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10 Benefits of Kids Summer Camp

If you’ve been to camp, you’re not surprised when you hear about the benefits of summer camp. Having experienced life at camp yourself as a child, you know the profound positive effects that still matter to you as an adult and you also know that you want the same thing for your own kids. But if you didn’t go to camp as a child, you may not realize just how good the experience is for children. You may not know why so many parents are committed to sending their kids to camp. So, here is a list of the most important reasons to send your kids to camp.

Learn to Listen

In order to be happy in life, we have to care about others. All relationships are based on understanding and commitment. We need to learn how to identify and understand the feelings, the situations and the motives of others. We all need empathy— loads of it. The next time a friend or a loved one wants you to listen, don’t talk. Squelch your impulse to interrupt when they are confiding in you. Most people don’t want answers or advice; they just need to be heard.

Down Syndrome Awareness

There are many congenital anomalies known to affect humans and one of them is Down syndrome, also known as Trisomy 21. In medical parlance, Down syndrome is defined as a congenital state characterized by mental retardation ranging from moderate to severe; the presence of anatomical features such as a wide short skull, slanting eyes and broad hands with stubby fingers; and a trisomy (having a triploid chromosome set in a setting when a diploid set is considered normal) of the chromosome numbered 21. This aberration causes the affected individual to be born with a total of 47 chromosomes instead of the usual 46.

Eat Your Breakfast for Better Learning

This year’s mantra for National School Breakfast Week, March 7 – 11, is “Wake Up to School Breakfast” and is strikingly appropriate. Eating a nutritious breakfast is an essential component of academic success as it gives the body the jump start it needs to get going and the nutrition it needs to keep going. In addition, a healthy breakfast keeps away the hunger pangs that cause students to lose focus on their lessons because they are more concerned about meeting the first level of Maslow’s Hierarchy of need—food.

Allergic Rhinitis

Allergic rhinitis is a very common medical condition that affects between 20 and 40 million people in the United States. Although allergic rhinitis is not a life–threatening condition, complications can occur and can significantly affect quality of life. In children, allergic rhinitis has a prevalence of up to 40%, making it the most common chronic disease during childhood. It has been noted in the last 30 years that its frequency has been steadily increasing. Of the children who suffer from this condition, approximately 40% are diagnosed by age six.