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Makers: What’s Behind All The Hype?

There’s a lot of making out there today: messy, sticky, smudgy, artistic, electronic or robotic. Every city has a Maker Faire, Make magazine is in the checkout line at the grocery store, and schools around the U.S. are asking parents to help supply their new Makerspaces. Are you wondering what’s all the hype? When did art class jump the shark …

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Tools for Teaching Mindfulness

Mindfulness seems like a simple enough concept. But it isn’t something that many parents have mastered, certainly not me. So if I’m not already practicing mindfulness myself, how can I possibly teach it to my kids? There are lots of tools and articles out there that claim to help, but which ones really work? A Google search on “how to …

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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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