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How I became a nerd

Stewart’s story begins with a passion for math and for building and creating stuff, specifically in a way that didn’t punish his left-handedness!  It then moves into the creation of video game giant EA from the very beginning, before there was even a video game industry.  As he says, a true “Revenge of the Nerds” tale…   -Jon Kraft

I knew I was different than most kids at an early age and it was not just because I was left-handed.  Right-handed people don’t realize how right-handed the world is.  Try writing in a 3-ring binder or spiral-bound notebook with those big rings in the way.  Or worse, try writing or drawing when your hand follows and smears everything you try to create.

It’s not just because I could not write neatly or draw accurately that my form of creating was to build.  I fell in love with tinker toys, Lincoln Logs, and American Bricks.  If I was your age today it would be Legos.

What I loved about that form of play was that you could imagine, build, change, and build more and there were never any eraser marks, torn paper, or smudges.  You can build without fear of showing your mistakes.  You can always make it better and I loved trying to make something perfect.

When I reached the summer before my 4th grade, my parents moved us to a new neighborhood.  If you have ever had to move to a new school you know how scary that can be.  My parents knew this as well and enrolled me in summer school.  At first I thought this was going to be a boring way to spend the summer when all I wanted to do was play first base on a new little league team.  I did get to select the classes myself and one that sounded interesting was “Fun with Math.”

I’m sure you are wondering how math could be fun.  Well, it was not a summer spent filling out worksheets; I spent the summer working on puzzles, discovering interesting things about numbers and with every new thing I learned I found there was even more to learn.  I solved puzzles where I had to move matchsticks, fill in number squares, or solve fun word problems.  This was the beginning of my love of math.

By the time I made it to high school my excitement about math was in high gear.  I took advanced math classes where most of the kids were older than me.  I joined the Math Team (seriously) and we competed against other high schools by solving more problems faster.  I even competed in a national competition put on by the MAA (the Mathematical Association of America).  This test consists of very challenging problems in Algebra, Geometry and even Calculus.  A perfect score is 150 points but anything above 25 was impressive.  As a sophomore I got the highest score in my school.  I was now officially and nationally recognized as a nerd.  We didn’t get letterman jackets so nobody outside of our club knew much about us though.  We nerds only got one club picture in the yearbook.

My personal “Revenge of the Nerds” story took many more years but it happened.  I went to college and fell in love with computers.  It was just like Legos except you typed what you wanted to build.  I loved it so much that I went to work at IBM right out of college.  Today I would probably work at Google or Microsoft.  It was a serious job but I always stayed late and found some nerds who knew that computers could be fun to play with and not just for serious stuff.  We made games to fly planes or play pinball or create our own Startrek episode where we got to be the captain of the Starship Enterprise.  In those days a computer was the size of a VW.

I kept playing with computers until IBM and Apple invented personal computers.  This was the point that everything I had done before finally became clear.  PC’s would allow a whole new form of fun to be created.  My goal in life became creating games that everyone would like not just nerds.  I wanted them to be as interesting and exciting as the best movies, tv and books but have that added dimension of interactivity.  All media before the computer you just sit there but with computers you interact.

Just like I discovered in school that I was not the only person like me, I was fortunate to have met people at the time that shared my view of how important games on a PC could be.  We started a company that would push the boundaries of entertainment and art on a computer.  We also wanted to recognize that these games were created by talented, driven individuals who were a new type of artist creating a new form of art.  After much debate we decided to call the company Electronic Arts.  It became the publisher of popular games like Madden Football, FIFA Soccer, The Sims and many, many other games and today employs almost 10,000 people worldwide.  When we began in 1982, the video game business did not exist.  Today it is a $50B industry worldwide.

Today, every day is new and interesting just like it was as a child.  I was fortunate to have found something that excited me and I never lost faith in the belief that this excitement would be interesting to others.  There were many ups and downs, victories and defeats along the way but being true to my passions kept me on the path to success and happiness.  And it turns out I was not as different as I thought.

