Working Parents, What Do You Do With Your Kids In The Summer?Christine Coppa
As a working, single mom, JD may have graduated last week, but that doesn’t mean that he’s out of his daytime routine. He started camp on Monday.
Luckily, the school JD has been attending for the past 3 years offers a summer camp program from 7 AM to 6 PM everyday for kids 6-weeks-old to 6-years-old. JD attends 3 days a week.
The other two days are dedicated to mommy and me time; day trips, library, pool, and play-dates! Since I work from home 2 days a week, I can work around JD’s schedule and just make things fit like puzzle pieces for two months in the summer. It’s wonderful to have this time with my son.
The camp program is equal parts education (hooray!) and fun. On Monday there was a welcome party! Yesterday there was a DJ dance party and today is Splash day.
JD went to school dressed in his swim trunks, swim shirt, and cool blue and green Crocs. The children run around the fenced in yard, play in the sprinklers, and at the water tables.
In between special events there’s reading, writing, computer, music, art, cooking, yoga, and other sports. At the end of each camp day, I get a day sheet emailed to me noting what JD did at camp and the food he consumed. (Yes, I love reading JD ate his sandwich and tomatoes.) Yesterday I was at work when it arrived. I beamed when I read the memorable moment! Wouldn’t you?
In addition to camp, JD has private swim lessons at a gym near our home and we visit Uncle Carlo at the beach most weekends. We have pools in our condo community too, so it’s pretty much going to be a fun in the sun summer. That’s not to say that it isn’t still crazy! Last week I was on a photo shoot set in NYC from 7 AM to 6 PM. Needless to say Grandma answered my 911 call and saved us since it was the day after graduation and school was closed. It’s rough being a working parent in the summer, right?
Working parents, what do you do with your kids in the summertime? Babysitter? Grandma 911? Camp? Are your kids old enough to stay home alone and watch their sibs? Please share.
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