100 Questions About Summer Camp

Over my three decades as a summer camp director, I’ve been asked thousands of questions about camp from parents, campers, and young adult counselors. Much of my research, writing, podcast topics, and speaking has emerged from these questions. Do you have a question about summer camp? Send me an email message, comment on this post, […]

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Ep. 70: Parent on Purpose with Amy Carney

“It is not about creating some outcome for the kids. It’s just about us coming together to figure out what values are really important to us, what type of adult we would like to launch, and how we can help them to get to that place.” Amy Carney In Episode 70, I’m chatting with Amy […]

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Live Like Nigel

Yesterday was such a great day, because I spent it doing a few things I really enjoy – connecting with people and listening to music! What do you love to do? Are you making sure you’re taking time to do those things? My husband and I went to Elton John’s “Farewell Tour” concert last night. […]

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Ep. 69: 10 Secrets Happy Parents Know

In Episode 69, I’m chatting with Karen Lock Kolp of the We Turned Out Okay website and podcast. We talked for the first time back in Episode 38: We Turned Out Okay with Karen Lock Kolp. Karen is an early childhood development expert and parent coach. On her website and podcast, Karen helps worried and […]

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My One Word for 2019: Focus

Focus on what  matters. I love the annual process of thinking about what I want for the coming year and what One Word can be an ongoing focus for me. I also enjoy sharing this activity with my family and hearing what everyone else’s words are. This year our New Year’s Eve One Word reveal […]

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Ep. 68: 12 Parenting Tips for Happier, More Connected Families

Each month this year, I’ve shared a One Simple Thing tip for creating happier, more connected families. For this episode, I share all twelve tips! 12 Tips for Happier, More Connected Families January: Daily Family Sharing February: Calm the Morning Chaos March: Discovering Your “Authentic” Self April: How to get Closer to your Kid in 5 Minutes […]

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15 Books for a Happier, More Purposeful Life

[one-third-first][one-third-first] [/one-third-first] [one-third] [/one-third] [one-third][/one-third]   I love books, especially ones that give me ideas for how to live this one precious life just a teeny bit better. Although it was extremely difficult to narrow it down to just fifteen, here are some titles that I recommend if you’re interested in making some life adjustments. Some are […]

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The Best Gifts of 2018

The best thing you can give your children, next to good habits, are good memories. -Sydney Harris Most tangible, material gifts we give our children are outdated, broken, lost, or unused within months of the gifting. I (and my kids) can hardly remember what the gifts from past years were. Like most parents, I realize there […]

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Ep. 65: Raising Engaged, Happy Kids with Mary Hofstedt

Kids need time in adolescence to answer the questions: Who am I? Where do I belong? Am I normal? They need reflective spaces, quiet time, time for daydreaming, time to listen to music on the couch, not having anywhere to be. We need to protect this time for our kids. Mary Hofstedt, Challenge Success   […]

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100 Family Memories

100 Family Memories Every December our family makes a list of 100 family memories from the year. This year marks our 11th year of doing this year-end remembrance activity, and we all look forward to it. Now that the majority of the “kids” are adults living away from home, it’s extra fun to hear from everyone […]

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