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Stewart-BonnSteward Bonn joined Electronic Arts in 1983 as the 18th employee. During his 12 years he produced many of Electronic Arts’ most successful titles including software for music, paint, flight simulation and children’s education. As SVP/GM of EA Studios he led the world’s largest interactive studio. Since then he has been a Co-Founder or an Advisor to numerous social media and game companies. Stewart earned a BS in EECS from UC Berkeley and received the 1993 Stanford Business School Entrepreneurial Company of the Year award as one of 5 EA executives.

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Kids too often just toe the line (hold on… is that a puppy?!)

I’ll admit it.  We had to look up “tow the line” vs. “toe the line”.  Turns out – it is “toe”. Ugly to look at, but there it is…

Picking up where Dan left off on why your kids should quit sports (all the more powerful coming from Dan Peterson, the sports guy!), I thought we should dive into the stats behind sports participation.

I started coaching youth sports in the mid-80s, and I’ve since coached dozens of teams and several hundred kids.  I can tell you, for some it’s like air, bread and water.  They have to have it.  For others, it can be a very tough experience.

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A quick anecdote – in the late 90s I was coaching a team of 4th and 5th graders, and it was a mixed gender league.  My team was all over the map in terms of their level of interest in basketball, but they were all incredibly sweet kids.  One day, I’m focused on the game – the score is very close, it’s a tense game – and it’s time to make substitutions.  I turned around to call out the names of the kids going in… and there was nobody on my bench.  I looked around, and for a while I couldn’t find them.  Then I heard giggling… and when I looked over, there were two of my girls and two of my boys petting a tiny puppy and having a ball.  “Can we stay and play with the puppy?”

I called time out, went over, and wrangled them all back to the bench.  The hard-core 5th graders were irritated, the refs thought it was hysterical, and I was somewhere in between… I don’t actually remember whether we won that game, but I’ll never forget how lost those kids looked when I put them back on the court, and how many times they looked over to see what the puppy was doing.  “The game, the game,” I shouted frantically, trying to remind them why they were there.  And somewhere, they knew they should care… but they didn’t.

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The truth is, that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t play sports. There are plenty of kids who don’t care about sports and aren’t great at sports, who still get something valuable from the experience. I share that story because it’s very cute, and it’s one of my fondest memories of coaching.  But there are other stories that are painful… stories of kids trying their best, but striking out every time they get up to bat, dropping the ball every time it gets hit to them, and knowing that even the nicest kids on their team are getting frustrated and upset with them.  It’s a very tough thing to be a kid pushed to play a sport in which you have no natural ability.  Just the experience of swinging and missing alone can get frustrating. Even in an individual sport like tennis, where not many people are watching and you’re not letting anyone else down, is immensely frustrating when you’re not good at it.  But in baseball or soccer or basketball, when you know your teammates are counting on you, and your parents are watching, and your coach is shouting instructions that you don’t understand or can’t actually follow… you really dread the part of the game when the ball comes to you… which is to say, you dread the game.

This gut-wrenching experience saps the self-esteem out of hundreds of thousands of kids every year, but could easily be replaced by incredibly rewarding experiences.  Debate, robotics, fiction writing, pottery, art, fencing, chess, jiu jitsu… there are thousands of activities in which kids can thrive, and some of them are even under-the-radar sports.  It’s just a question of finding the right ones for your kids.

So don’t let your kids toe the line on a particular sport if it’s not the right fit for them.  Plenty of the activities we’re talking about build on principles of teamwork, collaboration, and lead to real bonding with like-minded kids – many of the fundamental benefits parents seek out for their kids when putting them into team sports.  Many of these activities even involve competition, but if it’s the right fit, then it’s a fair competition in which kids look forward to participating.  And that can be a real difference maker… sometimes even better than playing with a puppy, and that’s saying a lot.

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This post was written by Jon Kraft, Thrively’s CEO and co-founder. Don’t know him? Click here and then you will!

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Why your kids should quit sports

Has this happened to you?  Your daughter comes home from soccer practice and defiantly declares, “I can’t stand my coach, my team is awful and I don’t even like soccer.  I quit!”  Your parental thermostat kicks in as you try to gently lower the temperature in the room with those responses that all kids despise, “Oh, come on now, it can’t be that bad” or “But you’re good at soccer” and finally, “You know our rule, once you start something, you have to finish it. You can’t quit.” You’ll talk to her coach, you’ll buy her new cleats, even get her on a better team.  But as parents, we often don’t even consider the remote possibility that… wait for it…. our child does not want to play soccer, or basketball or golf or even Aussie rules football.

