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


13-16



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Check out First Stage and Wolftrap performances


15



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Read J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit together


11



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Read “Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child” by Dr. Marc Weissbluth


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Look into "OK Go" videos.


7-14



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Check out Harmonia School on Mill St Music Art Theatre


6



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Plan trip to Outside Lands music festival at Golden Gate Park


17



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Play up your strengths. What are your strengths? What are you really good at or love doing?


13, 17, 21



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Make a gift of Marcus Aurelius' Meditations.


15



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Read "A Wrinkle in Time" (me too.)


10



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Go on a tour of the Kennedy Center. Free guided tours through Friends of the Kennedy Center.


10



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Invest in a laminator, a label maker and a glue gun. You’ll be glad you did!


5



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There are all kinds of ways people end up destroying their lives in an attempt to cope with fear, loneliness, stress, grief, boredom or anxiety, etc. A few: Drug/alcohol addiction, gambling, shopping/ spending addiction, hoarding, sex addiction, fundamentalism/ extremist politics, workaholics, deadbeats. Nobody starts out trying to be an addict or a nut. It happens when you continually choose to avoid dealing with the pain or anxiety you’re feeling. Choices become habits. Habits can form addictions. That’s why it’s SO important to find healthy ways to deal with difficult feelings or situations. What makes you feel better when you’re upset? A shower, a run, music, a game, friends, quiet time, being outdoors ... There are lots of ways to take good care of your spirit. Keep choosing them. Ask for help when you’re not able to make good choices on your own.


14, 17, 19, 21



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Read poem “Wild Geese” by Mary Oliver. (“...You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves...”)


17



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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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Watch awards shows (Oscars, Grammy's, Tony's, ESPY's, Image Awards and CNN Heroes awards.) Be a part of your times, appreciate others' accomplishments. Be inspired.


8-18



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Someone I admire is __________. Talk about someone you admire and why. Ask them to do the same. Do this often as you can. Reticket through age 18.


4



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Go as a family to local high school musical productions.


9-13



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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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Plan out first concert.


11



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Don’t use a bad word when you can use a good word.


10



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


15



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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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Jam is an incredible resource of fun learning activities and projects in a safe online environment. Ages 6-16.


6



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Make a deal: flying lessons IF he takes dancing lessons. A man has got to know how to dance! In fact, tack on some other prerequisites like good grades and responsible behavior


16



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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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Camp Arena Stage


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Read biographies. So much to learn and discover by reading about the lives of great men and women. Ducksters.com is a great resource. Amazon and The Learning Well also have great lists. Just Google "biographies for kids."


5-15



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