Learning and fun from EDMO

Being Mindful

Mindfulness is focusing on the present, being aware of what is going on inside of ourselves, observing what is going on outside of ourselves, and doing our best not to react emotionally or with judgment – either to our own thoughts and actions or those of others. This idea of being present physically and mentally seems simple enough, but it …

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Encouraging Connectedness

Feeling connected to a social group and to nature is good for us, science says. It increases our individual emotional and physical health, and also the well being of planet Earth and our species as a whole. There is even evidence that “the roots of lifelong happiness…stretch back into childhood,” where social connectedness has been found to play a more …

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Disentangling The Growth Mindset

Children (and adults) with a growth mindset “believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point.”[1] This attitude motivates them to seek out challenges and learn from failures, instead of give up and avoid them. But simply knowing that smarts are expandable isn’t enough, says Carol S. Dweck, …

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How to Get Kids Interested in Giving, Part Two

We recently posted some ideas to help children develop a habit of charitable giving this summer, which is an important step in building one of three core character traits we develop in our campers: kindness. To continue that theme, here are some great inspirations for generosity – kids who’ve been recognized for their own charitable giving! Earlier this year, Face2Face …

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How to Get Kids Interested in Giving

An important part of kindness is sharing, or charitable giving, which can be simple to model at home and involve the whole family in. It can even be fun and affordable. Because as we all know, volunteering time, not just giving money, is important and valuable. Local food banks often offer an easy place to start both giving and volunteering, …

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Getting Ready for Camp!

Memorial Day has passed and school is either out or just about to be. Most kids are excited for a break from school and ready for a fantastic summer experience. To us that means, it’s time to get ready for summer camp! Why camp? Curious children love to have their creativity celebrated while making projects and solving problems their own …

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