Homesickness Strategy for Parents: Sample Letter To An Unhappy Camper
I just got off the phone with Ms. Charlotte from ADTC. She said that she made a promise to you that she would call me and tell me everything you told her. Ms. Charlotte did tell me you were homesick and cried because you were missing me, and that you hoped I would pick you up from camp... My heart is very sad that you're feeling this way and I want you to know how much I love you and I will always love you.
Also, you need to know that I totally understand. Although I didn't go to camp, I did leave my family and friends for an entire year when I backpacked around the world! I missed my mom, dad and friends so much. But I decided I had a choice - I could either swallow my homesickness and make a huge effort to enjoy it, or I could go home and never get to experience what it felt like to conquer my fears and meet new friends, try new adventures and see exciting places.
I'm not going to pick you up. You are a strong, independent, fun loving, kind girl. You will get through this and I PROMISE you within a day or so you will be feeling more comfortable & confident. The best way to overcome feeling homesick is to stay as busy as you can. Try every activity that you can and realize that this is such a fantastic opportunity for you.
Plus, it is HOT and boring right now here. Most of the kids are away and you'd be bored silly if you were here.
I'm also so happy that you've been able to try horseback riding. Did you enjoy that? Please let me know every fun activity you do and all about your fun friends you've met. I promise to write you every day. You will have a whole slew of letters coming!
Be strong, have fun and know that I am so very proud of you and love you very much!!! Now... chin up, big smile and get to your next activity! I will see you on Friday at the show!
I Love You!