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“Children have not always been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.” (James Baldwin)

All parents want the best for their children.  They would like them to be honest, caring, respectful, and responsible (HCRR), but might wonder how to go about helping them develop these principles.  First and foremost, you should recognize that you are always role-modeling to your children what these look like.

When you keep your word to your children, you teach them honesty. When you hold the door open for someone, you are teaching them how to care.  By saying you are sorry when you have hurt someone’s feelings you are helping them to respect other people’s feelings.  When you clean up after yourself you model responsibility.  Keep in mind that children learn from you, whether your actions are positive or negative.  A great example of this is seen on a youtube.com video titled “Children see, children do.” This powerful message reminds us that we should always be cognizant of our actions, as these are the actions that we will see in our children.

Add these additional techniques to your parental role-modeling in order to help your children develop the four principle character strengths:

  1. Be very genuine and interested in your children. Listening to your children is very important in developing a strong sense of self. Ask them open ended questions so that they will elaborate, and provide them 100% of your attention with a caring and respectful approach.
  2. Children need to find appropriate ways to feel empowered.  Help them do this by asking them to be responsible with helping you plan or cook dinner, or clean the dishes. Even young children can help with developmentally appropriate skills like putting ice cubes in cups or washing fruit.
  3. Allow natural consequences to occur.  If your child forgets their instrument for band, or shoes for soccer, they will learn more responsibility and problem solving skills if you allow them to accept the consequences of these actions.
  4. Always be consistent in what you do.  If you have said no to staying up past bedtime, that should mean no staying up past bedtime. Children will naturally try to challenge your decision, however if you are consistent and follow through, they will stop trying to persuade you differently. Your child will respect you more if you stick with your plans and agreements.
  5. Be honest, but not hurtful in your words and actions.  Your children will respect you for providing honest and respectful feedback, as it shows that you truly care for them. If your daughter tried on a dress that you felt was inappropriate, let her know how you feel and help her to find something you both like.
  6. Finally, love your children unconditionally.  If they make a mistake make sure that they know that it is the behavior that you disapprove of, not them. Their self-esteem and decision making skills will benefit from the way you care for them as you handle their mistakes.

 

If you have questions do you know where to find reputable answers? I have provided a few of my favorite websites that I have looked for information and assistance from in the past.  Many of these sites also contain a recreational component as well so that your family can find fun things to do together.

charactered.net

This is a site that is typically used for teachers and schools to support character education with lesson plans and curriculum.  There is a parent resource page that contains activities for families, parenting ideas and resources.

positiveparenting.com

Provides parenting tips, articles, web links, and more to enrich your experience as a parent.

education.com

Provides expert advice for parents of preschoolers through high school.  Subjects include school and academics, child and adolescent development, nutrition and health, groups and blogs.

ldonline.org

This is the world’s leading website on learning disabilities and ADHD. It features the basic topics, and Q & A’s, alongside advice from professionals.  The Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC) recently announced a new iphone app in order to help parents participate in IEP meetings.

Homeschool.com

This is the leading homeschooling community and support website.  Provides curriculum, newsletters, forums, podcasts, resource guides and support groups.

usa.gov

This site provides government information by a large variety of topics including current topics that affect families such as Internet safety, and grandparents raising grandchildren. Also helps with web chats, A-Z Agency list, and local, state and federal government information.


 


 

General Camp Forms
2014 Summer Camp Brochure
Bring A Friend Discount - Save $25
E-Camp (Pictures) Parent instructions
Family & Friends Brochure - Coming Soon
 

Payment Plans:

 With our new on-line registration system it's easy to set up your own payment plan.  Once you complete the registration process and pay the initial deposit, you can easily log on once a week, once a month, or whenever you wish and make a payment to your camp balance.  Even though you know how valuable and life-changing the camp experience can be, it can still be hard to look at the camp fee and pay the entire amount at one time.  Fees for each session at due 1 month prior to the camp start date.  Need help - please call our registrar at 269-731-3000.

Financial Assistance:

We want to be sure no camper is turned away because of the ability to afford camp.  Please contact the camp office with any questions.  It is camp policy to provide services to all people regardless of the ability to pay established fees. The policy is accomplished by setting fees at rates as affordable as possible and by providing financial assistance to those for whom the camp fees are not affordable. Those in need of financial assistance may be awarded partial scholarship funds. See the chart below for income guidelines. If the guidelines indicate you may qualify for assistance, please enclose with your registration, proof of income (IRS 1040) and the $40 camp deposit. Scholarships are offered for one week of camp/child/summer.

These scholarships are available to Michigan residents of Kalamazoo or Calhoun counties, and the school districts of Delton, Mattawan, Lawton, Plainwell, Otsego and PawPaw only.  Scholarships cannot be used with any other discounts. If you have any questions, please call (269)731-3000.

Click to download our    Financial Assistance Application

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Bring a "new" camper to Sherman Lake YMCA camps and you will receive a $25 gift certificate to use toward your camp fees or in our camp store!

There is no limit to the number of "new" campers you can bring!

You are responsible for contacting the Registrar and submitting the Bring A Friend Discount Program Form.

Once the new camper(s) has been registered, you will receive your gift certificate.

Click here for the Bring A Friend Camp Discount Form!

 

 

Our Military Kids Inc. has grants available for kids of National Guard and Reserve service members currently deployed overseas and all kids with a military parent recovering from a severe injury. The grant covers up to six months of instruction, including summer camp, to a maximum of $500, for a child that is 3 years of age through senior year in high school. For more information, visit:
www.ourmilitarykids.org

 

With out new online registration system you are able to access your account at any time and make a payment. You may select the size of your payment. Don't wait until the last minute, set up your own installment plan and pay your camp fees a little at a time! Register Online today > > >

 

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