Washington Family Magazine : February 2016
washingtonFAMILY.com February 2016 29 Summer camps Return Proof by Fax to 703-318-5509 or Email to Production@theFAMILYmagazine.com Check One: ❏OkayAsIs Approved by: _________________ ❏ Needs Changes (Mark changes on ad) PleaseProofImmediately! If proof is not returned by this deadline advertisement will run as shown. Washington FAMILY Magazine is not responsible for errors or changes not CLEARLY marked or ads not returned by this deadline. If changes are submitted more than three times, afeeof$40willbe charged. Date Sent: ________________ Company: Calleva To: Nicole Norton Fax/Email: email@example.com Phone: Section: Camp AE: Witaschek Sleep-Away Camp: Letting Go Helps Kids Grow 5) Camp creates life-long memories of new adventures in places they’ve never experienced before. Camp offers carefree days where kids can learn how to thrive outside the structure of over-scheduled days. Homesickness and “Child Sickness” When it comes to sending a child to sleep-away camp, plenty of parents say, “Well, she’s ready for camp, but I’m not ready for her to leave!” According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, homesickness is defined as “distress and functional impairment caused by an actual or anticipated separation from home and attachment objects such as parents.” For child sickness, the same can be true except it pertains to what parents experience when their child is away. Those who suffer from the condition feel some form of anxiety, sadness and nervousness, and most distinctly, obsessive preoccupation with thoughts of their child. “Parents today are more anxious than their peers were 20 and 30 years ago,” says Peg Smith, former CEO of the American Camp Association. “That said, the partnerships between parents and camp directors have increased. Parents should share their concerns with camp directors who are prepared to respond with responsible, informed answers.” Tips for Letting Go • Let your child have trial runs being away from you by permitting sleepovers. • Don’t show anxiety to your child — it will make it hard on him. • Have a plan for yourself: Get a project done that you’ve never had time for, go on a trip with your spouse, etc. • Remember, two of the greatest gifts you can give your child are confidence and independence. Gayla Grace is a writer and mom to five who sends her kids to away camps every summer.