Many parents have started to think about what their children will do while school is out of session this Summer. It can seem like a daunting task to go through the endless options that are offered to keep your child safe, happy and entertained. From costs to accessibility, there can be a lot that goes into making a decision on which summer camp to choose for your child.
"Your child gets an opportunity to meet new kids, to be away and really explore a little bit about their identity and learn all of those social skills," says Chris Lawson, an associate professor of psychology at UW-Milwaukee, whose research focuses on children.
Lawson suggests that having a conversation with your child to figure out what it is they want to accomplish is the best place to start. Summer camps often have a range of activities that focus on the arts, sports, theater and the list goes on. Knowing your child's strengths and abilities helps you make a choice that is right for your child and their needs.