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Kids @ Home

My kids came home from camp on Thursday.  Each year that day has a certain rhythm to it.  So I’d like to share that day with you: from silence to chaos and back again.  Here goes.

6:20 am.  Silence.  The dog nestles up to me – for him, I’m just another warm body.  “Honey, time to get up so we can leave at 7:15.”  Still quiet…

6:30 am.  Sniff, sniff: I smell nothing but broken plaster around the new windows in the kids’ rooms.

7:23 am.  Leaving the house to pick up our camper.  GPS says we’ll be there at about 9:18 am, 18 minutes after the gates open for final pickup.

8:00 am.  Discussing with my wife how our kids feel that this is their worst day of the year, since they have to leave camp.  We’re happy to have them home but I’m not sure I’d say this is our best day.

The kids’ best day is the day they go to camp.  And that’s why that day is our worst day.  Although after ten summers, we’re kind of used to it by now.  Or numb – not sure which.

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The Last Email

It was now 9:55 am on Wednesday, August 17, and the daily email was due by 10 am or it wouldn’t make the cutoff.

Type, type, click, click, send. Off it went. Seconds later, I received notification that the email to our camper had been received by camp. And that, well that, that was it. The final email letter of the summer. Our tenth summer. Continue reading ‘The Last Email’

An e-Visiting Day

Your Camper, Reconnecting to the E-Grid for Visiting Day

I spend a lot of time thinking about how parents and campers communicate with each other.  We just got back from visiting day yesterday, which put a whole new spin on parent/camper communication…

Ah, summer camp… the ideal opportunity to make new friends, develop new skills, and grow – all in a more natural environment removed from the electronic stresses of modern life such as Facebook, texting, and cell phones.

Sounds idyllic, doesn’t it?  Your child, tucked away in a nature preserve, airing out their brain for the summer.  Gaining a new appreciation for nature.  Living a more relaxed existence.

Alas, you can take the electronics away from the kid, but you can’t take the electronics out of the kid.  Continue reading ‘An e-Visiting Day’

Funny Letter 5-Step

Seriously, it’s OK not to be so serious.

It’s the middle of July and, well, your letters may be getting just a bit stale.  How many times can you tell your camper about the wonderful dinner you had, or the not-so-new dress you wore, or the latest goings-on at the neighbors’ house. It’s time to take action!  It’s time to add a little humor to your letters.  And it’s easier than you might think – and you can do it in 5 easy steps!   Continue reading ‘Funny Letter 5-Step’

What Type of Letter-Writer Are You?

It doesn’t matter – your camper will love your letters!

My wife likes to write long, thoughtful and complete letters to our campers.  Me – I’m a get-to-the-point kind of guy – unless I’m writing a funny letter, in which case I become an author or a comedian with a long setup.  Read on to learn about the different types of letter-writers.     Continue reading ‘What Type of Letter-Writer Are You?’

Quick Letter with Dog Jokes

When it comes to letter writing, I try to mix it up – for example, this letter is quick and funny.

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Discussion: How Do You Write Great Letters?

Let’s face it, by now you’re an expert at this whole parenting thing.  After all, if your camper is at overnight camp, they’re at least 6 (at the young side) years old.  And chances are, you probably have more than a few great ideas of how to write GREAT letters to your campers!

So when it comes to writing letters to your child at camp, what’s worked for you?   Continue reading ‘Discussion: How Do You Write Great Letters?’


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