To spend your child to summer camp or not? There’s a lot of controversy over summer camps and the reasons that people send their children there.
So, should we send our little ones off for the summer? Or should we avoid that course of action? What are the alternatives?
Pro Summer Camp
There are plenty of reasons to send your child to summer camp. If you are a lone parent or you and your partner both work long hours, kids can become discontent, bored and irritable if they have to stay home day in and day out. A babysitter might just not cut it. Not only will camp activities keep your child occupied, but there are a range of other benefits.
For example, your child is exposed to nature, they make new friends, meet new people from different backgrounds, learn new skills and (if all goes well) this combination of things will give them a self-esteem boost.
Anti Summer Camp
In the corner of the “anti-summer” camp, we have individuals who believe that people send their children to summer camp to avoid their inconvenience. As summer arrives and your kids finish their school terms, they’re going to be around 24/7. Some parents feel they need a break and summer camp is somewhere to send their kids so that they can have a more relaxed and stress free time at home.
Some would say that this is bad parenting and that parents should use the summer break to bond with their children themselves rather than paying someone else to bond with them instead. There’s also the problem that summer camp might not be right for every child. More introverted or shy children might be extremely uncomfortable in summer camp situations. They might not make friends. They might end up feeling isolated and homesick. So, what do you do if summer camp isn’t for you and your children?
There are plenty of alternatives to summer camp out there. If you want a break from the family home, you can take your kids away. Why not take them camping yourself? Pack their bags, grab a tent and venture into the great outdoors on family friendly campsites. If you can’t see yourself coping too well with a week or two of sleeping on a roll matt under a not-so-waterproof tent lining, then you can go for other modes of accommodation.
RVs and trailers are both great; they offer you the comforts of home and a larger space to stay in. You can also drive to your destination in them, which cuts travel worries out of the equation.
At home, you can engage in all sorts of activities with your children. Arts and crafts, writing, instruments, playing with toys; the list goes on. Your children can invite their friends around for the day, which means that they will still develop social skills. Their parents may be thankful of your for asking. For example, if you could have their child for a few hours while they’re at work.But you also don’t want your child cooped up in the house all day. Incorporate some sporting and outdoors activities into the mix