Thursday, July 10th 2014
It’s that time.
Second full week of summer camp, parent/child calls home.
You can’t wait, but how will it go?
Here’s some 20 year veteran tips:
- organize your thoughts ahead
- have a few questions planned to ask (key word, few). Most calls are quite short (5-10 minutes); don’t want to waste time
- plan ahead who will talk vs. listen – time flies; younger siblings may want to talk, so help them contribute
- sense trigger points – what might upset your child
- focus on the positive; don’t dwell on things you are concerned about. Bringing things up from a child’s letter home could generate anxiety on the call
- safer topics include camp-wide events, e.g. Olympics events, first trips out of camp, special entertainment and traditions, big sisters/brothers, favorite activities so far
- let your child lead; follow his/her thoughts
- do ask if they need anything, or want to share something in particular they want you to know (a good lead-in to see what is on their mind)
- if he/she seems sad, bring up one of your safe discussion points and change the tone
- if you are sad, contain it; do not share that you miss them, this can cause/stir up homesick feelings
Best thing is for your child to say, gotta go to my activity or the camp event. This means they are happy.
Should you have any post call concerns, email or call the camp. The director and senior staff will look into your concerns.
After the call? Plan an activity for yourself. But you will likely check in online with your friends to see how their calls went too!