Invest in a laminator, a label maker and a glue gun. You’ll be glad you did!


5



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Monty Python movies.


12-15



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Poems are great tools to help them to read, recite, practice handwriting, and illustrate.


7



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Born To Dance has lessons and also does birthday parties. A dance class is a good way to get up and out of the house on Saturday mornings during the winter months. It'll be fun at this age - while he's still young enough to enjoy it without being self-conscious. Also a good way to get exercise before he's ready for organized sports.


4-5



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“You’ll never be alone when you carry a poet in your pocket.” - John Adams Bring a book with you wherever you go.


12, 19



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Ask the question “What are you doing when you feel most like yourself?”


16



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Zootopia is a good movie to illustrate what a bully is and how we should stand up to them when they are hurting or taunting other kids.


5-8



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Make a gift of Marcus Aurelius' Meditations.


15



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Read biographies. So much to learn and discover by reading about the lives of great men and women. Ducksters.com is a great resource. Amazon and The Learning Well also have great lists. Just Google "biographies for kids."


5-15



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Give books. Inscribe them. Just a line or two can turn a good book into a treasure. Great for any occasion.


17



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It’s very difficult to pull off sarcasm in written form. It does not translate.


15



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Don’t use a bad word when you can use a good word.


10



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Go on a tour of the Kennedy Center. Free guided tours through Friends of the Kennedy Center.


10



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Read "A Wrinkle in Time" (me too.)


10



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Paint rocks with pictures or kind messages and find public places to leave them where they can hide in plain site. See RockOurWorldArt.


8-11



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Some books you loved when you were a toddler: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Horton Hatches an Egg, Room on the Broom, Gruffalo.


2-4



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People always say “Be yourself.” That’s good advice but really what does it mean? I think it’s easier to explain what it DOESN’T mean: When you’re being yourself you’re not pretending to be interested in something or someone you’re not. You’re not doing something just to please someone else (or just to tick them off.) You’re not wearing anything that makes you feel uncomfortable. You’re not pretending to have fun when you’re not having fun. You’re not trying to impress anyone. You’re not trying to fade into the background. You’re not trying to change anything about yourself or someone else. I think that’s a good start. What does “being yourself” mean to you?


11-14, 18, 21



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Ask him to memorize and recite William Ernest Henley poem “Invictus” as a Christmas present for me.


15



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Plan trip to Outside Lands music festival at Golden Gate Park


17



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Plan a trip to New York City to see Hamilton.


15



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Someone I admire is __________. Talk about someone you admire and why. Ask them to do the same. Do this often as you can. Reticket through age 18.


4



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Camp Arena Stage


8



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Go as a family to local high school musical productions.


9-13



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People always say “Be yourself.” That’s good advice but really what does it mean? I think it’s easier to explain what it DOESN’T mean: When you’re being yourself you’re not pretending to be interested in something or someone you’re not. You’re not doing something just to please someone else (or just to tick them off.) You’re not wearing anything that makes you feel uncomfortable. You’re not pretending to have fun when you’re not having fun. You’re not trying to impress anyone. You’re not trying to fade into the background. You’re not trying to change anything about yourself or someone else. I think that’s a good start. What does “being yourself” mean to you?


11-14, 18, 21



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Summer concerts at Wolftrap- get good seats so they can really get a sense of the experience.


13-16



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Try to avoid the temptation to reach a conclusion too quickly or cling to it too tightly.” (Paraphrasing James Comey from his book ’A Higher Loyalty,’ which I recommend as a fantastic lesson in leadership - and history, and public service.)


19



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Watch “The Sandlot” together. Great story about friendship and showing up for each other.


8



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Read The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig.


4



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Check out First Stage and Wolftrap performances


15



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Music, arts, words or dancing can have a profound effect on the spirit. Let's find something that gives you chills!


11-14



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