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Investment in your child 

Investment in your child 

Investment in your child Most of the leadership staff at Summerland Camps have worked in therapeutic boarding schools and summer camps for two decades.  Regardless of the focus of the camp; weight management, tech addiction, or behavioral issues...

Quantity vs. Quality

Quantity vs. Quality

Quality versus Quality  Lately, much attention has been given to terms like “digital detox” and the idea of completely unplugging. While the idea sounds nice, getting off the grid, it’s usually a short-term solution as smartphones and...

Is your phone between you and your child?

Is your phone between you and your child?

Is your phone between you and your child? Recent data shows 92% of U.S. adults now have a cellphone of some kind, and 90% of those cell owners say that their phone is frequently with them.  At times when we should be laughing and enjoying the...

Does your teen have an electronic bedroom?

Does your teen have an electronic bedroom?

Does your teen have an electronic bedroom? Sleep is one of the most important parts of our day.  It helps our minds and bodies restore and recoup.  Inadequate sleep can cause medical issues and contribute to obesity, depression, lack of mental...

Importance of Friendships

Importance of Friendships

Importance of Friendships One of the main concerns we hear from campers before they attend is that they are nervous about not knowing anyone at camp.  Most teens come to camp independently, without a friend or sibling and don’t know anyone...

Letting Kids be Kids

Letting Kids be Kids

Letting Kids be Kids Ask an adult about their childhood and they will likely share memories and experiences that are quite different than how our children are growing up today.  There is no denying that today’s youth is exposed to more adult...

5 Strategies to Help You Child Detach from Video Games

5 Strategies to Help You Child Detach from Video Games

5 Strategies to Help You Child Detach from Video Games 80% of American households having a gaming system.  For some families, gaming is just a hobby or occasional form of entertainment, but for others, it becomes a routine habit that can be...

Gain self-awareness with self-monitoring

Gain self-awareness with self-monitoring

Gain self-awareness with self-monitoring In our modern world, we have everything at our fingertips: information, the ability to record every second of our lives, and a constant running to-do list. For many of us, these technological advances that...

Summer Camp for Life Skills

Summer Camp for Life Skills

Summer Camp for Life Skills Now that The World Health Organization has classified gaming addiction as a disorder, many professionals are questioning if you can truly be addicted to an activity.  Regardless of terminology, if your child is using...

Ideas to Help Your Child Reduce Video Game and Smartphone Time

Ideas to Help Your Child Reduce Video Game and Smartphone Time

Reduce Video Game and Smartphone Time In today’s post, we will discuss some ideas to help your child reduce their video game and smartphone time. An important part of this issue is realizing that “screen time” fills a need, and in order to take...

Dealing with Resistance

Dealing with Resistance

Dealing with Resistance No one disagrees that being a parent is tough.  Our children’s brains are still developing; what they want to do, and what they need can sometimes be pretty far from each other.  As their parent, you are your children’s...

Distance to gain perspective

Distance to gain perspective

Distance to gain perspective Have you ever felt like a different person on a vacation?  Like you could try some things new, take up a new skill, eat new foods and just be different than how you are back at home?  This is part of what makes...

The success of the stubborn child

The success of the stubborn child

The success of the stubborn child “Strong willed, spirited, headstrong.” Some parents wince at these descriptions as this often means more arguments and a power struggle between parent and child.  But these same attributes that make...

Parent Anxiety: How to deal with worry when your kid’s at camp

Parent Anxiety: How to deal with worry when your kid’s at camp

Parent Anxiety: How to deal with worry when your kid’s at camp. Think back to your childhood summer memories, they most likely include long days of adventures with your friends and for many several weeks off at a summer camp, growing and...

World Health Organization recognizes gaming addiction as a disease

World Health Organization recognizes gaming addiction as a disease

World Health Organization recognized gaming addiction as a disease The big news this week was that the World Health Organization has recognized gaming addiction as a disease.  This helps to bring non-substance abuse addictions to light and for...

Screen Addiction Survey

Screen Addiction Survey Not sure if your child has a problem with overusing video games, smartphones, or digital devices?  Take the survey below to see our recommendations for next steps.  Once you click “submit,” results will be...