Q: My nine-year-old son is quiet and reserved, but creative. We’ve been talking about the idea of summer camp. He really wants to go to art camp, but I’m tempted to sign him up for something more social, like theatre camp. Is that a bad idea?
A: Your son’s interests are important and equally valuable. I would recommend that he does attend the camp of his choice. He will be more engaged, and he’ll enjoy the experience much more.
Encourage him to be outgoing by providing social experiences in simple day-to-day activities, such as at playdates or at the park. Developing self-confidence and feeling secure with himself stems from feeling valued, loved and having his interests acknowledged and fostered.