Well-meaning articles about the tragedy of kids quitting sports are just a Google search away (heck, I even wrote one).  Usually, we place the blame elsewhere with the assumption that all kids love sports, so if mine doesn’t then something must be wrong with the system.  Instead, we should delve deeper into the unique interests and needs of our son or daughter to find out if there is a better matched activity out there that doesn’t involve a ball, puck or $200 shoes.

The Science of Play

To begin this discovery, we turn to Dr. Stuart Brown, author of Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul and founder of the National Institute for Play.  After years as a psychiatrist and researcher trying to understand why violent criminals became who they are (lack of childhood play), he has become the authoritative voice campaigning for more play time for kids in school and at home.

“The act of play itself may be outside of ‘normal’ activities,” he wrote in Play. “The result [of play] is that we stumble upon new behaviors, thoughts, strategies, movements, or ways of being. We see things in a different way and have fresh insights.”

Since the 2009 release of his book and his corresponding TED talk, which has had close to 1 million views, the science of play has received some serious attention.  This week at Clemson University, over 200 attendees heard Brown’s keynote speech at the 2014 conference of the US Play Coalition, a cross-section of academics, recreation professionals and health care experts.  Dozens of sessions focused on one single objective, getting kids into play activities that they enjoy.

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Patterns of Play

To help organize all of these activities into a framework based on research, Brown introduced seven “patterns of play” that captures the evolution of fun interactions throughout a child’s life.

-  Attunement Play – getting connected to each other

-  Body Play and Movement – learning how we move in the world

-  Object Play – understanding physical objects and how to interact with them

-  Social Play – getting along with others

-  Imaginative and Pretend Play – exploring other possibilities

-  Storytelling and Narrative Play – building communication skills

-  Transformative, Integrative and Creative Play – problem solving with creativity

Part of Brown’s ongoing research is to understand how each of these play states changes the brain and benefits child development.  “Neuroscientists, developmental biologists, psychologists, social scientists, and researchers from every point of the scientific compass now know that play is a profound biological process,” Brown said in a recent presentation.

While youth sports can fulfill one or two of the “patterns of play”, your child may need new opportunities to grow and develop.  Sit down with each of your kids and take Thrively’s Strength Explorer.  Explore other possibilities.  It’s OK if there is no trophy at the end of the day.

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Dan Peterson is exploring the intersection of sports skill development and cognitive science at Sports Are 80 Percent Mental.  Studying how the brain learns and adapts to the physical and emotional demands of sports, he has authored over 250 science-based articles for parents and coaches trying to understand their young athletes.  Be sure to follow him on TwitterFacebook and Google+.

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What your kids need to know about pursuing their passion

A friend posted this on my Facebook page and I burst out laughing.  Maybe you’ve seen it, the hilarious satire on TheOnion.com titled “Find The Thing You’re Most Passionate About, Then Do It On Nights And Weekends For The Rest Of Your Life”.

It’s one of those “sad because it’s true” pieces, somewhat of a depressing take on how adults tend to prioritize the mind-numbing trudge through “the daily grind” over pursuing dreams and passions that may seem too lofty or daunting.

I can’t stress this enough: Do what you love…in between work commitments, and family commitments, and commitments that tend to pop up and take immediate precedence over doing the thing you love. Because the bottom line is that life is short, and you owe it to yourself to spend the majority of it giving yourself wholly and completely to something you absolutely hate, and 20 minutes here and there doing what you feel you were put on this earth to do.

After chuckling a little bit, it’s just… Sad, right?  It doesn’t exactly make me want to drop everything and move to New York to get on Broadway, but I do begin to think about that book I’ve been meaning to write or that mountain I’ve always wanted to climb.

But then I thought about it for a minute, and this is where I disagree with Todd.  There’s a fundamental difference between the person he’s making fun of and the person that I am:  I already know what my passions are, and I figured them out soon enough to be able to enjoy them throughout my childhood and early adulthood, and still enjoy them today.  I may not get paid to do them, and it is definitely too late to be the next Picabo Street, but the skills and characteristics I developed by pursuing my passions at a young age have helped me to become a confident adult living a healthy, balanced life. And here’s where he proves my point:

Before you get started, though, you need to find the one interest or activity that truly fulfills you in ways nothing else can.

