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Wisdom of a Bar Mitzvah Boy

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My Rabbi's son was bar mitzvah'd last week. His wisdom was remarkable and truly a guide for all parents struggling to let their children go to summer camp. 

Posted: 12/3/2018 4:17:17 PM

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My Favorite Challah Recipe

With Rosh Hashanah just days away, I want to share my favorite Challah Recipe with you and your family

Posted: 9/6/2018 1:33:30 PM

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Remembering Summer

Although school has begun, experiences from the summer can still be a big part of your child's world.

Posted: 8/20/2018 10:50:56 AM

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Get Ready for the First Day of Camp

life-friends.jpgThe first day of camp is around the corner.  Are you ready to let go?  Is your child ready to go?  Butterflies are normal.  Just need to get them under control.  

Posted: 6/15/2018 2:43:58 PM

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Maintaining Your Smarts During the Summer

books-sm.jpgAre you concerned that your child will academically slip during the summer?  Or does your child need remedial help during the summer? There are options available.

Posted: 6/13/2018 1:23:14 PM

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Is Your Child Ready For Camp

call-karen-girl-(1).jpgDiligently plan the school year AND the summer.  And let them go!

Posted: 2/9/2018 7:02:33 PM

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One More Week of Winter Break

Week one of winter break was a relief.  Week two can be a headache.  Here are some ideas for keeping everyone semi-sane.  

Posted: 1/2/2018 11:53:34 AM

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Home for the Holidays?

The first week of winter break is the greatest!  Rules relaxed, lazy days, family time....  And then, there is week two.  You will need some help in keeping order, sanity and grabbing those few minutes of privacy for yourself.

Posted: 12/19/2017 10:00:50 AM

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Passion to Proficiency Really Works

For 13 years, I have worked alongside college counselors to identify students' passions and bring them to proficiency during the summer months.  Here is an interview of one of many success stories.

Posted: 8/24/2017 4:03:07 PM

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Re-Entry from a Summer Away

Re-entry can be exciting and rough on the whole family.  Be prepared!

Posted: 8/10/2017 2:41:45 PM

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Summer Travel Abroad

You finally have decided to let your teen travel abroad but yet, you are terrified.

Posted: 5/17/2017 2:57:22 PM

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Packing-for-Camp To Do's

​There is so much going on right now that your head must be spinning.  Awards ceremonies, finals and AP exams!  One month left of school and so many days of summer still unplanned.  Too many procrastinators for sure.

Posted: 5/5/2017 11:00:20 AM

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Is Your Child Ready For Camp

How do you know when your child is ready for summer camp?  Multi-level emotions exist, for sure.  1.  Is your child ready?  2.  Are you ready to let them go?  3.  What are the fears and how do you manage them?

Posted: 11/29/2016 2:45:25 PM

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Summer – Research Now

It’s only October and I am already getting calls of panic from parents who believe their opportunity for summer camp for 2014 has already past.  And guess what?  There are several full summer camps that are already filled for the summer of 2014.  And if full summer camping is the type of experience you want for your children, you really should be staring your research with an open mind as to where, if 2014 is the goal.  And yet, there are still so many camps and experiences available… but you have to be in the know.

Posted: 11/28/2016 5:19:22 PM

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Scared to send your kids to camp?

I just watched Meatballs — yes, the goofy camp movie with Bill Murray.  A classic for sure.  But the message was right on.  Rudy, the little guy who arrives at camp and clearly does not fit in spends the first day or so as an outcast and runs away from camp.  Bill Murray tracks him down at the local diner, and over a milk shake and french fries, convinces him to come back to camp.  Over the course of the summer, due to“no parental intervention”, Rudy begins to develop  competence, confidence and independence.

Posted: 11/21/2016 3:13:33 PM

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October Means Summer

YOU ARE NOT TOO LATE!!!!!  OK.  So the buzz is that you have waited too long, any camp that still has space is not a real good one, and you feel terrible because you missed the window again.  You want the best for your kids, you definitely don’t want to settle and yet they are getting older and really should be going to camp already.

Posted: 10/22/2016 5:15:09 PM

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Camp – With/Without A Friend

When your child goes off to camp without a hometown friend, they may be uncomfortable for the first 20 minutes. The unknown of their new summer home can be overwhelming.  And yet, with proper selection and preparation, those 20 minutes will be exciting rather than scary.

Posted: 9/29/2016 12:00:00 AM

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What I Did On My Summer Vacation

Now is the best time to plan your summer.  IT SOUNDS CRAZY!!  But you can find deals and take your time to make sure everyone gets what they want/need.

