Below please find links to articles which may be of interest as well as a list of great books about child development. Enjoy and happy reading!
Nurturing Resilience: Summer Camps Make Kids Resilient by Michael Ungar, Ph.D
Summer Camp Homesickness by Henry Birdsong
The Meaning of Summer Camps by Nancy Gibbs
Best of Both Worlds by Peter Lasagna
American Camp Association:
Longer Camp Sessions: Disappearing Dinosaur or Timely Treasure? By Andy Sangster
TPI's Junior Golf Parent Workshop
Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys
by Dan Kindlon and Michael Thompson
Kindlon and Thompson share what they have learned in more than thirty-five years of combined experience working with boys and their families. They identify the social and emotional challenges that boys encounter in school and show how parents can help boys cultivate emotional awareness and empathy to provide them with the vital connections and support they need to navigate the social pressures of youth.
The Summer Camp Handbook: Everything You Need to Find, Choose and Get Ready for Overnight Camp-and Skip the Homesickness
by Christopher A Thurber, Ph.D and Jon C. Malinowski, Ph.D
This resource includes information on how to decide when the time is right, how to find and evaluate different kinds of camps, how to prepare for the adventure, and how to prevent homesickness.
Reclaiming Childhood: Letting Children Be Children in Our Achievement-Oriented Society
by William Crain
By allowing children unstructured, unpressured time we allow them to become more confident, creative and enthusiastic learners.
Lighting Their Fires: Raising Extraordinary Children in a Mixed-Up, Muddled-Up, Shook Up World
by Rafe Esquith
Shows that children aren’t born extraordinary; they become that way as a result of parents and teachers who instill values that serve them not just in school, but for the rest of their lives.
The Power of Play
by David Elkind, Ph.D.
Today’s parents often worry that their children will be at a disadvantage if they are not engaged in constant learning, but child development expert David Elkind reassures us that imaginative play goes far to prepare children for academic and social success.
New World Kids: Parents Guide to Creative Thinking
by Susan Marcus and Susie Monday
A comprehensive guide to creative thinking for parents, teachers, and caregivers. It is the result of decades of applied research with children examining creativity, media, cognition, play, and individuality.