Freelance COVID parenting spring 2022
It’s so wonderful to know for sure – and finally – that old women get ignored. By pretty much everybody. I like knowing for two reasons: One, I’m not paranoid, it’s real. Two, you hear interesting things when you’re being ignored. I was sauntering through the Village the other day and decided on a bagel […]Continue
DIY therapy for your child’s anxiety…. cause the therapists have too long a waitlist
Remember sourdough? Early in the pandemic, legions of previously non-bakers started baking their own bread, cultivating sourdough starter with religious fervour – a DIY revelation. And now it’s time for DIY Act Two. Post pandemic, as legions of experts – and our own experience – tell us, way too many kids are suffering from anxiety. […]Continue
Teenage Life after COVID…..
When COVID switches from pandemic to endemic. When it’s like the flu. Normal will feel like a walk in the Garden of Eden. But what about the teenagers? What will happen to them after COVID? Are they going to need to bust out big time, to play their Get-Out-of-Jail card like it’s the last card […]Continue
Post-COVID screen issues for kids
I am an addict. It has been 7 minutes since I last checked my email and texts. I no longer get pings when texts come in because the noise was driving my husband crazy. So now I have to check for them. Sometimes I tell myself not to check for emails and texts, or the […]Continue
If I had a toonie for every time I said “Be Careful!” to my kids, it could add up to a long weekend in Paris. And I haven’t stopped. With two adult offspring who both have their own kids and have so far neither set fires nor crashed cars, I still harass them to be […]Continue
What I learned about kids at camp this past summer
BY JOANNE KATES, CAMP DIRECTOR It never pays off to under estimate a child. That was my first… and second… and third lesson about kids this past summer. They taught me that they’re more flexible, open to change and resourceful than we ever knew. My first tutorial on that subject was Day One of camp. […]Continue
Where Did the Summer Go?
The past week at camp has been a whirlwind of activity; it feels like we took all of the energy that’s been pent up inside for the past 20 months and used it to really make the most out of our last days here. What I believe really happened though is that at this point […]Continue
Brent is back!
Oh great joy. The whole camp just ran to the trip dock to welcome the Brent champions home safe and sound! These brave 15 year old voyageurs paddled and portaged 170 km in just over 36 hours. We are overwhelmed with joy that they succeeded at their enormous challenge and are home safe. They’ve been […]Continue
Great news about camps and COVID: The “Camp Bubble” works!
It’s been a fabulous summer for camps on so many levels. We’re excited that we’ve done literally thousands of COVID tests of staff and campers this summer, and not had one case of COVID. And nor did most of our colleagues. We know of an outbreak at only one camp in Ontario, and that was […]Continue
It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over!
Our penultimate day of programming felt like summer should: hot, sunny and carefree. Campers are really taking advantage of their last days here by getting awards left, right, and centre, and checking things off their bucket lists, from stargazing to sitting at the Head Table. The lake was full of campers and staff refreshing themselves […]Continue