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May 1, 2014

How Parenting Changes Us!

When we talk about parenting – which of course we parents do ad nauseum – we talk about the kids. When we do talk about ourselves – which is rare – it’s pretty much always about us only insofar as we bounce off them, for better or for worse. They did this, so I…. But […]

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April 30, 2014

How can we miss you if you won’t go away?

In her Globe and Mail essay,  Catherine Brennan calls cell phones “the adult version of the baby monitor” for supervising kids and teens. Although she acknowledges the difficulty for a parent of sending a child into the unknown, she claims that kids “need that repeated practice – from sleepovers to summer camp to extended school […]

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April 22, 2014

What do DisneyWorld, Zappos and Camp Arowhon have in common?

I heard a radio documentary about training incredible staff. They talked about the superb staff at DisneyWorld, and how Disney’s staff training is the best there is – Every single staff comes out of that training living the Disney ideals (like that or not). They also talked about Zappos, the internet clothes and shoes giant. […]

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April 16, 2014

How do Bunk Notes Work?

Ever wondered how Bunk Notes work? Find out from Camp Director Joanne Kates HERE

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April 8, 2014

10 Reasons Why Businesses Should Hire Former Camp Counselors

From the American Camp Association, by Anne Archer Yetsko: When I speak with friends who work in other industries, I always tell them that if you have an applicant who has been a camp counselor and has a positive reference from that camp, they should move to the top of that pile of applications that […]

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April 7, 2014

Regulating Emotions – a Life Skill our kids need

Regulating emotions is a dry expression used by psychological professionals to describe being able to calm down and not freak out for too long when you’re upset. It’s the difference between a five minute cry over a boo-boo (physical or emotional) and an hour-long drama. Nobody likes the latter. When grownups do it, it’s appalling […]

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April 3, 2014

Sharing Arowhon’s Social Safety Tool Kit With Other Camps

Hi Joanne, I hope you are great. I wanted to share with you that last week while attending a meeting of my colleagues from the other Reform camps, we were asked to share one ‘big idea’ from our camp for a friendly ‘big ideas competition’. I chose to share the Sociogram and the system we […]

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March 31, 2014

New research on perils of protective parenting

Do we over-protect our kids – at great cost to them? The Atlantic magazine has a superb new article on how over-protecting our kids actually harms them. The article is HERE

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March 5, 2014

When Being Called “Incredibly Good” is Bad for Children

A new study shows inflated praise can harm kids with low self-esteem COLUMBUS, Ohio – Parents and other adults heap the highest praise on children who are most likely to be hurt by the compliments, a new study finds. Researchers found that adults seem to naturally give more inflated praise to children with low self-esteem. […]

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March 3, 2014

What Parents Need Most: Optimism!

Optimism is the prime directive of parenting. The late Gilda Radner said it better: “Motherhood is still the biggest gamble in the world. It is the glorious life force. It’s huge and scary – it’s an act of infinite optimism.” It’s kind of like being Torontonian in March. We know the crocuses will bloom. We […]

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