It’s time for school camp. The kids are ready, are you?
Last month I sent my little girl off to school camp for two nights.
As a mother, I found it full on. I missed her, I was worried she would miss us and two nights feels like a really long time when they are little.
But my anxiety was unfounded, she returned having LOVED it and so full of confidence. It made me feel so proud, and also so glad that I hadn’t let my fears and my anxiety impact her experience…or even let it stop her from having the experience all together.
While she was away I shared my anxiety on social media and in doing so was met with a lot of surprise that a child of her age would be off on school camp. What really shocked me was the stories that were shared about parents who don’t let their children attend school camps even at the older ages of 8 and 9. Children who miss out on being with their peers and of learning the inner satisfaction of growing up and into some independence.
Education choices are very personal and I definitely realise that a 5year old going on school camp is outside of the norm in Australia but I can tell you that it was an entirely positive experience for Bliss and for all the other kids. I think it was probably also good for me and my journey as a parent.
I can also say that the one reason I was willing to send her to camp was because I do trust her school.
It’s the issue of trust that stood out to me as I heard the stories of children not being allowed to attend camp. If you can’t trust your school to send your child on camp with them isn’t there a much bigger issue at play and a much more terrifying situation for our children?
Or am I misunderstanding this situation….??
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