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Seed Packages

We’ve all been forced recently to think about child rearing whether or not we’re rearing a child. Tiger MomTiger Mom II, and‘grit’ are familiar terms though we may not agree. Through trial and error (consider for a second what’s implied there), we’re slowly getting the formula tweaked just right to produce the most academically gifted and economically productive humans possible.

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Tags: YMCA, the y, parenting, Parents, Mom, Mommy, Mother, Mothers, Children, child, Kid, Kids, youth development, seeds, growing

The Roots of Empathy

I was a jerk. Not to say I'm not still a jerk, but I'm now at least aware of one specific way I was a jerk and  have ceased doing it. I was that person who was intolerant of babies on the plane. If I so much as heard the pre-cry squawks of our youngest people I'd roll my eyes wayward and think "I hope they're not seated near me." When those parents had the actual misfortune of sitting next to me, there may have been a time when I helpfully offered in the most jerkified voice I could muster: "Have you tried a pacifier?" more

Tags: Mom, Mommy, Mother, Mothers, parenting, advice, baby, babies, child, Children, Kids, Kid, raising the Y, YMCA, respect, values

Do You Leave Your Earbuds at Home?

The world is full of distractions meant to get us "out of our heads." Listening to music or audio books while running is so common that those who aren't wearing earphones have become a minority. It can be good way to relieve stress and distract your from discomfort. I'm a big music fan who listens to music all time time. Except when I'm running.  more

Tags: Y, YMCA, Run, Running, Jog, fitness, training, meditation, transendental, Shambhala

It’s So Hard to Say I'm Sorry

It’s so simple yet so easy to mess up (and then you’ll need to apologize for your apology!). Here's some advice on the power of saying "I'm Sorry" and how you can help your kids learn the value of caring and strong character. 

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Tags: Mom, Mommy, Mommies, Mother, Mothers, Kid, Kids, child, Children, baby, teen, teens, youth, youth development, values, character, caring, respect, honesty, responsibility, the y, YMCA, parenting, Parents

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