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Quote: Originally Posted by intentionalmama I really like British Mum's experience of camp:"Camp isn't such a big thing in the UK, but I did go to one camp as a kid. And there were pay phones. And there were no limits whatsoever on using them to call anyone you chose to call. And there were no logistical problems with it either. I just recall us hanging around waiting for a phone to be free in the evenings, chatting and eating candy and larking around...
Quote: Originally Posted by AislinCarys A camp I went to at age 12 had the policy of no phone calls in the first three days, as they claimed it would have made the kids more homesick. While I was fine, 2 younger girls, a 7 and an 8-y-o were not. They sat in the dining hall crying, for three days (except when they were made to go to bed, when they still cried). It was awful. After those three days they called home, begged their parents to pick them up and...
Quote: Originally Posted by Britishmum Wow, I'm so surprised that a no-phone policy is normal. Camp isn't such a big thing in the UK, but I did go to one camp as a kid. And there were pay phones. And there were no limits whatsoever on using them to call anyone you chose to call. And there were no logistical problems with it either. I just recall us hanging around waiting for a phone to be free in the evenings, chatting and eating candy and larking around...
Quote: Originally Posted by mamatoElias Could you send a cell phone with her to use only if necessary? Cell phones are not allowed and camper will be sent home if a cell phone is found.
Quote: Originally Posted by Evan&Anna's_Mom We aren't meant to spend our entire lives at our parents sides, any more than we are meant to spend our entire lives drinking breast milk. We are very attached to our daughter and her thoughts at the present is never to live anywhere than with us. I KNOW that will not happen. "You are going to college with me to make sure I don't drink, right mom"? I chuckle when she says that because she is much to...
Quote: Originally Posted by intentionalmama I was thinking about Gordon Neufeld and some of his thoughts from his book "Hold on to your Kids." The idea that the attachment between parents and children should be the most important relationships in children's lives. I can't wait to read this book. I agree with the idea!
Quote: Originally Posted by Mama Phoebe I have worked at camp for years and years and one of the camps I worked at for the longest had a pay phone on site that kids would line up to use during the choice time period. That camp had a lot of international campers who would call home every couple of days to check in. . . Yes, I think the kids cry more when they talk to their parents. I don't think this is necessarily a bad thing. They ARE away from their...
Quote: Originally Posted by Scottishduffy Camp was a very short gift every summer and the friends I met there i may not ever see again. Sure, many of came back year after year... but sadly some couldn't. I wanted to treasure the moments that i knew would be so short lived. Home would always be there.... my camp friends would not. BTW... 10 years after my last summer I still keep in touch with camp friends. Camp remains the most profoundly positive...
Quote: Originally Posted by karemore I agree with you. It sounds unnatural to me and I'd have a hard time with that policy. I wouldn't be away from my husband that long without talking with him and I certainly wouldn't be away from my child without talking with her and knowing she could call me if she wanted to. Thank you. I was feeling so alone in the world.
Quote: Originally Posted by karne Someone pointed me in the direction of some camp resources on the web that talked about seperation and managing homesickness successfully as a developmental piece for the kids. Thank you. I will look for those resources.
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