How to Debrief with a Child?

Posted in SUMMER CAMPS 101 by CampsUSA Staff. 2341 views.


Parents should give youth some space before they try and debrief with their children. A camper may need some time to transition back to home life and a different schedule. Going from an active schedule to home life can be jarring and emotional. It is wise to take a child out to eat the first night they are back and try something active like heading out for mini-golf or to a movie. Quality time helps parents reconnect with their children.

Kids will want to talk about the summer. It is important to give them the space to do this. Parents should ask about everything from the other campers to their child’s favorite activities and counselors. Less is more during these conversations: adults should sit back and listen to a child’s stories and ask specific and leading questions. Sharing important memories will help kids unpack and reflect on the summer.
Gelena Blishteyn
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