I signed up my son for a reading course this summer but called it "reading camp" so he would actually let me take him. I thought I would be sneaky because apparently attaching the word "camp" to anything makes it fun. Well the joke was on me because the parents were asked to stay for the first hour of EVERY two-hour session. What? I thought I would be able to drop him off and have two hours to run errands. This requirement is to help parents help their kids. Well geez, make me feel like a jerk please! But as a result, I have seen some major progress and the growth of my son's confidence. This camp turned out to be fun after all.
This past Saturday was week four out of the five week "reading camp" and it hit me that I am able to write my son simple notes because now he can read them. I had a smile ear to ear. What a happy camper I am! Now I can say horrible things to my son and then write him sorry notes. I AM TOTALLY JOKING!!! Please let me back up so you don't go calling child protection services on me.
My daughter, who is 2 years older than my son, has been able to read since she was four and I have been leaving her thoughtful notes ever since. I didn't think much about these little pinches until I was cleaning out her room this Spring and found all my notes in a pile on a shelf. I was so touched. She kept every one of them! For anyone who has ever been tired at the end of a long day and said some things to your kids that probably should have stayed in your head, you can relate. The guilt would pile up so high that at the end of the night I felt like (and still feel like) I should wake up my kids to say, "I said some really shitty things and I suck." I opted to write my daughter notes instead of waking her up, depriving her of sleep and oh yeah, skipped the foul language. I wrote a lot of "I'm sorry" notes which I left for her to find the next morning and hoped for the best.
It's fun to think that my youngest and littlest recipient in our family can now enjoy these thoughtful pinches. Even my husband gets them. When he travels, which is often, I pack him a little note that he finds when he unpacks. A tiny way to let the hub know I will miss him and we are home waiting for his return.
A great way to make sure your camper is happy is to slip a little note in their lunchbox, back pack, locker, by their toothbrush, in their driver seat etc. - let them know you are thinking of them (especially if you said some things you may regret the night before!)