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A Teen Parent's Spiritual Take Away From Pixar's 'Inside Out'

Ingrid Peschke | Posted 07.01.2015 | Parents
Ingrid Peschke

Inside Out makes it clear that there are a lot of mixed emotions children feel, not all of them easily sorted out. As a parent, the movie's message to me was how important my job is to listen to my kids, guide them, acknowledge their feelings, and, above all, honor their spiritual understanding that they can always "come home" to.

I Want To Go To Summer Camp Too

Shannon Wrzesinski | Posted 06.30.2015 | Parents
Shannon Wrzesinski

I have been on all ends of the summer camping experience. A camper at Girl Scout camps growing up, a camp counselor at two YMCA camps during college, and now a parent sending my own sons off to camp.

The Power of the Camp Song

Rachel Levy Lesser | Posted 06.30.2015 | Parents
Rachel Levy Lesser

My mother's camp songs were my lullabies. I could sing about the green and white teams and the canoes on Lake Thompson before I even knew the words to "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star."

Children Should Create Before They Code

Christine Nasserghodsi | Posted 06.26.2015 | Education
Christine Nasserghodsi

Raise your hand if you've received at least one email advertising a coding camp for your child. Keep it up if you have considered it. I have.

Time to Send Your Child to Sleepaway Camp? How to Choose a Camp and Prepare Your Child

Ingrid Prueher | Posted 06.26.2015 | Parents
Ingrid Prueher

Sleepaway camp can offer incredible growth opportunities for children--they can gain independence and self-confidence, adjust to new, real-life situations, experience new environments and activities, and make new friends.

Summer: A Time for Fun and Learning!

Jennifer Brozost and Vimmi Shroff, | Posted 06.24.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Brozost and Vimmi Shroff,

Lazy days of summer should be filled with LOTS of relaxation, exploring and conversations as well as some reading, writing, math and projects. Always keeping in mind to value freedom and less structure for your children.

We're Not Doing Anything This Summer -- And I'm Totally OK With That

Lori Ferraro | Posted 06.23.2015 | Parents
Lori Ferraro

We are one week into summer vacation, and I've joined forces with a few other working moms who have semi-flexible schedules to give our kids one of those old-school, no-agenda, bike-riding, running-through-sprinklers, free-for-all, popsicle-eating-'til-there's-a-ring-of-red-around-your-mouth summer vacations.

Off To Camp

Adina Ciment | Posted 06.11.2015 | Parents
Adina Ciment

I can prepare her all I want, but once she's out there, well, there's no telling what she'll do. And that's OK. Because even though I'm creating this guise of concern for her hygiene and education, I'm actually much more interested in seeing a smile on her face.

How To Choose The Right Summer Camp

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 06.11.2015 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

Summer vacation has started for many schools, and others will be ending soon. It's not too late to sign your child up for summer camp!

34 Life Lessons You Learn At Jewish Summer Camp

The Huffington Post | Posted 06.02.2015 | Religion

Cult classic "Wet Hot American Summer" gets a few things about Jewish summer camp gloriously wrong: Campers are generally not left to drown in the lak...

Camp Is For Life!

Mitch and Stephanie Reiter | Posted 06.01.2015 | Parents
Mitch and Stephanie Reiter

Camp is the one place that prepares you for the real world, even though it may seemingly be nestled in the woods, tucked away from reality.

Hebrew Hoops Mixes Judaism and Basketball

Rabbi Yonah Bookstein | Posted 05.29.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

Though there aren't any Jewish starters in the upcoming NBA finals between the Warriors and the Cavaliers, that doesn't mean Jews don't love basketball. One of those is a recent Jewish USC graduate, a true superstar, Sam Fein.

The Critical Life Skill Kids Should Learn at Camp

Diana K. Rice | Posted 05.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Diana K. Rice

So with all of the current focus on child and adult obesity and the many harmful effects of diet- and lifestyle-related diseases like diabetes, heart disease and cancer, why shouldn't we should be thinking more about how the camp setting can help children develop healthy, lifelong habits that are known to slow or prevent these ills?

