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Three Strategies for Raising Kids Who Become Thriving Adults

What do you want for your child in 10 years? 20 years? What dreams do you have for him/her? These are the questions I often ask parents to reflect upon before I begin talking with them about positive parenting strategies or children’s friendships. I’ve also started clearly articulating the main idea behind the work I […]

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Ep. 56: Off the Clock with Laura Vanderkam

In Episode 56, I’m chatting with Laura Vanderkam about her book Off the Clock: Feel Less Busy While Getting More Done. Laura is the best-selling author of several time management and productivity books including 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think, I Know How She Does It: How Successful Women Make the Most of […]

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Why Summer Camp May be the Secret to a Longer Life

Last week, during my training with camp staff about friendship skills, I showed them this video: I then asked our staff to share what similarities they found between summer camp and the small village in Sardinia Pinker describes in her TED Talk.  They came up with these ideas: We live together in close quarters, sharing […]

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How Can I Help My Kid Make Friends?

One of the most basic and often overlooked social skills our kids need to learn in order to be approachable and available to make friends is to greet others appropriately. Last summer, when I taught campers how to introduce themselves to others, step 1 included smiling and making eye contact. That step holds true for […]

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Why We Need to Unplug to Connect with Our Families

I’ve been following the trends and research about screen use and have long been an advocate of unplugging. I’ve seen firsthand the benefits of unplugging each summer at camp and have fought back in my own family to rescue us from being sucked into our screens 24/7. Yet I’ve still struggled with myself and my […]

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10 Reasons Great Parents Choose Summer Camp for Their Kids

My shy, quiet nine-year-old went to camp not knowing a soul. Two weeks later, she came home transformed.  She blossomed. She made friends, learned a multitude of activities, felt safe, loved, confident, and happy — really, really happy.  As hard as it was on me, it was all worth it for her. It was the […]

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