Homesickness is a natural part of growing up and an opportunity to grow in self confidence. Camp Rim Rock has a compassionate and realistic approach to nurturing the homesick camper into confidence and growth. We have listed a few references below.
What can you as a parent do to help prepare your daughter for camp? Talk about it. Find out the specific concern. Encourage your daughter’s coping abilities. Don’t undermine her confidence by making early pick up deals. This actually sets kids up for failure. Arrange plenty of practice times away from home. Come visit the camp. Focus on the fun she will have. Let her know her place at home is secure and that she can feel free to enjoy herself. On Opening Day, keep your goodbyes short, again showing your daughter that you have confidence in her coping abilities.
Check out these articles for tips on this issue:
Children Inside and Out/American Camp Association
Talking About Homesickness
Homesickness Articles/Kids Health
The Gift of Failure/Psychology Today
Fostering the Skills Critical to Success/Psychology Today
Creating Advantage in College/Psychology Today