This is for those moments when you feel like you’re not doing such a great job at being a parent. Those moments you might even feel like you HAVE to be in the running for the worst parent in the world. Hint: You’re not! :p And we’re all in this together. Any parent who doesn’t understand that is missing something.
There were dreams we had for our children before they were ever born. We imagined them running, laughing, dancing, holding our hands, and growing up (too fast). What beautiful dreams. And though these dreams imagined a perfect world, a world that will never fully exist, it is not a wrong vision, not even a naive one, of life and parenting.
Have you ever actually thought for a minute about why there are so few female engineers, builders, plumbers, mathematicians, or firefighters? Or on the flip side why there are far fewer male secretaries, flight attendants, or nurses?
Though the complete answer to this is probably more complex than we’ll ever know, understanding it is pretty simple.
As I do just about every day, I woke up this morning and read about parenting. Of course some mornings I read about pregnancy or baby brain development, but you get the idea. The book I was reading this morning is called No Regrets Parenting by Harley Rotbart. This post isn’t meant to be a book review, but before you think I hate the book just let me set the record straight. I think it’s a good book, solid 4/5.
The overall premise of No Regrets Parenting is a GOOD one that we should cherish the precious moments we have with our kids. Those moments will be over before we know it. Thus it is with life.
With that said there was a little chapter in there that talks about camp. All the chapters are little, so that’s not meant to be condescending … :D. See, I do really like the book. I’m standing up for it against myself, lol.
In the chapter on he talks about sleepover camp. That’s a good start! But, then he starts talking about how we shouldn’t send our kids to overnig… I think Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig said it best at the 2013 Golden Globes:
Now that you’re back from the video … that’s pretty much how I reacted: “You get out of here”.
Let’s get serious here. Though I love Rotbart’s perspective on savouring our lives with our kids, I strongly disagree with him on the point of summer camp. I’ve worked at camp for six years and seen its power firsthand.
Here are the 5 best reasons I can think of why we should send our kids to overnight summer camp: