As a working mom, one of my most dreaded time of the year is Summer. The school year is ending and the big question is what to do with the kids? Keeping them at home is one option, however, my phone would not stop ringing at work, I might as well be home as I will be playing referee over the phone all day and coming up with ideas daily to keep them out of trouble in the neighborhood. The other option is summer camps, and this is the best one for me; although expensive, it works best as I know where they are, and I don’t have to worry about them being bored and doing something they are not supposed to. Summer is the one time of the year when I regret not being a teacher! They get to spend summers with their kids, oh, such luxury!
So , as the school year winds down, I start to look for Summer camps starting in March, believe it or not, the really good ones get filled up even before then, I usually end up on the waiting list of some. I try to do a mix of educational and sports camps. This year we are doing football, basketball, swimming, a sleep away christian camp, Spanish, and rock band. It cost a whole lot to do these camps, but the alternative of the kids running around with nothing to do could end up costing a lot more, so I justify the cost with this rationale and move on.
Another summer wish I have is that the kids had grandparents that they could go and spend the summers with on a farm, that would be so nice. As a matter of fact, that would be a really nice summer camp idea, someone could start a farm, and kids come and work it for the summer for minimum pay! Of course the government would be getting them for child labor, but I am telling you, it would not be a bad idea. I think the thirteen year olds should be able to start working, but they are viewed as minors and are not allowed.
Summer should not and does not have to be a time of misery for you, make sure you schedule some vacation time during this time. I do take two weeks off from work and spend it with the kids doing fun activities. This is usually the highlight of their and my summer. So as we roll into another Summer, I look forward to the two weeks, and groan in misery about the other eight…..how about you?
Do you like summers as a working mom? Does the three months give you a headache just thinking about it? Share your thoughts.