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Step Away from the Screen!

Last week was Screen-Free Week. I didn’t notice because my eyes were on the prize: Mother’s Day, the best day of all.

Now that the mommy merriment has simmered down, I’m catching up on other things discussed in Internetland, which (paradoxically) included Screen-Free Week.

Parents are forced to think about screens from the start. There are clear reasons to turn off screens. more

Tags: This Week in Moms, Mom, Mommies, Mother, Mothers, parent, parenting, child, Children, Kid, Kids, baby, babies, teen, teens, youth development, Family, families, pediatrician, tablets, technology

Why Aren't You Getting Outdoors?

"The millennial generation is... more disconnected from nature than any generation before."

This from a recent press conference with U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell.

Not that our great country is lacking opportunities for a little outdoor recreation. Maybe it's just that we need to be reminded of what's out there and to look up from our smart phones and tablets every once in a while. more

Tags: This Week in Young Leaders, outdoors, nature, physical fitness, smartphones, tablets, social media, teens, college, young leaders, Leadership, Leaders, Millennials, the y, YMCA

Necessity, the Mother of Invention

I have hippy tendencies that bob to the surface but are usually whack-a-moled by my competing love of convenience. Communal living tiny houses (now with movement status), minimal personal hygiene (this one gets tempered pretty quickly by The Spouse and lingering looks from strangers), and a macrobiotic diet have all been suppressed for now. more more

Tags: This Week in Moms, Mom, Moms, Mother, Mothers, parent, Parents, parenting, youth, youth development, baby, babies, child, Children, Kid, Kids, teen, teens, Family, families, Community, communities, the y, YMCA

In a Rut? Shake it Up!

It's human nature to stick to routines. There are good reasons for it, helping us maintain schdules and accomplish long-term goals. Just getting into a regular running routine is an admirable accomplishment in itself. But eventually the same routine will result in a plateau. For those who want to achieve new goals and challenges, it's necessary to change things up. more

Tags: Y, YMCA, Run, Running, Jog, fitness, training, routine, unique workouts

View from the Top

This past summer, young leaders from all around the world gathered at the YMCA Europe Youth Festival in Prague. One of the main attractions was a giant tree house where everyone gathered to hang out, exchange ideas, and - for some lucky folks - camp out for the night thirty feet above the ground. Throughout the festival, the buzz about this clubhouse in the sky was that it was not only a great place to create a community in the treetops but also a good place to relax, unwind, and meditate. While the tree house in the Czech Republic has come and gone, here are a few other places around the world worth checking out.  more

Tags: This Week in Young Leaders, youth, teens, college, young leaders, Leadership, Education, global education, international, Travel, leisure, Relaxation, well-being, tree house, Costa Rica, India, Sweden, France, South Africa, Prague, Czech Republic, meditation, the y, YMCA

Epilogue to Mother’s Day

Yesterday, I was riding the bus, minding my own business. I can’t always say that, but yesterday it was true. Then, this beautiful moment unfolded.

A group of grandmas (pardon my presumption, but I’m painting a picture) were saying goodbye to one of their friends about to get off the bus, everyone wishing everyone else a happy Mother’s Day. As one grandma stepped off the bus and onto the curb, she said to no one and everyone, “happy Mother’s Day to all mothers!” more

Tags: This Week in Moms, Mom, Moms, Mother, Mothers, Mommy, Mommies, baby, babies, child, Children, Kid, Kids, youth, youth development, grandmother, grandma, gram, Mother's Day

You Have a Voice.

In the next few months, we're giving you - our young leaders - a chance to share your thoughts on topics ranging from education & leadership to sports & recreation to travel & entertainment as well as speaking up on issues such as bullying, illiteracy, hunger prevention, multiculturalism, and more. If you're interested in raising your voice and becoming a volunteer guest blogger for This Week in Young Leaders, then let's get you writing some inspiring words, putting together a photo essay, or sharing a short "do-it-yourself" video (think mini-docs or a sixty-second selfie) about what's on your mind these days. more

Tags: This Week in Young Leaders, young leaders, youth, Leaders, Leadership, Millennials, Online Generation, Look Up, blog, social media, voices, opinions, inspiration, motivation, determination, writer, producer, filmmaker, photo essay, digital media, multiculturalism, hunger prevention, illiteracy, Education, sports, recreation, Travel, entertainment, the y, YMCA

Pancakes on Mother’s Day

Like everyone else until the day you’re anointed a mom, I spent my life on the appreciating end of Mother’s Day, which meant that every year about this time I was reliably filled with dread. How do you sufficiently appreciate your mother in one day? Does a pancake breakfast in bed suffice? What if you add blueberries? Maybe a Mother’s Day card that sings “Wind Beneath My Wings”?

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Tags: This Week in Moms, Moms, Mother, Mommy, child, Children, Kid, Kids, baby, babies, youth, youth development, Mother's Day, celebration, pancakes, the y, YMCA

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