If you think your child is ready for a summer away at camp, there is some careful planning to be done. When choosing the right summer camp, there are so many different options and preferences to take into account. The key is finding one that both you can your child feel comfortable with and that you know they will be able to enjoy. Here are some tips for choosing the right kids summer camp:
Try asking other parents to recommend you a summer camp that they have trusted with their children. If you can manage to find a camp that a good friend or family member has already enrolled their child into, then you can almost be guaranteed a decent experience. Also, try to inquire at work, church, or other social groups where you can trust their opinion and decisions. Reputation and referrals are a key factor in determining your child’s camp.
Once you have found one or a couple potential candidates, this is when the review process begins. Another key factor in determining which summer camp your child will attend is asking them about their experience with children and what they offer. Are the children at this camp accepting of new members? Do they offer programs, events, and sports that your child would enjoy? If these types of questions are positive, this is a great indication.
3. Review Process
As you get further along in the process of finding the right camp, ask them if they have any references that they could give you. The ability to ask other parents about their experience is very helpful. Don’t be shy about the questions you ask, as this will basically be your child’s second home all summer. Your main concern is the safety and care of your child!
Once you narrow it down to a couple options, this is when the pricing comes into play. Talk to friends and family to determine an average range for camps, but also keep in mind that this will be the place that is taking complete care for your child. Therefore, a little extra money could go a long way for the care and enjoyment your child will receive.
5. Ask Your Child
When your child gets home from camp each day, recap with them to see how the day went, what activities they participated in, and if they met any new friends. Sometimes your child will be bashful about admitting much of their day, so it’s important to make sure you get the full rundown. If any issues come up, or you notice your child becoming disinterested in the camp after a while, it may be time to look into alternatives.
Written by Stephanie Parker from Sleepingbaby.com, inventor of the Zipadee-Zip
The motto for Sleeping Baby, makers of the Zipadee-Zip, is: “Inspiring Dreams One Night at A time,” and that, in a nutshell, is how it all started…with one little dream that has since become the Parker family’s reality. When Brett and Stephanie Parker’s daughter, Charlotte, was born, the feeling that welled up inside of them was indescribable; they never realized until first looking into those baby blues of hers that they were even capable of that kind of love.
When it was time to transition baby from swaddling, the Parkers tried every sleep sack on the market and every swaddle weaning trick they could find for nearly two weeks and nothing worked to get baby Charlotte to fall and stay asleep.
Stephanie became determined to restore sleep and sanity to their household and set out to find a solution that would soothe Charlotte’s startle reflex and provide her the cozy womb-like environment she loved so much but still give her the freedom to roll over and wiggle around in her crib safely. Out of sheer desperation and exhaustion, the Zipadee-Zip was born. The first Zipadee-Zip(R) Stephanie put together on her little sewing machine worked like magic!
To date tens of thousands of Zipadee-Zips have been sold and all from word-of-mouth marketing. It is so rewarding for the Parkers to see other parents and babies getting the sleep they both need and deserve!
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