Monthly Archives: June 2011

I’m Bored!

Summer has just begun, but if you’ve already been to the movies, and the pool, and the mall, what else is there to do? You would be surprised at how many fun things there are to do around Madison in the summer, and they don’t involve a lot of money! For example (click on the underlined words to be directed to their websites):

  1. Geocaching – Never heard of it? According to the “official” website, geocaching is “a real-world outdoor treasure hunting game.” All you have to have is a GPS-enabled device, create a free account to get coordinates of the caches (or “treasures”) in your area, and set out on your hunt. To find out more information, check out the Geocaching website.
  2. Wingra Park – This park is a great place to hang out and have some fun! There are basketball courts and soccer nets, food and snacks are sold, you can rent canoes or paddle boats to take out on the water, and it’s not far off the bike path! To find out more check out their website
  3. Museums – Most people have heard of the Madison Children’s Museum, but did you know there are many other museums in Madison? Why not check out the Geology Museum, Veteran’s Museum, Historical Museum, Chazen Museum of Art, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, UW-Zoological Museum, or the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection (which is currently moving and re-opening in 2012, but they have a great web site and collection of fabrics).
  4. Madison Public Library – The library isn’t just for checking out books! The Madison Public Library has a lot of great activities for girls in middle and high school, including getting free advanced copies of books by joining the Teen’s Choice Awards, and participating in projects such as making blankets for animals at the Humane Society, and making goodie bags for verteran’s. Check out the website section specifically set up for activities for teens!

Have you found a “secret” fun thing to do around Madison this summer? If so, tell us about it by leaving a comment above!


I Don’t Know What To Say

We’ve all been in situations where we don’t know what to say, and that doesn’t change as you get older! Whether it’s a friend who’s in a fight with another friend, someone at school had a death in their family, or your parent had a really bad day at work, there are times when you want to be there for someone but you just don’t know what to say.

Do you smile akwardly and walk away? Sit silently and not say anything? Say something that you later think “Ohhh, maybe I shouldn’t have said that?” No matter what you do, knowing you are there for them will make your friend or family member feel much better. But if you really want to say something to show your support, try this:

“I don’t know what it’s like to…(include what is happening), but I know what it’s like to be sad/angry/scared/worried/disappointed, and I’m sorry you’re sad/angry/scared/worried/disappointed.”

For example:

“I don’t know what it’s like to have to put your dog to sleep, but I know what it’s like to be sad, and I’m sorry you’re sad.”


“I don’t know what it’s like to have someone do that to me, but I know what it’s like to be disappointed, and I’m sorry that happened.”

One last thing to remember – some day you may be the one who needs a kind word, and your friends may not know what to say. That doesn’t mean they don’t care! If you’re going through a tough time it’s o.k. to tell your friend how your feeling, too.

Showing compassion and saying a few kind words goes a long way in building and keeping lasting friendships!