Hudson Valley Parent

HVP February 2019

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Page 30 of 39 n Hudson Valley Parent 31 Bug spray, sunscreen and water bottles are important When Rosemarie Noto sent her then 10-year-old son Nick to day camp a few years ago, she wished that someone had told her how important it was to spray him down with bug spray. "Most parents would think that the camp does that, but it's up to us," says Noto. Summertime gets buggy so it's important to protect your children from mosquito bites and bee stings. The same goes with covering them with sunscreen to prevent sunburn. "And a hat to protect their head from the sun," says Aranibar. "Hydration is extremely important in the summer," says Buttinger. "Sometimes children come to camp without a water bottle and it's important that they drink a lot of water." It gets easier Whether you are sending your child to day or overnight camp, there will be a period of adjustment and homesickness. Your child might want to call you and ask to come home early. He might want to give up because he hasn't made a friend yet. The first few days of something new are difficult, but their experience at camp will change. "I wish the kids knew that once they get through those first few days of camp and start to make friends and do something new, the anxiety eases and they will have a great time," says Aranibar. "If the overnighters call their parents during the first few days, the risk of them going home is higher. If they come in knowing there won't be any phone calls, most will do just fine." Aranibar wants parents to know one very important fact: they might go through their own separation anxiety, too. "Parents call and want to talk to their children, but unless it's an emergency we don't allow phone calls." Enjoy the time they are at camp. Before you know it, it will be over and the school bell will ring again. Lisa Iannucci's latest book "On Location: A Film and TV Lover's Travel Guide," is available online and in stores. The results are in! We asked parents about their plans for their kids this summer. 84% said they plan on sending their children to day camp 16% said they plan on sending their children to sleepaway camp

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