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    DescriptionAn insightful and powerful look at the magic of summer camp--and why it is so important for children to be away from home . . . if only for a little while. In an age when it's the rare child who walks to school on his own, the thought of sending your "little ones" off to sleep-away camp can be overwhelming--for you and for them. But parents' first instinct--to shelter their offspring above all else--is actually depriving kids of the major developmental milestones that occur through letting them go--and watching them come back transformed. In "Homesick and Happy, " renowned child psychologist Michael Thompson, PhD, shares a strong argument for, and a vital guide to, this brief loosening of ties. A great champion of summer camp, he explains how camp ushers your children into a thrilling world offering an environment that most of us at home cannot: an electronics-free zone, a multigenerational community, meaningful daily rituals like group meals and cabin clean-up, and a place where time simply slows down. In the buggy woods, icy swims, campfire sing-alongs, and daring adventures, children have emotionally significant and character-building experiences; they often grow in ways that surprise even themselves; they make lifelong memories and cherished friends.Thompson shows how children who are away from their parents can be both homesick and happy, scared and successful, anxious and exuberant. When kids go to camp--for a week, a month, or the whole summer--they can experience some of the greatest maturation of their lives, and return more independent, strong, and healthy.


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    Title
    Homesick and Happy
    Subtitle
    How Time Away from Parents Can Help a Child Grow
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Professor of Philosophy Michael Thompson
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 275
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 200 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 227 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780345524928
    ISBN 10: 0345524926
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: VFV
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
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    BIC E4L: CHI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T9.3
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: MMJT, JMC
    BISAC V2.8: FAM046000
    Ingram Subject Code: CF
    Ingram Theme: TOPC/FAMILY
    Libri: I-CF
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27210
    BIC subject category V2: VFX
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    BISAC V2.8: FAM000000
    BIC subject category V2: WSZR
    B&T Approval Code: A11441500
    BISAC V2.8: FAM034000
    B&T General Subject: 200
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 09
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    B&T Approval Code: A97242400
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: PSY006000
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    BISAC V2.8: SPO009000
    DC22: 155.4/192
    LC classification: BF723.P255 T46 2012
    DC22: 155.4192
    DC21: 155.4192
    Thema V1.0: VFV, VFX, MKMT3, SZR
    Publisher
    Ballantine Books
    Imprint name
    Ballantine Books
    Publication date
    01 May 2012
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Author Information
    Michael Thompson, PhD, is the author or co-author of eight books, including the bestselling "Raising Cain." A consulting school psychologist and popular school speaker, he is also a former board member of the American Camp Association. The father of two, he lives in Arlington, Massachusetts, with his wife.
    Review quote
    "Every parent dreads letting children go. Partly, we dread it because we lack a clear roadmap of how and when to do it. "Homesick and Happy" changes that. It is a powerful and very accessible book that helps build maturity and resilience in our children--and also in parents, as well!"--Michael Gurian, author of "The Wonder of Boys "and "The Wonder of Girls" "With a deep understanding, a great sense of humor, and impeccable resources, Michael Thompson succeeds brilliantly in generating just a touch of envy in the hearts of all those parents who read "Homesick and Happy" . . . for the great fun their kids are going to have."--Harriet Lowe, editor in chief, "Camping "magazine " " "Thompson pours his heart into these pages, along with his unsurpassed wisdom about children and their parents. Full of practical advice and unforgettable anecdotes, this book is an instant classic."--Edward Hallowell, MD, author of "The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness" "With his usual compassion and warmth, Thompson helps parents let go of the imagined dangers that feed our anxieties, and avoid the real dangers of holding on to our children too tightly."--Lawrence J. Cohen, PhD, author of "Playful Parenting" "Michael Thompson is back with a compelling argument for the brawn and bonds that only camp can give a child. You'll be signing her up before you make it through the first chapter."--Rachel Simmons, former director of Girls Leadership Institute Summer Camp and author of "The Curse of the Good Girl"