By Audrey Monke
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Camp Director and Mom Audrey Monke discusses summer camp, family life, raising thriving kids, and ideas for living more connected and happier lives.
||CleanEp. 64: Home for the Holidays: Preparing for Your College Kid to Come Home||I think when you’re talking about your kids coming home for a longer period of time, whether it is for Christmas or summer, setting that expectation up is really important because otherwise, you get frustrated with them on the couch and we don’t alw||11/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 63: Growing Gratitude with Sara Kuljis||Enjoy the little things because one day you’ll look back and realize they were the big things. In Episode 63, I’m chatting with my friend Sara Kuljis of Yosemite Sierra Summer Camp and Emerald Cove Day Camp.||11/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 62: Creating Change Around the World Through the Power of Camp with Phil Lilienthal||When the (campers) get home, parents and teachers, without knowing who’s been to camp, can always tell. Their whole attitude changes. They have more confidence. Phil Lilienthal In Episode 62, I’m chatting with Phil Lilienthal of Global Camps Africa.||11/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 61: National Adoption Awareness Month||You don’t have to adopt or foster a kid to help kids in the system. There is so much need. You can volunteer. Especially for older kids, you can provide scholarships or skills training… Don’t forget these children in your communities.||11/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 60: The Importance of Outdoor, Child-Directed Free Play with Andy Pritikin||Creativity is not (just) writing songs or painting a picture. It is figuring out what to do when you have a situation, which is not learned in structured play where adults tell kids what to do. They need informal, intentional free play.||10/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 59: 5 Ways to Help Kids Thrive During Their School Years and Beyond with Pam Roy||“We need to prepare our kids for a future world that is changing. The economy is changing so fast and the corporate ladder is dissolving. We need to get out of our kids’ way and allow them to try new things, figure out what they like and don’t l||10/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 58: Authentic Teaching with Jackie Beyer||At Authentic Teacher we are dedicated to helping students learn using culturally relevant lessons, best teaching practices and state of the art technology to help parents and teachers provide the best education possible in the 21st century!||10/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 57: The Importance of Adult Friendships with Sara Kuljis||“The strong bond of friendship is not always a balanced equation; friendship is not always about giving and taking in equal shares. Instead, friendship is grounded in a feeling that you know exactly who will be there for you when you need something,||10/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 56: Off the Clock with Laura Vanderkam||In Episode 56, I’m chatting with Laura Vanderkam about her book Off the Clock: Feel Less Busy While Getting More Done. Laura is the best-selling author of several time management and productivity books including 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You||9/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 55: Raising Kids who Love to Read with Anne Driscoll||In Episode 55, I’m chatting with Anne Driscoll, owner of Branches Books & Gifts in Oakhurst, California. We talk all things books, including: Reading Levels Getting the parent and the child on the same when choosing books.||9/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 54: Parenting Tips from Summer Camp to Raise Healthy Kids with Dr. Jim Sears||In Episode 54, I’m chatting once again with my long-time friend and camp colleague, Dr. Jim Sears. I’ve known him as Camp Doctor “Bones” for the past 14 years, but he is better known by his patients at his family’s pediatric practice as “D||9/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 53: Four Ways to Help Your Child Succeed at School||In Episode 53, I’m chatting with my oldest daughter and favorite high school English teacher, Gretchen Monke. She has done a terrific job of connecting with her students and has some excellent insights on how parents can partner with teachers to help||9/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 52: 9 Ways to Help Kids Process Summer Camp and Other Experiences||In Episode 52, Sara Kuljis and I chat about ways to help our kids process experiences. The ideas work for post-summer camp debriefing but also for our kids’ other adventures and experiences. Sara is a 20-year veteran camp director and parenting traine||8/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 51: Raising Kids’ Self-Esteem with Dr. Jim Sears||“Chores give children a sense of purpose and accomplishment.” -Dr. Jim Sears In Episode 51, I’m chatting with my long-time friend and camp colleague, Dr. Jim Sears. I’ve known him as Camp Doctor “Bones” for the past 14 years,||8/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFeel like you don’t have enough time to do what you really want to do? Read Off the Clock!||Off the Clock: Feel Less Busy While Getting More Done by Laura Vanderkam My rating: 5 of 5 stars I’ve been obsessively telling everyone about this quick read. If you, like me, feel a bit “at war” with time,||8/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 50: How to be a Happier Parent with K.J. Dell’Antonia||In Episode 50, I chat with K.J. Dell’Antonia, author of How to be a Happier Parent: Raising a Family, Having a Life, and Loving (Almost) Every Minute. From KJ’s website: I believe each of us is responsible for our own happiness.