As a parent, choosing ways to keep our kids busy and expand their horizons can be tricky. Some kids can be really easy and respond well to the things that they’ve naturally been exposed to, but other kids need to be taken outside of the natural element to get the stimuli that they need. Just like being happy comes easy for some people but with others can be challenging, the same kind of thinking can be used when dealing with our children. If you’ve got multiple children, I bet you can remember that one of them cried and was more difficult to please than the others. Well, as life goes on you’ve probably found that some people require a different approach when it comes to meeting their physical, mental, and emotional needs. It’s really important to keep your eyes open and understand what your kid’s specific needs are, because you obviously want to teach them what you can in a way that is most conducive to the way that they learn most naturally. No one likes feeling like a square that’s trying to get jammed into a pigeon-hole that isn’t designed for them to fit into properly.
Some people can’t wind down and go to sleep at the end of everyday without running five miles and making sure that the dishes are done. Others may not require any physical activity or feel like their places have to be clean at all in order to fall asleep multiple times a day on the couch while playing video games. Like I said earlier, we all have various needs and hopefully our parents were instrumental and helpful in terms of helping us find out from an early what those needs are. We all learn the most effectively in different ways, so it only makes sense to think that we’re not all going to respond to the same way of thinking and teaching as well as some others may. However, we can all learn by doing things and actively participating in exercises that stimulate our senses in multiple ways, and summer camps are a particularly good place to get kids out of their element and into a place where they can learn using a hands-on approach to all kinds of things. It’s important to become and remain comfortable with the idea of getting out of your comfort zone and teaching your kids to do the same thing by placing them in challenging positions where they can learn in unfamiliar settings.
We should all want to learn and grow our entire lives, but the sooner and more effectively that we learn to get our children to start that process can only yield positive outcomes. That’s why summer camps for kids can be so helpful in their development, especially at an early age. When most people think of summer camp, they think of cabins or tents in the woods, campfires, singalongs and an extended amount of time away from home. It’s not wrong for this kind of imagery to come to mind but there are an amazing variety of summer camps that exist for kids with all kinds of interests that occur in many kinds of places. For example, there are chess camps and sports camps that are held on college campuses or academies where the kids in attendance stay in college dorms. There are wilderness camps where kids backpack throughout an entire country or more and never set up camp and stay in one place for more than a couple of nights. Then of course, there is everything between including day camps where kids don’t stay the night at all. These kinds of camps are great for a family on a budget or for a kid or parent that isn’t quite ready for an overnight camp.
Whatever kind of camp that you and your child are interested in; where there’s a will, there’s a way to get them there. Keep in mind as well, that giving your child the gift of summer camp early in life may be a great way to coax the kind of positive actions that you want out of them during the school year by using it as a reward for good behavior. Positive reinforcement is a wonderful concept that if used correctly, is greatly effective. Your kid will probably have so much fun at camp that you won’t have to use the empty ‘Santa is going to put coal in your stocking’ threat ever again and it may be a great tool to use in order to get them to start learning how to generate their own income if you require that they help pay for the expenses. If nothing else, you can at least get them to do their chores everyday without them expecting an allowance.