Registration Season is Here: 7 Things to Consider Before Sending Your Kids to Camp

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Is your child ready?
According to Hurley, "A good indicator of readiness to separate is whether or not your child has experienced a successful separation in the past. Consider a week ... more 
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Is your child ready?
According to Hurley, "A good indicator of readiness to separate is whether or not your child has experienced a successful separation in the past. Consider a week at Grandma's to see how your child adjusts to a new routine and different environment. Another good indicator is your child's level of independence. Is your child a self starter? Does he get dressed without prompts, follow self-care routines independently, and fix his own snacks? If you force your child into it too soon, you risk a negative experience that prevents your child from attending in the future."
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Mon, Jan 28, 2013 1:12 PM EST
Summer camp: it's what many consider to be a classic milestone of childhood. A child's first experience with camp can be an exciting time. There are new friends to meet, new activities to try, and the memories to make that will last a lifetime. It can also be a time of great anxiety, though, for both kids and parents. As a parent who might be thinking about summer camp as a possibility for your child this year, you're likely have many questions. Since the registration season is just around the corner, I've asked Katie Hurley, child and adolescent psychotherapist and author of Practical Parenting, and Peg Smith, CEO of the American Camp Association, to give us some tips on how best to prepare. Click through to read the 7 things you should consider before registering your kids for camp: - By Mary Weimer



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