||8/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 49: Changing the Odds with Michelle Kinder||In Episode 49, I’m chatting with Michelle Kinder, Executive Director of the Momentous Institute in Dallas, Texas. Michelle has worked in the field of children’s mental health for more than 20 years and is a Licensed Professional Counselor.||8/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 48: Common Sense Media with Reid Broudy||Something I always talk about is the parent child relationship. It is so important, especially at this age. Reid Broudy Reid Broudy is a rising senior who attends Wildwood School in Los Angeles. Reid has been coming to Gold Arrow Camp since 2014 and r||8/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 47: Experienced Campers Talk about their Camp Experiences||For this episode of the Podcast, I talked with five 17-year-old Junior Counselors who’ve been going to camp for a long time: Will (10th year); Jackson (7th year); Caroline (7th year); Blake (6th year); and Quinn (3rd year).||7/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 46: #CampKindnessDay with Tom Rosenberg||Camp is a place where we can be very positive and very intentional about teaching kindness and why it matters. -Tom Rosenberg In Episode 46, I chat with Tom Rosenberg, CEO of the American Camp Association about summer camp, accreditation,||7/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 45: Social Media Wellness with Ana Homayoun||It’s much more than getting you into college. It’s more about asking questions that we don’t ask kids early enough and if we did, it might help them navigate some of the tough parts of being a teen or tween in the US today.||7/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 44: #RaisingAthletes with Kirsten Jones||So many times as parents we get caught in our ego about what level my kid should be or how good they are, what team they’re on, and ‘if they’re on this team, it must mean I’m a good parent.’ It has nothing to do with your parenting skills!||7/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 43: The Gift of Failure with Jessica Lahey||In Episode 43, I talk with Jessica Lahey, author of the New York Times bestselling book, The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed. Jessica is a teacher, writer, and mom. She writes about education,||6/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 42: Jedi Mom Tricks with Maria Horner, Part 3||“Don’t use the power of your voice, use your feet” -Maria Horner In Episode 42, Maria Horner is back with the final installment of her Jedi Mom Tricks. This is Part 3, the final installment of our series! Listen here if you missed Jedi Mom Tricks||6/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 41: Getting Comfortable with our Kids’ (and our own) Discomfort with Christine Carter||Part of helping kids learn to deal with discomfort is learning how to be uncomfortable ourselves. -Christine Carter, Ph.D. In Episode 41, I’m talking with my friend and favorite happiness guru, Christine Carter, Ph.D.||6/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 40: Frientimacy with Shasta Nelson||We’re craving those few people who know us and love us no matter what. -Shasta Nelson In Episode 40, I talk with Shasta Nelson, M.Div. Shasta is a leading expert on friendship. Her spirited and soulful voice for strong female relationships can be f||6/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 39: How to Handle Your Camper’s Homesickness||In Episode 39, Sara Kuljis (of Yosemite Sierra Summer Camp and Emerald Cove Day Camp) and I continue our conversations and advice for parents new to the overnight camp experience. In Episode 37, we talked about how to prepare yourself and your camper f.||6/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 38: We Turned Out Okay with Karen Lock Kolp||We Turned Out Okay with Karen Lock Kolp||5/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 37: How to Prepare for Overnight Summer Camp||You can watch us on video if you’d prefer to see our video chat instead of listening to the podcast: In Episode 37, Sara Kuljis (of Yosemite Sierra Summer Camp and Emerald Cove Day Camp), and I share tips and ideas for parents sending kids to overnigh||5/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 36: Project Me for Busy Mothers with Kelly Pietrangeli||“It soon hit me that all of the best parenting classes in the world are not going to work if you – the mother – are feeling stressed out, unsupported, overwhelmed or aren’t taking care of yourself properly.||5/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 35: Unplugging Your Family with Jill Stribling||“It seems like we have a lot more patience as a family for each other.” “We noticed that he started sleeping better. His personality shifted. He wasn’t nervous all the time. He was just that kid that was always active, always moving,||5/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 34: Advice on College, Transferring, and How to Support Your Kids with Their Decisions||“When you’re applying to college, there’s a big focus on the name of the school, the statistics of the school, and the rankings of the school, which is important in some sense, but it didn’t end up being as important for me.||4/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 33: Jedi Mom Tricks (Part 2) with Maria Horner||“You decide as a family what’s important…Every single thing can’t be important. You have to pick a few things that are in alignment with your family’s values and then really, really be consistent with them.” Maria Horner In Episode 33,||4/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 32: 10 Benefits of Summer Camp for Teens||It’s those deep relationships that are formed at summer camp that really have a dramatic influence on them. -Stephen Gray Wallace In Episode 32, I’m talking with Stephen Gray Wallace about his recent article for Teen Life : 10 Reasons Why High Sc||4/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 31: Listen: 5 Simple Tools to Meet Your Everyday Parenting Challenges||You’re not alone. Whatever struggle you’re facing and however hard it feels to you right now, I’m confident that with support you can get through it. And I’m 100% confident that you’re not the first or only parent to have slipped up in all the||4/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 30: How to Raise a Durable Human with JJ Madden||How to be a durable human with Jennifer Joy Madden.