9780345524928

Homesick and Happy

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  • ISBN13:

    9780345524928

  • ISBN10:

    0345524926

  • Edition: Original
  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 5/1/2012
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books

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Summary

An insightful and powerful look at the magic of summer camp-and why it is so important for children to be away from home . . . if only for a little while. In an age when it's the rare child who walks to school on his own, the thought of sending your "little ones" off to sleep-away camp can be overwhelming-for you and for them. But parents' first instinct-to shelter their offspring above all else-is actually depriving kids of the major developmental milestones that occur through letting them go-and watching them come back transformed. In Homesick and Happy,renowned child psychologist Michael Thompson, PhD, shares a strong argument for, and a vital guide to, this brief loosening of ties. A great champion of summer camp, he explains how camp ushers your children into a thrilling world offering an environment that most of us at home cannot: an electronics-free zone, a multigenerational community, meaningful daily rituals like group meals and cabin clean-up, and a place where time simply slows down. In the buggy woods, icy swims, campfire sing-alongs, and daring adventures, children have emotionally significant and character-building experiences; they often grow in ways that surprise even themselves; they make lifelong memories and cherished friends.Thompson shows how children who are away from their parents can be both homesick and happy, scared and successful, anxious and exuberant. When kids go to camp-for a week, a month, or the whole summer-they can experience some of the greatest maturation of their lives, and return more independent, strong, and healthy.

Author Biography

Micheal Thompson, PhD, is the author or co-author of eight books, including the bestselling Raising Cain. A consulting school psychologist and popular school speaker, he is also a former board member of the American Camp Association. The father of two, he lives in Arlington, Massachusetts, with his wife.

Table of Contents

Introduction: A New York City Boy Goes Back to Campp. xiii
Off They Gop. 3
A Lost World of Family Timep. 35
A Fire in My Stomachp. 62
Homesick and Happyp. 86
A Little Paradisep. 107
OMG, I Love You!p. 130
Passagesp. 154
"I Wish You Luck in Being Yourselves"p. 180
The Magic of Campp. 198
"Childsick" and Happyp. 238
Acknowledgmentsp. 253
Notesp. 257
Bibliographyp. 267
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