Posts tagged "separation anxiety"

Homesick at Summer Camp: A Tale of Resilience

Saturday marked two weeks since we left our 9-year-old at camp, another two weeks until she returns home.  When we first returned home, I missed her with an intensity that startled me.  My knees buckled a little when I opened the dryer and found some of her favorite clothes tangled among the rest of the... Read more »

The Antidote for Helicopter Parents? Sending Your 9-Yr-Old Away to Camp

The Antidote for Helicopter Parents? Sending Your 9-Yr-Old Away to Camp
I don’t think of myself as a helicopter mom.  Or at least, I didn’t until today.  And I guess the diagnosis is coming at the right time, because I’ve found the antidote to helicoptering. It’s called sleep-away camp. Yes, I just left my 9-yr-old at camp for a month.  And every hour that we drive... Read more »

'Twas the night before school starts (and my kid is terrified).

'Twas the night before school starts (and my kid is terrified).
‘Twas the night before school starts and all through the house, Little creatures were stirring (but no sign of a louse). Lunches were packed and stored in the fridge, Bedtime was firm and would not move a smidge. Alas, peaceful sleep was not to be found, My mama bear nerves had me pacing around. At... Read more »
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Afraid of Being Left Behind

Afraid of Being Left Behind
In honor of November being National Adoption Month, Portrait of an Adoption is running a special series called 30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days.  Designed to give a voice to the many different perspectives of adoption, this series will feature guest posts by adoptees, birthparents, adoptive parents, waiting adoptive parents, and foster parents-turned-adoptive parents.  Painful... Read more »