And the first three sentences of the “article” in general:

I have always been a big proponent of following your heart and doing exactly what you want to do. It sounds so simple, right? But there are people who spend years—decades, even—trying to find a true sense of purpose for themselves.

So are passions supposed to be our careers, or are passions supposed to help nurture us, guide us toward being better human beings, and enhance our lives through challenge and creative expression?  As I grow older, I’m convinced that at least for me, it’s the latter. For the talented and committed, sure, passions can most certainly be careers.  But for people like me (dare I say “regular folk”), the intent of pursuing my passions isn’t to create a career opportunity or to avoid a job I may hate, it’s about growing as a person and enjoying my life.

We shouldn’t send the message to kids that pursuing the things they love is only worth it if they do it forever or be the best at it. Today, I love and enjoy my career that much more because at an early age I learned how to embrace challenge, explore new things, succeed and fail, train hard, think creatively, and most importantly enjoy the experience.

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AdrienneThis post was written by Activity Adrienne.  She’s responsible for Thrively’s activity content and our social media channels.  At one point in her life she really did want to be the next Picabo Street.  And the next Martina Hingis. And the next Kerri Strug. And the next Brandi Chastain. And the next… Ok, you get it.

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How to be unreasonably happy (my extracurricular activity)

Glenn’s is the first of many posts in this channel intended to show how discovering and pursuing strengths & passions early in life can drive the development of profound insights and life-defining characteristics.  In Glenn’s story, leadership and independence of thought, all wrapped around chess, dungeons & dragons, and creative back-yard shenanigans, are the things that popped out for me.  -Jon Kraft

 

For years, my extracurricular activity was David Perteet: speed-chess champion, dungeonmaster, nutmeg-artist.

We became friends when Dave was 14. My twin brother and I were 11. His house, two doors down from ours, was more like a lair, filled with H. P. Lovecraft books, Star Wars figurines, home-made monster masks, videotaped slasher movies.

It was in Dave’s house that my twin brother and I led our paladins and monks through Dungeons & Dragons campaigns with names no one could forget: The Tomb of Horrors, Queen of the Demonweb Pits, Hall of the Fire Giant King, Expedition to the Barrier Peaks.

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As the dungeonmaster, Dave described every scene, playing the part of the monsters we faced. Hunched behind propped-up maps and monster manuals, he worked a small piece of clay in the lulls, which he would abruptly plop down before us as a perfectly formed lich. Monsters that were sophisticated and derisive at first became pitiable in the end. Others were bafflingly, implacably sadistic. They were all evil so we could be good, and their deaths were deeply satisfying.

When, after many years of play, our characters died — Dave had begun to describe how our corpses were being eaten and picked over for treasure and then he stopped short, because we could not see to see — we felt the first moment of solemnity I can remember. I realized then that death isn’t just painful; it means you don’t get to find out what happens next, who will win the World Series or the next election. Nothing had been so permanent before.

From the safety of college, all this came to seem silly. When I visited Dave in LA he had become a special-effects artist, living in a house filled with like-minded friends. We played badminton and watched a James-Bond movie marathon, but at night we hiked through an abandoned Nazi compound and then went to his garage, which was filled with moldings recovered from the movie “Aliens.” Standing next to one, I barely felt a tickle of fear until he slipped back into his house, turned off the lights, and slammed the door shut.

Some of Dave’s authority was physical. His backyard from our childhood was sloped, with a ribbon of grass that narrowed and widened according to the encroachment of Douglas firs on one side and his deck on the other. In the wet piney gloom of Seattle fall evenings, he played me and my brother in 2-on-1 soccer, passing the ball to himself off the side of the deck. He never lost, but his true goal was to kick the ball through our legs, calling out “Nutmeg” as he did. He laughed when he did this, like one of the monsters we would later vanquish, but we laughed too.

This wasn’t the only way I learned how to lose from Dave, who also introduced me to chess — not as an antique game you played with your dad, but as a tournament sport — where a loss is an utterly chanceless two-hour asphyxiation by a superior intellect. I learned the almost physical trade of speed-chess, knocking pieces and banging the timing clocks in a 50-move, five-minute free-for-all.

