While your child is busy trying new things, making new friends, and growing up, you’re left at home to worry about their experience and adjust to life without them. Here are some things you can do to deal with child-sickness:
- Remain calm if you receive a “distress letter.” Campers often send homesick letters in the first or second day, but then start to feel better, probably even before you receive the letter!
- Remember that you chose Camp Takodah for a reason. Trust the camp staff to take good care of your child and handle homesickness skillfully. We will contact you when appropriate. No news is good news.
- If you have a bad gut feeling that won’t go away, call the Camp Office. We’ll check on your camper and get back to you about their experience right away.
- No matter how much you want to talk with your child, remember that phone calls with parents almost always result in feelings of homesickness (even when the camper was doing great).
- Treat summer camp like a vacation for you. Don’t feel guilty about it—in fact, a little rest and relaxation will help you be a better parent when your child returns home at the end of camp.
Leaving such a wonderful camp community is also hard. People in the “outside world” just don’t understand the magic of camp. You can help with camp-sickness by asking your child open-ended questions about camp. Use conversation starters, like: Tell me about your cabin leaders. Tell me about your best friends at camp. Tell me about the best time you had at camp. Tell me about what you want to do next year at camp.