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…

All is Calm, All is Bright

The frenzy of December is no small thing: tree lightings, parties, shopping, and endless cookie exchanges. We know it’s impossible to be in two places at once, but often we try—so much so that we end up only half-way present just about everywhere. At camp, pace is important to us. It’s why we schedule “story…

Just Sing

It’s no new news that grateful people are often happier and healthier. Perhaps that’s why our inboxes, mailboxes, and storefront windows are often flooded with mantras of “give thanks”, “be grateful”, or even “#blessed” during the month of November. What about the other eleven months of the year? At camp, gratitude isn’t on a billboard,…

Try On Some Imagination

Pumpkin-spice lattes have been on the menu for a month now, and Costco is selling Christmas decorations. It must be October. During these early weeks of fall, the notion, “What I want to be for Halloween” holds more weight than “What I want to be when I grow up.” And rightfully so. The gift of…