Is your child ready for sleep-away camp?
Figuring out the right time to send your kiddo to sleep-away-camp can be tricky. Here are a few signs your kiddo is ready and some advice to make the process a little easier!
Signs of readiness for sleep-away-camp:
- Is your child expressing an interest in camp?
- Has your child developed friendships at school?
- Has your child had successful sleepovers away from home?
- Can your child follow direction from adult leaders?
Tips to have a happy camper!
- Sign them up with a friend to help ease the transition with a familiar face.
- Pick a camp that focuses on their specific talents or interests.
- Take a tour of the camp in person or virtually.
- Tell your child that they may experience some homesickness in the beginning. If after a few days it intensifies or something happens have a code word or phrase that you have created together to allow them to express this and not be embarrassed while away.
Sibling rivalry is an issue for a lot of families. Here are a few do-able tips on how to put an end to it!
- Sit your kiddos down and set some ground rules for your family. The rules need to deal with general ideas rather than specifics. For example, “No hitting.” is better than “Tommy, you always hit your little brother. Stop that.” However, it’s also important to tell them what to do, not just things NOT to do. Be casual and relaxed when you tell them how to show love and respect. Kids listen better when you're not yelling or threatening to punish them. The rules in general should be a general guideline they can apply to their whole life.
- Take a few minutes to listen. Don't interrupt. Just listen to each side of it all the way through without comment. To insure this happens I use a “peace stix” It can be anything a hairbrush, to the remote. Just designate an item your family can use when speaking to command the floor. Sometimes your kids have a real reason to be angry. But don't let them off the hook for their actions. It’s a good idea to try and get them to talk to each other.
- Let them forge their own relationships. Let your kiddos have whatever relationship is natural to them. Some kids will be best friends. Some won't. Your children can still get along even if they have different interests. A perfect relationship isn't your goal. A loving and respectful relationship is.
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