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Below please find links to articles which may be of interest as well as a list of great books about child development. Enjoy and happy reading!


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Psychology Today:
Nurturing Resilience: Summer Camps Make Kids Resilient by Michael Ungar, Ph.D

Summer Camp Homesickness by Henry Birdsong

Time Magazine:
The Meaning of Summer Camps by Nancy Gibbs

Inside Lacrosse:
Best of Both Worlds by Peter Lasagna

American Camp Association:
Longer Camp Sessions: Disappearing Dinosaur or Timely Treasure? By Andy Sangster

TPI's Junior Golf Parent Workshop


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Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys 
by Dan Kindlon and Michael Thompson
Kindlon and Thompson share what they have learned in more than thirty-five years of combined experience working with boys and their families. They identify the social and emotional challenges that boys encounter in school and show how parents can help boys cultivate emotional awareness and empathy to provide them with the vital connections and support they need to navigate the social pressures of youth.


The Summer Camp Handbook: Everything You Need to Find, Choose and Get Ready for Overnight Camp-and Skip the Homesickness 
by Christopher A Thurber, Ph.D and Jon C. Malinowski, Ph.D
This resource includes information on how to decide when the time is right, how to find and evaluate different kinds of camps, how to prepare for the adventure, and how to prevent homesickness.

The Case for Make Believe

The Case for Make Believe: Saving Play in a Commercialized World 
by Susan Linn
Argues that play is essential to the healthy growth of children.

Reclaiming Childhood

Reclaiming Childhood: Letting Children Be Children in Our Achievement-Oriented Society 
by William Crain
By allowing children unstructured, unpressured time we allow them to become more confident, creative and enthusiastic learners.

The Blessing of a Skinned Knee

The Blessing of a Skinned Knee 
by Wendy Mogel
Using Jewish teachings to raise self-reliant children. 

Teach like your hair's on fire

Teach Like Your Hair’s on Fire 
by Rafe Esquith
A Los Angeles teacher tells the story of his inner city classroom.

Lighting Their Fires

Lighting Their Fires: Raising Extraordinary Children in a Mixed-Up, Muddled-Up, Shook Up World 
by Rafe Esquith
Shows that children aren’t born extraordinary; they become that way as a result of parents and teachers who instill values that serve them not just in school, but for the rest of their lives.

Free Range Kids

Free Range Kids 
by Lenore Skenazy
The author gained fame and notoriety after letting her nine-year-old ride the New York City subway alone. 

Nurture Shock

NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children 
by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman
A new perspective on childhood.

Power To Play

The Power of Play 
by David Elkind, Ph.D.
Today’s parents often worry that their children will be at a disadvantage if they are not engaged in constant learning, but child development expert David Elkind reassures us that imaginative play goes far to prepare children for academic and social success.


Mindset: The New Psychology of Success 
by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D
Explores how our mindset drives all aspects of our lives.

New World Kid

New World Kids: Parents Guide to Creative Thinking 
by Susan Marcus and Susie Monday
A comprehensive guide to creative thinking for parents, teachers, and caregivers. It is the result of decades of applied research with children examining creativity, media, cognition, play, and individuality.