I LOVE MONDAYS Tip of the Week
Found (and loved) this illustration by UnearthedComics.com on the "Epic Parenting" FB page. This year, there are three weeks at the end of summer when just about every camp is finished, no new programs are starting, and working moms are scrambling to line up some kind of, just about any kind of, child coverage.
Here's something I tried out last year that worked well if you can swing it. Run a makeshift day camp with your kid's friends where a parent of each child is camp director for one day on a rotating basis. So, for instance, I took off from work ONE day of the week instead of five and took a group of girls to downtown Boston for the day, where we walked through parks, window shopped, enjoyed a picnic lunch, and explored hotels where we pretended we were either a) tourists from another country with fabulous accents, or b) worked as part of the hotel staff. It was actually a fun day once I let go of my worries about work piling up; it helped remembering I'd get back on track the next day when I took off my director hat and handed it over to the next parent.
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