For many families, it’s a fact of life that both parents must work to provide a better lifestyle. While it’s challenging enough to run a family with both mom and dad having to work, it gets even more difficult during the summer months when school is out and kids run free.
Summer Camp is a Good Thing - For Kids AND Parents!
As sad as it might be to parents and kids to part ways for a few weeks during the summer, it’s really a good thing. Mom and Dad can focus on work without worrying over where the kids are or what they’re up to. They can also reconnect during kid-free evenings and get any home projects on their list complete, too.
For the kids, it’s an adventure. They head off to enjoy the fresh air, lots of planned activities to keep them entertained and the company of fellow campers that will lead to lasting memories. Chances are, they’ll have so much fun they won’t feel too homesick.
That being said, there’s still a lot of emotion involved with heading off to summer camp. For kids who are spending their first summer away there’s excitement, a bit of anxiety and a bit of wonder. Older kids who pack their bags annually will more than likely have a lot of the excitement and less of the anxiousness. For all parents kissing their kiddies good-bye, it’s just as emotional – they’ll miss their children a lot, but know they’ll enjoy.
Here are a few easy ideas to encourage more of the positive thinking among the whole family when the time to head off to summer camp arrives.
Keep In Touch!
Schedule weekly calls. Setting aside a time to chat with your child so you both have a time to look forward to catching up with one another is an easy way to let them know you’ll think about and miss them.
Another idea? Before they head off, gift the kids with some of their very own personalized stationery. Instead of digital updates, have them connect with good old fashioned written letters. The personalized ideas from FineStationery.com featured here are some of our favorites thanks to their fun colors and kid-friendly designs.
Just before they pack their bags, consider spending a day crafting summer journals so the kids can record all their camping adventures. Then, promise to read through it with them when they get home.
If your children are older, a camera is a great parting gift, too. So long as the camp is OK with them using it, they can take hundreds of photos to share with you, too!
Promise to Have Fun
This goes for parents as much as for kids. Before you say your good-byes, promise to enjoy the time apart. It will set everyone off on the right foot, focusing on the fun to come, not the sad thoughts of being apart for a few weeks!