As millions of children across the country head off to day and overnight camps this summer, they’ll return home with more than just a cute camp T-shirt. The summer camp experience can give kids an advantage in school and in life. Here’s how camp benefits kids.
After-school chess club, robotics class, gymnastics, tutoring, and violin: Sound like your child’s weekly calendar? For many parents, the answer is yes. But in the quest to enrich kids’ lives, parents may be unwittingly cheating children out of opportunities for growth.
A mistake parents can make when choosing a camp is confusing their child’s needs with their own needs. If you want your child to be happy at camp, focus on who they are rather than on who you were as a camper. Your goal is to create a harmonious relationship between each of your children and the camp experience, not for your child to follow in your well-worn hiking boots.
School mornings are busy, but an experienced parent knows the real rush is after school when evenings are packed with extracurricular activities. One child has Scouts, another has piano lessons, and two have soccer practice on opposite sides of town. As a mom of six, I have survived busy weeks full of extracurricular activities and a calendar that can only be described as ‘complicated.’
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