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It takes a village

Before the summer ramps up and we get really busy I want to say thank you to our extended camp family for believing in camp and supporting Birch Trail. I am often pleasantly surprised by the many wonderful gestures from our camp families. Phone calls, letters, and recommendations to friends and families; all of these are heartfelt and appreciated. Birch Trail does not market or advertise – everyone who comes to camp found out about us from a current or former person in the Birch Trail family. When a child comes to camp we create a relationship with that family.

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How to respond to your child’s friendship issues.

There will be a time when your child is left out by their friends. What do you do when that happens? Read this article to find out some great ways to help. https://lindastade-educationwriter.tumblr.com/post/158921106402/how-to-respond-to-your-childs-friendship-issues?utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=postplanner&utm_source=facebook.com

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The single most important parenting action we can take today.

If there was one thing you could do to make you a better parent would you do it? Of course you would. Read this article to learn a few easy steps to becoming a better parent. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rachel-macy-stafford/the-single-most-important-parenting-action-we-can-take-today_b_8054388.html

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Why Instagram is the worst for your kids.

There are so many social media sites these days. A public health group recently conducted a study of Instagram and 4 other Social Media tools. Read this article to see how Instagram affects it’s users. https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/nation-now/2017/05/24/why-instagram-worst-your-kids/344256001/

A little bit at a time

Hello from camp. I just moved back up to Birch Trail on Friday. I love being at camp in the spring. There is so much to do and it’s fun for me to help get everything ready for the campers and staff. Many people often ask me what it’s like to be the only person at camp. It’s peaceful, beautiful and I can be very productive. But I’m not really alone. Russ, Bill and Huey are here during the day finishing our winter construction projects. There are so many things that need to be completed to get camp ready. Some

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Girls and their frenemies

Being a part of the group is imperative for adolescent girls. Relational aggression and exclusion play a big part in determining who is and who is not part of the group on any given day. Read this article to find out more about the dynamic of girls and how you can help them navigate this difficult time. https://smceducationblog.tumblr.com/post/150629869120/girls-and-their-frenemies

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Bff’s forever? Understanding Middle School Friendships.

Tweens change friends often- this is part of growing up and should be expected. Some of these changes may be difficult (especially if they were not the one who initiated the change). However by knowing why these changes occur, parents can be more helpful (and calmer). Read this article to understand the reasons kids’ friendships change so often and how you can best support your children in the process. http://yourteenmag.com/teenager-school/teenager-middle-school/middle-school-friendships?platform=hootsuite

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Giving good praise to girls: what messages stick.

Carol Dweck’s research on the growth vs fixed mindset is groundbreaking. Did you know that it has a stronger impact for girls? Read this article to learn how to give praise to girls. https://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2013/04/24/giving-good-praise-to-girls-what-messages-stick/

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The silicon valley suicides.

What is behind the suicide clusters in Palo Alto? Why do these things happen and what can schools and parents do to stop them? Prepare yourself and read this well researched and powerful article here. https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/12/the-silicon-valley-suicides/413140/

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Our push for ‘Passion’ and why it harms kids.

Childhood is about exploration- but all too often we seems to be pushing our kids to find a passion and be able to quantify that passion on their college application. Read this article to find out why “finding a passion” has become so culturally accepted and what to do about it. https://mobile.nytimes.com/blogs/parenting/2015/04/08/our-push-for-passion-and-why-it-harms-kids/?WT.mc_id=2015-MAY-KWP-INTL_AUD_DEV-0503-0531&WT.mc_ev=click&ad-keywords=IntlAudDev&kwp_0=15323&kwp_4=101052&kwp_1=141737&_r=2&referrer=