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Are you looking for some fun outdoor gear to help your son or daughter get started in the outdoors? Check out Backyard Safari Outfitters (http://www.backyardsafari.com/) They equip young children with all sorts of field gear to get their adventure imaginations going and start them exploring. My daughter Lily loved the land and water habitat this summer. She collected and studied many bugs under her magnifying glass as well. When out on a hike, what child doesn’t love a walkie talkie!
When it comes to dealing with the loss of a loved one, a teens grieving process can be long and complicated, but the non-profit educational organization Outward Bound’s local Rocky Mountain School has found a way to change this. Heroic Journey is a unique program designed to help grieving teens cope with the loss of a loved one. A strong base curriculum perfected by Outward Bound is combined with powerful grief work activities and the stunning beauty of nature to create a transformational adventure. Outward Bound Heroic Journey provides these often struggling teens with the opportunity to discover their inner strength to face and overcome challenges that they have, and will face. Heroic Journey offers adventures such as week-long Colorado backpacking trips, multi-day sailing excursions, and Eastern-United States canoe floats. The rugged expeditions require participants to find their hidden strength and leave them with a new-found confidence that will last the rest of their lives. Thanks to the New York Life Foundation, all participants will receive tuition scholarships based on need. To learn more about this program and Outward Bound’s mission view a brochure, here, or visit their website at http://www.outwardbound.org/programs/group-programs/heroic-journey/
In this brief clip, my friend Nathaniel talks about the role of consistency in his own life and the life of his son. In a culture where immediate gratification is glorified, it takes lots of consistent structure to reign in those impulses.
I recently spoke with a dad whose middle school son has been struggling academically due to ADHD symptoms. Missing assignments, disorganization, lost homework, and poor study habits were the norm and each day became a struggle. Fighting over homework was having a seriously negative impact on their father/son relationship as well as the whole family.
Finally, one day, an idea struck the dad who was a business man with a home office. “I realized that my son needed much more support and direct involvement on the front end rather than having me get upset with him late in the evening. So, I decided to turn my office into a war room for my son and I. I went over to Office Max and bought a white board, table and calendar. We track assignments and deadlines and use the visuals to help him break down long term projects. Each night we review the tasks for the day and then work next to each other in the office. It has completely changed the dynamics around homework and his grades have been moving up steadily.”
Great idea dad. While we want our kids to be developing independence and responsible work habits, there are many students with ADHD or learning challenges who struggle each day with organization and follow through. In addition to their neurologically based struggles there is the ever increasing quantity of homework on today’s students. These two factors can end in daily battles for the whole family. By increasing his involvement, this dad took a daily negative chore and turned it into a positive connecting opportunity for both of them.
Following our recent football game adventure, Nathaniel and I sat down to talk about how he approaches discipline and parenting. Here’s a brief clip with a view of his tips!