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Parenting

January 9, 2018

Can we protect our kids from sexual assault?

I am a woman, a mother of a daughter, and a leader of young women in my role as a camp director. It is both my job and my passion to think about how to keep young women safe. Judging by the firestorm of women coming forward to name (literally) bad actors sexually speaking, the […]

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November 27, 2017

Parenting Anxious Children

I am forever harping on the virtues of communication, the necessity of teaching your kids to talk out their problems rather than act them out. But there’s one kind of child that just plain doesn’t work with: The anxious child struggles is often silent. The anxious child is the most confusing child to parent because […]

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November 21, 2017

Parenting When We’re Angry

The guy didn’t know I was listening. Or maybe he just didn’t care. It was a glorious skiing day, bright sun, almost shirtsleeves weather. But he wasn’t having any fun. His child, a boy maybe of seven or eight, was sitting down on the hill. The dad said: “Stand up.” the kid didn’t move. So […]

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November 6, 2017

The Struggle with Boundaries… a never-ending story

When we think of saying no to kids, our minds most often turn to the terrible two’s and how we, as parents, struggled to navigate those rock-strewn waters. I remember my then two-year-old, 29 years ago, ignoring me when I said it was time to leave the toy-strewn waiting room at our GP’s office. These […]

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October 22, 2017

Is Smartphone use harming kids’ mental health?

An incisive article in The Atlantic makes a strong argument that their excessive use of screens is leading to increased depression and anxiety in children. Read the article at https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/09/has-the-smartphone-destroyed-a-generation/534198/

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October 4, 2017

School rules: The good, the bad and the ugly

Of all the parenting mistakes I made – and there are many – one in particular stands out as an example of indulging myself, trying to look cool to one of my (then) adolescent kids, and acting against my fundamental parenting goals. It had to do with school rules. Dumb and dumber. Me. The thing […]

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September 4, 2017

Growing Emotional Intelligence

Maybe even more important than history and geography. That they can Google 24/7. But you can’t Google emotional intelligence, sometimes dubbed EQ. You can’t fake it, you can’t cram for it, and it’s pretty hard to learn once you’re grow up. All of which make the stakes pretty high on raising a child with EQ. […]

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August 16, 2017

The Home Curriculum

I did well in school. My kids did well in school. They went to good schools and so did I. But none of us found meaning in school. It was a means to an end. Get good grades so you can get into a good university. School presented the challenge of doing the least possible […]

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July 18, 2017

Why outdoor discomfort is good for growth

The Globe and Mail Metro (Ontario Edition) 17 Jul 2017 MATT MOSTELLER PETER POWER/THE GLOBE AND MAILPeople stand to learn so much from challenging themselves in the outdoors. These experiences make us stronger and increase confidence, with myriad benefits to be gained in other facets of life. Six lessons gleaned from spending time out of […]

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June 5, 2017

Getting Parents Ready for Camp

Parenting news these days is about how to get your kids ready for camp, how to know if they’re ready, and what to pack. You know that already. But how about getting parents ready for camp? We all understand that sending a child to camp is a huge developmental challenge for them. Leaving home for […]

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