Hello everybody! Welcome to a new component of Jen Talks Too Much where I dish out unsolicited and inexperienced advice to parents. You’re welcome. I figured I should do this for a few reasons; 1) I have LOTS of opinions and I should share them. Obviously. 2) Mommy blogs are super hot right now and maybe I could draw some attention just by using the words ‘mom’ and ‘advice’ thereby growing my audience. I kid, I kid…or do I?
Anyway, today’s Non-Mom Advice to Moms (dad’s too obvs, but that title is less great) is – SEND YOUR KIDS TO CAMP!
I know I yelled that at you, but this shiz is fo’realz. What’s that all about? Well, let’s think about this for a second:
You had your first child about 6-8 years ago. Since that moment, your number one priority has been them. You wake up and you get them ready, you feed them, you entertain them and sometimes you drop them off at dance class, soccer or whatever. Every moment of your life revolves around these little animals that you call your children. During the winter, spring and fall, for the most part, you receive a helping hand in taking care of them because they go to school, but in the summer, the wonderful hot sexy months of summer, these little rugrats are all yours. All. The. Time. Except, that is…if you send them to camp.
But why would you send them to camp? Weird people like Jen Woodall and those grown-up kids in Indian Summer went to camp? Kids that went to camp missed out on baseball games, social outings and opportunities to be on their cities travel soccer teams. Their friends felt abandoned and they in turn were left out of some summer past times that non-campers experienced. All of which are somewhat valid and yet irrelevant reasons (in my opinion) to not send your kids to camp. With that, here are nine reasons you should attempt to late register your kids in summer camp right now:
- One week, to up to two months of being childless. If you’re still married, you can act like you did ‘pre-kid’. Sex in the living room? Why not? No ones going to be coming home. Oh you want to sleep in? Go nuts. No sticky fingered kid will be around to wake you up before the sun has risen.
- Hangovers. You can get drunk with out worrying about having to ‘take care of the kids’ tomorrow. I’m not condoning binge drinking, but c’mon, who doesn’t love a nice summer buzz.
- Socializing your kids. Your kids will be forced to socialize in uncomfortable settings where no one knows anyone. This will help them later on in job interviews, conferences, high school, even university. Pretty much, you are setting your kids up for life.
- Fun without technology. They will learn to love being outside and screenless. Yes screenless. No video games, no iPhones, just good old fashioned’ playing.
- Skills. Most camps offer some sort of skills sessions. They can learn to swim, canoe, and at some camps, even learn how to sail. I’m sure sailing is hard to come by for most families, so that’s pretty rad.
- Music. The songs they learn they will remember for the rest of their lives (at least some of them). Ummm…maybe that’s a negative because that could be rather annoying. However, they will learn to love singing and being foolish and not caring what others think about them.
- Fitness. They will be forced to exercise. And most-likely, they will think it’s fun.
- Friendships. The experiences they share at camp are like no other and therefore the friends they make at camp are too like no other. A camp bond is a strong bond. And, they learn to sustain friendships with people who are out of sight. In my days we wrote letters, but these days they can keep in touch on facebook. They are able to expand their circle of friends to not just the kids in the neighbourhood, but to kids from other cities, which is pretty neat.
- Memories. The memories your kids make at camp will stay with them forever. They will experience first kisses, holding hands, they will do things that they never thought they were capable of (not dirty things you perve, but thinks like wall climbing, four day hiking trips…those kinds of things).
On top of all of those things, camp helps build confidence and leadership skills – both of which are a win-win. So, Moms (dads too) how can you deny the above reasoning? Send your kids to camp. If money is an issues there are often programs to assist families in need and there are also cheaper camps, that in my opinion, are just as good as the expensive ones!
Sincerely, your favourite Non-Mom,
Jen Talks Too Much