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School camp is excellent for personal growth

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School camp is excellent for personal growth

(A teachers perspective)

As parents we like to shower our children with love. We know the importance of making sure our child knows they are unconditionally adored and as loving providers we try to ensure that their childhood is even better than that of our own. Sending your child off on camp for a few days can bring with it feelings of trepidation and anxiety.

  • Will they be safe?
  • Will there be food they like?
  • How will they go to sleep without our usual routine?
  • What if something happens?
  • How can their teacher possibly take care of them when they’ve got all those kids to look after? And what about their allergies.
  • These are all valid questions that most parents struggle with in the lead up to camp.

Here’s the thing though. Kids are resilient and they have been for millennium. It is instinctual to want to protect them from harm however it’s important to remind yourself there are no imminent threats lying in wait for your child as they round the corner as they head off on this exciting adventure.

Your little one is off on a quest that will create memories that will last a lifetime as well as the opportunity to exercise a small amount of independence in a safe environment.

So rather than lament the time they will be away from you, help them to become excited about their experiences.

Yes, they may get a little too much sun and they most certainly will not get a full nights sleep and they may need to do things that will take them out of their comfort zone but they will return to you in a few days having experienced some amazing opportunities.

They will return just a little bit more grown up, confident and a lot more industrious.

And most of all make sure that you thank your child’s teacher for giving up time with their own families in order for your child to have these unbelievable opportunities that will stay with them for a long time to come.

Here are a few ideas that will help you and your child prepare for camp:

  • Read the information sent home from school thoroughly so that you know what to pack and what to leave at home. Most often schools prefer that valuables, such as mobile phones and ‘fitbits’ are left at home. This helps prevents the awkward situation when they inevitably become lost.
  • Check what meals are included and what you need to bring from home. While it is tempting to pack a few extra treats, sugary sweets won’t help your child to settle down at night and should be left at home for when they return
  • Complete and return any additional requirements as soon as you receive them from school. This includes dietary requirements and allergies. Remember a dislike of certain foods does not equate to an allergy. Encourage your child to try new types of foods during their time away
  • Look on the internet ahead of time at some of the activities and places your child will be visiting. This is especially beneficial for children who may be anxious about the unknown or is feeling a little apprehensive about what is to come
  • When it comes time to say goodbye give them a cuddle and a kiss and tell them they will have a great time before making a clean getaway. Even when tears are present they disappear as soon as they say their goodbyes and join the excitement of their mates as they head off together. Don’t

make things more difficult by making an issue of how much you will miss your child. Empower them with the enthusiasm and anticipation that the occasion deserves

And most importantly of all remember that one of your most important roles as a parent is to empower your child to be an amazing individual. Send wish them the best as they take off for a few days so that they can exercise a little independence. The child that returns to you will be brimming with a renewed sense of mastery and immense pride in what they are capable of achieving.

Tim Heinecke is a dad to four beautiful kids as well as being a teacher with over 20 years experience. He is the founder of the Student Engagement Institute. His passion is to help teachers and parents as they go about inspiring and motivating their children.

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School camp is excellent for personal growth

(A teachers perspective)

As parents we like to shower our children with love. We know the importance of making sure our child knows they are unconditionally adored and as loving providers we try to ensure that their childhood is even better than that of our own. Sending your child off on camp for a few days can bring with it feelings of trepidation and anxiety.

  • Will they be safe?
  • Will there be food they like?
  • How will they go to sleep without our usual routine?
  • What if something happens?
  • How can their teacher possibly take care of them when they’ve got all those kids to look after? And what about their allergies.
  • These are all valid questions that most parents struggle with in the lead up to camp.

Here’s the thing though. Kids are resilient and they have been for millennium. It is instinctual to want to protect them from harm however it’s important to remind yourself there are no imminent threats lying in wait for your child as they round the corner as they head off on this exciting adventure.

Your little one is off on a quest that will create memories that will last a lifetime as well as the opportunity to exercise a small amount of independence in a safe environment.

So rather than lament the time they will be away from you, help them to become excited about their experiences.

Yes, they may get a little too much sun and they most certainly will not get a full nights sleep and they may need to do things that will take them out of their comfort zone but they will return to you in a few days having experienced some amazing opportunities.

They will return just a little bit more grown up, confident and a lot more industrious.

And most of all make sure that you thank your child’s teacher for giving up time with their own families in order for your child to have these unbelievable opportunities that will stay with them for a long time to come.

Here are a few ideas that will help you and your child prepare for camp:

  • Read the information sent home from school thoroughly so that you know what to pack and what to leave at home. Most often schools prefer that valuables, such as mobile phones and ‘fitbits’ are left at home. This helps prevents the awkward situation when they inevitably become lost.
  • Check what meals are included and what you need to bring from home. While it is tempting to pack a few extra treats, sugary sweets won’t help your child to settle down at night and should be left at home for when they return
  • Complete and return any additional requirements as soon as you receive them from school. This includes dietary requirements and allergies. Remember a dislike of certain foods does not equate to an allergy. Encourage your child to try new types of foods during their time away
  • Look on the internet ahead of time at some of the activities and places your child will be visiting. This is especially beneficial for children who may be anxious about the unknown or is feeling a little apprehensive about what is to come
  • When it comes time to say goodbye give them a cuddle and a kiss and tell them they will have a great time before making a clean getaway. Even when tears are present they disappear as soon as they say their goodbyes and join the excitement of their mates as they head off together. Don’t

make things more difficult by making an issue of how much you will miss your child. Empower them with the enthusiasm and anticipation that the occasion deserves

And most importantly of all remember that one of your most important roles as a parent is to empower your child to be an amazing individual. Send wish them the best as they take off for a few days so that they can exercise a little independence. The child that returns to you will be brimming with a renewed sense of mastery and immense pride in what they are capable of achieving.

Tim Heinecke is a dad to four beautiful kids as well as being a teacher with over 20 years experience. He is the founder of the Student Engagement Institute. His passion is to help teachers and parents as they go about inspiring and motivating their children.

Reviewed by Lisa Kelly 14 May 2016
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