re at our summer camp near Chicago. It's pretty easy to be stress-free while enjoying the beautiful land, playing games, or just hanging out with friends. When we’re not at camp, we might need to be a little more intentional about limiting stress in our lives. Below are some good scientifically-backed research tips on how to stay stress-free. Summary below (from the folks at Barking Up the Wrong Tree), with the whole article available at this link. Clench your facial muscles and relax them Take slow, deep breaths Splash your face with cold water Play some music and do a li...

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Are You Culturally Competent?

Especially in today's social climate, it is increasingly important to be mindful and respectful of people of a variety of backgrounds. It can be all too easy to demonize and denigrate someone who you classify as "other".  If you think you've got what it takes, check out our fun, informative quiz to see if you are culturally competent. ...

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How to Prepare Kids for Overnight Camp and Sleepovers

My daughter recently went on an exchange trip with her teachers and classmates. She was out of the country for 10 days without her dad, her siblings or me. She did great. In fact, she was so excited that her bag was packed a full week before her trip. As she hugged and kissed us goodbye, I took time to reflect on how she arrived in that place of calm confidence. How do parents prepare and “toughen up” their kids for extended time away from them? What steps can you follow to ready themselves for the long separation? 1. Start small and build Encourage your child to explore and challenge h...

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Help Your Child Develop Good Judgment

Many adults are crippled with indecision when faced with difficult choices. Others, worse yet, make self-destructive choices and repeatedly demonstrate poor judgment. But no one is born with good judgment and the ability to make wise decisions. Good judgment and decision-making skills develop from experience combined with reflection. As one sage noted, "Judgment develops from experience. Good judgment develops from bad experience." Your goal is to give your child experience in making decisions, and make sure she has the opportunity to reflect on them and learn. You also want to raise a chil...

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10 Reasons to Send Your Child to Camp

Camps are fun. But why are they important? In a world gone tech crazy, sometimes the great outdoors is just that: great. Here are 10 reasons why every child should go to camp. 1. Exposure to diversity Camp connects kids to those who they may not normally meet. Kids learn the world is a big place with lots of people, who might do things differently than they’re used to. That includes other kids from all over the state and beyond – and the camp’s counselors and leaders, who serve as positive role models who can leave a huge impression. They’re not seen as strict “law enforce...

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Parenting Matters — Ways to Show Your Love

It is easy to know you love your child. It is a bit more difficult to show that on a regular basis but it shouldn’t be. Let’s just take kids. What they need from you on a regular basis is to hear those three words: I love you. That matters to them. Let them know in as many ways as possible. Give them surprise hugs and kisses. Any way you can show affection to your child from your newborn to your daughter who just brought you your new grandchild. Even touching matters. Take your child’s hand as you walk together. Do it not just for safety but also to be close. Put your hand on your chil...

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5 Tips for Staying Active With Kids and Family

Help your family get active When it comes to heart health, it’s important that we think not only of our own cardiovascular health but also that of future generations. A study last year found that obese children and teens have as much plaque in their arteries as a 45-year-old adult, setting them up for heart disease and other serious health conditions much earlier than their parents. If you’ve got kids, of course you want to make sure they grow up fit and healthy. But you also know it’s hard to juggle work, family, and physical activity. Still, setting a healthy example is a good start;...

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Top 10 Tips for a Happier Family

1. Balancing work and home life It’s not easy balancing your work and home life, but how you manage it can make quite a difference to your relationship with your family. Having a balance between work and home – being able to work in a way which fits around family commitments and isn't restricted to the 9 to 5 – boosts self-esteem as you're not always worrying about neglecting your responsibilities in any area, making you feel more in control of your life. Your family will be happier to see more of you, and you'll have a life away from home. 2. Look after yourself Parents often spen...

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10 Ways to Help Your Child Succeed in Middle School

Parental support plays an important part in helping preteens and teens succeed in middle school. But as students grow more independent during these years, it can be hard for parents to know which situations call for involvement and which call for a more behind-the-scenes approach. Here are 10 ways to keep your child on track for academic success in middle school. 1. Attend Back-to-School Night and Parent-Teacher Conferences Preteens and teens do better in school when parents are involved in their academic lives. Attending back-to-school night at the start of the school year is a great way t...

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