We are not quite sure how to respond to the request of our twelve-year-old son who is begging us to “be left alone” for the next four weeks and not attend a local day camp.
He just returned home yesterday from sleep-away camp, where he spent the first four weeks of the summer. By all accounts, he seemed to have had an enjoyable time there and we got good reports on visiting day. He says that he is tired of being told when to wake up, when to be at meals, when to cheer and when to go to sleep. He just keeps saying that he wants to “be left alone.” (Months ago, we enrolled him in the same day camp that he went to for the past summers.)
He is our oldest and child care is not a problem. We are worried, though. Is this a normal thing for him to want? Is it good for him to be unstructured for so long?
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