November 6, 2007 at 10:21 PM CST - Updated July 26 at 6:56 AM
The following tips were provided by Dr. Roger Butner, a family therapist and frequent guest on9News This Morning'sParenting 101 segment.
Most children can handle the away from home camp experience around age 8, 9, or 10. Certainly, your child's personality is a big factor. Some are more independent, while others are more "homebodies." However, one of the most important factors is whether or not YOU, the parent, are ready for your child to go away to camp. If the thought of sending your child to a camp away from home makes you nervous, consider starting him/her at a day camp at an earlier age. This can help get both of you ready for the big transition. Also, don't start with a camp that lasts for a big chunk of the summer - one week is a reasonable length for the first big camp experience.