5 Parenting Tips I Learned from Camp

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She’s back from camp!!

Aside from the dreaded stomach bug, my daughter returned from sleep away safe camp and sound…as predicted by many.

Neither Angela nor I had ever gone to camp longer than a week, so it was quite a learning experience for us all.

On the drive home, through the pouring rain, we got an earful of entertaining stories peppered with clever pseudonyms, sleep deprivation and drama in high gear. But three hours later, we tucked her into her lonely bed around midnight with little regret. We were happy that we made the decision to send her.

Before I nodded off, five lessons from my daughter’s 1st camp experience stood out:

  1. Regardless of the careful planning, (i.e. vitamins, rain gear, mattress pads, etc.) she’ll undoubtedly come home sick next summer too.

  2. She was listening to me after all…the majority of the time that is.

  3. God bless Amazon Prime.HolyPrime2

  4. I’m too hard on her.

  5. Thomas Bayly was right. Absence makes the heart grow fonder.


What valuable (or chuckle worthy) parenting gems have you taken away pre- or post- camp? Have any of them altered your parenting moving forward? I’m a rookie here, so I could use the help.


As always, thanks!




DaddyO_GregAbout DADDY-O: Greg Santomero (aka DaddyO), is a Dad of two creative and spirited girls. He is married to children’s media creator, Angela Santomero (Blue’s Clues, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Super Why!, etc.).

An award winning designer/creative director, Greg is responsible for the visual look of NBC’s Olympic Games, The Super Bowl, The French Open and Wimbledon. Greg’s work has garnered him several Emmy, Broadcast Design and Promax Awards.

GAHGreg began Santo Studios Design, a boutique design studio specializing in all forms of visual communication and branding utilizing live action, 2D and 3D for film, television, web and print.

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