Sweet Dreams at Sleep-Away Camp
Guatemalan Worry Dolls
My eight-year old daughter went to sleep-away camp for the first time this summer. She had a mix of excitement and worry leading up to it. Excited about the independence and the activities; but nervous with the thought of falling asleep at night without Mom and Dad. I found these Guatemalan Worry Dolls at a local shop in my neighbourhood, Malboroughs, to help ease the nerves (also available on Amazon). The premise is to whisper your worries to the dolls each night, and the dolls take on the burden of the worry, so you can free your mind and fall asleep. I picked up a bunch of them, so my daughter could hand them out to the other girls in her cabin when she arrived. The Worry Dolls were a good ice-breaker, and allowed the girls to focus on a group ritual of releasing their worries at bed-time.
I’m thrilled to share that my daughter had a great week at camp, and is already planning a return next year!