— My 10-year-old son is going to summer camp. But at school he’s rather shy and finds it hard to mix with others. How can I send him off feeling reassured and more self-confident?
To get him used to the idea of going to summer camp, prepare his trip together well in advance. Check out what he can expect to find on his arrival. Since children often make friends on the bus or train journey there, pack a few things that he can easily share (a bag of sweets, a card game, etc). Teaching him to do a magic trick may also help him break the ice. On the day he leaves, look out for other children on their own and introduce them to your son. To reassure him while he’s away, tell him to look for a smooth pebble in the forest and suggest he leave it in the sun all day and the moonlight all night, so that it soaks up a special power… and tell him to put it in his pocket and keep it there. This talisman will boost his confidence and strength.