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The Age of Entitlement

Many of us have been there. As children, we often want what we want when we want it. I was an unusually considerate child growing up (my mom’s words, not  mine), so I didn’t gripe much about not getting material things. But like most kids and teens past and present, I whined about washing dishes or taking out the trash, I watched way too much TV and generally felt like I should be able to do what I wanted.  more

Tags: This Week in Moms, Mom, Moms, Mother, Mothers, Mommy, Mommies, parent, Parents, parenting, Kid, Kids, child, Children, the y, YMCA, Gratitude, teens, teenagers, Chores, giving, charity, Volunteer, Volunteering, volunteerism, Christmas, Birthday, Birthdays, gifts, goals, Failure, Adversity, Work, Household, Consistency, Compassion, Service, generosity

International Understanding, Leadership Skills, and Cultural Competency for Teens

This is a 5-part series leading up to Giving Tuesday (#GivingTuesday). Find out how Rachel benefitted from her World Service global education efforts and how you can be a part of Giving Tuesday too. This is her Y. Her words. Her story.  more

Tags: This Week in Young Leaders, Millennials, Generation Y, Generation X, social responsibility, Leadership, Leaders, leader, student, teens, college, young professionals, Next Generation, volunteerism, caring, giving, Community, communities, neighbors, Neighborhood, the y, YMCA, So Much More, Call to Action, Giving Tuesday, world service, Global Services, service learning, Philanthropy

Holiday Fun

Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner and instead of getting down about the polar vortex that has enveloped much of the country, let's get excited about family, food and fun! more

Tags: This Week in Moms, Mom, Moms, Mother, Mothers, Mommy, Mommies, parent, Parents, parenting, Kid, Kids, child, Children, the y, YMCA, holidays, food, Crafts, Family, Christmas, Thanksgiving, Diet, Vegan, Vegetarian, Paleo, gifts, Shopping, photos

At the Y, There's Always an Opportunity to Help Others

Seth Bower from the YMCA of Central Ohio shares some thoughts about what it means to be an emerging leader at the Y. Whether his advice helps you think about a career at the Y or inspires you to just do a bit of good in your community as a volunteer, this interview's worth reading.  more

Tags: This Week in Young Leaders, Millennials, Generation Y, Generation X, social responsibility, Leadership, Leaders, leader, student, teens, college, young professionals, Next Generation, volunteerism, caring, giving, Community, communities, neighbors, Neighborhood, the y, YMCA, So Much More, Call to Action

Separation Anxiety

Parents are spending more and more time away from their children due to financial obligations. Many children spend more time in day (or night) care than with their parents. Should this be the norm? more

Tags: This Week in Moms, Mom, Moms, Mother, Mothers, Mommy, Mommies, parent, Parents, parenting, Kid, Kids, child, Children, the y, YMCA, baby, babies, motherhood, Dads, fathers, Daughter, Work-At-Home, Stay-At-Home, Daycare, Childcare, Milestones, Teething, Crawling

Lead, Differently

In today's global society we must prepare ourselves to lead differently.

But what does differently mean? more

Tags: This Week in Young Leaders, Millennials, Generation Y, Generation X, social responsibility, Leadership, Leaders, leader, student, teens, college, young professionals, Next Generation, volunteerism, caring, giving, Community, communities, neighbors, Neighborhood, the y, YMCA, So Much More, Call to Action, Education

Afterschool Matters

Jorge Perez, VP of Youth Development, Family Enrichment and Social Responsibility for YMCA of the USA, wrote a blog post about the importance of afterschool programs and how to choose the best one for your child over at Parent Toolkit. more

Tags: This Week in Moms, Mom, Moms, Mother, Mothers, Mommy, Mommies, parent, Parents, parenting, Kid, Kids, child, Children, the y, YMCA, baby, babies, motherhood, Safety, School, Afterschool, Stepchildren, Latino, African-American, Activities, trips, college, Extracurricular, Enrichment, development, play, programs, Art, STEM

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