7 Ways to Prevent Homesickness at Sleepaway Camp

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Commit to it.

Don’t make a deal with your child that you’ll pick her up early if she wants you to. “Kids must focus on the experience of camp,” Parker says. “Offering to let them call or come home if it doesn’t work out sends the wrong message. It makes kids focus on home rather than camp, which is the opposite of how to get quickly past any feelings of homesickness.” Instead, focus on the fun she’ll have to help ease anxiety in the days leading up to camp.