Summer is a few months away, and for parents and kids thatmeans summer camps. Many of us grew up with wonderful memories of summer filleddays at camp. The songs by the campfire, the canoe races and a sundry of otherevents and new friends fill our minds with good memories. Today, sending yourchild to camp involves an understudy of camping knowledge and skill. There isan exhausting list of possible camps, and one that can help enhance anyweakness your child may need help strengthening. It doesn't matter if yourchild is going to a baseball camp, math camp, science camp or a basketballcamp, along with this list you will find a long list of what kids should andshouldn't bring. A shorter list is available of dos and don'ts for parents.
Most camps are meant for kids, not for their parents. However,if you are a first timer sending your child away to a summer camp you will notea heightened sense of anxiety. How do you know if your child will be okay? Areyou sure this camp will address their individual needs? What if there is anemergency? All sorts of possible crisis run through your mind. There are alwaysthings that can happen, but most of them can happen every day of your child'slife with or without camp. Your heightened sense of anxiety may, however,affect you and turn you into a model parent for what not to do when your childis at camp. Below are a few of the dos and don'ts for being the type of campparent your child won't be embarrassed to travel home with.
My daughters bothwent to camps and would come home with stories to tell and memories they stillsmile and talk about. The experience has them humming a tune they learned longago. It was also a wonderful week for their dad and me. We were able to be acouple again which restored and helped our marriage. Summer camps are part of achild's history and one they will pass on to their children. Ensuring yourchild has a wonderful experience begins with embracing the camp, following therules and trusting your child's ability as well as yours to let go and thrive.–Mary Jo Rapini
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