Summer Vacation: A Survival Guide
Once the calendar reads late May or early June working mothers and stay-at-home moms face the same dilemma. What do we do with the kids, now that school has ended? For some moms summer sports or summer camp is the answer. However, not every summer sport or summer camp last the whole summer. If your child’s sport or camp ends well before the summer ends, you could find yourself asking or even yelling, “When do you go back to school?”
While it is a given that stay-at-home moms have more time to spend time with their children during the day, they probably find themselves running out of activities to keep their kids occupied during the summer. There are always family vacations, weekday trips to area museums or parks, or weekend trips to amusement parks and festivals to keep you and your kids busy. However, if you are looking to save some money, there are literally hundreds of things you can do at home for little to no cost.
If your kids love to be creative, how about spending the day with them doing some arts and crafts? Saved cottage cheese, butter, or Cool Whip container lids make perfect canvases for the creative child. How about painting on wet glue with food coloring? Yes, all you need is a tube of glue, food coloring, and a small paint brush or toothbrush, and your child can make a creative memory that will last forever. The same creativeness can be created with an old white sheet attached to the front lawn. This will give your child a larger painting canvas. You may even consider using washable paint and wrapping your child’s feet in bubble wrap. What is more fun than “stomping” across a lawn canvas with paint on bubble wrapped feet?
If your child is not artistic, why not exercise their imaginations? Dress up is always a fun way to spend the day, and you can challenge your kids by having them make up names and stories about who they are. Old clothes and sidewalk chalk helps as well. They can lay the clothes down and draw people wearing them. The same story telling can also apply. If your kids love stories, you could always read them a book outside in the shade. A danceathon in the living room can allow your child to have fun and be exposed to different types of music.
Any of the activities you may have read about in the Stay-at-Home Moms section are applicable to you as well. Feel free to fill in grandparents, babysitters, and anyone else who may take care of your children. After a long day of activities while you are at work, your kids will love a camp-out indoors. Surprise your kids with a pop-up tent in the living room. They will really love this if you have central air conditioning or hate bugs. Make some S’mores in the kitchen, and pop a movie in the DVD player. The kids will love camping out in the house.
Education and fun is the name of the game, regardless of whether you are a stay-at-home mom or a working mother. Yes, you may be able to combine education and fun at home, but your kids can also learn and have fun away from home. Contact your local community center, school district, or community college about their continuing education programs. You may be able to find swimming classes, test preparation classes, karate, or other classes where your children can learn, have fun, and make new friends.