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Why You Should Allow Your Kids To Go Camping

Why You Should Allow Your Kids To Go Camping

Camping for kids could be a great experience for every child and their parents. Aside from the sense of adventure they will experience, camping will also teach them responsibilities by participating in things, like tree planting and other team building activities. Once you decide summer camp can be an option for your son(s) or daughter(s), you should start to arrange for whatever camping program you think they should join.

The act of facilitating the kind of summer camp your child will be a part of allows you to pick the best camp that meets your child’s needs. Regardless if you decide to enroll your child in summer camp, day camp, or overnight camp – most camp programs send you a welcome packet that includes a list of things to pack and other important things to note. Just in case you want your child to be fully prepared, below are great tips for determining the camping needs of your kids.

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What To Pack For Sleepaway Camp

For sleepaway camping programs, the same fundamental packing list as the daycamp essentials is required, but with lots of additions. To begin with, you will have to understand how long camping lasts and whether your children might have the opportunity to do laundry. Otherwise, pack two times the number of undergarments and socks while considering the length of time will be spent at camp. For additional clothing items, include more t-shirts and shorts for everyday camping, a couple of sweatshirts to protect your child from the chill or mosquitoes that come with summer nights, athletic shoes, two pairs of pants, two sets of pajamas, and a good amount of swimsuits.

Also keep toiletries in mind, like toothpaste, a toothbrush, shampoo, a comb along with a hairbrush, and soap. Also include a minimum of two towels. Pack the items along with a plastic bag or caddy sot hat it is easy to carry back and forth from the shower. Other things you might want to include are a pillow, mattress linens, a sleeping bag, and a blanket. As a precaution, also pack a flashlight with extra batteries.

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What To Pack For Day Camp

For day camps, you should include items like, swimming gear, a bathing suit, towels, sunblock, and swimming footwear. Include a hat on the list for additional sun protection, bottles filled with drinking water, sandals, an additional change of clothing, and perhaps a lightweight rain slicker and sweatshirt as well. With these packing precautions, you will prepare your child for just about any activity or weather.

Medication

If your child has medication they need to take or if they have allergies, it is important to make sure that camp nurse is aware of it. Take things a step further by making sure that the camp nurse has medication and prescriptions for your child on-hand in the case of emergencies, as well as to make sure that your child takes doses of their medication whenever they are scheduled to.

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Snacks

Several summer camp programs have lunch and snacks offered, but some don’t. When they don’t, you have to pack for lunch and snacks every single day within an insulated lunch bag. For the snacks, avoid having to pack peanut butter, nuts, and chocolates as snacks like these are typical allergy triggers for children and chocolate can melt. You should also have snacks handy so that your child can reach in their bag whenever they need them.

Recreation

Most camps will not allow cellphones or personal electronic games, so check and make sure that recreational items you include in your child’s luggage follow the camping program’s rules and restrictions. To be on the safe side, toss in some books or puzzles for your child during downtime and rainy days. You should also label everything with your child’s names or initials. A waterproof marker or fabric labels work nicely too.

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Instead of letting your kids sit in front of the screen playing video games or binging on cartoons all summer long, why not expose them to a fun-filled and real life experience with nature? With some planning, your child’s camp experience can be a great one!

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Last Updated on December 2, 2018

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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Review Your Past Flow

Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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