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Julia Sims: Happy campers

Posted July 14, 2014

Julia Sims with son Will

Truth be told, I dreaded this summer. I had heard so many cautionary tales from wise moms who had conquered the summer camp world and I was terrified!

Everyone told me you've got to sign up early! The most popular camps fill up fast! Don't forget to squeeze in something with academic value! You don't want your child to fall behind in his learning!

In February, when enrollment started, I had friends who sent me spread sheets of their camp schedules. I felt woefully inadequate. I was marking mine on the kitchen calendar. What if that calendar disappeared and I didn't know where to take Will?!

And, of course, I worried that Will simply wouldn't like the camps I picked.

Well, like most things, it's all turned out just fine. I wasn't the first to sign up and that was OK. There are plenty of camps and plenty of spaces for everyone it seems! And I decided to forego any academic camps this year. Will is six. Summer is about fun! (Mike and I never went to reading or writing camp and we turned out OK.)

Bottom line, Will is having a blast! He's playing with friends, he's made new friends and he's getting to try things he's never been exposed to before. We are all happy campers.

Julia is a reporter for WRAL-TV and the mother of a kindergartner. She writes monthly for Go Ask Mom.


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  • JAT Jul 15, 2014

    I'm all about fun in the summer and no work or studying. If a kid forgets all he knows in 2 months, there's a bigger issue than letting him have fun. Plus, social learning will get you just as far as book learning most of the time.

  • Killian Jul 15, 2014

    THANK YOU for allowing your child to be a child. Education should always be a priority in the home, but kids need time to explore and evelop their gross and fine motor skills, thei creativity, and expand their interests through exploration.

    Not every second has to be contrived to include "academics".

  • ewester Jul 15, 2014

    So glad to see someone still understands the need for kids to just have fun and be a kid! Exposure to new things is enough of a learning experience for some. Kids need to learn how to use their imagination and they need down time to do that. That will serve them well when they become adults. They are not little adults that need all of their time scheduled. He will have enough of that as he gets older. Kids need the opportunity to just be kids.