Why Your Child Needs a Little Stress and Mess

By Bill McMahon, Director

William Stixrud and Ned Johnson in their new book, The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives, are the latest authors to sound the alarm bell about the mental health of young people today. They write: “Adolescents and young adults today are five to eight times more likely to experience the symptoms of an anxiety disorder than young people were at earlier times,

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Succeeding at Failure

By Bill McMahon, Director

The recent New York Times article “On Campus Failure Is on the Syllabus” highlights that the most selective colleges are seeing an increasing percentage of their students showing high levels of stress, depression, and the need for counseling. What is most interesting about this phenomenon is that the mental health issues are not from what we would normally consider traumatic events, but from the basic struggles of college life,

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The More Parents Help, the More They Can Hurt

By Bill McMahon, Director

“How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Over parenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success” is a recent book that has received significant press and attention, in part, because the author–Julie Lythcott-Haims–was the dean of freshmen at Stanford.

Here is the book’s thesis in a nutshell: our young adults today are not happy, healthy, or resilient; this is especially true of the elite achievers at hyper selective schools;

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Weekly Log Home #8 2018

Dear Moosilauke Families:

It is our pleasure to write our final letter from Camp Moosilauke for the last week of the Second Session 2018, August 3rd through 8th. By the time you receive this your boy(s) should be home with you.  We hope they have regaled you with great stories about friends, trying new things, and the special spirit of Moose.  

And now for the final weekly recap:

Friday,

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Weekly Log Home #7 2018

Hello Moosilauke Families!

It is our pleasure to write this second letter from Moosilauke for Second Session 2018 (Friday, July 27 through Thursday, August 2, 2018).

Friday, the rain cleared and it was a beautiful, sunny morning and a busy one at Moose. A group of Senior A2s (fourteen-year-olds) departed for a two-day backpacking overnight to Mt. Washington.  Here is a trip summary and some trail wisdom courtesy of one of the counselors: “Weather conditions caused the group to take the reverse route from our normal trip putting us at the base of Tuckerman’s Ravine on the first day. 

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Weekly Log Home #6 2018

Hello Moosilauke Families!

It is our pleasure to write this first letter from Moosilauke for Second Session 2018 (July 23 through July 26th). We know you are eager to hear from us so this letter covers just the first few days. You can view pictures from the summer (and even buy prints) by clicking on http://campmoosilaukephotos.shutterfly.com/. We will do our best to post pictures every day. Please like us on Facebook by clicking on https://www.facebook.com/CampMoosilauke  and follow us on Instagram at camp_moosilauke.

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Weekly Log Home #5 2018

Dear First Session Moosilauke Families,

It was great to see those of you who were able to make it to Camp on Saturday. We had a beautiful day full of activities and a big buffet lunch by the beach. Before the lunch Bill gave a talk about the importance of giving kids autonomy so they can start building agency. His ultimate advice was for parents to help their kids lean into the “stress and mess” that comes with autonomy as opposed to trying to shield them from it.

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