Most of us feel best when our families are together. But as our children grow, we tend to spend more time apart for a variety of reasons. Some children adjust easily to this change. Others have more difficulty. It’s understandable to miss the people we love. But what if your child is so focused on missing you that he or she misses out on other things, too?
Feeling worried or anxious sometimes is part of being a person, so it's not surprising that all kids experience some anxiety from time to time. Depending on the child's age and development, situational anxiety may be felt when separating from parents or caregivers, reading aloud at school or when trying to join a social group. In most cases, parents and teachers can do a lot to help kids cope with these feelings.
Sleepaway camp can be one of the most fun and formative experiences in a child’s life. It is also rife with new challenges that children do not typically face at home, including being away from caretakers for an extended period of time, sleeping in a new place, and daily exposure to new activities, people, and expectations. Camp can be anxiety-provoking for even the most adventurous child, so it stands to reason that it might pose unique challenges for children who are learning to cope with anxiety.
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