Now is the time of year you may start reading or hearing about summer camp for your children. Maybe you are receiving mail from your school or church about Girl Scout camp or Bible Studies camp. Possibly, there is an out of town ballet scholarship your child won at a dance convention, and you’re wondering if she has enough emotional maturity to go away for a week without you. If this is your first child or your only child, spending a week without you present may not be what you want to think about right now.
Remember when you would stay during the entire soccer, dance, or gymnastics practice? Eventually, you had to run errands and clean the house or do laundry, and you adjusted to dropping them off on their own. When you leave them at camp, they can adjust to their new surroundings. Hopefully, since they will be so busy enjoying their new environment and activities, they won’t get homesick. Meanwhile, they are learning valuable life lessons about the world, making new social connections, and discovering their own self-reliance. They will be responsible for making their own bed, choosing their own outfits, and combing their own hair. There is a good chance that during Summer Camp, your child will not only make new friends but also build self-esteem.
What if you feel that you have already overprotected your child and sheltered them too much? You still sit and watch them during two hours of gymnastics or soccer practice. Maybe now is not the time to leave them without you for an entire week if you have never left them alone for even two hours. There are other options such as Summer Day Camps where they go home in the evening.
If you live in the Cleveland, Ohio area, check out Adrenaline Monkey’s Ninja Warrior Camp this summer! If you register before March 8th, you can save 10% on summer camp! Use coupon code “warriorcamp10” at checkout!