An insightful and powerful look at the magic of summer camp—and why it is so important for children to be away from home . . . if only for a little while. In an age when it’s the rare child who walks to school on his own, the thought of sending your “little ones” off to sleep-away camp... read more
In this celebration of kids going away to summer camp, Dr. Thompson discusses and explores the many benefits of the camp experience. He starts out with the need of a time of independence for children, a time to grow away from their parents, as well as a statement of how parents have become... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
In this celebration of kids going away to summer camp, Dr. Thompson discusses and explores the many benefits of the camp experience. He starts out with the need of a time of independence for children, a time to grow away from their parents, as well as a statement of how parents have become overprotective in recent years.
As for homesickness, Dr. Thompson respectfully acknowledges its existance and advises not to belittle it before giving very specific tips on how to prepare for it and deal with it.
Dr. Thompson then shares specific stories of specific camp benefits, talking about friendships, the growth of special needs children, the ritualistic and rite of passage nature of camps.
He closes the book with a repetition of the importance of childhood independence as well as ways for parents to deal with missing their kids.
“We cannot make our children happy. We cannot give our children high self-esteem. We cannot make friends for our children or micromanage their friendships.We cannot successfully double as our child's agent, manager, and coach. We cannot create the "second family" for which our child yearns in order to facilitate his or her own growth.It is increasingly apparent that we parents cannot compete with or limit our children's total immersion in the online, digital, and social media realms. We cannot keep our children perfectly safe, but we can drive them crazy trying. We cannot make our children independent.”Michael Thompson
“A parent's job is to raise children "who can leave you".”Bill Polk
“Not all bad or sad feelings are evidence of a child being traumatized.”
“My mom didn't supervise it, my mom did not arrange it, I did just what all the other kids had to do. Therefore, I earned the self-confidence that comes with that achievement.”
“All the ritual activities just really create a cultlike community.”Johanna Liskowsky-Doak
“Camp is Hogwarts.”Michael Thompson
Introduction: A New York City Boy Goes Back to Camp
1. Off They Go
2. A Lost World of Family Time
3. A Fire in My Stomach
4. Homesick and Happy
5. A Little Paradise
6. OMG, I Love You!
8. "I Wish You Luck in Being Yourselves"
9. The Magic of Camp
10. "Childsick" and Happy
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