When school is out for the summer, many parents enroll their children into fun-filled summer camps. However, there are many people who don't have the financial resources to put all of their children in an all-day summer camp and after-care sessions. While this is a tough circumstance to be in, it doesn't have to be. There are ways to plan and prepare for the summer months. Consider these tips to help you provide the best summer experiences for your children.
It's no question as to whether or not the summer months are coming. They're definitely coming. It's important to set aside a certain amount of money each month to cover the necessary expenses involved. From babysitting to travel fees, create a savings account and actively place money in it throughout the year.
2. Highlight the hours outside of work.
You don't want to build a tradition of always shipping your children off to someone else. Make sure that the time you spend with them is amazing. Create amazing memories after work and on the weekends. Play board games and outdoor options like an official cornhole game.
3. Hire babysitters.
In many cases, a babysitter can be a lot less expensive than an all-day summer camp. If you're able to spend mornings with your children, hire a babysitter to cover the evening hours.
4. Factor in vacation time with family members.
Some grandparents, aunts and uncles long to spend time with their favorite children. Don't deprive your kids of that experience. Pack their bags and send them to see their grandparents for a week or two. Do the same with aunts and uncles. A week in June and a week in July are two weeks you won't have to worry about.
5. Utilize free resources.
Most counties provide interesting opportunities for children during the summer. If you are a worker who can telecommute, bring your children and your laptop to the library. While they're enjoying the story hour, you can go into a nearby room and get an hour of work done. The same can be done in the pool. Go to the local pool and make sure there are lifeguards. You don't want to bury your head into a laptop without knowing a certified professional is looking out for your child.