Just looking for clarification. You responded that it is best not to talk about camp the night before, but then you also said to show him pictures the day before about the activities planned? My sister showed him the websites of these various places and while he seemed interested, he still did not want to go.
Should I try again tomorrow or skip the field trip and send him on Friday?
The camp is Monday-Friday from 9-5, so there is no opportunity to set up play dates. He already knows a few of the kids from the park and from the first day he went. We talked to him on the way about all the fun things he will do and he still does not want to go.
Also, please keep in mind this is camp not school.
Thanks for your response. He lives in NY, but has spent a lot of time in FL. He is normally at preschool from 8-6, 5 days a week, sometimes 6, so he is used to long days away from home. He is a very social kid, who normally has no problem getting used to new surroundings, in fact his recent "report card", the director of the preschool said that he is advanced for his age. That is why I am so confused by this situation. It could be as simple as not wanting to get on a bus, or he did mention that some boy pushed him, so he may feel anxiety over that. We are having my father in law from England come to Miami to take him to camp (my sister refuses as this is too stressful for her...she is pregnant and very emotional), my son trusts his grandfather and I think that both will be more secure during drop off. While my father in law is sweet and nurturing, he is confident and direct....hoping he will not engage my son in a negotation.