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Camp Director, Mom, Author, and Speaker Audrey Monke and other youth development experts discuss summer camp, family life, raising thriving kids, and ideas for living more connected and happier lives.

Sunshine Parenting Audrey Monke

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.8 • 90 Ratings

Camp Director, Mom, Author, and Speaker Audrey Monke and other youth development experts discuss summer camp, family life, raising thriving kids, and ideas for living more connected and happier lives.

    Ep. 37: 8 Tips for First-Time Camp Parents

    Ep. 37: 8 Tips for First-Time Camp Parents

    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 overnight camp for the first time.

    • 42 min
    Ep. 174: The Magic of Camp (Happy Campers Book Excerpt)

    Ep. 174: The Magic of Camp (Happy Campers Book Excerpt)

    Just in time for summer, HAPPY CAMPERS: 9 Summer Camp Secrets for Raising Kids Who Become Thriving Adults is now available on Audible! This week’s podcast features an excerpt from the audiobook, “The Magic of Camp,” that precedes the 9 Summer Camp Secrets. Learn ways to better connect with your kids, implement positive parenting practices, and help your family thrive, all during your busy days at home, at work, or on the go. Let HAPPY CAMPERS serve as a resource you’ll refer back to throughout your

    • 12 min
    [ENCORE] Ep. 39: How to Handle Your Camper's Homesickness

    [ENCORE] Ep. 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 for overnight sum

    • 46 min
    [ENCORE] Ep. 91: 4 Reasons Not to Worry While Your Kid is at Camp

    [ENCORE] Ep. 91: 4 Reasons Not to Worry While Your Kid is at Camp

    Maria Horner of Catalina Island Camps and host Audrey Monke discuss four reasons why parents don't need to worry while their children are at summer camp.

    • 30 min
    [ENCORE] Ep. 87: The Impact of Camp Experiences with Laurie Browne, Ph.D.

    [ENCORE] Ep. 87: The Impact of Camp Experiences with Laurie Browne, Ph.D.

    Dr. Laurie Browne, Director of Research for the American Camp Association, talks about the five-year Camp Impact Study being done by an external research team through the University of Utah. The study explores the lasting impacts and the ways camp experiences prepare young people for college, their careers, and their lives beyond camp.

    • 29 min
    Creating Structure, Fun, & Connection

    Creating Structure, Fun, & Connection

    This week's episode is a recording of a live webinar Sara Kuljis & I did earlier this week. Our topic was Creating Structure, Fun, & Connection while we have our kids home and have a whole lot of unstructured time on our hands. While this is a challenging time, we can also view it as an opportunity to evaluate and reset - adding in some fun and connection to our family lives. Big Ideas Connection is weaved through everything we do. Try weaving some connection into the structure of your day - a walk with the

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
90 Ratings

90 Ratings

Dpippen ,

☀️☀️☀️

Audrey's joy is so contagious. I'm so grateful to be connected to someone who takes parenting seriously but doesn't live like a martyr. I love how she always thinks in terms of possibilities!

wmgossett ,

The only Parenting podcast you will need!

Audrey “Sunshine” Monke that’s up to her name with her positive outlook and velocity on how she works with kids. Since she works with thousands of kids and has raised five of her own, she KNOWS kids and what is happening in the current landscape. The guests she has on her show are relevant and give tangible advice for younger children as well as adult children.This podcast will infuse your parenting with sunshine!

CMuchnick ,

Sunshine in my life

This podcast brings on a variety of interesting guests who are hosted as though they are friends of Audrey’s. What they share in their conversations about parenting makes listeners want to do better. So many terrific, timely and helpful topics. I love this podcast.

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