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PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 2014 2:45 pm 
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We were starting to discuss summer and camps and such in the teen thread, so I thought I'd make a dedicated thread for it. Maybe we can share ideas!

This year (pre-k) was Silas' first school year so he's missing it a bit already. Shae is (understandably) thrilled. We have passes to the local waterpark so we'll be there a few days a week. We'll be doing playdates, Shae's soccer, and the kids cheap summer movies. What is everyone else up to?

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We are busy cursing snow days because we will be in school until the end of time.

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Oh man, that's rough, LW!

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lavawitch wrote:
We are busy cursing snow days because we will be in school until the end of time.



Ugh. No kidding! Here they built in weird furlough days for budget issues. So that helped. But Shorty won't be done until Monday and she was supposed to be done a week ago.

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The worst part is that graduation is set in stone once the year calendar is made, and we've already had state tests, so we have weeks of school with no point and few students. It's a newly discovered circle of hell that Dante would have done well to include.

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That just makes me so grateful that the next of mine to graduate will be doing so early. She will be done at the end of the first quarter of next year. Too early for snow here.

And I think Shorty will end up graduating two years early.

Anyway, on topic, summer camp this year is the local parks program. And many trips to the local game store. I acknowledge the luxury (yes really) of having older children. Mine are 14 and 17 (and 20). So while we still deal with school, my requirements for entertaining them are much less.

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No joke though, what do you do with elementary school aged kids during the summer if both parents work out of home? Are you just supposed to... send the kid... to camp all summer? Or hire a babysitter or something?

It's not relevant to me this year, but I'm starting to think about it for next year. The Emperor will move from preschool to fake kindergarten (thanks, California) this fall and so it'll be an issue next summer.

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In the past I have put them in full time daycare. Or hired a local teen. It was always such a tough decision.
Hiring the teen worked out the best for us. Daycare was not entertaining enough and too much like school for my kids. The teen took them places (often just using the local bus system) and really gave them great one on one care.

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Another idea is to pay a parent who does stay at home to watch them. I did for this for a friend one summer and worked out well, the kids enjoyed having someone to play with.

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Another idea is to pay a parent who does stay at home to watch them. I did for this for a friend one summer and worked out well, the kids enjoyed having someone to play with.


This was me. A woman with 4 girls was my before/after school and summer babysitter. I was close with those girls for a really long time.

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Yeah, most people I know do daycare-type programs for summer. There are camps but just perusing the offerings (it's not an issue for us yet) they seem SO expensive and a lot of them are really short, so I guess you'd have to string together a bunch of (expensive!) camps to cover the whole summer? And then a lot of them aren't even the full day. It's nuts!

I like the babysitter/stay-at-home friend idea.


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 Post subject: Re: School's out!
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I am feeling slightly jealous - our term here doesn't end for another five weeks!

(ETA: I should clarify I'm a teacher, not a parent)

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