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From the Yolofsky Office
We are living in strange times. A virus has
crossed international borders and created a health care crisis unlike any the modern world has seen in decades. While some people choose to point fingers of blame, it seems more folks want to help their communities. With schools canceled, businesses closed, and the nation stuck on pause, people are finding their neighborhoods anew. Recently, we have met more of our neighbors than ever before. Around our area, more people are out walking, running, biking, and staying outside. It seems that a very high percentage of people are maintaining social distance and wearing protective equipment, where necessary. We’ve also seen innovation happening at an incredible pace. Tests that used to take days will now take minutes. Restaurants are preparing meals for overworked health care providers. Education has moved to the virtual classroom. We continue to grow and expand our lives. COVID-19 will be behind us soon. What will you have improved during this time? Hopefully, our sense of working together will maintain itself.
SURVIVING SUMMER CAMP A Comprehensive Guide for Kids and Parents
FOR THE HOMESICK KID
Summer camp is a rite of passage for many kids. Besides offering carefree memories, new experiences, and lifelong friends, summer camps are great for a child’s development. According to the American Camp Association, summer camps boost a child’s leadership, communication, and problem-solving abilities. In addition, many kids discover new talents or skills that lead to college and career choices. However, summer camps, especially sleepaway camps, can be a source of anxiety for both kids and parents. So, before you send your little ones off on their next great adventure — even if it’s just to a friend’s house for the night — consult this brief guide to surviving summer camp and adventures away from home, regardless of what time of the year it is.
If you’re already dreading the first midnight phone call from a panicked camp counselor who can’t get your child to stop sobbing, now is the time to prepare. Get your child ready for their first few nights away from home by gradually sending them out on their own. Set up an overnight stay at their grandparents’ house or with their favorite neighbor down the block. Then, get them excited about camp! Talk up all the fun things they will do, like hiking, canoeing, sitting around campfires, and making new friends. Finally, send them to camp with little mementos of home. Their favorite stuffed animal, a family photo, or even some home- cooked snacks can go a long way in helping them survive a week (or more!) away from
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home. Before you send them off, remind your child that you will always be a phone call or letter away if they need a little encouragement. And, if all else fails, send your kiddo to a day camp before graduating them to the big leagues of overnight stays.
uncomfortable, but if you let them tag along, you may find them coming out of their shell. (This may be a good hint as to which summer camps they would enjoy the most, too!) Finally, don’t hesitate to send your child to summer camp with friends they already know. For shy kiddos, making happy summertime memories might be more important than making brand-new friends. And who knows — they may return more extroverted than ever before.
FOR THE LONELY PARENT
As much as some of you may be reveling in a kid-free week, I can guarantee a few will be going crazy by Tuesday. But you can still enjoy your week without fretting about your kids and how they’re faring. Keep yourself busy by filling your time with activities, a trip, or tasks you’ve been meaning to get to but can never seem to find time for. There’s no better time to paint the kitchen than when your favorite grubby, little hands won’t threaten to smear the paint. Meet up with old friends or finally see that show everyone has been raving about. And who’s to say you’re not allowed to miss your children? Let yourself feel sad and remind yourself that they will be back and in your hair in no time!
FOR THE NERVOUS PARENT
If this is your first time sending your child to summer camp, congratulations! This is a huge, wonderful first step, but that doesn’t make it any easier. If you’re nervous about being away from them, take a few precautionary steps. First, ensure your child understands proper safety and first-aid skills. For example, if they are allergic to bees, it’s vital that they know what to do if they are stung and how to clearly explain it to someone else. Send along detailed instructions with your child, too. Camps have nurses stations to store this information, and camp counselors are often CPR- and first aid-certified. Furthermore, you can notify camp counselors and organizers of your concerns, and many will be accommodating, including calling you nightly to check in. Lastly, surround yourself with your support team. Lean on friends in similar situations or connect with family to minimize your worrying.
FOR THE SHY KID
Nothing is worse than forced social interaction when you’re shy. If you have a shy child, you can prepare them for the shock of meeting and interacting with new people with a few easy moves. Start by signing up for family activities in the community. Attend local races, community fun days, or craft fairs to help your child practice interacting with others. It’s important not to force them into situations where they feel
When all is said and done, you’ll find there’s no need to fret. You and your kiddo can survive summer camp!
DO SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE ENJOY A DIGITAL DETOX? 3 Entrepreneurs Share Their Secrets
Constant technology use can leave us feeling drained, so it’s good to do a digital detox by unplugging periodically. Digital detoxes have become very popular, but for most managers and business owners, cutting technology out of their lives isn’t just difficult — it can be irresponsible! You can’t throw your smartphone in the sea and expect to have a job next week. While completely quitting tech isn’t realistic, it is possible to enjoy the benefits of a digital detox while sticking to your responsibilities. Here’s how a few successful entrepreneurs manage this balancing act. ARIANNA HUFFINGTON PUTS HER PHONE ‘TO BED.’ HuffPost founder and Thrive Global CEO Arianna Huffington says the first part of her nightly routine is “escorting my phone out of the bedroom.” Huffington doesn’t allow digital devices in her bedroom and relies on an analog alarm clock. “Charging your phone away from your bed makes you more likely to wake up as fully charged as your phone,” she says. ERICH JOINER HAS A HOBBY SEPARATE FROM HIS WORK. Running a content creation company that caters to big brands means Erich Joiner, founder and director at Tool of North America, is plugged in most of the time. To get away from the demands, he races cars on the weekend. During that time, Joiner puts his phone away in order
to focus on the race. “While it takes a lot of focus, which can be strenuous, it also mentally cleanses, or ‘digitally detoxes,’ me during the weekend,” Joiner says. “By Monday, I can go into work with a clear mindset, ready to take on my week.”