Camp Counselor as Modern-Day Superhero: Summer Camps that Change the World

Wayne Meisel | Posted 05.28.2015 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

Being a camp counselor gave me confidence and taught me to be grounded, kind, firm, graceful, and faithful. I got to grow into these characteristics at camp. It was a serious business, but because it was camp, no one was allowed to take him or herself too seriously.

'Who Will Do This For You At Camp?'

Mitch and Stephanie Reiter | Posted 06.21.2015 | Parents
Mitch and Stephanie Reiter

Maybe their hair will be a little messy in the photos you see online, but what you didn't see is how fast they tied their shoes and were the first down to lineup.

Surviving Your Kid's First Summer at Sleepaway Camp

Abby King | Posted 06.19.2015 | Parents
Abby King

Sleepaway camp can be a rite of passage, and the decision to send your child away is a big one. The first summer, (and the preceding months) is especially big. Kids learn responsibility without a parent rushing to solve every crisis.

A Young Pear Tree Brings Comfort to Grieving Children

Neil Willenson | Posted 05.30.2015 | Impact
Neil Willenson

While this small tree will not singularly take grieving children from a place of sadness to healing, I do believe that it serves a reminder to the children that brighter days are ahead.

14, Unplugged, and Innovating

Jayme Cellitioci | Posted 03.10.2015 | Impact
Jayme Cellitioci

I have a coffee shop scene burned in my mind that I cannot seem to shake: ten teen girls sitting in a circle, each one of them looking down at their smartphones. Eye contact did not appear to be on the menu that day.

Why Parents Are Thankful For Summer Camp!

Mitch and Stephanie Reiter | Posted 01.21.2015 | Parents
Mitch and Stephanie Reiter

If you are a new parent considering camp for the first time, or nervous about whether your child is really ready, we wanted to share some of the changes you can expect after just one summer away from home!

Russell Brand Impersonates Noam Chomsky

Democracy Now! | Posted 01.14.2015 | Comedy
Democracy Now!

British comedian and actor Russell Brand sat down with Amy Goodman on Democracy Now! for an extended interview about his new book.

How Summer Camp Taught Me to Never Say "I Can't"

Blake Boles | Posted 01.13.2015 | Education
Blake Boles

Years later, as a returning camper and instructor, I would come to relish the memory of my first "night walk," a rite of passage that no one tells you about until it's upon you.

What Happened When I Found Photos Of My Father's Lover

Katie Tandy | Posted 12.16.2014 | Women
Katie Tandy

I open the envelope, the glossy pictures sticking to my fingers and to one another. The first one I don't recognize -- it's somewhere in the woods, but not my woods. The second one I don't recognize either -- it's cliffs and water, yellow flowers. Confusion crawls over me.

Spending a Summer as a Camp Counselor Could Be the Best Decision You Make in College

Caroline Davis | Posted 11.17.2014 | College
Caroline Davis

Camp counselors are given numerous opportunities to teach, listen, support, mediate, aid, lead, and make critical decisions. There is no career that doesn't implement these skills, meaning there is no person who would be wasting their time by spending a summer at camp.

For This Pretty Tame Bad Girl, Camp Taught Me How to Cope

TueNight | Posted 11.02.2014 | Women
TueNight

The atmosphere can be simultaneously congenial and competitive, intimate and exclusionary. In a space the size of typical two-car garage, a variety of personality types are thrust together, forced to navigate an often-complicated jumble of events and emotions. And, if you were like I was years ago, you loved it.

My Son Is a Little Different Now That Camp Is Over

TueNight | Posted 11.02.2014 | Parents
TueNight

As a mom, I'm so proud to see him grow into the young man I've always hoped and knew he could be. And at the same time, it's impossible to keep from tearing up when I think about how soon he'll be packing up to leave to blaze his own trail.