Homesick and Happy: How Time Away from Parents Can Help a Child Grow

By | March 17, 2018
Homesick and Happy: How Time Away from Parents Can Help a Child Grow Author Michael Thompson
ISBN-10 0345524926
ISBN-13 9780345524928
Year 2012-05-01
Pages 304
Language English
Publisher Ballantine Books
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An insightful and powerful look at the magic of summer campand why it is so important for children to be away from home if only for a little while In an age when its the rare child who walks to school on his own the thought of sending your little ones off to sleep away camp can be overwhelmingfor you and for them But parents first instinctto shelter their offspring above all elseis actually depriving kids of the major developmental milestones that occur through letting them goand watching them come back transformed In Homesick and Happy renowned child psychologist Michael Thompson PhD shares a strong argument for and a vital guide to this brief loosening of ties A great champion of summer camp he explains how camp ushers your children into a thrilling world offering an environment that most of us at home cannot an electronics free zone a multigenerational community meaningful daily rituals like group meals and cabin clean up and a place where time simply slows down In the buggy woods icy swims campfire sing alongs and daring adventures children have emotionally significant and character building experiences they often grow in ways that surprise even themselves they make lifelong memories and cherished friends Thompson shows how children who are away from their parents can be both homesick and happy scared and successful anxious and exuberant When kids go to campfor a week a month or the whole summerthey can experience some of the greatest maturation of their lives and return more independent strong and healthy

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