Category Archives for Parenting

Let the Kids Cook Dinner

  One of my parenting role models is a fictional animal.  She’s the lead character in the children’s book The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes, which was written by Du Bose Heyward in 1939.  I can see why the book was written in 1939.  No one today would write a book like this…

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Parking Your Helicopter

“The study, released Feb. 12, found that behaviors associated with helicopter parenting have a negative impact on the college-aged adult’s feelings of autonomy, competency, and their relationship with their parents. Conventional wisdom in the field of psychology suggests that these three characteristics are necessary for healthy emergence into adulthood.” -Andrew Averill, The Christian Science Monitor…

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Gratitude Revisited

I couldn’t let this year end without revisiting the theme of gratitude, which became an important focus this year for my family, for camp, and for me personally. While I have some free time over this holiday week, I want to refocus on gratitude and rededicate myself to some of my own gratitude practices, which…

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Connection

Jack You are my best friend. We had fun together. I will miss you. I will talk to you in my prayers. I love you Jack. Love,  John Countless times over the past week my throat has constricted and my eyes have filled with tears as I read about the children, families, and heroes of…

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Good Gifts

The best thing you can give your children, next to good habits, are good memories. -Sydney Harris Our home is overrun with more electronic gadgets than there are people.  And, with our kids beyond the age where they ask for small toys, it’s difficult to think of a gift that is remotely needed other than…

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Book Review: How Children Succeed

“We think that even if your children have the academic skills they need – and we’re doing our best to make sure they do – if our young adults grow up and they don’t also have strong character skills, then they don’t have very much.  Because we know that character is what keeps people happy…

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Homesickness Help

Homesickness is an emotion that most campers feel to some degree at camp.   Fortunately, in most cases, the fun and excitement of camp far outweigh any sad feelings.   If this is your child’s first experience away from you for a significant period of time, we encourage you to read through the following recommendations. Homesickness Dos…

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