Born To Dance has lessons and also does birthday parties. A dance class is a good way to get up and out of the house on Saturday mornings during the winter months. It'll be fun at this age - while he's still young enough to enjoy it without being self-conscious. Also a good way to get exercise before he's ready for organized sports.


4-5



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Read Prefontaine.


13



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Give him a copy of The Secret Lives of Great Composers by Elizabeth Lunday.


14



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Jazz in the Garden free outdoor concerts at National Gallery of Art. Fridays during summer months.


7



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People always say “Be yourself.” That’s good advice but really what does it mean? I think it’s easier to explain what it DOESN’T mean: When you’re being yourself you’re not pretending to be interested in something or someone you’re not. You’re not doing something just to please someone else (or just to tick them off.) You’re not wearing anything that makes you feel uncomfortable. You’re not pretending to have fun when you’re not having fun. You’re not trying to impress anyone. You’re not trying to fade into the background. You’re not trying to change anything about yourself or someone else. I think that’s a good start. What does “being yourself” mean to you?


11-14, 18, 21



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Summer concerts at Wolftrap- get good seats so they can really get a sense of the experience.


13-16



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Camp Arena Stage


8



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Listen to records, a whole album at a time. 2 or 3 in a row. Bring friends, eat, drink, hangout, be goofy, dance, etc.


14-18



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Read The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig.


4



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It’s very difficult to pull off sarcasm in written form. It does not translate.


15



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Start a tradition of asking them to memorize and recite a poem or famous speech for a gift for Mother’s Day, Christmas, etc. Start small with the little ones, expand as they get older.


8



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Ask the question “What are you doing when you feel most like yourself?”


16



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Read Harry Potter series to him / with him.


9-10



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Paint rocks with pictures or kind messages and find public places to leave them where they can hide in plain site. See RockOurWorldArt.


8-11



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C.S. Lewis books. (Children’s and adult.)


12, 21



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Read the Hobbit aloud with him. Afterward, encourage him to read The Lord of the Rings by himself.


9



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Plan a trip to New York City to see Hamilton.


15



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Trust me when I tell you that one day you’ll look back and realize you judged people unfairly and you held strong to convictions only to end up changing your mind about in the light of life experience. Leave a little space open for second impressions or the possibility that you could be wrong.


17



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Try to avoid the temptation to reach a conclusion too quickly or cling to it too tightly.” (Paraphrasing James Comey from his book ’A Higher Loyalty,’ which I recommend as a fantastic lesson in leadership - and history, and public service.)


19



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Challenge: Memorize and recite The New Colossus by Emma Lazarus.


10



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Listen to the radio stations they listen to. Know their favorite songs and artists.


12



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Look into "OK Go" videos.


7-14



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Go as a family to local high school musical productions.


9-13



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People always say “Be yourself.” That’s good advice but really what does it mean? I think it’s easier to explain what it DOESN’T mean: When you’re being yourself you’re not pretending to be interested in something or someone you’re not. You’re not doing something just to please someone else (or just to tick them off.) You’re not wearing anything that makes you feel uncomfortable. You’re not pretending to have fun when you’re not having fun. You’re not trying to impress anyone. You’re not trying to fade into the background. You’re not trying to change anything about yourself or someone else. I think that’s a good start. What does “being yourself” mean to you?


11-14, 18, 21



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Read "You Can’t buy a Dinosaur with a Dime" by Harriet Ziefert. Teaches kids about earning money through work, making choices, even paying taxes!


9



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Ask him to memorize and recite William Ernest Henley poem “Invictus” as a Christmas present for me.


15



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Give books. Inscribe them. Just a line or two can turn a good book into a treasure. Great for any occasion.


17



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Watch “The Sandlot” together. Great story about friendship and showing up for each other.


8



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Dress to people will listen to you, not look at you. (This is especially true at school and work.)


15, 18, 21



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