Finding The Balance Between Parenting And Work This Summer
During the school year, everyone is rushing in the mornings, breakfast, bags, and out the door. Yet, during the summer months, when kids have time off, want to sleep in and don’t fully understand why you have to leave them every day. It can create a lot of guilt and wish that life wasn’t so hectic. For parents, who have demanding occupations, finding the balance between parenting and work during the summer is far from easy to do.
In today’s society, it is usual for both parents to work full time, and according to this report, 39% of mothers, and 50% of fathers feel as though they are not able to spend the time they want with their children. However, it is reported, that children who spend use up a lot of screen time over the summer, are set back by months when they eventually do return to school as the summer ends.
Children are an astonishing 2.6 months academically behind, where they left off leaving school for the summer days – parents trying to offset this setback in learning, try to enrich learning throughout the summer months, dubbed ‘The Summer Slide’.
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However, for working parents, it is simply too exhaustive to try and semi homeschool, work a full-time occupation and spend quality downtime with their kids. There are of course, outside help, that can get you through the summer months.
Summer camp is usually the hot topic among working parents in April and May, in the larger cities, finding a place in the popular camps is nothing short of some bribery, and standing waiting for the doors to open at 9 am on sign up day. However, not all camps are created equal. Just because it sounds like a lot of fun, might not mean it is educational.
Try to find a summer camp, that will not only exercise the body but the mind also. Helping children to brush up on their mental muscles throughout the summer months. For instance, Julian Krinsky Camps & Programs cater to a wide variety of passions, including athletics, the arts, coding, and even e-sports. Furthermore, many summer programs offer college credit for eager students who want to get ahead, and some — like MIT’s LaunchX — go so far as to help students start legitimate companies.
Play Games At Home
Not all enrichment has to be a formal affair, with textbooks and rote. Turn Friday’s night’ movie night, into game night. Where kids get to pick up different board games they want to play – maybe learn a new mentally challenging game, such as chess. As math is the one area, what skills are likely to be forgotten over the summer months, programs, such as the Summer Math Challenge, are a great way to stay on top of your game.
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During the work-week, we have an entire network of people we rely on, to help everything run smoothly. Family life should be the same. Swapping pickups from camp with friends, getting someone to watch them on Saturday evenings, as you spend quality time as a couple, and possibly hiring a cleaner for once a week over the summer months, can help alleviate some of the stress.
Finding the balance between parenting and work during the summer months is never going to be an easy task, but hopefully, some of these tips will help you this summer.
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