Yes, camp is a wonderful opportunity for children to gain independence, foster self-reliance, embark on new adventures, make new friends, and acquire much-sought-after grit and resilience! But did you know that camp is also good for parents? Time away from children enables parents to reconnect, enjoy adult-centered time, or even take an adult-only vacation! Or, if other children are home while siblings are at camp, the one-on-one time parents can enjoy with that child is an added benefit that is often rare during the school year.
Separation from your children, whether for two weeks or all summer, is as beneficial for you as it is for them.
Reconnect as a couple
An unscheduled summer weekend is unusual these days. Reclaim your own free time while kids are away and reconnect to your spouse. You will quickly realize how long it has been since you’ve had such freedom.
Be yourself again instead of “Katie’s mom”
…at least for a few weeks! Do the things that you want to do rather than all the things you have to do for your family the rest of the year. Learn to paddleboard, take an art class, play sports, take pictures of objects, landscapes, or people other than your kids! Most parents, especially those who work outside the home, feel they do not have enough time for leisure and for doing whatever makes them happy as a person, not just as a parent.
Use this time well
Parenting is a stressful business. Juggling jobs, schedules, and the needs of different children while keeping the house organized and dinner on the table is taxing for even the most organized parent. Use this time to lower your stress levels and put yourself first while the kids are away – if you do, you will be a better parent and couple when they come home.