planning for summer


Last week I got an email from an administrator at the boys’ school about summer camp. Usually, the school offers a “camp” to the kids in the boys’ program for four weeks in the summer. And though they expect to be able to offer it this year too (it’s always a city-funding-waiting-game), the administrator was emailing me to nudge me into looking for something else for Andrew. She thinks Andrew has outgrown the school camp and could benefit from some time with typically developing peers.


This little nudge had my mind racing for days. I hit the computer and starting searching for day camps in New York City. How do parents generally handle this kind of thing? What is out there? Should I look for a Special Needs camp or a regular camp? and then upon finding some answers to those questions…a new question surfaced. How do parents PAY for these fancy-pants camps?!

I found a lot of camps that Andrew would LOVE: robotics camp and minecraft camp and fort building camp and chemistry camp. I ended up registering him for a week of toy design camp. He’ll deconstruct toys, see how they work, learn how to use computer programs to design his own toy and then print it out using a 3D printer. It’s *not* a Special Needs camp and I am a little nervous about that part. My rejection-radar is already on high alert. Sigh. But…I think he will love it. It’s only for one week… which is both a frustration and a relief. Frustration that our dollar couldn’t stretch further. But it’s also a relief that if, socially, it’s not going well, it’s only for one week. Here’s hoping toy building camp attracts other wacky kids like Andrew. :)

Other than that, he’ll be taking swimming lessons at the pool in our park. Something he’s never done and something I’m pretty excited about. I’m excited for him to learn to swim and meet some kids in our neighborhood. And…swim lessons are FREE! whoop whoop!

Lately I’ve been thinking more and more about how protected Andrew is. I was talking to the mom of his best friend about this a few days ago and she wonders about the same thing. Our boys are so protected in their class with its small class size and it’s emphasis on pro-social skills. There isn’t time or opportunity in the day for them to get into spats with anyone or be teased. And we LOVE that…but…we also realize that it’s a rough world out there. She and I swapped playground stories of how our boys interact with other kids and how it doesn’t always go well.

I don’t know what the answer is. But I’m guessing I’ll learn a lot from seeing him interact more with his peer group. Three more months to worry about this! hooray!


I have not made bagels in a long time. There are a lot of steps and sometimes they don’t turn out quite right…but they sure are delicious. I’m motivated to add them back into the rotation and do some trouble shooting to get glossy, chewy bagels every time. :)

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About robyn

I stopped teaching Kindergarten in 2005 to become the mom of two crazy boys here in Brooklyn. At first I thought being a stay at home mom meant that I needed to pour all my time and energy directly into my sons, but I realized somewhere along the way that being a rockstar mom meant not only taking good care of my boys, but also taking good care of myself. And taking good care of myself means pursuing something creative...just about everyday. I started Made In Brooklyn to motivate myself in my creative goals as well as share my work with others and perhaps inspire them in their own creative journeys.
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