Learning to Savor

Today someone asked me, “Can you believe Christmas is this week?” To be honest, I can’t believe it, but also, I am grateful. As one who has loved Christmas more than most other things since before conscious memory, I have always had the tendency to cling on to every minute of Christmas. And while that…

The Listening Way

It seems that everywhere we go, there is shouting going on. Whether it’s shouting about our political climate, shouting about early black Friday sales, or just shouting that we need to get back to normal—it all seems to be declaring one bold message: you don’t have enough…enough time, enough money, enough thanksgiving decorations, enough to…

That’s Enough for Now.

The last time we sent out a Camp-To-Go was January 2020. January 2020?!…The New Year that held all the potential in the world…new goals, new hopes, new visions for a decade brimming with potential. Fast forward six weeks and well, oofda. Suddenly the world stopped but our minds were spinning…And in the midst of it…

Values Filter

The other day, somebody said, “What day is it—January 74th?” I’m right there too. Ringing in 2020 feels like months ago, and for most of us, New Year’s resolutions have already gone out the window…not for lack of trying, but mainly for lack of capacity. We set these lofty goals for ourselves and for our…

The Wonder of Wonder

Have you caught your child just sitting and staring at the Christmas tree yet this year? Sure, it may be a fleeting moment, but likely, whether you were there to see it or not, your kiddo at some point this season has been caught in the pause of wonder. Whether it was the mesmerizing effect…

Take a Deep Breath

Thanksgiving is here, the turkey is likely in the roaster and the festivities are ensuing. We will keep this brief so the turkey doesn’t burn (been there, done that). This holiday season let’s slow enough to simply ask and listen. If you’re anything like me, when I go into hosting mode, I find that the…

You Are Welcome

Did you ever play house when you were little? You’d set the table for the stuffed animal guests, serve up courses of plastic entrées and clear the dishes just in time for your favorite imaginary dessert. It’s likely that your kiddos are doing the same today. There is a piece in us all that yearns…

Corn Sprouts At Home

September has come and September is going. By now we are all back into the swing of school and activities and the many new rhythms that come with each and every year. In some ways, summer feels like a distant memory full of nostalgia…yet it was only four weekends ago. Similarly, it feels like so…

The Dabbling Effect

Our kids today are often hit with the message that they need to be the best—not the best they can be, but the absolute best. Current research is showing heightened anxiety in adolescents driven by the fear of failure. This ideal of perfection is holding kids back from trying new things. Yet we all want…

Puddle-Wonderful

Do you remember the thrill you felt when a muddy puddle splashed so high it sent water down your rain boots? Or the satisfaction you felt when you successfully caught a raindrop on your tongue? While the uncommon amount of rain we have experienced this season may be putting a damper on playground recess and…

The Sweetness of Affirmation

Do you remember those cardboard Valentine boxes you made in elementary school? It’s true, every child looks forward to the 14th, anticipating what treats will come in pink packaging. Even deeper than this sugar rush, kids are longing to hear a good word of affirmation. It’s in all of us; we are hard-wired to thrive…

Watermelons & Rituals

It’s a new year and with it comes a whole slew of encouragement to set resolutions and goals. When it comes to growth, creating a resolve to make a change or try something new is a powerful thing, when followed through. We are forgetful people, it’s true. Yet one remedy to forgetfulness is tradition. Traditions…