Research has proven that kids are happier and gain essential social and emotional skills at camp. A recognized parenting expert, Audrey Monke distills what she's learned from thousands of interactions with campers, camp counselors, and parents, and from her research in positive psychology, to offer intentional strategies parents can use to foster the benefits of camp at home.
Our screen-obsessed, competitive society makes it harder than ever to raise happy, thriving kids. But there are tried-and-true methods that can help. Instead of rearing a generation of children who are overwhelmed, anxious, depressed, and who struggle to become independent, responsible adults, parents can create a culture that promotes the growth of important character traits and the social skills kids need for meaningful, successful lives.
Thousands of parents attest to the "magical" benefits of summer camp for their kids, noting their children return more joyful, positive, confident, and resilient after just a few weeks. But you can learn exactly what it takes to promote these benefits at home. Complete with specific ideas to implement the most effective summer camp secrets, Happy Campers is a one of a kind resource for raising happy, socially intelligent, successful kids.
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About the Author
Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D., LCSW, is the New York Times bestselling co-author (with Dan Siegel) of The Yes Brain, The Whole-Brain Child, and No-Drama Discipline (Random House). She's a pediatric and adolescent psychotherapist, parenting consultant, and the director of parenting education and development for the Mindsight Institute. A frequent lecturer to parents, educators, and professionals, she lives near Los Angeles with her husband and three children.
Table of Contents
Foreword Tina Payne Bryson, PhD ix
Introduction: What Parents Can Learn from Summer Camp xv
The "Magic" of Summer Camp 1
They Call Me "Sunshine" 4
Strategies for Bringing the Magic of Camp Home 7
Camp Secret #1 Connection Comes First 10
Camp Secret #2 Catch Them Doing Something Right 37
Camp Secret #3 Positive Practices Produce Optimistic Kids 65
Camp Secret #4 All Kids Can Be More Independent (Even Clingy Homebodies!) 82
Camp Secret #5 Grit Is Grown Outside the Comfort Zone 102
Camp Secret #6 Kids Are More Capable Than Parents Think They Are 129
Camp Secret #7 Kids Thrive with Structure 153
Camp Secret #8 Make It Cool to Be Kind 173
Camp Secret #9 Coach Kids to Better Friendships 195
Final Thoughts: The Magic of Family 217
Bringing Camp Home Activities 225
Camp Secrets Recap 226
Family Meetings 230
Questions for Connection 232
Undesired Behaviors and Skills to Build 234
VIA Character Strengths 235
Household Task Audit 236
Ready for Adulthood Checklist 237
Social Skills Checklist 242