My daughter forgot that she was homesick a week before and I certainly didn't remind her. Instead, she chatted away and reminded me what to send her and what to bring during parents' weekend. Boy, was I relieved.
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I realize, though, that every situation presents different dilemmas. In anticipation of these homesick phone calls I present you with five things to think about before bringing your kids home:
1. Don't immediately panic. Some initial homesickness is to be expected.
2. Try to buy time. Tell your child to give it a little more time and then you'll revisit. In the meantime, your child may settle in comfortably.
3. If you are worried, then get feedback from the camp staff about how your child seems to be doing.
4. Keep in mind, that homesickness is contagious and all of the kids in the bunk may gradually move from homesickness to happiness.
5. If your child is telling you something that is very troubling then by all means assess the situation and consider whether or not bringing your child home is the best option.
Good Luck and let us know how this goes for you and your children.
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