CELIA FRANCIS TRACKS HER ONLINE ACTIVITY. Sometimes technology can help you cut down on technology. Celia Francis, CEO of online marketplace Rated People, downloaded the app Moment to monitor how much time she spends on social media. This data helped her build healthier habits. “It helps you understand how you use your phone, establish usage goals, and disconnect at the right times,” Francis explains. “My phone is always off by 9 p.m. and isn’t switched back on until after the morning routine.” You don’t have to completely abandon technology to enjoy a successful digital detox. Instead, look for times when you can put your devices away and focus on something else. Even if it’s just for an hour before bed, you’ll reap the benefits.
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ACHIEVE INNOVATIONAL SUCCESS With ‘Loonshots’
Many entrepreneurs dream of catching lightning in a bottle — of harnessing new, powerful ideas that will propel their business to the cutting edge. Whether they call it disruption,
and Transform Industries.” He examines many successful innovations that were originally deemed “crazy” or “doomed to fail,” including the breakout success of the James Bond movies and how Lipitor became
American World Airways (Pan Am), Polaroid, and other titans that let the lightning out of the bottle under the microscope to show readers where the companies’ organizational structures went wrong. To Bahcall, the way business owners organize their team is the same as how temperature shapes water. You can be cold toward new ideas, which freezes progress and makes your company too brittle in the face of change, or you can be warm and let your team’s ideas flow in exciting new directions. Drawing on his experience as both a physicist and the co-founder of a biotechnology company, Bahcall is able to make his case in entertaining, down-to-earth prose. Beyond being a good read, “Loonshots” addresses an often overlooked factor in the ways innovative companies succeed at redefining their industry, making it a great addition to any entrepreneur’s library.
innovation, or genius, many business books focus on the “lightning” side of the equation. But those flashes of brilliance mean nothing without a bottle to capture them in. According to author and physicist Safi Bahcall, if you want to turn momentary inspiration into tangible success, you need structure. Bahcall explores this idea in his book, “Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases,
a pharmaceutical blockbuster. What
these phenomena have in common is that they were supported and made possible by a positive work environment structured to nurture ideas that were “just crazy enough to work.” However, success stories aren’t the only focus of “Loonshots.”The book also examines companies that paved the way as innovators,
only to stifle change and lose momentum. Bahcall puts Pan
Take a Break
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2 1/4 cups white sugar, divided
2 eggs, beaten
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup sour cream
1/2 tsp salt
3 cups rhubarb stalks, diced
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
1/4 cup butter, softened
Directions 1. Heat oven to 350 F. Grease and flour a 9x13-inch baking dish. 2. In a large bowl, combine 1 1/4 cups sugar, baking soda, salt, and 2 cups flour. 3. Stir in eggs and sour cream until smooth. 4. Fold in rhubarb and add mixture to the prepared baking dish. 5. In a small bowl, combine 1 cup sugar and butter until smooth. 6. Stir in 1/4 cup flour until mixture is crumbly. 7. Sprinkle mixture on top of cake batter and bake for 45 minutes. 8. Let cake cool for 5–10 minutes and serve.
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Should You Skip Your Workout if You Don’t Feel Well? Why Some Exercise Is Beneficial When You’re Sick
Getting sick is terrible, especially if you’re trying to stick to a consistent workout routine. You may think sickness means more rest days — but in fact, depending on your symptoms, continuing to exercise could be a good thing. While it may seem like common sense to avoid exerting yourself too much when you’re feeling under the weather, the effects of exercising while you’re sick are a bit more nuanced than you think. If you’re sick and trying to decide if you should try to get a workout in, assess where you feel your symptoms. Are they only above the neck? Or are they above and below the neck? Symptoms of a head cold, such as a runny nose, a mildly sore throat, and some congestion, shouldn’t keep you from exercising. At the very worst, you might just have to cut back the intensity of your workout. If you usually go for a run, try
decreasing the time of your run or going for a walk instead.
There’s actually evidence that exercise can help alleviate symptoms located above the neck when you’re sick. For instance, walking and jogging can help clear up congested nasal passages. Many runners will attest to the fact that their workout actually helps them feel better when they’re sick. There’s also evidence that yoga can boost your immune system and ease aches related to sinus issues. Saying “om” might even help too, as one study found humming could actually aid in opening clogged sinuses. If you have a fever or any type of stomach problem, however, you should skip your workout altogether. And if your workouts seem to exacerbate your sickness, take a break until the sickness subsides. That said,
it’s nice to know that it takes more than a little case of the sniffles to throw off your workout routine!
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