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Sleepaway Camp: Craziest or Best Thing Ever?
Many of my son's American friends are returning from sleep-away camp. His Finnish friends hardly did a day camp. Which is a better summer - for kids, and parents?
On Instagram, I asked what you think of all-summer long sleep-away camp: is it the best or craziest thing ever—and if it’s the standard choice for American parents—and how Nordic parents can handle their kids being home all summer long.
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Parents on both continents claim their choice allows kids to develop independence, play with friends and recharge—but what would you do? Read responses from parents from US and Finland, Sweden, South Africa and Dubai, and add yours in the comments!
…and can kids be independent there without camps?
ps that’s my “handwriting” so I would remember it’s Dubai!
Is 7 weeks of sleepaway camp crazy or best thing ever?
Finnish translation: “sounds like bringing up children is outsourced even on summer vacation.”
If you are a Nordic parent, don’t kids drive you crazy if they are home all summer?
”endless practice in patience”
enmdIs the price tag of sleep-away camp (could be $15,000 per kid) worth it?
Now, what do you think? Is sleep-away camp, sending kids 9 and up away most of summer the craziest or best thing ever, or is keeping them home (and in nearby playgrounds) totally unrealistic and ideal for recharging? What do kids—and parents—really need?
PS. You had so many comments, I couldn’t add my story about what I ended up doing in the US, when we got back from Finland, and what I’ll do next summer, after hearing from all of you—and my kids. Make sure you subscribe for free now, so you get that story next week and we can continue chatting!
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