Many families are sadly watching another summer fade away. The good news is that for those have who been scrambling to have their children’s time occupied with various activities, the start of school is very near. Until the school bells ring, however, what are some options for families to keep children busy and not just logging long hours on Netflix Instant? Perhaps at the last minute you enrolled your child in a sport camp. Sport camps are great for children who have a shown a particular interest in a sport, or would like to be exposed to a sport in a short amount of time without having to sign up for a whole season with a team or league.
Some sport campers will find their natural gifts to excel in a sport, but simply everyone is expecting to have fun and to improve. Some have aspirations of making the varsity team in 9th grade, others are trying to be selected to the travel team, or others have longer term goals of becoming an Olympian or a professional sports star. Regardless of one’s own goals and talents, the chief purpose of these camps is to celebrate the fun of sport.
But when one is trying to develop faster than he/she is able, there can be the inevitable growing pains, and the sport stops being fun. Other times children just want to play, and not be told to be in this position, execute this play, or over-intellectualize the game. Sport camps should be fun, but oftentimes kids can feel discouraged and find it not so fun. The reality is that all camps involve practice and repetition. Read the rest of this entry »
One of my favorite memories as a child was going to overnight camp. Making new friends, being enamored with all the camp counselors and staff–they were all so cool and had great stories.
The same passion for camp led me to return to camp when I was in college: this time as a counselor. That summer remains one of the most idyllic experiences. If you are among the families sending their children to overnight camps for 1 week all the way up to 8 week sessions, you may be experiencing some anxiety and fear for your child regarding his/her time away from home. The feelings might be shared by your child(ren), as well.
For parents, concerns about safety, and overall well-being are the biggest trepidations. For the child, being away from all that is familiar and going out into the unknown with very flimsy verbal affirmation that they will be picked up from camp or will be coming home is the greatest fear. Perhaps knowing that my friends were going to be at camp made my own transition to camp very easy when I was 8 years old. Perhaps I knew innately that I needed to leave the nest to explore and get dirty. Read the rest of this entry »
July is past its midpoint, which means summer is almost over. For those in Hamilton County, school starts in 3 short weeks and for others, school will start in the next month or so. Perhaps your child is just returning home from summer camp, or the family is about to embark on the last summer getaway. I’m sure you can smell it in the air: it is time for back-t0-school clothes shopping and checking off school supply lists. Another task that may have fallen under the radar until now is the Dreaded Required Summer Reading.
It’s quite normal for children and adolescents to put off the not so fun things in life, such as taking out the trash, cleaning their room, and often reading books during the summer. Even adults are guilty of this, how often do we put off paying the bills until the night before? Read the rest of this entry »