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Mother makes headlines with the founding of the summer camp “How To Be A Person” – because it is brilliant

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the sheer amount of life skills we are asked to teach our children? There are responsibilities, skills and tasks for each phase and stage, and it is our job to help our children master them. If you feel this way, or are wondering, “When should I teach them how to ____?”, then this post is for you.

Kaitlyn Rowe, a mother of four from Utah, started her own summer camp for her children, which she calls “How To Be A Person Camp.” She shared the camp list and ideas on her Instagram account, and it's no wonder her post resonated. We all just want our children to learn how to become people who can function effectively in society.

In the post, titled “How To Be A Person Camp,” Rowe describes activities designed to help her teach her six-year-old daughter and three-year-old son important life skills.

“I always thought that was such a good idea. So I started making a list on my phone of ideas for my kids or things they could work on,” Rowe tells Good Morning America. “This summer I haven't signed them up for camp, I haven't done anything like that and they're obviously out of school, so I thought it would be a good time to try it out.”

Each list—there's one for each child, and then a master list for both—is tailored to their age and developmental stage. Her 6-year-old's chores include making scrambled eggs, cutting her nails, doing her hair, separating the trash, packing her own lunch, and so on. Her toddler's list includes chores like making the bed, writing his name, putting away his toys, and getting drinks. (For example, both children need to learn how to properly floss, unload the dishwasher, and dust.)

These tasks are not only fundamental to their development, but also essential to learning how to become independent and how to exist in society. Even if what they are learning is simple, it is still very important.

Rowe got the idea from fellow mom Emily Ley, who told GMA she has been running her own version of How To Be A Person Camp for three years.

“We started doing this when COVID happened and we were all quarantined and just trying to find things to do here at home,” Ley, author and founder of planning company Simplified, told GMA. “I was really overwhelmed with everything I was doing as a mom, working and homeschooling my kids all at once, and so I knew if I could help them with some age-appropriate independence, it would help me too — and they just love the idea of ​​being more grown up and knowing how to do things that I used to do just for them, so they jumped right into it.”

Rowe says she has really enjoyed learning how to “become human” at family camp so far.

“It's something they really enjoyed, and I think it's just the idea of, 'I'm doing grown-up things. I'm independent.' And so they just loved it,” Rowe said.

A version of this post was published on June 21, 2023. It has been updated.