17 year old daughter

Becca - posted on 04/16/2015 ( 9 moms have responded )

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I signed my 17 year old daughter for camp for 4 weeks. I did not want her sitting home all summer. She feels that I am forcing her to go and therefore my son should do the same. He wants to go back to the camp he attended last year. It would be easy if they both went to the same camp. Will I regret it if I sign him up too?

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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 04/22/2015

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I'm a language lump myself, Sarah, but I CAN understand German when its spoken...maybe I learned out of self defense so the boys couldn't say bad things about me in a language I don't know...LOL...

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 04/22/2015

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LOL...I only wish I'd known about the language camps when I was in school...That would have been MUCH more fun than church camp at 17...Not that church camp was awful, but...LOL...

@ Sarah...the language immersion followed with each their senior year, they each spent a month in Germany with families there...

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 04/22/2015

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Depending on camp, 17 is a great age to do so. Mine both have done month long summer camps for language since they were 15. Last time, they both drove out together and did a mini 'bro' trip.

My main concern is parents signing their kids up for things they may not be interested in...and that's a waste of both time and money ;-)

Chana - posted on 04/22/2015

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Personally I think 17 is a bit old for camp unless the teenager has special needs that you didn't mention. If you signed her up without talking to her then you are forcing her. At 17 I am sure there are a lot of things she would rather do than go to camp especially if it is with a bunch of teenagers she doesn't know. If she had friends going it might be a different situation. Don't sign them both up for the same camp just because it would be easy, no where in the world does it say parenting is about doing what is easy.

Kassandra - posted on 04/22/2015

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You are forcing her. Thats not cool.
If she wants to sit at home all summer then let her be, i bet she has friends to see and things she would like to do rather than being at a camp.
It doesn't matter at this point if you are the parent. By you forcing her you're also forcing her to be forced into doing activities at that camp that she may not want to do, so youre just making her miserable.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 04/21/2015

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Well, if you signed her up without asking her input, then, yes you are 'forcing' her to go. If you singled her out without giving all of your kids similar treatment, she does have a point.

That being said, will the same camp fit both of their needs, or not?

Melania - posted on 04/20/2015

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You are the parent and they are the children. Which camp is better suited for him and her? A lot of things factor in on this decision. Each child has to be parented differently due to personalities, needs, etc. It's so easy for them to say, "well if I have to so should he/she". Hang in there!

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