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Memorial Day Reflections

We’re remembering all the fallen soldiers this Memorial Day. It’s also a nice time to relax with friends and family and maybe some encased meats. Holidays in general make me pause and take stock – of my life, of time, of my world.

My daughter is only five months old, but warnings to savor this time come uninvited from both friends and strangers. “They’ll be off to college in a blink.” “The longest shortest time.” I get the ‘longest’ part. In the middle of the night when she wakes up for another straight hour on the hour, those afternoons when we’re circling the block again to not wake her. more

Tags: This Week in Moms, Mom, Mother, parent, parenting, baby, Kid, child, Children, Family, the y, YMCA, youth development, reflect, reflection, grow, growing, Kids, enjoy, enjoyment

Remembrance

What are you doing this Memorial Day weekend? BBQ with family? Road trip with friends? Getting ready to graduate? Preparing for a summer college class? If you're free, be sure to check out the National Memorial Day Concert broadcast by PBS, live on Sunday, May 25, 2014 from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. CT. Beforehand, you can preview the highlights of the concert, see who's performing, listen to stories from families, and be inspired.  more

Tags: This Week in Young Leaders, Millennials, Generation Y, Generation X, young leaders, Leadership, Memorial Day, holiday, road trip, concert, PBS, military, veteran, America, USA, outreach

Runners, Warm Up Your Engines!

Have you ever run a race or start an interval workout where you find yourself breathing harder than you feel you should be at that pace, and your legs feel like they're stuck in mud? Eventually your body adapts and you begin to feel more comfortable, either in subsequent intervals or later in the race. This is why you run a warmup first. more

Tags: Y, YMCA, Run, Running, Jog, fitness, warmup, racing, lactate threshhold

What, me worry?

I read an article yesterday about how just the act of worrying makes people miserable. Great! Now I can add the effect of worrying to my list of worries!

If you asked me a year ago if I was a worrier, I would have said no. Definitively no. I know that I can’t predict or avoid the pitfalls, and there will be pitfalls, so I don’t (usually) spend time on them before I have to. more

Tags: This Week in Moms, Mom, Mother, parent, parenting, baby, Kid, child, Children, Family, the y, YMCA, youth development, advice, calm, peace of mind, acceptance

Trek to Find the World's Largest Rocking Chair

With Memorial Day coming up this weekend, many of you may be taking to the road and going on a short holiday trip with your friends. Author John Green, The Fault in Our Stars, has some pretty witty (and amusing advice) you should check out -- and yes, the rocking chair's for real.  more

Tags: This Week in Young Leaders, Travel, holidays, Memorial Day, road trip, vacation, Leaders, Leadership, Millennials, Generation Y, Generation X, the y, YMCA, rocking chair, John Green

The World is Your Delicious Oyster and Other Adventures

If you’re horrified that your child is tasting their way through the world, rest assured that someone else’s child has already been there.

Do I detect notes of goat, onion, and cumin in your armpit?

Escape from it all for Memorial Day! ('All’ but people; expect them to be everywhere!)

Locating to that new country will be hard on your kids. more

Tags: This Week in Moms, Mom, Mother, parent, parenting, baby, Kid, child, Children, Family, the y, YMCA, youth development, Travel, adventure, relocate, relocation, Memorial Day

Why Running is Good for Your Knees

One of the most entrenched myths about running is that it "wears out" your knees. Despite several studies over the past two decades proving that this is just not true, the myth persists, especially among non-runners. Fortunately for everyone, it's no longer a valid concern. In fact, running is actually good for your joints. more

Tags: Y, YMCA, Run, Running, Jog, fitness, knee pain, osteoarthritis, joints

Forever Young?

30, it's just sitting there. For some of us, that number may be 40. Yes, young leaders, you are aging (and, hopefully, getting wiser) every day. But what about 100? You can search "Live to Be 100-years old" and things like live an active life - physically and mentally - will pop up. Is there really a "how-to" guide for what your life can be like in two, three, four... or seven decades? Maybe it's just setting fitness goals for yourself in your 20s, 30s, 40s, and beyond. Does the fountain of youth have anything to do with the foods you're eating? more

Tags: This Week in Young Leaders, Millennials, Age, Generation Y, Generation X, youth, teen, college, student, young professional, young leaders, leader, Leadership, generations

What do you do to recharge?

Mommying is constant. There’s no way around it. Even when you’re not actively with your kids, you’re thinking about them, worrying about them, planning for them… you get it, you’re living it!

We have to be whole to be able to give to others more

Tags: This Week in Moms, Mom, Mother, parent, parenting, baby, Kid, child, Children, Family, the y, YMCA, youth development, recharge, pamper, care, self, self-care, escape, time, alone

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