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Universal Vulnerabilities

All of us can be tempted to cross intimacy boundaries when working with children. © Can Stock Photo Inc. / photography33

In Part I of this series on maintaining professional boundaries with young people, I introduced the concept of a fiduciary, suggested the guideline of “Doubt = Don’t,” and outlined practical and effective ways in which directors could train staff to act responsibly. These fundamental ideas and practices serve as the basis for decent behavior. In Part II, I’ll expose the vulnerabilities that tempt adults to cross boundaries in the first place. The allure of becoming more popular in youngsters’ eyes … Continue reading

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Time Outs As Treats

Take some time to do a little bit of nothing.

Solitary time is missing from our daily schedules. Those restorative, reflective moments when we can appreciate, take stock, problem-solve, meditate, or pray have been eclipsed by smart phones, shared calendars (that others shoehorn appointments into for us) and a general feeling that time must be filled to be functional. But let’s not be trite. “Time is money” is so 1980s. So Michael Douglas in “Wall Street.” Today, time is no longer compared to money or even precious metals. (Silence, however, … Continue reading

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Increase Kids’ Exposure

It's time to think about what we SHOULD be exposing our children to.

School shootings galvanize people’s views on gun control, violent video games, aggressive lyrics, security systems, and mental health care. As Leon Siegel, my professor of international relations, used to say: “Crisis brings about change.” Or does it? However Week-Ender readers feel about guns, games, songs, security, and sickness, they can probably agree on one thing: Restricting young people’s exposure to pernicious content is only half the picture. The national conversation we are currently not having is about intentionally exposing young … Continue reading

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Am I Oversharing?

Your young staff needs some coaching in what is appropriate to say, do and share with campers. © Can Stock Photo Inc./Goodluz

Part I: Questions To Ask Before Show and Tell Hey, kids, gather ‘round. Let me tell you what I did on my night off, how far my romance has gone, and what I really think about the camp director. I can also explain those marks on my wrists from that time I was really depressed, and can advise you on which perfumes and colognes turn on the opposite sex. Or not. Preserving professional boundaries can be difficult for camp staff … Continue reading

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Lead Me Not Into Temptation

Parenting: It's a jungle out there!

I offered to watch my 8-year-old’s belongings tonight at Gate B8. From across the hall, he had seen the Chicago Museum of Natural History store in O’Hare. We could both see the realistic looking stuffed animals, including arctic foxes, ring-tailed lemurs, and three-toed sloths. (Beanie Babies are so ‘90’s and Webkins are so 2010, don’t you know?) In fact, the shelves were full of cool toys, from quartz crystals to books on Egyptology. “You can go over there while I … Continue reading

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