Kids going outside

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There’s a fun article that we came across in the New Yorker Magazine that lists the “features” of “going outside.” It’s by Ellis Weiner and is entitled “Just in Time for Spring” (here’s a summary) In the tradition of a radio commercial for a new product, the article suggests that “going outside” is an “astounding multipurpose activity platform that will revolutionize the way you spend your time.” Of course the humor here is that going outside is not new at all; though, it has been too often forgotten as we spend more of our day interacting with electronic media and filtering our experience through technology.

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Teens Seeking Sensations

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If you spend time around teenagers, it’s easy to see them exhibit “sensation seeking” behaviors. They thrive on new experiences and stimuli of all kinds, and tend to take surprising risks. In fact it’s widely accepted within psychology that this personality trait is a dominant force in the lives of teen girls and boys. This sensation seeking is thought to be an evolutionary skill, something that helps teens learn new things, help them become more independent from their parents and to increase their social competence. Overall, it’s a good thing.

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WHAT'S NEEDED TO PREPARE YOUR CHILD FOR THE FUTURE? THE ANSWER MAY SURPRISE YOU...

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When parents talk about camp, most often they focus on the friendships their kids create, the new skills they develop and the smiles on their faces when they get home at the end of the summer. Stories about camp friends and counselors and Foam Parties and scavenger hunts warm the hearts of moms and dads across the country as August comes to a close. Additionally, the real LONG TERM “takeaways” from camp may not be put into words and may not even be realized until many years after a child’s summer camp experience. Who would have thought that the experiences of a childhood at camp would spill over to influence a successful college career?

 

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