Homesickness at Summer Camp

by Cathey Sparks with Crystal Brothers

When my daughter went to summer camp, she was excited but also nervous about being away from home for the first time. I knew bedtime would be difficult for her, since I always gave her a hug and kiss goodnight. So, I bought some Hershey's Hugs and Kisses, and for each day she would be gone, I packed her a "hug," a "kiss" and a short note relevant to that day's activities. For example, day one's note might say I hoped she was settling in or had kind roommates. As the week progressed, I mentioned activities the camp had planned, and on the last day, I let her know I couldn't wait to see her. When she came home, she told me how much she appreciated this daily encouragement.


This article appeared in the Summer 2013 issue of Thriving Family magazine. Copyright © 2013 by Crystal Brothers. Used by permission. ThrivingFamily.com.


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