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Road Construction: I-65 Bridge Repairs in Downtown Indianapolis

Portions of Interstate 65 in downtown Indianapolis will be closed for bridge repairs beginning on or after July 1. Construction may impact travel to IU Health facilities in the area. Learn more.

Construcción del camino: reparaciones del puente de I-65 en el centro de Indianápolis

Partes de la Interestatal 65 en el centro de Indianápolis estarán cerradas para reparaciones de puentes que empiezan en o después del 1 de Julio. La construcción puede afectar el viaje a los centros hospitalarios de IU Health en el área.

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Dealing with Homesickness: It’s Not About Home

Blog Dealing with Homesickness: It’s Not About Home

With summer on the horizon, children look forward to overnight camps, sleepovers and more. Spending the night away from home can cause some children to become homesick. What exactly does it mean to be homesick?

The Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics defines homesickness as “distress and functional impairment caused by an actual or anticipated separation from home and attachment objects such as parents.” When a child begins to feel homesick, they don’t miss their actual home, they miss love, protection and security—feelings usually associated with home. Children who feel homesick will often feel anxious, sad, nervous and most commonly, become obsessed with thoughts of home. How can parents help their kids deal with feelings of homesickness?

  • Talk through the upcoming separation with your child to help set expectations.
  • Emphasize that homesickness is normal.
  • Encourage your child to make new friends and seek support from adults.
  • Most importantly, be enthusiastic and optimistic about your child’s away-from-home experience. Tell him or her that you think the experience will be fun.

If you think that your child will become homesick while away, letter writing offers a great way to stay connected. Why not a phone call? Phone calls can backfire. If a child hears his or her parent’s voice or a parent hears the child being upset, the real-time contact with home can exacerbate homesickness. Before your child heads out for an overnight event, give him or her pre-stamped, pre-addressed envelopes and paper. Encourage your child to write you a letter, which can be less emotional and double as an educational tool.

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