More Than S'mores

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5 Ways to Support a Child Who’s Nervous About Their First Time at Sleepaway Camp

Posted by Kennolyn on April 21, 2017

Through your child’s eyes, overnight camp is a really big deal. But, when they say they’re feeling nervous about it, it may not help them to hear you say, “It’ll be great. You’ll see when you get there. You have nothing to worry about.” If you try to simply soothe and dissolve their feelings, those feelings won’t just go away. They’ll still have nerves and anxieties inside, but now they may not feel welcome to share them.

Instead, you can accept and make space for their concerns, sitting down to listen. In the light of your example, they’ll be more likely to accept their own feelings and have compassion for themselves. From this place, they’ll feel more empowered to release some of the tension and start turning toward solutions with you.

Bay Area Kids Reach for Purpose and Responsibility at Rock Climbing Summer Camp

Posted by Kennolyn on April 14, 2017

What do these things have in common: A jungle gym? A shopping cart? Tree branches? A countertop? Kids will find a way to climb on them! I’ve watched my nephew Graham climb on all of these things, plus those blue postal drop boxes, the Bay Area’s iconic eucalyptus trees, and poles of any kind—the ultimate […]

How to Encourage Healthy Eating Habits in Your Kids With a DIY Salad Bar

Posted by Kennolyn on April 7, 2017

I’ll never forget a story a friend once told me about a phase her little boy went through when he wouldn’t eat vegetables. It all started with a strong dislike of cauliflower, and grew to include pretty much every vegetable. He didn’t even like when other food on his plate was too close to the […]

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