We work very hard, as parents, to make sure that our children get the best education and the most enriching after-school programming possible. We want to create a wholesome environment that allows them to stretch all parts of their world -- academically, athletically, creatively and spiritually. We thoroughly check out public schools, private schools, tutors, coaches and any other person or program that may interact with our children.
Then there is the summer.
So many of us believe that it is time to kick back, relax, be lazy and enjoy. The children want to watch TV and play video games. If camp is in the picture, we so often make decisions based on the advice of "the neighbors' children".
How can we be so diligent for 75% of the time and so inattentive for the remainder? Which fourth of your child are you willing to ignore?
In the words of Michael Eisner, previously with the Disney Corporation, he "learned the five keys to success in life from building campfires each summer: teamwork, initiative, handling of adversity, listening well, and maintaining a sense of humor." Summer experiences have come such a long way that it is almost mandatory for the college and success bound to embrace that 25% of the year and ENJOY
it wisely. You can still unwind, have the family vacation, and then... let go of your children for a while. Allow your child, at a younge age, to develop self-identity, self-worth, self-esteem, leadership and self-respect in a naturaly and nurturing environment.
So how do you know if your child is ready to separate?
First, please take a simple survey by clicking here
. Most likely, you will discover your child is ready. And if not, we can discuss ways to help your child develop more independence and prepare for successful (and of course, temporary) separation.
But more often than not, it is you, the parents, who are not ready to let go. The greatest gift you can give to your child is your confidence in their ability to be successful.
You have provided them with a home, rules, purpose and love. And now it is time to let them go practice your teachings on their own despite how hard it may be to let go.
And that is why you must allow us to explore the multitude of safe, secure and personally visited and vetted programs that exist for children and teens today. Whether your child is shy or outgoing, athletic or musical, cerebral or simply hunting for frogs, there is an appropriate program for your child. I work with over 1400 summer programs, each fitting differently with each child. As a team, we can find the right place for your child to experience success.