Dr. Michael Thompson is one of the leading experts in Youth Development. He has written 7 books on youth, including the New York Times bestseller “Raising Cain,” which was made into a special on PBS and led to appearances on The Today Show, Good Morning America and Oprah.
He is also a dear friend to Camp Champions.
His most recent work is called “Homesick and Happy: How Time Away from Parents Can Help a Child.” It is the best book I have read about the benefits of summer camp for children. We are also delighted that he mentions Camp Champions three times specifically (and 3 more times indirectly).
Dr. Thompson has a wonderful sense of humor and a deep appreciation for parents. He is deeply sympathetic to the challenges of parenting and strives to help parents raise the best children they can.
Early in “Homesick and Happy” he makes an interesting observation. He notes that whenever parents ask for advice, they always ask some version of the same question: “what else should I be doing?” He notes that parents always assume that they should be doing more for their child. He, however, notes that children can benefit in important ways from parents occasionally doing less.
For example, if parents want their children to learn to deal with challenges and the occasional failure, they must be willing to let their children occasionally struggle and fail.
Specifically, he describes 8 things “that parents cannot do for their children.” I know this list has informed our thought about our own children.
These are important parenting goals, but we parents cannot control them. We need partners that love our children and share our goals.
We at Camp Champions want to be your partner in this wonderful challenge. Please feel free to call us with any questions about how attending our camp can help facilitate the growth of your child!
Steve Sir, The Camp Geek