Like most great things in this life, quality comes with a cost. Camp is no different and some parents must find ways to save. If you read our post 11 Tips for Choosing A Summer Camp For Your Child, you probably recall that the financial piece is something that must be taken into consideration when you are choosing a summer camp program. Unless a program is advertised as free, chances are, it comes with a price tag and you've got to be willing to pay. The good news is that the government does recognize that these programs are a necessary expense, and has included them as qualified tax deductions for parents. For more information about this helpful way to put more money in your pocket, click here.
Summer camp is great for kids for the following reasons:
- Summer camp helps kids build relationships.
- Kids gain experience doing things they may not get to do at home.
- They will have exposure to experts.
- They are physically active.
- Summer camp gives them a break from devices.
- They get to experience and learn about nature.
- Activities at camp helps to keep their brains active throughout the summer.
- Summer camp activities build self-esteem.
- Attending camp makes kids resilient.
- Summer camp educates the whole child.
When parents begin the search for sports activities for their children, one of the biggest questions we have is, “Will my child be safe?” We parents are not only concerned about the possible injuries that could be sustained on the sports field though. We, also, fear emotional and sexual abuse at the hands of coaches, trainers, or sports physicians. Especially in light of the recent conviction of Dr. Larry Nassar, who committed horrific abuses as a USA Gymnastics doctor, parents are searching for extra assurances that their child safety will be kept in mind while enjoying extracurricular activities.
You are looking into camp options for your child and you are wondering which option is the best. At Kwaddle, we work with oodles of providers that offer one or both of these options and we are pleased to pass that information onto you. Both day camps and sleep away camps have their own pros and cons and we thought it might be helpful if we broke things down a bit.
When children are away from their parents, the liability transfers to the caregiver. Most parents only allow their children to stay with people who they know well and trust. Similar to enrolling your child in a child care program, there is some necessary paperwork that you may be required to complete before you can leave your most precious treasures in someone else's charge. This guide is designed to help you be prepared so that when its time to fill out the paperwork for summer camp, you are completely ready. There are four main areas to keep in mind.
You are considering summer camp options for your child and you've come to a road block. Your kiddo really wants to go to a sleep away camp and you aren't sure if he or she is ready for that. Worse yet, you aren't sure if you are ready for that. Before saying no right away, consider these five points to help you determine if sleep away summer camp is a good plan. If you need help determining which summer camp is best for your child, check out our post "11 Tips for Choosing A Summer Camp For Your Child."
It's heart stopping.
The dreaded sound of your sick child screaming out for help in the middle of the night. You run to the kiddo's bedroom wondering what you will find when you get there. Whether it is an upset stomach, fever, or a sore throat, it doesn't change the fact that your child is sick. Do you call the doctor or wait? Should you take off work or hope that it will pass quickly? Is it a virus or something that requires an antibiotic? There are so many questions and as a parent, you want to do everything you can to make your baby feel better and FAST! I'm not doctor and I don't have a medical background, but the goal of this post is to let you know that you are not alone. I also hope to share some ideas for how to care for the little sickies in your family.