It’s often hard as a parent to let go of your kids and see them off on school trips or anywhere that’s away from you for any length of time because you’re bound to worry about whether they’ll be safe and happy. Those feelings are natural because as a parent, you want to keep your child safe and secure, and if you’re not the one looking after them, there’s always the fear that something could go wrong.
While having these feelings is natural, they’re not always in your child’s best interests. To grow and develop, children need to experience many different situations and take advantage of all the opportunities they have to learn and take part in a wide range of activities. Residential trips are one of the best ways for your kids to spend time away from you, and here’s why:
Learning to cope with not having your parents around all the time is an essential life lesson that all children need to learn. At first, they may be as reluctant to part from you as you are to let them go, but by experiencing separation in a safe, active environment with people they know where they’re taking part in activities they enjoy, your kids will develop the confidence to feel independent away from home without suffering any trauma. Kids who are accustomed to positive separation experiences cope far better with the situation when it arises another time, for example, if dad has to go into hospital, or mum has to work away from home.
Learning through experience
Residential trips provide a fantastic learning opportunity for your kids, and they often learn far more in a week spent on a course than they would in the classroom. There are many different kinds of residential courses available to children, from science camp to scout camp, nature courses to sports courses, and very often kids can experience activities they wouldn’t have access to during their normal lives. Schools often take kids on trips where they go abseiling, rock-climbing, and kayaking, for example; or they could go on a night hike with the Guides, spend a week learning to ride, or immerse themselves in the performing arts.
Summer schools are an excellent way of helping children catch up in subjects they’re finding hard, or for learning skills in a new way. For example, English Country Schools run English as a Foreign Language (EFL) courses that provide multiple opportunities for kids to put their learning into practice, by speaking in English as they take part in a range of different activities. Learning this way has proved to be highly effective in helping children get to grips with their subject, and often helps children get over barriers they’re experiencing in their learning journey.
When you wave goodbye to your child as they leave for a residential trip, try to focus on all the positives; they’re in safe hands, they’ll learn a tremendous amount, they’ll get used to being apart from you without experiencing trauma, and they’ll have the time of their lives!
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