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Parenting Your Teen in an Age of Social Media

Most parents have mixed feelings toward social media. We hear stories about kids who have misused it, been hurt by it, or made a terrible mistake that went viral, and we panic because we're raising children in a generation that’s still figuring out how to be smart with a smart phone. It’s a complex challenge, to say the least. Parents often say they wish they could do away with social media for kids, because the problems outweigh the benefits. While we understand this, we all know it’s not going anywhere. With new apps constantly being introduced, and teens growing increasingly reliant...

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Eight Reasons Why Your 7-10 Year Old is Probably Ready for Camp…Even If You Aren’t!

As a camp director, I sometimes encounter parents of younger children who insist their child is “not ready” for sleepaway camp.  But after discussing a bit more, it becomes apparent that the child is actually good to go and that it’s really just the parent(s) who is not ready to have their baby leave the nest. Now, it’s definitely our job as parents to seek the best for our children. But, it doesn’t mean that a parent needs to be the sole, direct controller of that growth.  Think back to their first day of school.  For some of us as parents, it was challenging to drop them off at...

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Beware the Pernicious Effects of Advertising on Girls

Especially with the season of consumerism upon us, it's worth being especially mindful of the pernicious effects of advertising, especially on girls. Sociologist Christine Carter has a good post on the subject, including: the elevation of the status of "slut" the negative impact on self-esteem and body image increased objectification by males of girls (and women) Check out the whole post here: https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/market_victoria_secret#When:09:00:00Z...

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Bonding Ideas for Teens

The teenage years are times of transition. The space between childhood and adulthood can often be confusing and distancing from what a teen has previously known. Bonding activities for teens either between one another or family members can help teens keep a sense of stability in life as they grow from child to adult. Bonding with Parents Teens are notorious for needing space and the ability to separate from their parents. At the same time, teens need their parents and can benefit from continued or strengthened connection. Bonding activities between parents and teens can help continue a str...

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Turning Down a Tween Attitude

The Problem It’s common knowledge that the tween and teenage years can be hard on the parent-child relationship. Experiencing defiance, rejection, and ridicule from one’s child is very upsetting for parents. It’s easy for parents to get very angry and disheartened with their tween’s snarky attitude, disrespect, selfishness, and lack of gratitude, or with their teen’s pushing away from parental hugs and other expressions of affection. This kind of attitude from tweens and teens can feel hurtful, insulting, discounting, and leave parents flabbergasted. Many parents become convinced...

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Gratitude Practices to Change Your Happiness Set Point

"Concentrate on naming, savoring, and feeling gratitude for the blessings you do have -- your love for your kid, the pleasures of eating the food you like, the sight of the sky at dusk, the entertaining drama of your unique fate. Don't ignore the bad stuff, but make a point of celebrating the beautiful stuff with all the exuberant devotion you can muster." -- Rob Brezsny If you feel like your life isn't as joyful as you'd like, here's a sure-fire strategy to replenish your joy quotient. Research shows that feeling gratitude transforms our moods and our brains. One reason is that feeling grateful f...

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Especially in Challenging Times, Camp Does a World of Good 

Smart parents know that summer camp can be a vital part of a child's growth and development, giving healthy opportunities to discover, explore, grow and have fun; the camp experience helps build character and enhance life-development skills, allowing children to connect with nature, themselves and others. In these difficult times, camp also provides your child with a delightful respite from the inevitable pressures that surround our homes and communities.  Especially since children have a limited window of opportunity in their lives to benefit from camp, the decision to begin...

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3 Ways to Help Raise a Powerful Daughter

At our summer camp in the Midwest, we appreciate the importance of facilitating the growth of strong, independent girls who will continue to empower women all over the world. Remind yourself what it means to raise a powerful daughter by reading this article. Some tips include: Listen more than you talk Encourage her to be direct when she's angry Encourage her to take physical risks If you're looking for more insight on understanding and building a solid relationship with your pre-teen or teenage daughter, be sure to check out Peggy Orenstein's book, "Cinderella Ate My Da...

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10 Things Successful People Do Each Day

At our summer camp outside of Chicago, we try to role model ways to live positive lives.  An article from the folks at Barking Up the Wrong Tree (summarizing an book by author Tim Ferriss) offers ten ways we can follow the lead of others to lead happy, successful lives.  Summary below, with the whole article at the link at the bottom.   Have a mindful morning ritual: Don’t start the day reacting. Get focused. Turn weaknesses into strengths. Don’t ignore the clichés: Many are spoken so often because they work. Be able to think, to endure and to wait. Have an “overnight tas...

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4 Ways to Live a Happy Life

At our midwest summer camp, we always try to encourage healthy living. An article from the folks at Barking Up the Wrong Tree offers a few good tips.  Summary below, with the whole article at the link at the bottom.   Here are the different happy lives: The Pleasant Life: PLEASURE GOOD. PAIN BAD. Schedule more fun. The Good Life: Do what you’re good at and go as far down that rabbit hole of “flow” as you can, Alice. The Meaningful Life: The Good Life + helps others. The Full Life: Enjoy the pleasures of life, leverage your skills, seek flow, and use it to help people. ...

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