Appearance on KPBS Midday Edition

July 31, 2012

Dr. Thompson appeared as a guest on KPBS Midday Edition to discuss the importance of experiencing independence at camp in a child’s development. An excerpt:

I started ten years ago, just asking people what’s the sweetest moment of your childhood? How many of you were your parents present? And about 20% of the hands go up. And the 20%, you know, it’s Christmas, it’s a [seder], it’s an important family time. Just what as parents we — the memories we hope we’re creating for their children. 80% of people say the sweetest moment is when they’re far away from their parent, with their friend, doing something challenging and a little risky, and they they felt they owned the experience entirely.

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