Parenting

These Are Our Kids

By Joe Cavanaugh, Founder & CEO

Recently, I was a chaperone on one of my daughter Tess’s fifth-grade field trips. We were at a ropes course in the woods on a platform about 50 feet up in the trees. I proudly watched as my daughter swung from tree to tree with a huge grin on her face. She was so brave and was enjoying every moment.READ MORE

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Josh Cleveland's Family

Don’t Stop. Ever.

By Josh Cleveland, Youth Frontiers Retreat Musician

Allow me to flash back to seven years ago. I was thirty years old, I had a failed marriage and a four-year-old daughter whom I lived five hours away from because I was living with my parents. After a decade of living a life where I put more effort into building excuses than building anything of substance, I had come to a startling realization:READ MORE

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Target Aisle

Words From a Father to His Daughter (From the Makeup Aisle)

This week’s blog post is shared with permission from Dr. Kelly Flanagan’s blog. Enjoy!

Dear Little One,

As I write this, I’m sitting in the makeup aisle of our local Target store. A friend recently texted me from a different makeup aisle and told me it felt like one of the most oppressive places in the world. I wanted to find out what he meant. And now that I’m sitting here, I’m beginning to agree with him. Words have power, and the words on display in this aisle have a deep power. READ MORE

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The Most Important Question of All Time

By Andy Zimney, Youth Frontiers’ Director of Operations

There’s a story I tell people frequently about the opening lecture from the only college-level philosophy course I ever took. It’s a story I think of even more often as the holidays approach and our schedules fill up with more events, more errands, more commitments, more parties and all the other general craziness of the season.READ MORE

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Erica's Babies

My Kids are Counting on You

By Erica Cantoni, Youth Frontiers’ Manager of Corporate and Major Gift Engagement

As near as this newbie mom can tell, parenthood is a Ph.D. course in understanding your children. Learning how to crack their codes and best nurture and teach them, and enjoying all their sweet, weird little idiosyncrasies. In the beginning, I took fierce pride in at least knowing my children better than anyone else does (save for my amazing husband). I grew these babies inside me, learned what time of day they would kick and worried when they stopped. Every single day of their lives, I have held them and studied their faces and learned which cry means hunger and which means I’m tired of being read to, lady, let’s do something else.READ MORE

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The Cavanaugh Family

Raising Compassionate Kids

By Joe Cavanaugh, Founder & CEO

When my daughter Tess was five years old, we moved into a new neighborhood. There are many kids in the area that Tess got to know. One day at the park, I watched Tess with two older girls who were walking ahead of her, excluding her in a not so kind way.

When Tess and I came back to our house, I said to her, I saw what was going on out there. How do you feel?READ MORE

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