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February 2, 2015

A plea for vaccinating children, from The New York Times

The Vaccine Lunacy Disneyland, Measles and Madness JAN. 31, 2015 Photo CreditBen Wiseman  Frank Bruni A FEW years back, an acerbic friend of mine who was a recent transplant to Los Angeles told me that she itched to write a satirical novel with the following narrative: A group of wealthy, educated people in Santa Monica […]

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January 21, 2015

Parenting the Stubborn Child

We all know this kid. This is the kid who says no more often than yes. This is the kid who always has an answer when you say it’s homework time, or time to turn off the TV. Or time to go to bed. And it’s never the answer you want to hear. This is […]

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December 19, 2014

Going on Vacation with Another Family? Read this!

Going on vacation with another family is an emotionally complicated pleasure. You know the upsides – It’s more fun for the kids, less child care work for you, and on a deeper level there is something incredibly fulfilling about the connections fostered by families. Being with another family for more than an afternoon or an […]

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December 11, 2014

Perfectionism, an ill of the 21st century

I was talking to a distraught mom the other day, about her daughter who never feels good enough about herself. Funny (or maybe not so funny) thing is that the mom doesn’t feel good enough either. And she uses her daughter’s insecurities as a weapon to beat herself up. As in: The mom blames herself […]

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November 26, 2014

Arowhon in Action!

The first ever Arowhon in Action event this past weekend brought out 150 Arowhon campers and parents to pack bags of clothes and food for the homeless, decorate them in true Arowhon Arts & Crafts style, and have a lot of fun while we did it – not to mention candy floss, caramel popcorn and […]

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November 5, 2014

They Know What We Show

One of the most common phrases you hear during Arowhon’s pre-camp staff training is “They know what we show.” You can tell a kid 19 times not to do something but if they see their beloved counsellor doing it you can be sure they’re going to want to try it. This has become a relatively […]

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October 29, 2014

Who chooses kids’ activities?

A mom I know is feeling distraught about her 15-year-old daughter’s gymnastics. But it could be any extra-curricular, it just happens to be gymnastics. This girl has been a terrific gymnast since she first hit the mat at age 5. Coaches saw talent and have been bringing her along for 10 years now. It’s part […]

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June 3, 2014

The Real Reason I Say No To Electronics

A Letter To My Boys (The Real Reason I Say No To Electronics) – by Renee Robinson Dear Boys, Do you remember the day we went to the drugstore and the lady said, “Wow, you are the first kids I’ve seen all day with nothing in your hands.” Remember how she marveled at how you […]

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June 2, 2014

Getting Ready for Camp

‘Twas the night before camp and all through the house Not a creature was sleeping, not even a mouse. There was weeping and wailing, cries of: “No I won’t go.” Cause the kids weren’t camp-prepped, oh no, oh no, no. Whether it’s day camp or overnight camp, getting a first-timer ready for day one is […]

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May 21, 2014

Why camp?

Active Healthy Kids Canada has put out its annual assessment for ten years, but this year for the first time it compared Canadian children and youth to those in 14 other countries across five continents. Based on nine categories, Canada received a grade of D– in overall physical activity, putting it below Mozambique, New Zealand, […]

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