Posted: 9/17/2016 8:25:34 PM

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Sending my daughter to camp

The decision to send my daughter to camp was a momentous one. Being a camper myself I knew of all the incredible adventures she would have. But I also knew how much I would miss her and worried about sending her out into the world.

Posted: 9/16/2016 10:04:03 PM

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It’s a small world

I have heard six degrees of separation, but lately I feel like it is more one to two degrees.  At every turn, there seems to be a connection near and far.  Same camp, same college, same high school.  The more you move around, the more connections you can find.  

Posted: 9/10/2016 9:07:25 PM

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Let them go and you go too

I have worked with parents for the past decade helping them find a great summer experience for their children.  As parents are and always have been, they want the very best for their children and will do anything they can to help them become the best person they can be.  

Posted: 8/29/2016 9:11:59 PM

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5 “Back from Camp” Lessons

I know you are behind that pile of laundry.  I know the kids just got back from camp and you have only a few days to get them into school mode.  But….

Posted: 8/14/2016 8:33:49 PM

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Remembering Summer

As everyone gets into school mode, the last bits of summer bliss are still fresh in our minds.  The children who attended sleep away camp are still fresh with stories of newly made friends, the excitement of Color War, and exhibit a little bit of the independence they achieved while away at camp.  

Posted: 8/13/2016 9:15:40 PM

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Will they go back to the same camp?

Some of the kids are home, and some are expected in a week to ten days.  The summer has flown by and it is already time to get school supplies, uniforms, and finally get to the reading list that was never started.

Posted: 8/4/2016 4:46:43 PM

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What Did You Do This Summer?

The kids have been away all summer.  You decided, before they left, that you were going to take care of some things that you had not had time to address during the school year.  You are psyched, have a plan and before you know it, the kids are either back or on their way back in one more week.

Posted: 8/3/2016 7:52:55 PM

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Camp-sickness Cures

Yes, yes.  School is just a few weeks away.  Your child has either arrived home or this information will help you get prepared for their return.  Thankfully, your child had the best summer and can only talk about camp and wishes desperately to return.  

Posted: 8/1/2016 7:25:45 PM

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Seeing New Hampshire

As I do every year, I visit camps in different parts of the country.  I get to know the lakes, the mountains, the itty bitty hotels and motels along the itty bitty highways and I unplug — not by choice mind you.  Since this is a business trip, I really need to stay in touch with clients while on the road.

Posted: 7/29/2016 9:20:35 PM

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They Stayed At Visiting Day

It’s their first summer at camp and you were a nervous wreck.  So you signed them up for a half season.  You get to visiting day and your children have had their family meeting with each other in preparation for your arrival.
They give you big hugs and kisses, accept all the presents.

Posted: 7/28/2016 8:00:38 PM

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Three Weeks Till Camp Is Over

You finally decided to send your kids to camp for the entire summer.  The first 3 1/2 weeks, you were permanently perched in front of the computer looking for photographic hints as to their mental condition.  

Posted: 7/27/2016 8:07:57 PM

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Not just a Camp Expert

This was a great summer!  I have been fortunate to receive feedback from so many of the families I have sent on summer experiences.  But there were a few special phone calls worth sharing because they represent situations in which many may find themselves.  

Posted: 7/20/2016 12:00:00 AM

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Visiting Day – Another Tale

Visiting Day…. the right of passage that has been all over the internet.  The Running…. The Hugging…. The Candy and Junk Food…. The Smiles and Happy Faces…..

Posted: 7/16/2016 9:24:36 PM

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Refresh Refresh

All of a sudden, you have some free time.  The endless hours of childcare don’t exist right now because the kids have left for sleepaway camp.  You have a list of projects you are thinking about tackling while they are gone.  But, you just can’t seem to step away from the computer.

Posted: 6/30/2016 7:29:57 PM

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Tips on Letter Writing to Your Kids at Camp

Great Letters come with a bit of effort and creativity.  Not every letter has to be the greatest, but put the effort in at least once a week.

Posted: 6/23/2016 7:32:49 PM

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First Day of Camp

Have you had the talk with your kids?  How did it go?  If you are a second summer parent, what tips can you share with first time parents??

Posted: 6/10/2016 8:43:19 PM

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Are they gone yet?

The planning and packing are complete.  School has ended and now the waiting begins…. for many.  So many camps and teen programs start right after Father’s Day.

Posted: 6/10/2016 8:10:05 PM

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School’s Out – What Will You Do?

So the summer is here, the storms have arrived and kids of all ages are so relieved to change their routines.  Everyone, if possible, is looking forward to a break from making lunches, a little relief from the early morning rush and the constant reminder to do your homework.

