Magazine article Work & Family Life

How Your Child Can Grow from a Camp Experience

Magazine article Work & Family Life

How Your Child Can Grow from a Camp Experience

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How your child can grow from a camp experience

Consultant, psychologist and author Michael Thompson, PhD says that kids are often capable of taking responsibility that their parents cannot imagine-and many children actually do less well when their parents are supervising them.

Dr. Thompson says, too, that self-esteem doesn't grow from parental support, but from kids building skills themselves. And much of the growth in character and confidence that children exhibit takes place outside of school and away from their families.

The coauthor of Raising Cain and other important books on parenting, Dr. Thompson sees the summer camp experience as a good example of how kids can benefit from time away from home. (See front page article.)

He notes that camps are one of the last places on earth that are reasonably free of electronics. And when you think about it, this opens up a huge amount of space for kids to relate to each other.

Eating with fellow campers teaches patience, respect and cooperation. …

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