The summer months offer a well-deserved reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the school year. Yet keeping children occupied over summer break can be a source of anxiety for many working single parents. With the average cost of day camp coming in around $304 per week, many single parents are looking for a more budget-friendly way to keep the kids occupied until school resumes. Here are some creative ways to secure safe, reliable childcare that will not break the bank this summer.
Consider a Teen
Like your child, teens have plenty of free time to fill the summer. And many of these teens are looking for employment. Not yet old enough to get working papers, childcare is a great first job for responsible young adults. At a fraction of the cost of camp, your children can spend the summer in their own home with a teen sitter. Ask family, friends, and neighbors for recommendations.
Lean on Your Tribe
Chances are, you are not the only single parent facing the summer childcare dilemma. Consider sharing childcare responsibilities with friends. Maybe you take all the kids on your day off, and your friends reciprocate on theirs. Sometimes your inner circle can be your best childcare resource.
Research Local Low-Budget Activities
Many cities and towns offer low-cost summer camps and programs. Others offer scholarships for low-income families and single parents. Check with your local township for suggestions. Local retailers often offer free activities and events to promote their business or service. You can have a memorable summer on a budget.
Rethink Your Schedule
Now more than ever, employers are rethinking the traditional, 40-hour cubicle workweek. Depending on your profession, consider if working from home or taking on a flexible schedule is a realistic option. Maybe that means moving to a three-day week or working from home for a few days, you may be surprised to find your employer is happy to accommodate your request.
One thing you do not want to do when approaching summer as a single parent is “wing” it. Scrambling for childcare at the last minute is incredibly stressful. In the spring, start researching your childcare options. Make a rough schedule for the summer and confirm these arrangements as the school year draws to a close. Having a plan in place reduces your anxiety and makes for a worry-free summer.
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Summer childcare is a common source of contention among divorced parents. They cannot seem to agree about where the children will spend their free time and who will foot the bill for camp, activities, and vacations. If you have a pressing child custody concern or other divorce matter, trust the Morristown divorce lawyers at Lyons & Associates, P.C. to advocate for you and your children every step of the way. We can help you negotiate a parenting plan that works for you and your ex and always makes your children the top priority. Call 908-575-9777 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.
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