Summertime for Working Parents
I absolutely love summer. I love flip flops and summer skirts. I love the more carefree attitude that everyone has in the summer. I always let the boys stay up just a little bit later and have just a little bit too much ice cream. The mundane days of winter are gone and lovely summer days are broken up by after-work trips to the local watering hole (we actually have several in our town) for a quick swim before bed. The concerts in the park on Wednesday nights, fireworks, barbecues…I can go on and on.
Summertime with Kids for Working Parents
As a working parent, summer is the time of year that I wish I were a stay-at-home mom. With so many options for summer activities for kids, I wish I could fill up my boys’ days with trips to the park, the farm, the neighborhood parks and rec camp or join our neighborhood friends at the town pool for the afternoon. But alas, I have to keep working and they have to keep going to child care and camp in the summertime.
Ben’s child care center does change up their traditional school year program for summer camp and he’s thrilled. Max is attending a traditional day camp program for children with special needs that is run by our town. It’s your typical arts and crafts, swimming time, camp games program but with lower ratios. People at this child day care camp are specially trained to deal with medically complex children, administering medication, and help children with social skill delay navigate the big world of making friends at summer camp. There are two field trips per week* and a family picnic mid-way through the summer. I know he’s going to be exhausted at the end of the day, but I know he’s going to love being at this summer camp.
I also know that I, like many working parents, am going to be sitting at my desk, gazing out into the back yard, thinking about them alot and wishing we were together.
*Side note: Anyone have tips about sending kids on field trips? I’m terrified to let Max go because he has some sensory problems and I’m used to being with him to help when we’re out and about.