Help for Homesickness – Just in Time for Camp Season!

With summer upon us, and many children getting ready to go away to camp for the first time, parents have been camping out on my doorstep asking me what they can do to prevent homesickness.  Well let me see if I can pitch some advice about this problem – which is much easier for me than pitching a tent! 

First, homesickness is something that affects almost everyone that goes away from home for the first time, even if it’s just for one night.  It is a normal phase of development that can usually be easily dealt with by preparing your child adequately for the experience.  If you want your child to not miss out on camp because they miss home too much, I offer the following eight suggestions:

Hopefully you’ll find tips like these easy ones to sleep on when it comes to your child sleeping away from home and not getting homesick at camp this summer. 

Lewis First, M.D., is chief of Pediatrics at Vermont Children's Hospital at Fletcher Allen Health Care and chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. You can also catch "First with Kids" weekly on WOKO 98.9FM and WPTZ Channel 5, or visit the First with Kids video archives at