‘Helicopter Parenting’ and Overnight Summer Camp

As a parent do you spend more time organizing and coordinating the logistics of your child’s various day to day summer activities than you do allowing your child to independently figure out what adventures will unfold that day?  Do you become overly upset when you pick up your child from an activity and discover that he or she hated the games that day and therefore you call the program director?  Check out the following interview with Dr. Michael Thompson, in which he asserts that overnight summer camp represents one of the few places where kids have to rough it, expand their comfort zone, and learn to be more independent away from hovering parents.