One of our editors sent her 8-year-old daughter to sleepaway camp this weekend. As amazing as the experience can be for kids, the transition can be rough.
So we asked our Facebook fans for their best advice for both mother and daughter. Here are some of our favorite answers:
“Keep a journal (both of them) detailing what they did while apart. The adventures from the daughter, the mundane from mom. This will make them feel closer to one another… and then share them when she returns.” —Vicki P.
“It hurts sometimes knowing that they don’t need us 24/7 but it’s great knowing that they’re growing up.” —Mary S.M.
“Enjoy yourselves! Don’t waste your time worrying about the other because they’re likely having fun and not worrying about you!” —Renee C.
“I always told my kids the same my father told me: When you’re found with decisions, make them as if I were next to you. They are still alive and well now as adults. Trust!” —Monica D.
“Meeting new people is exciting. Enjoy yourself. Always always stay in a group.”—Carol B.
“Mom, she will be fine. [She’ll] probably cry when she has to come home. Don’t take it personally.”—JoAnne J.B.
“Send her a lot of mail! Fun postcards and cards—Target has great ones. As a child at camp I lived for mail (and later as a counselor as well!). I’m 32 now and still have my cards, and my mom still has the letters I sent her.”—Andrea Q.