Editor's note: Camp may be primarily for kids, but parents can get involved, too! Talk to your camp director about trips and events you can participate in with your child and get ready to make some great new memories like Erin Flynn Jay did recently with her children.
Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of accompanying my kids on their camp trip to Clementon Park. Last year, I went on this excursion with them, so I knew what to expect. With other city camps there, it would be packed. There would be long lines.
I know some parents keep their children home from these crowded events. I was game for another trek over to Clementon.
In my opinion, here are some benefits of taking time away from work and going on summer camp trips with your children:
- They’re only young once. I hear this again and again from other parents: “It goes by in the blink of an eye.” Nothing gives me greater pleasure than running around an amusement park with my kids. When they are older, I won’t have this opportunity, but I can look back on these happy memories of their youth.
- You develop friendships with other parents. I have made friends with some other moms by taking my girls on trips and to events. I like to get the girls together with their friends — and I look forward to catching up with my mom friends.
- This is their time to have fun and relax before the school year starts. When school starts, they will have nightly homework, tests and some after-school activities. There is a lot of pressure on kids these days. The summer is a chance for them to stay up later, spend more time outside at the pool or beach, for example, and just be silly kids.
As the summer winds down to a close, enjoy extra time with your children if an opportunity arises to go on a camp trip with them.
Erin Flynn Jay blogs at Mastering the Mommy Track.