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Confident, Creative Kids

With Andy Pritikin, Liberty Lake Day Camp

This podcast is sponsored by SCOPE, an amazing organization that helps to send children from financially disadvantaged families to summer camp. You can learn more about SCOPE online and through social media @supportscope.

My friend Andy Pritikin is one of the more talented and engaged camp professional that I know and is a great person to talk about raising confident kids.

The founder, owner and director of Liberty Lake Day Camp in Bordentown, NJ, Andy has been a professional musician, tenured music teacher, camp professional, host of the popular DayCampPod podcast, and is also the co-founder and executive producer of the New Jersey Renaissance Faire. He’s a past president of the ACA New York New Jersey section, chairman of the Tri-State Camp Conference and has served on numerous ACA National and Regional committees.

Andy was trained by many legends of the camp world and works with thousands of families each summer. Around the campfire, we talk about something important to all of us – raising confident children. We touch on the importance of creativity, a growth mindset, the power of critical thinking and a number of great books and resources for parents.

Great Books for Parents

Let Grow – This is a great resource for parents and schools to use in preparing our children to be confident, creative, and competent adults. Founded by four thought leaders, including two of our favorite writers - Lenore Skenazy and Jonathan Haidt - this is a great place for us all to learn more about letting go and letting grow.

The Whole Brain Child by Tina Paine Bryson. A book that changed how Andy worked with young people.

Dr. Wendy Mogel’s books, Blessing of a Skinned Knee, keeps coming up. If you’ve not read it yet, take the hint!

Mindset by Dr. Carol Dweck.  Are you approaching life with a ‘fixed’ or ‘growth’ mindset? It’s important to know which is your default setting and how changing from one to another can affect you and those around you.

Too Much of a Good Thing by Dan Kindlon – every generation tries to make things better. This is hard to do when our society already has it so good. Striving to make things better can lead to over-parenting and stop us from to raising confident, creative and competent humans.

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