||3/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 29: Empowering Kids through Outdoor Adventures||“Instead of telling kids what to do, we have the kids tell us what to do. It’s an empowering experience to let kids think that way from a young age.” -Paul Dreyer In Episode 29, I’m chatting with Kyle Littman (COO) and Paul Dreyer (CEO) of Avid||3/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 28: Focusing on Our Kids’ Strengths with Audrey and Sara||In Episode 28 of the podcast, I’m back with my good friend Sara Kuljis talking about being strengths-focused parents. Sara is the owner and director of Yosemite Sierra Summer Camp and Emerald Cove Day Camp.||3/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 27: Raising Teens who Thrive with Stephen Wallace||“We are highly focused on promoting favorable youth outcomes, things like positive identity formation, character development, leadership, civic engagement, social entrepreneurship, media and financial literacy, conflict resolution….||3/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 26: Be the Parent, Please with Naomi Riley||“Parents are bombarded by technology. We’re all under a lot of pressure. But we’ve somehow lost all sense about parenting when it comes to screens. And we have sense when it comes to other things. Our kids don’t ask us for chocolate cake for bre||3/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 25: Sports Camps and Competitive Athletics with Susan Reeder and Steve Proulx||“We want kids to learn to love the game.” -Steve Proulx In Episode 25, I’m talking with Steve Proulx and Susan Reeder, the husband and wife team, along with daughter Aimee Reeder, who have owned and directed Carmel Valley Tennis Camp for the pas||2/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 24: The Danish Way of Parenting with Jessica Alexander||This episode of the podcast is an excerpt from my interview with Jessica Alexander, co-author of The Danish Way of Parenting. When we’re so immersed in our own culture, we rarely take the time to step outside our ways and see if there may be some thin||2/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 23: Peaceful Mornings with Sara Kuljis||My regular (and super-fun and wise) podcast guest, Sara Kuljis of Yosemite Sierra Summer Camp and Emerald Cove Day Camp, joined me on Facebook Live for this month’s One Simple Thing topic: Peaceful Mornings.||2/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 22 Jedi Mom Tricks (Part 1) with Maria Horner||These really aren’t ‘tricks.’… In order for any of this stuff to work…you have to have a strong relationship with the kids you’re trying to use these on. -Maria Horner In Episode 22, Maria Horner shares some of the important lessons she’s||1/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 21: Advice for the College Application and Selection Process||“For me, I grew more appreciative of everything I have…I also learned that I am a happier and better person when I am outside and don’t have my phone.” Charlotte, talking about what she learned on her gap semester in Costa Rica This week,||1/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 20: The Yes Brain with Tina Payne Bryson, PhD||A ‘Yes Brain’ is one that is open and receptive and resilient. It’s one that, even when something is really hard, we’re willing to stick with it. -Tina Payne Bryson In Episode 20, I’m chatting with Dr. Tina Payne Bryson about her latest b||1/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 19: Being a “Tech Positive” Parent with Devorah Heitner||Earlier this year, I devoured Devorah Heitner’s book Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World during a single plane trip. Heitner’s insights changed my previously (and very opinionated) negative view of my kids’ scree||12/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 18: Adventures in Parenting with Tom Holland||In Episode 18, I talk with Tom Holland, a camp director and parent of four who has many excellent ideas for parents to teach kids to approach life with wonder and joy, learn leadership skills, enjoy the outdoors, and learn appropriate tech use habits.||12/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 17: Unplugged Middle School Lunch with Rebecca Gogel||Inspired by this article, as well as my personal connection to her school, I recently got in touch with Corona del Mar Middle School Principal Rebecca “Becky” Gogel to talk about her new phone-free lunch policy,||11/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 16: Born to be Wild with Dr. Jess P. Shatkin||In Episode 16, I talk with one of our country’s foremost experts on adolescent mental health, Dr. Jess P. Shatkin, about his parenting book, Born to Be Wild: Why Teens Take Risks, and How We Can Help Keep Them Safe.||10/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Great for anyone who works with kids!
I’m really enjoying the topics covered in Audrey’s podcasts. This recent one about teens and camp provides loads of info on the benefits of camp for teens and gives great relatable examples. Easy to listen to with a clear and concise message for parents, teachers and teens!!
Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.
LOVE this podcast. It's fun to listen to, full of helpful information that is relevant, important, and practical. Highly recommend!
Great on parenting and camp issues!