Professor Mom

Chronicles the life of a mom, teacher, and writer trying to stay sane amid the chaos of daily life.

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JohnROSS's picture JohnROSS

Although I didn't have the same issues as L, I remember major group stuff anxieties as a kid. This was especially true if sports were involved. I would much rather be at the library, or alone in my room, or out in the garage building something.

It's a tough call. Please keep us posted.

At our house we call it "making a deal". My daughter was all for it, Aaron, not so much. He's more than willing to forgo most enticements to avoid doing what he doesn't want to.


Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

Sorry I've been MIA. We are in the process of finishing the school year (we go till June 3), getting our house ready to sell, and moving. Yikes.

I have no good answers for your question here. Part of me thinks that this is who L is, so why would you push it and then I totally see your point about swimming last year. My gut says pick a fun themed day camp in his interest area and go for it. If it's a miserable failure, at least you gave it a shot!


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

We don't like the idea of pushing a child to do something that's supposed to be "fun" if they don't think it's fun. I guess it's one thing if the child *needs* to do something. Which brings up the other issue, that for a child like L. it is necessary to encourage him to do some structured social activities, just because we would love him to work on all this. I think we will make a "camp L." and keep him busy around swim team and outings, and other activities.


mouse's picture mouse

Last year, we picked two day camps for Scooter and got his approval before signing up--they were for building and space, so they met his interests. We still had a struggle most mornings, but he was happy once he was there. Something about the morning transition and lacking momentum. This year, he has camps for just over half the weeks of summer, with a little traveling and downtime planned for the rest. We again were able to find camps that meet his interests, including a Robotics camp that uses Lego Mindstorms. The big key for us has been figuring out which camps end up full of kids like him (both of them last year made me smile when I saw the vast majority of the kids there); there are one or two this year that will be a bit of a test.


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Let me know how it works out, Mouse. Maybe we'd have fared better if we had started L. at day camps when he was younger. He's definitely grown more resistant as he's gotten older.