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=

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The difference between praise and feedback.

Are you a master of the growth mindset? Do you have a scripted line for every occasion free of the dreaded “good job.” Read this article to learn about two different approaches from leading experts; see what they disagree about when it comes to praise and most importantly, what they agree upon. https://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/03/28/the-difference-between-praise-and-feedback/

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Why one kid gives up while another bounces back.

Have you ever wondered why some kids seem to be more resilient than others? Are they just born this way? Read this article for a better understanding and a great info graphic that illustrates the answer. https://blogs.psychcentral.com/stress-better/2014/11/the-abcs-of-resilience-infographic/

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Why kids today are out of shape, disrespectful- and in charge.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents take their children’s phone at night so that no child has a phone unsupervised. Many parents think there is no way they could do this and feel that they have no authority over their children. Read this article to learn how to change this dynamic. http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article56473378.html#fmp

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Is the drive for success making our children sick?

High pressure schools, constant homework, school sports, resume padding extracurricular activities. Is our education system making children sick? Read this article to find out. https://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/01/03/opinion/sunday/is-the-drive-for-success-making-our-children-sick.html?referer=