uh-PARENT-ly Ep. 7 | Teaching autonomy through sleep-away camp: why separation is good for kids and parents


Anne Johnsos and Tracy Heuvelman Weiner, hosts of WGN Radio’s latest podcast on parenting.

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More than 14 million Americans attend camp each year. That’s a lot of canoeing, archery and “bug juice.” It’s also a major hurdle for moms and dads who tend to “helicopter.”

Michael G. Thompson, Ph.D., is a consultant, author, and psychologist specializing in children and families. His book, Homesick and Happy: How Time Away From Parents Can Help a Child Grow, focuses on the benefits of sleep-away camp. He joins uh-PARENT-ly hosts Tracy Heuvelman Weiner and Anne Johnsos with tips for letting go.

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