Is Your Child Ready for Sleepaway Camp?
Though it may seem like only yesterday you were shopping for a crib, your "baby" may be ready to cut the cord and head off to sleepaway camp. The big question is, are you ready?
Sleepaway CampsFor some, sleepaway camp brings memories of star-gazing, hikes, and s’mores. For others, thoughts of the first taste of independence. And for many? A lot of hand-wringing over readiness. Being separated. And what the “best” age is for a child to be away from home with people who aren’t relatives. Before you start thinking about how to circumvent the “no communication with your child” policy, how to smuggle in a nightlight, or whether you could, feasibly, fit into a medium-sized duffel bag, we thought we’d try to allay some of your fears. And maybe (just maybe?) get even the most worry-wart, hovering-happy of parents excited about the thought of waving goodbye and heading home for a week (or more) of kid-less living.
So here are the short answers:
- There is no “best age.
- You know your child better than anyone.
- He/she may be more ready than you think.