My Child Is Loving Sleep Away Camp But I'm Miserable Without Her

Dear Mouthy Housewives,My daughter left for sleep away camp a week and a half ago, and I am nauseous. I am just so sad. I feel like a part of me is missing. And I am paying for this experience! ...more
I haven't sent my sons away yet either, but they would like to try it. Maybe we'll try a week ...more

I'm not a happy camper

When I was a Girl Scout, my parents let me go to camps over the summer. Lots of camps. There was day camp and teddy bear camp, dance camp and biking camp and more. And camping was fun: We earned badges, made s'mores, sang dirty songs, made new friends and slept in very nice tents. ...more

This is Why We Run

So there’s this blog post that’s been making the rounds this week about Visiting Day.You know the one.About the “Running of the Jews”?Gotta say.Something about it just doesn’t sit right with me.Are you surprised?Me too.Because The Running is totally a thing.Like, TOTALLY totally.I know.It sounds awful....more

A Little Help with Homesickness...

The first day of camp is an emotionally driven day filled with bittersweet, mixed feelings. Excitement and anxiety are literally playing Tug of War in the stomach of almost every parent and camper....more

Go away so you can miss me

When I was little, my summers were filled with camp. Every spring, my Mom and I would go through the Girl Scout catalog of upcoming camps and choose the ones I would attend. The themes ran the gamut from Teddy Bear camp to Dance camp and to Bike and Boating camp. Here's the important part: All the camps were sleep-away and most were for at least a week....more

Lessons from a summer camp dropout

I just finished another one of those books about a group of teens who meet at sleepaway camp, share their innermost secrets and form lifelong bonds that can only be shared by friends who’ve lived with each other 24/7 during that coming-of-age time in their life.And I’m envious....more

Help! My Kids Are Going to Camp and Won't Let Me Go With Them!

Dear Mouthy Housewives,My two daughters are going to sleep-away camp for the first time this summer. They're very excited to be gone a week, but I'm mostly nervous. I don't want to spend the entire time they're away fretting and worrying about how they're doing and if they miss me, but I don't know what to do to relax. My husband wants the two of us to take a little romantic trip, but I'm not sure that's a good idea and it might make me even more anxious. Help!Signed,Paranoia Self Destroia...more
MouthyHousewife WendiAarons excellent advice but this helps too... ...more

Pushy Parents and Competitive Camping: How Much is Too Much?

As a Brit, competitive camping is a world that I'm not privy to. American-style summer camps have only taken off in the last ten years and are not dictated by 150 year old traditions. As such, British camps like Camp Beaumont focus on high energy activities and skills-focused outdoor play. More often than not they are so action packed that there's little time to think about anything other than the itinerary. However, this month an article in the New York Times revealed the very strange behaviors of American parents who send their children to summer camp. ...more
@tea4tamara Sorry - didn't mean to belittle anyone - it's all speculative.more

Big Kid Steps: When They Need You Just a Little Less

But this week I am missing them more than I can express and it’s caught me off guard in a very uncomfortable parenting way and I frankly am not happy about it. I think of them constantly but yet I cannot see them in my thoughts because I don’t know what they are doing. I don’t know what their cabins look like, what time they eat breakfast, are they learning to sail or did they choose a drama class, do they love horseback riding, is the lake water cold, are they making friends and I wonder what time lights-out is and are they okay. Are they okay? ...more
I understand. Having your children far away and not knowing their schedule and if they're OK is ...more