I became president of the high-school chess team after Dave left for college, inserting my name into the school bulletin as a contact for new players, which opened me to more scorn than I could have imagined in our years with Dave. The team soon collapsed.

Once Dave was gone – we had talked every day, then barely spoke again — all the terrors my brother and I had rehearsed in his backyard became real. That year, our mother battled cancer nearly to the death and our doting father, deeply in love with her, almost forgot about us. We got interested in girls and realized they weren’t interested in us. Our older brother got into drugs and then violence, which the local paper decided was front-page news.

But Wes and I both remember our childhood — Dave’s dark, crooked backyard, the dining room filled with papers and greasy popcorn bowls — as happy. There’s a huge difference between most of the friends you have, who teach you how to fit in, and the one friend — it is usually just one — who teaches you that you don’t have to fit in.

From Dave, I learned how to be like an adult. I don’t mean that I learned to be an adult: our whole world was intensely pubescent, female-free, imaginary. But I learned from Dave what an adult sounded like, that he has opinions, that he can like what he likes, that he knows that what other people say is sometimes wrong, that he can stand up for himself. Once, while we were throwing a football in the street, a cement mixer ran over my family’s beagle without stopping and Dave – who despised that dog – ran after the driver, yelling, for half a mile.

This gave me a way to think about being a leader without being the prom king or the team captain. It gave me a way to think about a new product or a new company, as just one more expedition to the barrier peaks. It protected long into adulthood the essence of childhood, which is a sense of adventure. And it gave me the confidence to be different, so I could fail again and again without feeling like a failure at all.

When I co-founded a company at 25, it was in another friend’s basement, but it felt exactly like Dave’s basement, a bit scary but also familiar. What is a startup, after all, if not the endless return, company after company, to that awkward, larval phase of adolescence — when you can’t go back to the way you were, and wonder how you’ll go on — surrounded by people you see all the time then never see again, feeling half a fraud and half the rawest version of your true self?

Years later, Dave found me on Facebook and then sent me an email. What was I like now? The note I wrote back was cautious, in part because being an adult had somehow tempered everything I said so that it could sound more knowing or wistful. I said I was “reasonably happy.”

“‘Reasonably happy’!?” Dave wrote back. “Life is awesome!  Maybe you need to meet another minotaur to give you some perspective.”

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Glenn Kelman is the CEO of Redfin, a technology-powered real estate brokerage. Follow him on Twitter @glennkelman. When Glenn asked Dave for permission to publish this post, Dave wrote, “When my robot body finally fails at age 274, I want this read at my space-funeral.”

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(Dungeon Photo credit: David Barnas on Flickr)

Loomin’ Large Challenge: Let’s Celebrate Thrively!

Challenge #2 is finished!  Click here to see the winners.

Congratulations to our winner, Nathan from Illinois!  Here’s the bracelet that took home Challenge #1:

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Thrively is Loomin’ Large with over 100,000 camps, programs and clubs, or as we at Thrively see it, over a 100,000 ways for families to discover and nurture their children’s passions. We’re celebrating by showcasing the incredible design talent of young Rainbow Loom designers.

Rainbow Loomers are clever masters of patterns, colors, structure and creativity.  Our YouTube master designer, Larry Roberts, is testing the skills of all ambitious Loomers to see who can recreate (with precision!) his custom design of the Thrively logo.

Even though Challenge #1 is closed, see if you are up for the challenge anyway and try to recreate Larry’s Thrively logo!

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How to make sure your kids get the most out of their summer

Take a peek at the stats in the pond.  Overwhelmingly, parents want their kids’ academic learning to stay fresh throughout the summer so their brains don’t turn to mush over the break.  But did they actually send them to academic programs?  Nope.  In fact, more than half of parents did not, even though 58% said they wanted to.

And here’s our super  opinionated  stance  on the matter:

It’s OK!

