Why Being a Bedwetter Can Be a Good Thing at Camp
Being a bedwetter affects many children, ranging from primary aged children to older teens. (The current blogger, aka Kevin—through age 12—and his lovely wife—through age 10 or so—were also in that not-so-exclusive club.) For some children, bedwetting can be a source of embarrassment, preventing them from participating in overnight activities such as sleepovers and overnight camps.
However, bedwetting should not and need not prevent your child from taking part in overnight stays, and especially shouldn’t inhibit your child from enjoying the benefits that overnight camp can bring. In fact, being a bedwetter brings with it the added bonus of developing an early bond with your counselor(s), who becomes a trusted partner in helping you manage the logistics.
Counselors are trained to appreciate that bedwetting among youth is a common occurrence; in a cabin of 7 to 10 campers, it is likely that there are at least a couple of kids who share the characteristic. By communicating early with a counselor, a child shares an early trust, which can lead to additional confidence going into the camp experience, not just regarding managing the bedwetting, but in other aspects of the camp experience, having forged that early counselor bond. A trained counselor recognizes that the child is not at fault and there is no shame in the game—helping the child feel safe and comfortable as they appreciate the counselor’s empathy and understanding. By inhibiting any social stigma or teasing surrounding the issue, the child can enter the camp experience (or any overnight experience given understanding adults) confident that they can fully enjoy the magic of summer camp!
For some more tips on how to empower your bedwetting child at home, check out http://www.webmd.com/parenting/features/bedwetting-away-from-home.
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