What to do when your child is homesick while away at camp.
Going to an overnight, or residential camp, is an experience many children go through. They also go through a bout of homesickness. In fact feeling homesick is pretty much a given, as is the fact that they’ll likely get over it says psychologist Michael Thompson, author of Homesick and Happy. ” Kids get homesick and they want to leave and they write terrible notes to their parents saying “come get me, I’ve thrown up five times today, I need to see a doctor”. What the camp director and the counselor are seeing much of the time, is that 7/8 of the day, the child is happy, engaged with friends and having a good time. But, they are crying right before bedtime or just before dinner; there are sad moments but the counselor and the camp directors can handle it much better than parents. When parents are constantly calling a homesick child, it just makes the child more homesick.”
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