My 5 year old son suddenly refuses to go to summer camp.
We've had our son in the same pre-school since he was 2 years old and he has never had this issue before. About a month into the summer camp, he started crying after lunch stating he wanted mommy. His teacher called me and let me know, as she was kind of taken aback that he was acting this way. She stated there are no issues with him and any of the children, he has lots of friends there, so he is not being bullied or mistreated in any way. When i asked him what happened...he stated that he "wants mommy" and doesn't want to to go summer camp. I told him that mommy and daddy have to go to work and that we enjoy spending time with him after camp and on the weekends. I asked him why doesn't he like summer camp...and he states that he misses mommy and really likes the regular school better, which is more structured as summer camp is more play based. He generally starts out in the evening stating, I don't want to go to camp and then I try to distract him with positive things. In the mornings, we have full blown out crying fits..which it takes time to get him out of before I can get him to camp. During the camp, he generally participates in the activities except once in a while he cries a bit during the day but even though he cries a bit - he still does his art projects, plays outside, water play, etc. Please let me know if you have any other helpful tips and I really hope this is a phase that will pass soon! Thank you!