It is frigid here in CT. I mean seriously cold. The Hoos just texted me that his car almost didn’t start.
And yet…I can’t stop thinking about summer.
It isn’t because I am dying for a vacation after two long holiday weekends in a row or because I am dreaming of warm summer days to replace the teen-degree weather. Rather, it is because I am stressing about camp!
Now that my oldest, LP, is in kindergarten, I no longer have the peace of mind that is day care. Day care didn’t have summer vacation. Day care barely had December vacation. Public schools, alas, do.
What is a working mom to do? Lose sleep over selecting a summer camp, for one.
There are a lot of things to consider when selecting a summer camp, including:
- What camp are her friends attending?
- What kind of camp is it? A sports camp where they do a lot of sports or a focused camp (e.g., gymnastics or tennis)?
- Is it full-time or will you have to pay extra for before and after care?
- Is there bus service?
- What do they do on rainy days? Are they even open on rainy days?
- Will she learn how to swim? Play tennis? The rules of the game?
- What is included? Lunch? Field trips?
And to add to all of the swirling questions, the other day LP asked,”Mom, what are my options for the summer?” As if she thought she actually had a say in any of it! Kidding! Kidding! She really did say that, but I fully did not expect a five year old to weigh in with an opinion!
As a planner mom, I would love to have all of this worked out and the paperwork signed, sealed and delivered as soon as possible. Apparently, the camps don’t have the same level of anxiety. So I am eagerly awaiting the camps to post the details of their summer programs. Word is this will happen sometime in late February or early March! ACK!
Unfortunately, the one thing I do know for sure is that a good portion of the money we were “saving” by only having one child in day care will be forced into action come June.