As school winds down, you may be wondering which will be better for your family – Using A Mother’s Helper Or Summer Camp for kids this year. There are great benefits to both of these options, and it truly varies from family to family what is the best choice. We have come up with a few things to consider when making this choice for you and your children.
What Is Better: Using A Mother’s Helper Or Summer Camp?
- Familiar surroundings in your home. For younger children this is important to create security and limit separation anxiety
- More personalized attention. Children with developmental delays or who tend to be sensitive about various issues do well in environments with more one on one interaction that a mother’s helper would provide.
- Easy to control exposure to foods, activities and entertainment. If your child has food allergies or limitations with activities it helps to have someone who knows these things and is prepared to handle them on a daily basis. This is also good for families who restrict television, music or other entertainment that may be brought up in a summer camp environment.
- Loving bond that brings comfort. With a mother’s helper, your child won’t feel left out or alone when apart from their parents. The loving one on one relationship helps them feel secure.
- Interaction with peers. This is especially great for children who are homeschooled or have a small circle of peers. Meeting new people, and interacting with them on a daily basis will help build their confidence and people skills. Interaction with peers can be great for those who may generally be shy.
- Learning life skills. Everything from how to build a fire to making their bed each day can be taught at summer camp. Life skills are part of the day to day coming and going at summer camp and a great way to help your kids learn in a natural environment where everyone else is going along with instructions.
- Creating more independence. Being “alone” at summer camp can create an independent spirit in the child who tends to cling a bit more to their parent or siblings. Being able to care for basic daily things like brushing their teeth, showering, picking up after themselves and similar will give them some confidence and independence they may not feel at home.
Making the decision between a mother’s helper and summer camp this year is truly dependent upon your individual family and child needs. Every child is different in what will help them to thrive. Think about what your family needs and your children’s personalities as you make the right decision for your family.
Did you already make this choice? Which do you prefer: a mother’s helper or summer camp?