Wow, the first time your child stays away from home without you can nerve wracking! With questions like will they get homesick, be safe, and whether they will enjoy themselves running through your mind. Happily, there are some smart strategies that can help make it a more successful and enjoyable experience for both you and your child. Read on to find out what they are.
Help them to prepare.
First of all, you can avoid a lot of issues with residential trips if you adequately prepare your child beforehand. In fact, there are several things you can do here.
The first is to help them pack everything they need, and I don’t just mean what is on the supplies list that the school or organisation gives you either. Actually, it can really help to make sure your child has what they need to be comfortable during their time away from home as well. Whether that is a soft toy or a picture of the family on their phone. Even their favourite pair of PJs for night time can make all the difference.
Additionally, staying away from home for a few days can be pretty nerve-wracking for a child. Therefore getting in some practice beforehand can be a great idea. To that end, organising single night sleepovers with friends, or even in a tent in the garden, can work wonders. The reason being that it will sufficiently build up your child’s confidence enough to help them manage a full residential trip a lot more easily.
Choose the trip they go on carefully.
Of course, for their first residential, it’s a smart idea to choose where they go and what they do carefully. After all, you will want to ensure that your child has a positive experience and feels happy going on such trips again.
With that in mind, picking a trip like a sport tour where they get to focus on something they love doing for a lot of the time can be a smart choice. Although residentials where the focus in on exploring nature and the great outdoors can work well too. In fact, if you pick one that is professionally organised, you can be sure of both quality and safety when it comes to your child’s trip. Something that is a high priority for all concerned.
Provide a way to communicate.
Back in the day, communications on residential trips used to be few and far between. In fact, the kids were asked to bring 10p for the payphone, which they got to use every other night. Happily, this is no longer the case, and with all of the mobile tech, we can now stay in almost constant contact very easily. Therefore you must send your child off on their residential trip with a working phone and charger. Oh, and a spare powerpack never hurts either.
Of course, it’s also wise to remember that the people organising the trip will have access to instant communications as well. Therefore, staying in touch with both your child and those in charge is the smartest course of action. Then you can be sure you know what is going on and how your child is doing while they are away.