Posted: 6/6/2016 9:27:51 PM

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Camp: A Tech Break and Marriage Saver

While my kids mainline Instagram and feverishly text, update and Snapchat with friends, I count down the days until they go off the grid and the tech detox begins.

Posted: 6/3/2016 9:33:37 PM

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Saving Camp Memories in Print

The often repeated term – “Refresh Refresh” – represents a typical mom who has sent her children to sleepaway camp but just can’t stand the thought of missing that photo of the day!  Every photo speaks volumes as to your daughter’s state of mind, position in the cabin and happiness for the day.

Posted: 6/3/2016 8:13:18 PM

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Live 10 months for 2

If you are sending your child to sleepaway camp this summer, and you went to camp as well, I can feel the vibration of excitement coming from each and every household (some early birds have already left).  I remember the trucks picking up the duffel bags and all of a sudden, it was real.

Posted: 6/2/2016 8:41:03 PM

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Homesickness 101

Monday night was the “last supper” before I began my summer travels.  I will be gone for a couple of months.  I spend a lot of time with my family and especially with my mom….  My mom looked at me with these very sad eyes and said:

Posted: 6/2/2016 8:37:48 PM

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School to summer transition coming

The “change” is about to arrive.  Settling into a new routine can be problematic AND enjoyable for the whole family.  So here are some tips to help you and your whole family, transition into summer.

Posted: 5/26/2016 7:35:51 PM

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Camp Experts Packing List

Print this out for a great packing list for camp.

Posted: 5/2/2016 7:41:23 PM

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5 Things Not To Say Before Sending Your Child To Camp

Most camps are starting in about 59 days.  The kids are starting to get excited/nervous while they watch their parents scramble around with the list of items needed for camp.  The duffle bags have been purchased; the permanent markers are ready to get used to label EVERYTHING IN SIGHT!

Posted: 4/28/2016 8:47:17 PM

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5 Tips To Take Away Summer Guilt

Whose summer do you plan first?  Yours or your children’s??  I am not suggesting that one should be first, but that typically as parents we tend to do everything we can to sacrifice for our children.

Posted: 4/8/2016 8:51:25 PM

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Camp Safety 101

Many families have either selected the camp for the summer, are in the final phase of decision making OR scrambling around to find just the right camp now.  The first question I get asked is how do you know a camp is safe?  

Posted: 3/27/2016 8:54:15 PM

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Role Models at Camp

My three boys and I were a real team.  Their dad traveled four to five days per week, bringing home the bacon, while I worked part time and took care of the gold — three delicious young boys.  I took them to just about every ball game, sitting by the sidelines, watching, cheering and wishing for their success.

Posted: 3/14/2016 8:57:48 PM

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6 Tips for Staying in Touch with Your Kids When They are at Sleepaway Camp

The kids have left the house for the summer, or at least a portion of the summer, and you are having withdrawals.  No one to feed, no one to “encourage” to clean their rooms or brush their teeth.  All the moments you spend pushing your kids out the door for the start of school are now YOUR moments.

Posted: 3/5/2016 9:01:19 PM

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Returning Home

“Re-entry for grown-ups vs. kids”….  A trip of a lifetime…. saved my pennies, took time (when for business reasons, didn’t have it to take), saw the greatest players in tennis in the most fantastic tennis facility in Melbourne, Australia, beautiful sites, great food, terrific friends, the stressors of home and work life disappeared for a glorious two weeks, and my electronic communication was limited to the hotel room where I had wi-fi…..

Posted: 2/2/2016 8:17:04 PM

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Returning Home

“Re-entry for grown-ups vs. kids”….  A trip of a lifetime…. saved my pennies, took time (when for business reasons, didn’t have it to take), saw the greatest players in tennis in the most fantastic tennis facility in Melbourne, Australia, beautiful sites, great food, terrific friends, the stressors of home and work life disappeared for a glorious two weeks, and my electronic communication was limited to the hotel room where I had wi-fi…..

Posted: 2/2/2016 8:17:04 PM

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You, My Child, Are In Charge Of Your Body

You’ve met the Camp Director, selected the best possible camp, it has the right staff, the right training, the right accreditation, and comes recommended highly by everyone.  And then, something goes terribly wrong at camp.  There was one thing you forgot to check off your to-do list and that is to EMPOWER YOUR CHILD!

Posted: 1/10/2016 8:20:35 PM

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Toughening Up

Are we overdoing the bully label?  As it has been said, are we “sissifying” our kids?

Posted: 11/13/2015 9:04:02 PM

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