Summer is here and the kids are out of school.  What’s next?  As a working parent it’s a real challenge – there’s limited time off from work plus the usual deadlines, coverage issues, meetings, customer requests, etc.  Fees for summer camp can really take a toll on the family budget.

I yearn for carefree days of filled with hanging out at the playground with friends, visiting my brother & sister-in-law’s home with a pool and spending time with my nieces & nephews ( 12, 14, 16 & 18) along with checking out local attractions.

I was able to take a few days off since school has ended but I can’t take any more vacation time until August.  My son wants to sleep in late but we need to leave the house by 7:15 a.m. to arrive in the office by 8:00 a.m.  He’d clearly prefer to stay home and play with all his neighborhood pals.

Fortunately, we have a great summer program at local The Boys & Girls club.  I miss being home with our son and doing fun things.  He is now 9 and will enter the 4th grade in September so the days he wants to hang out with mom will gradually decline very soon.

What do you do in the summer? Summer camp is at a premium and our fee of $175 a week is considered a bargain where we live.  The challenge is that most camps are 9:00 a.m. until 12 noon or 12 noon until 3:00 p.m.  Full-time camp is only 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.  and does not fit the schedule of working parents.  The local library has some fabulous programs to but they’re also during daytime hours.  My son does tell us what activities he wants to do but I often have to explain to him that since I’m working, many of those things won’t work out. 

I returned to work after 8 weeks of maternity leave.  The guilty working mom syndrome should have disappeared by now.

But there is no homework in the summer.  There are weekly concerts on the town green Wednesday nights.  My commute is much nicer as there tends to be less traffic.  More importantly, no lunches for our son need to be made.  He will enjoy both breakfast and lunch at the Boys & Girls Club.

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