D&D will be on as usual this Thursday. Hopefully everyone will have had a good start to the school year despite the awful heat forecast! Noah will no longer be attending D&D as he has returned to school (maybe he will convince his college roommates to play!). Please post your plans in the comments so we know who is coming and who is not.
We are on for this evening. Sam put together some information for you all. You can click the links below to see what he has organized for use tonight!
New D&D dedicated blog. D&D members are welcome to use this blog page to keep up to date on what is happening with the group.
DM for tonights game is Atticus. Sam is not available. We will look over the new code of conduct, and jump into a new adventure. Players, use the comments section to keep in the loop as to who can come each week etc.
Well Spring is here, and my patience with this endless cold weather is at an end. Enough of the freezing already! We are registering for our Spring sessions of GO! and I really really want to get outside and enjoy some springtime hikes and playing in the mud! Our winter sessions were pretty great, we did some snow shoeing and outside activities, and we made good use of the barn at Holcomb Farm. That said, we want out!!!
Spring hasn't even made herself at home, and all ready the high schoolers are starting the wind up to the end of the year. Stress is building as the push to the finish begins. The middle school kids also feel the stress of this time of year, with an increase in peer related "drama". Middle school is tough, friendships change as kids begin to grow in different directions sometimes leaving once close friends behind.
The sixth graders are getting excited or worried, depending on the child, about the transition to middle school. All in all it is a hectic and exciting time of year to work with school age children.
I hope you are all dug out and ready for the warmer weather that MUST be on its way.
Take care and Happy Spring!
The phones have started ringing with questions about the 6th Grade Dance! Not to worry my Wells and Kelly friends, the Youth Action Council is meeting this week to plan the first dance of the year. you can expect more information be be available later this month.
I am so happy that in Granby school isn't starting until after Labor Day weekend. It just seems "right" somehow, a nice neat end to the summer vacation. Those years we started before Labor Day seemed rushed and disorganized, I felt caught off guard, despite knowing well in advance that schools opened in August.
If you are a parent that is counting the days till the kids are back in school, I hear you! I have had those summers!! I have to admit that this year, I could happily extend vacation. The kids are older now, but not too old I guess. My teenager is old enough and responsible enough to pick up the slack when his younger sister is home (between camps and visits to Grand Ma's house) but young enough to not have the social life to present parental stress...no parities, significant girlfriends, etc. Between part time jobs and activities, his time was well accounted for, and I get to leave lists of things to be done with the expectation that he will actually get around to doing them!
So if you have little ones, and are exhausted with the run around of driving to camp, picking up from camp, arranging play dates, dealing with "Mom,Dad, I'm bored" etc, there is light at the end of the tunnel. School is starting soon, and summers will not always be so hectic. It will likely get better! I have found that parenting provides unexpected grace periods where things just seem to click. The challenge is to recognize and appreciate them when they happen because they are typically (in my experience anyway) short lived as the next developmental challenge asserts itself and all our tried and true parenting techniques go out the window like last years fashion fad. Chaos will once again reign for awhile until as parents we figure out how to cope.
So, the countdown to the new school year is winding down. Enjoy the last moments of this summer vacation and make a note to look for and appreciate this years charmed moments of grace. If you look for them, you are likely to find them. Like a sunset, they may be fleeting, but if you take the time to appreciate them, their beauty can carry you thru the rain and clouds that might follow!
I have been spending a fair bit of time at the day camp run by the Recreation department at Salmon Brook Park. The kids are having a great time. A couple of times a week the counselors bring the kids to the creek and let them just hang out and play for awhile. The kids LOVE this unstructured time to explore the water and the surrounding habitats. They splash, explore, and relax.
Watching them play brings back memories of my childhood. Playing at the creek, or just out in the fields, my friends and I had a lot of outdoor time to just "play". Sometimes we played games, other times we just went with the inspiration of the moment. Most of our play time was unstructured and outside. How different that is today for so many of our children. Kids learn a lot about getting along, and about what they like and enjoy when we can find ways to let them explore and interact on there own. As parents it is our challenge to balance the need to "be a kid" and our need to protect and teach.
Unstructured play does invite instances of arguments, even bulling attempts. We do not want our kids to feel helpless or vulnerable in these situations, yet if we always protect them by providing parental or adult structure, they miss out on learning how to negotiate some of these social hurdles on their own.
How does your family balance the need to monitor and protect with the need your children have to learn to explore and be independent social creatures?
Enjoy this last month of summer.
I love working with teenagers. Let's face it, they are an interesting bunch! So many things change, they develop right before your eyes, going from child to young adult overnight. As an adult who works with teens year after year, I find this time of year to be especially bittersweet. I have had the pleasure of working with some of our graduating seniors for years. They are a fixture in my life, and now they are leaving. I feel oddly "stuck" or "left behind". Not that I want to pack my bags and head off to college (well, maybe I do, but only if I could be 19 again!) but this signals a change, and a loss. My life will stay roughly the same, with holes where they were, while they are off to such new and exciting experiences.
Of course the gaps they leave will be filled by another group of youngsters starting on that transition from kiddo to young man or young woman, and in three, four or five years, I will be saying goodbye to them with the same pang I feel today.
So happily and sadly at the same time, I send my congratulations to the graduating class of 2014. You are off to new adventures and I wish you success and happiness. Have a safe and happy graduation!
AnneMarie Cox is the coordinator for the Town of Granby Youth Service Bureau. D&D is a positive youth program run on Thursday nights. The blog is now dedicated to helping the players stay in touch.