Feb 7, 2020
In this episode, I'm joined by my good friend and longtime camp
industry colleague, Brooke Cheley-Klebe. Both of us have three
daughters, so we've had a lot of discussion over the years about
raising girls. In this episode, Brooke and I talk about how she
stays close to her daughters, currently ages 14, 11, and 7.
She has many insights both as a mom and from her 25 years working
with campers and staff at Cheley Colorado Camps.
Parenting girls today is more challenging than ever. We can all
use new ideas and insights, and Brooke has some simple strategies
to stay close to her girls.
- Parents and caregivers can help their daughters become thriving
adults by focusing on our connection and relationship with our
- Show up in those little moments, such as having breakfast
together, bedtime, driving in the car. Make eye contact, and
- Rituals--especially around bedtime--are important anchors in
your relationship with your children.
- Help girls understand that they're enough just the way they
are. It's more important to be authentic than perfect.
- Teach them about practicing a growth mindset and model positive
- In conversations, connect with fun questions that focus on
their thoughts and feelings rather than their achievements, like
grades and scores.
- Practices like meditation, setting intentions, being present
and expressing gratitude, help to create an environment where kids,
especially our daughters, thrive.
- Find hobbies, fun things to do so that our kids can see us