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Do Cell Phones Belong at Summer Camp?

By Adam Simon | December 27, 2018 | Comments Off on Do Cell Phones Belong at Summer Camp?
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The trauma of taking away kids’ “magic phones” at camp I know that’s a little dramatic, but that’s how it feels watching kids hand their cell phones over to their parents when they are dropped off at camp. I think I got that “magic phone” term from the comedian Norm McDonald (one of my favorites).…

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The Dark Tunnel of Adolescent Evolution (Part 1): Why Parents Need to Stay in The Game

By Adam Simon | May 14, 2018 | Comments Off on The Dark Tunnel of Adolescent Evolution (Part 1): Why Parents Need to Stay in The Game
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  Introducing an 8-part series to help parents This is the first of an eight-part interview series I conducted with Amy Frisch, a wonderful therapist who has been leading teenage girls’ groups for over twenty years. In this segment, we discuss teenagers’ challenges as they leave their childhood behind. The dark tunnel Amy calls it…

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Nurturing the Teen Spirit While Living in a Uncertain World

By Adam Simon | May 10, 2018 | Comments Off on Nurturing the Teen Spirit While Living in a Uncertain World
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  One of the things that struck me in this segment (#7) with Amy is the importance of recognizing that while teenagers may look and sound like adults, they are not. Our world may feel more unpredictable and more dangerous than ever, and kids may grow up quicker than ever, but we still need to…

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Thoughts on Gender and How Kids Can Help us Grow if We Allow it to Happen

By Adam Simon | May 9, 2018 | Comments Off on Thoughts on Gender and How Kids Can Help us Grow if We Allow it to Happen
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  I love this segment with Amy. It’s short, but she touches on several things we, as parents, would be well served to keep in mind. When talking about gender and sexuality, Amy says, almost as an aside …   I love that she said that, and it is something I will keep in mind…

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It’s Not Your Journey: Giving Teens The Space to Navigate Their Lives

By Adam Simon | May 8, 2018 | Comments Off on It’s Not Your Journey: Giving Teens The Space to Navigate Their Lives
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  How can we allow teenagers to make their own decisions when we know what we know? In this last video in my eight-part series with therapist Amy Frisch, we get into some of the reasons why teenagers “twist the truth” and how we can help them self-navigate difficult situations. What does giving space look…

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Parenting Adolescents: Structure, Limits and Flowing With The Changing Tide of The Parent Child Relationship

By Adam Simon | May 8, 2018 | Comments Off on Parenting Adolescents: Structure, Limits and Flowing With The Changing Tide of The Parent Child Relationship
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  Sometimes a metaphor can serve as a powerful way to illustrate an idea. In video 3 of my 8-part discussion with teen therapist, Amy Frisch, she compares parenting to the beach’s shoreline and how it shifts and changes, and how parents of teenagers need to shift and change like the ocean as their teens…

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Rays of Sunshine at Odyssey Teen Camp

By Adam Simon | April 22, 2017 | Comments Off on Rays of Sunshine at Odyssey Teen Camp
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Teenage boy finds hope and connection at summer camp Being a young person is perhaps harder now than it ever was before. The pressures that society can place on our teens is immense – teachers demand better grades, coaches demand more time and better performances on the athletic field, and the temptations put upon our teens by their peers…

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A 14-Year Old Finds Compassion for Her Parents Through a Buddhism Workshop at Teen Camp

By Odyssey Teen Camp | February 5, 2016 | Comments Off on A 14-Year Old Finds Compassion for Her Parents Through a Buddhism Workshop at Teen Camp
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This next story comes from Shira. She talks about how her camp experience helped her find a new way of living she had only dreamed was possible. Shira’s story “Someone the other day asked me what the correlation between who I am, who I want to be, and who I think I should be was.…

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How One Teen Went From Selective Mute to Confident Teen: Finding His Voice (and joy) at Teen Camp

By Adam Simon | February 10, 2015 | Comments Off on How One Teen Went From Selective Mute to Confident Teen: Finding His Voice (and joy) at Teen Camp
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You may have read summer camp testimonials before, but my guess is that you haven’t read one like this. Nate came to us as a camper and not one who most people would guess would turn into one of our most well-known counselors. If the world ever feels hard, or if you feel misunderstood or…

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A Non-Profit Overnight Summer Camp For Teens Ages 13-18
Located in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts.

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