It’s that time of year; the first day of camp is here! There is a lot of excitement involved, but also some parent and child anxiety too. Especially if you’re first-time campers or camp parents.
As a parent, it’s natural to worry about your child being gone all day. This may even be their first full day away from you. Your child may be feeling similar anxiety. This is all very normal. But be reassured that it will fade and, pretty soon you’ll both be enjoying the camp experience.
Before long, you’ll be settling into your new roles as campers and camp parents and you may notice some positive changes. Here are a few:
Your child may have only ever relied on you, or maybe her or his teacher, a close relative or a friend. Camp teaches them to rely on their counselors. Counselors are great role models, too. If you want your child to identify positive adults in their lives, you can’t get much better than a camp counselor.
Believe it or not, this brings your kid one step closer to independence. Being without you allows kids to solve problems for themselves. We all want to solve our kids’ problems, but it’s also important to allow them to work through problems without us.
Time apart from your child is valuable. Your kids will eventually need to become independent. And, as much as it breaks our hearts to even think of it, they need to start taking baby steps toward independence now. This way, when they are eventually on their own, they’ll already have experience.
Remind yourself that your child is thriving at camp! Children are adaptable and resilient. They’ve probably already made a ton of friends and are taking advantage of everything camp has to offer.
YPDC Of Nassau County Knows The Benefits Of Camp For Campers And Parents Alike
Young People’s Day Camp of Nassau County has been caring for generations of children since 1972. We know the benefit camp can be for a child, inside and out. Contact us to find out many more ways day camp benefits your child.