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The gift that keeps on giving

This guest blog post comes from Kim Graydon of Glen Bernard Camp.

As a parent, wouldn’t you just love to find that ONE gift for your child they would continue to love their whole life through?  Ready?  It IS out there….it is the gift of summer camp.   But what exactly are the benefits of summer camp for kids? What are you giving your son or daughter by investing in the gift of camp?  You are buying them fun, adventure, outdoor skills, an extended slumber party, freedom and acceptance to dress up in crazy wigs and clothes, a break from their technology and more!   As someone who went to camp from the age of 7 through to 20, here is what I know my mother bought me (and now what I am giving my children).

I was given life skills.  She gifted me the exposure to finding out I was resilient. When the going gets tough, the tough get going.  I’m one of those people. I can thank her for giving me the skills and knowledge to find my way out of a forest using a compass.  This is still a relevant skill despite what our children say!!  I am proud to have been given the network of women I am a part of today.  I can call on any of my “summer sisters” for advice, support or potential job prospects.  It is like a club but you don’t have to pretend to be something you aren’t. PHEW!  Kudos to her for teaching me that my behaviour CAN impact the life of a child.  I learned at the age of 16 that I was a role model and part of a team.

Your gift of camp will teach your child that she/he matters to people in addition to their family.  They will learn to belong to a group that feels like family.  Your investment will equip them with skills that will not only help them, but that will be used to give back to others as they go through life.  You will ensure that your child begins to learn conflict resolution in a safe, supportive environment.  Your gift will bring a lifetime of happiness and fond memories.  Isn’t that amazing?  Imagine if you gave your child a toy that brought them happiness for decades?  There would be a crazy rush during the holidays to get our hands on that one, elusive gift.

There are so many different types of camps to choose from.  Start investigating!  Talk to other Moms, go online, get referrals or book a tour of a camp you are interested in.  Some camps will even come to your house and visit with you and your potential camper!  Camp is a lifelong learning adventure.  Take the plunge!

 

About the Author:

Kim Graydon is the Associate Director of Development at Glen Bernard Camp in Hunstville, Ontario.

Best tools for parent-to-kid communication.

Guest post by MamaDweeb.com founder, Annie Shultz.

 

Tae Kwon Do, dance, music, friends, volunteering and jobs – there are always at least a million things pulling your attention at one time. Of course, being organized increases productivity and decreases errant mistakes. But the big question is – what are the best tools to keep organized communication between spouses and children?

1. Command center

It’s been said the more clutter you have the more cluttered your thinking. So keep important papers and bills in files near the front door where they are easily found and yet not staring you in the face. With an organized command center, both spouses know where to find the permission slip or updated insurance card. And don’t forget the Write Away labels! Easily label your file folders and other boxes.

For command center ideas, check out Pinterest. We have some beautiful home organization pins you will fall in love with!

 

2. Calendar Sync

There are quite a few apps that sync devices. These are extremely helpful since both spouses can view the schedule and make changes as needed. Below are some of my personal favorites:

Cozi

This is one of the most popular apps for family calendar sharing because it is easy to use and has as many features as a new minivan. You can manage and share to-do lists (great for sharing grocery lists with your partner), schedules and alerts.

Google Calendar

I love how simple it is to sync Google Calendar across multiple devices and to share calendars with your spouse. If you want to keep a calendar only for spousal communication, think about setting up a join Gmail account. You can download Google mail and calendar apps for only this account to keep it separated from all the other parts of your life.

Skedi

Skedi is an iPhone calendar app that syncs with iCal, and Google Calendar. What sets this app apart is the ability to assign “person in charge.” This means if you have an event, you can assign a babysitter. The app will then email the babysitter so they can accept or decline. Then, the app records who is in charge for the evening.  This is a very time-saving feature and cuts down on “didn’t you schedule the sitter tonight?” confusion.

 

3. Face-to-face  business meetings

All the tools in the world can’t replace the meeting of the minds in real time. Schedule 15-20 minutes of face-to-face time. This is easier said than done…but it is vital. Go over the plan for the week, discuss desires and needs for time and really connect mentally.  It is so easy to allow the hectic plans to sweep us away into a void of eye contact and real talk. Try to make a moment to prevent it.

 

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Annie is a Kansas mom to three young children. She created MamaDweeb.com in 2009 and loves to inspire and connect with others through her writing. She also loves talking, dreaming, 90s pop and country music.

Recycling Mis-conceptions

Top blue box: Great recycling of plastics! Lower blue box: Incorrect recycling – hard plastic lids and candy bags are garbage.
Right: Cardboard ready for pick up – broken down is preferred, but stacked is just as good!

Are you confused (about recycling)?

Times change and we find ourselves standing in front of our blue boxes holding something that we’re not sure about where it goes. What was once sold in glass bottles (soft drinks) now comes in plastic bottles. What was once sold in a steel can (soup) now comes in tetrapak containers. The list gets longer every day and it makes it harder for us to “put waste in the right place”.

It’s enough to confuse most of us!

Liquids VS. solids

When it comes to most paper products, you can quickly tell what the “right place” for them is by following this rule:

  • If it contained a LIQUID (like milk and juice cartons), put it with your bottles, cans, and jars in your CONTAINERS blue box.
  • If it contained a SOLID (like cereal and cracker boxes), put it with your newspapers and magazines in your PAPERS blue box.

Sometimes it…

Looks like paper, feels like paper, but it doesn’t go with paper!

  • Juice, milk and soup cartons go in with your bottles, cans and jars in your containers blue box.  Which sometimes leads to confusion.
  • Paper towels, paper napkins, paper plates, and paper coffee cups go in your green bin.

One more misconception de-mystified

Those little stickers on fruit – like on bananas and apples and oranges – DON’T compost! Make sure you take them off and throw them in the garbage.

 

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