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May 6, 2019

Is some anxiety ok?

I’ve been working on letting go of my own feelings of despair when either of my beloved offspring is not ok. This is so hard. Appallingly challenging. My urgent need to fix it is even more compelling.Whether these feelings are built into parental DNA, or just the product of our generation of parents for whom […]

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April 30, 2019

Arowhon wins family business award

Camp Arowhon is proud to announce that we won the Family Enterprise of the Year Award given by Family Enterprise Xchange (FEX). The FEX Family Enterprise of the Year Award recognizes significant achievements made by a Central Ontario Family Enterprise. The award showcases a family business that demonstrates many layers of success through drive, dedication, […]

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April 29, 2019

Camp Dates 2020

People have been asking for next year’s dates….. Camp dates 2020 1st session June 25 – July 21 2nd session July 23 – August 17 1st session Junior Camp ends July 9 2nd Session Junior Camp/6 week session ends August 6 MiniCamp is August 8 – 9

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March 29, 2019

Why don’t boys try harder?

I hear so often from parents of boys that their sons are unmotivated, don’t seem to care about doing well in school and can’t seem to get themselves organized. “Where’s your agenda? Why aren’t you writing in it?” These are good questions. The only problem is that we’re asking the wrong guy. Literally. When we […]

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March 2, 2019

March Break and….boredom.

In a February column in the New York Times, Pamela Paul opined: “Boredom teaches us that life isn’t a parade of amusements. More important, it spawns creativity and self-sufficiency.” Three cheers! And now let’s bring on March Break, a golden opportunity to hear kids say: “I’m bored.” The two words that strike terror into the […]

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February 1, 2019

Did St. Mike’s have to happen?

I feel awful about what happened at St Mike’s. Awful for the boys and their parents, and sad for our culture where such goings-on can occur – and be tolerated. I have been hearing this from parents, the worried question: Could what happened at St. Mike’s happen elsewhere? Some parents ask this question, some don’t. […]

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November 5, 2018

Do we over-identify with our children?

I ran into a male friend, 45ish, last week and he told me a story that made him sad. His wife was dropping their 10-year-old daughter off at school. She saw the other girls turn their back on her daughter. She called her husband, crying. Now he’s upset, for two reasons: One, obviously he’s worried […]

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October 1, 2018

Why Failure is Good for Kids

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September 3, 2018

Homework

After the interrupted sleeps of infancy, and before the storms of adolescence, nicely sandwiched in the middle is the nightmare of homework. Not the kids’ nightmare. Ours. It’s ours because many of us parents care more about our kids’ homework than they do. And therein lies the problem. Kids know whenever we care more about […]

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August 19, 2018

August 20 – Bus Lists

Here are the August 20 Bus Lists!

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