It can feel overwhelming to leave your child at Camp. While you might be just as anxious as they are, don’t let them know it! Follow steps 1-3 and focus on the exciting adventure they are about to have! Instead of responding to a child who says “I’m going to miss you!” with “Me too!” you can say, “I’m so excited to hear about all the amazing things you’re going to do this summer!”.
Don’t promise them they can come home if they aren’t having fun. It’s normal to want to intervene, but almost every kid adjusts after initial homesickness and ends up having a great time at Camp. It’s a great place for them to mature, grow, learn to be independent, and most of all, have fun!
The best way you can support your child is by remaining cool and focusing on the positive! And remember, you get some kid-free time too while your child is at Camp! Don’t feel guilty, enjoy this! While your child is having fun, you can focus on having fun, too!