Last week started summer break. Now that I have a 6 year old, summers away from school seem like a bigger thing – like we remember when we were kids – a time of warm weather, fun activities and “me time” – at least that’s how I remember it. I know everyone may not have such rosy memories.
But I was at least aware of how the transition from the structure of school to the slightly crazier YMCA summer camp might affect him. He may be a bit nervous, He may take a while to warm up to the staff.
“Good”. That’s how he responded to me when I asked him how his first, new day was.
It was exactly the same response I’ve gotten every night when I ask him about his day at kindergarten. “Good”.
It was one of those cases where we as parents read into it – and the kids just accept it.
Thought One. We put him in YMCA winter camp for a few days – he said that helped, and he honestly sounded comfortable there.
Thought Two- If play is his work then he has a job too. So thinking about your work. If you’re in the private sector or a stay at home mom the point is the same – You are better at what you do when you have someone who believes in you, and lets you figure it out on your own. Everyone hates webinars. Most people say, “I just need to figure it out on my own and reading about it doesn’t help me”.
Your child is no different. Except you’re his or her boss. You need to believe in them. You need to put them in situations where they have a chance to learn something new. You have to push them a little.
So if transitioning to YMCA camp was the only new thing he’d done in the past 52 weeks, he might have been apprehensive. But here in our family; we try. So we’ve had him in hockey, going to birthday parties, out to dinner with friends, park dates, and t-ball.
It all adds up. And hopefully it adds up to a kid who can handle a lot.