Thursday, 4 March 2010
My Kinda Summer Camp
There are Summer Camps for Sports, Crafts, Maths Enrichment, Turning Your Child Into A Genius, Guaranteeing University Placement, and Providing Lifelong Wealth And Happiness, and some for just for Keeping The Kids Out Of Your Hair for the Holidays (these are cheaper). I know parents who CANNOT BEAR the thought of having the kids underfoot for the whole summer and they are feverishly signing everyone up for Camp, ANY Camp!
We've only ever done Sailing Camp, because they love Sailing, and, um, I really don't mind having the kids (ANY kids) home for the Holidays. It's cheap. We make a lot of mess, lie on the floor, argue, and read mountains of books. We go to the beach, and camping. We take in cousins and friends. We like it that way.
Any anyway, so far I've never found the Exactly Right Camp for my kids' specific needs. What I'd really like, and would pay good money for, is a Don't Interrupt Mum When She Is Having A Grownup Conversation Camp. With a course in Remember To Hand In Your Homework and remedial Picking Up The Lego.
Baking and crafts I can deal with: It's just making mess with style, anyway. We're awesome at that around here. So I'm holding out until I get that flyer through the door: "Sign up now!" it will announce, "Intensive classes in short-term memory skills! By the end of our camp, your kid will remember what you just said! Additional course in interruption procedure: 'Is Anyone Bleeding?' and remedial Picking Up The Lego and Socks!"
If I'm really lucky, there will be a Parental Camp at the same time, where Mums and Dads can join Massage Classes. With optional Spa.
When those flyers arrive, I'll be sure to let you know.