A CHECKLIST OF REMINDERS FOR CHAPTER 3
- Consider your child’s level of interest in overnight camp. What sparked her interest? Has her interest endured, or have you had to do a lot of convincing? If your child goes to camp, will she be going for herself or for you?
- Consider your child’s age. Children younger than 7 may have a difficult time adjusting to a week or more of overnight camp. Is he ready?
- Consider the length of stay that is best. How many weeks are best for you, your child, and the family? Are there adequate visiting days? How will camp fit in with the rest of your summer plans?
- Consider your child’s previous experiences away from home. Has he spent at least a few weekends away from home? What were those separations like for him and for you?
- Consider your child’s attitude toward camp. Is she excited or does she think that camp will stink? Sometimes attitudes become self-fulfilling prophecies, so do your best to create positive expectations. Learn as much as you can about the camp you eventually choose.
- Consider your family situation. Have there been recent stressful changes within the family? Have there been losses or unexpected separations? Have you and your child adjusted to those changes? Are you both ready to be apart from each other?
- Consider your own approach to camp. Encouragement is important, but check to make sure you’re not being too pushy early on. Also, it’s normal to be nervous, but check to make sure that you’re not doing too much worrying out loud.
- Be sure you send a clear message that camp is a good thing and that you’ll both enjoy the time apart. Avoid sending mixed messages. Be firm and confident as opening day nears.
- P.S. You work hard as a parent, and you deserve some time off. You should feel good about providing a wonderful experience for your child, and giving yourself a well-earned break from full-time parenthood.
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