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Magic Snacks: Cracker Towers

Magic Snacks: Cracker Towers

Don’t you just hate it when you click on a link to a bunch of amazing recipes for kids, only to find that they are either full of common allergens or require a stove, microwave, or oven to make?! What if you are a children’s […]

Children and Honesty Series, Part 1: Creating and Perpetuating Myths

Children and Honesty Series, Part 1: Creating and Perpetuating Myths

This is the first post in a series about being honest with children.  Some posts in this series will contain links to research and opinions of others, but today I will introduce the topic by sharing some of my stories, inviting you to tell yours, […]

Harnessing that Youthful Energy: How to Benefit from Youth Volunteers

Harnessing that Youthful Energy: How to Benefit from Youth Volunteers

There were very few things in my small hometown for any child of any age to do other than play sports (which I was not interested in because there was no swim team) or participate in cheerleading or dance (which we didn’t have the money for). […]

Three Benefits of Parent-Child Swim Lessons

Three Benefits of Parent-Child Swim Lessons

Whether a parent is on a master’s swim team, sails the ocean every summer, or is not going to get their hair wet on a trip to the river, having their own children around water can be terrifying and dangerous.  Most public pools, YMCAs, camps, […]

Listen to the Wisdom of the Children

Listen to the Wisdom of the Children

Someone I grew up with but have not seen in years often posts on Facebook about her son’s antics.  I delight in watching him grow (and also all of the other Facebook babies I know), especially his moments of wit and wisdom that his mother captures […]

Coping with Crisis: A Guide for Youth Leaders

Coping with Crisis: A Guide for Youth Leaders

In light of this weekend’s events in Orlando, FL and a post made by a friend about sharing a candle with her young son at a vigil last night, I wanted to take a moment for #collaborationmonday to gather collaboration from you, and to provide a […]

Kid Book Club Review 1

Kid Book Club Review 1

For several years I ran a Kid Book Club at a small town library, and together we found some real winners in the children’s fiction section.  For my first Friday Review, I wanted to point out a particularly fantastic little book by Holly Schinder: The […]

Age Level Characteristics: Early Childhood

Age Level Characteristics: Early Childhood

For your first Resource Thursday, I give you: an infographic on early childhood development!  How is this useful for you?  Do you agree with the information?  Feel free to share your ideas in the comments.

The Top 10 Children’s Programming Jobs for Fun and Fulfillment (According to Us)

The Top 10 Children’s Programming Jobs for Fun and Fulfillment (According to Us)

Children’s programming is not glamorous (unless glitter and/or stage lights are involved) and it can be dirty, frustrating, and stressful.  A career working with children is not likely to make you rich (sometimes you’re even expected to volunteer) and you basically live your work because […]

Inspiring People to Inspire People: When Camp Staff Turnover Affects Your Admin Staff

Inspiring People to Inspire People: When Camp Staff Turnover Affects Your Admin Staff

I have been thinking a lot about staff training because ’tis the season (T-minus 20 days until campers arrive!) and today was particularly interesting because I had all of my camp administrative staff in the same place for the first time (also why I am […]