Posted by Frances Lindsey on April 18
Homesickness is a very common, natural feeling for a child when away at camp. Around 96% of kids are homesick at some point during their time away from home and only around 8% get severely homesick. Our staff is very well trained in handling this emotion so that your child can overcome her sadness and feel successful when the session is over. As Camp Mom, I work with the staff on ways to help your child and I spend time with your child when necessary. Most often by the time you have a received a homesick letter from your child she is over it and off enjoying the joys of summer camp! However I’m always just a phone call away to reassure a “child-sick” parent.
American Camp Association (ACA) suggest the following tips for parents to help their child deal with homesickness at summer camp:
It is very important that you do not make a “pick-up deal.” A “pick-up deal” is when the parent promises to come pick up their daughter if she is not having fun. Studies have proven that once this deal is made a child will not make the effort to get into camp and overcome her fear, but rather, will only focus on going home. If you call me with a homesick concern I will talk with your child’s counselor, spend time with your child, and I will call you back to ease your mind. I’ll be honest with you and we will work together to make her time at Skyline a positive one.
Camp Mom. Wife of Cooper. Proud mom of three. Birmingham Southern grad. Homesickness extraodinaire. Maker of the famous Franny Dip. Lover of evening coffee.
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