Homesick and Happy: How Time Away from Parents Can Help a Child Grow


Research shows that today’s parents spend more time with their children, are more emotionally engaged and are committed to the success of their offspring. There is only one problem: there are actually many times when parental absence is the magic ingredient for a child’s development. In this talk, designed for parents and camp professionals, Dr. Thompson discusses the eight things you cannot do for your children and why summer camps and school trips offer a new venue for the child’s growth. Camps are often a place where children nurture their curiosity and creative powers, where they make great friends, and where they see the path to adulthood and leadership more clearly than they can with mom and dad looking over their shoulders.

Workshop Info

For additional information, see a sample day with Dr. Thompson or refer to a description of workshop topics.

To schedule this workshop, contact Elizabeth Diggins — Administrative Assistant to Michael Thompson, Ph.D.