out: two simple words that elicit such joy in kids and corresponding dread in parents,
especially working parents. How to fill those summer days when school's out but
In The Cost of a Working Mom's
Summer Non-Vacation, ,
Post blogger Stephanie Losee estimates that it costs her approximately $1,400
in babysitting and camp fees per summer week to keep her three kids, aged 2 to
12, occupied so she can work. That's a pretty hefty price tag.
and babysitting may work for some families but not all can afford such
arrangements. Other ideas for childcare include staggering vacations with your
spouse to maximize parental (i.e. free) childcare blocs of time. This may not cover the entire summer but can
buy you a few weeks. Likewise, tap willing family members for "Camp Grandma" or
trade weeks with a working sibling; kids get quality family time and the adults
get needed coverage.
consider creating a babysitting co-op with working families in the same boat.
If two or three families team together, it can be possible to reduce childcare
costs by splitting them several ways or to have participating parents cover the
days. Creative neighbors can also band together to create a mini-camp within a
neighborhood. Read Turning a Neighborhood
into a Playground to learn how two Palo Alto moms run a
neighborhood camp a week at a time.
can also broach flexible work schedules with their jobs. By working longer four
day weeks, it's often possible to take Fridays off. Some jobs may even be open
to summer sabbaticals.
we leave you with an article with ideas on
summer activities to keep kids engaged and learning while on break from school.
While these ideas won't help solve the summer childcare conundrum, they will
help make whiling away the long days a tad easier.
do you balance your children's summer schedules with work? Share your thoughts
here and at the Pendaflex Facebook page.
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