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Summertime for Working Parents

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.

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7 comments

  1. lisa June 19, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    I have a really hard time with summer too. When I walk outside, I always think to myself how I’d give anything to be a stay-at-home mom with my son so we could go to the pool and play in the son! I love summer, but that does make it really hard sometimes.

  2. Heather June 19, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    The good news is the days are longer and it’s easier to let kids stay up a little later…makes it easier to sneak in an extra trip to the park or stop at the ice cream stand in the evening.
    Re: the field trips, could you go with them on the first one? That might give you a good sense of how you can help him when you aren’t there for future field trips.

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    Amy June 24, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    Today was our first day of summer camp that was not at a Bright Horizons center. The drop off was harder than her first day of Kindergarten. I’m sure she’s having a blast but it was hard for mommy. Part of it is we had so much fun just hanging out in the yard this weekend. I wish I could do it every day.

  4. ProgressiveMom June 25, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    NourishMom, you were right. The first day of camp is WAY harder than the first day of Kindergarten. I just sent my little guy off in the van and my stomach is in knots!

    Heather, the camp had an open house where we could meet the counselors and the director. They reassured me about the field trips so I’m feeling a bit better about them. I do plan to keep Max home for a few that are not right for him (places we’ve been before that have been hard sensory wise). Your advice is great though and something I’d not considered before.

    • Jessica January 8, 2014 at 10:26 am

      Hi ProgressiveMom, I’m currently looking for a summer program for my three-year-old who will turn four over the summer. Bright Horizons Montessori is one program I am looking into. My son also has sensory issues and is currently attending a charter Montessori program during the school year which seems to be going really well. Earlier last year we were asked to leave a more traditional private preschool due to his need to seek out sensory stimulation and the staff’s lack of training in handling his special needs. I know that children with sensory issues vary greatly in what might set them off (my son is more sensory seeking), but do you have any advice on what kind of summer camps you have found work for your son? Thank you so much for your help. We are quite new to the world of sensory processing disorders and can use all the help we can get.

      • Progressive Mom January 8, 2014 at 1:46 pm

        Hi Jessica,
        We are really fortunate to have a summer day camp in our town for children with special needs. My son went there for 6 weeks, then to the school-age summer program at our Bright Horizons center. I would recommend something with a low counselor to camper ratio. That way if your son needs a sensory break, someone can take him away to a quiet place. The BH Montessori program is a good place to go too because your child will be used to a similar routine from his school year. Whatever you find, work with the camp director or center director and have a meeting about your child’s specific needs. Good luck!

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