On a breezy beautiful Thursday in July, twenty-eight students, aged 5 to 13, tumbled out of a bus into the mammoth Prince George Equestrian Center for the 21st Annual YMCA Thingamajig convention. If they seemed a little awestruck, there was good reason. Inside, the scene was a giant kaleidoscope of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities, active fitness play, creative eco art, children’s gardening and a huge display of student inventions. The two weeks of “Thingamajig Camp” that the twenty-eight students were part of, YFS provides free of charge at two of its community centers. The campers produce more than cardboard inventions and brightly painted fantasy creations. They open a world of creativity and innovation that help students consider STEM skills in the future. Continue reading “Little ‘Einsteins’ Love Thingamajig” »
It’s so easy when your kid does something that impresses you to say something along the lines of “Wow, you’re really smart”. The problem is that messages of praise can bring a lot of baggage with them.
Tommy Smothers of the Smothers Brothers“I wish I had Ross’s parents” – Monica Geller, sister of Ross on “Friends”
Modern Family, Claire and Mitchell, Alex and Hailey
Bart and Lisa Simpson on the “The Simpsons”
Cain and Abel
You get the idea, the list goes on and on.