Summer is the ULTIMATE time to be a kid.  In order to become the mature, intelligent, grown-ups we all want our kids to be, children need to spend their summer doing very un-grown-up-like things.  Yes, a few math flash cards here and there won’t hurt, but for the most part, kids should be:

  • Catching bull frogs
  • Exploring new passions
  • Singing camp songs
  • Getting sick off of ‘smores
  • Climbing mountains
  • Making new friends
  • Rainbow looming til their fingers bleed
  • Sleeping outside
  • Building robots
  • Defending their foursquare championship title
  • And finally swimming to the far dock

By now we know that school alone does not make a child whole.  So why waste the one chunk of time that children have where they can really delve into a passion whole-heartedly?

And if they insist on staying inside and playing video games, tell them they need to build it themselves first. 

So where are the best spots to chase fireflies, perfect your back walkover or learn pottery? Join us at our Twitter party on Wednesday night to find out!  And you could win an iPad Mini! See details below.

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The “Summer Camp Hustle”

We all do it.  You’re throwing out the last of the rogue half-empty eggnog cartons in the back of the fridge, thinking about whether to store or throw away all those cute holiday cards on the mantle, and the kids are back in school. Which means you wake up one morning in mid-February in a panic,knowing that you will blink again and then it will be summer and the kids will not be in school.

So you spend the next month of your life, in between work, making lunches, and taking care of a million other things, coordinating with all the parents in your circle, googling camps, matching schedules, coordinating itineraries amongst all your children and their friends, and squeezing every last penny out of your summer budget. Oh yeah! You high-five yourself all the way until the last day of school.

Then you realize, you spent a fraction of the time actually researching the camps and thinking through the programs as you did planning the logistics. Who has time for real research??

Thinking further… are we approaching summer camp as an incredible opportunity for our kids to explore something new, to pursue a passion, to grow as a person?  Or are we treating camp as the thing that fills the space and occupies the time between the end of school and the beginning of school?   Probably a little of everything, but maybe a bit too much of the latter.

Check out this awesome post on Huffpost Parents’ blog by Todd Kestin about summer camp:

An interesting thing happens at camp when kids are taken out of their usual environment. The rules change. Everything changes. Authenticity is rewarded. Responsibility is cool. Maturity adds clout. If it weren’t for camp, I would never have been ready for college, which led to graduate school, and the mentoring career I enjoy now. It was a natural progression that began in camp.

Todd makes a great point.  Camp gives kids a freedom to explore and grow, so not only does this help support the pursuit of what they love, but also helps them grow as individuals.  He adds:

Without this type of experience, kids often flounder through their teens and early twenties, unsure how to:

  • Choose valuable friends
  • Make decisions for their lives and 
  • Have the confidence to pursue their dreams.

What can you do to help your children get these skills out of summer camp?  Here are a few of our suggestions:

  • Let them go to camp on their own.  It’s great to go with a best friend, and sometimes it can help ease your newbie camper into the experience, but also encourage them to use this time as an opportunity to learn how to meet people.   Your daughter might spend 2 weeks out of the year with her girlfriends from sleep-away camp, but she’ll have friends scattered all over the world for the rest of her life.  And that’s pretty cool.  Actually, it’s pretty awesome.
  • Include your child in the camp planning experience, and look beyond the surface of what’s out there.  My daughter is into all things art, but I didn’t realize how much she was going to love fashion design camp until we started exploring offshoots of the traditional art camp experience together.
  • Give them the freedom to choose.  Summer camps these days are incredible, with multiple tracks and electives that can captivate any child.  Let them try something new, but also allow them to change their mind.  This is an essential part of learning how to prioritize and chase dreams.  Case in point:  A friend’s kid went to art camp when at about 10 years old with two friends.  The friends both signed up for hip hop dance, so she naturally went along with them.  Her mother describes her as having roughly 3 left feet, so the choreography was frustrating for her.  Not only that, but she just hated being on stage in front of everyone.  Thankfully her counselors recognized that she wasn’t exactly enthused and they asked her if she wanted to do something else.  She was tempted to continue with the class, eager to be with her friends, but she knew that she wasn’t enjoying it and she should try something else instead.  She transferred into a poetry elective, and loved every minute of it.

Thankfully, finding the right summer camp doesn’t need to be a quest for the Holy Grail. There will be a wealth of ideas at our Twitter party featuring summer camps and you are welcome to join us and swap summer tips with our other planning parents.

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