Will this be your first summer working while your kids are on summer vacation? When things change in life, like you find a job that requires you to be away from home when the kids are out of school, your entire lifestyle can be turned upside-down. Here you'll find a few tips that'll help you and your kids get through the first summer of your new job.
Professional Child Care
One of the most reliable sources of child care comes from professional child care facilities. Since these daycare facilities have several employees staffed, you won't have to worry about your sitter getting sick and leaving you in the lurch for a sitter for the day. Of course, you don't want a sick person trying to take care of your kids and passing those germs onto them, but you also can't be calling off work because the sitter didn't make it. Professional child care facilities will eliminate most of that concern.
Another benefit of professional child care is that there are usually several kids in the group being cared for. This gives your kids the opportunity to make new friends and have people their own age to spend time with over the summer.
Professional child care centers may also offer summer learning classes – these are just short tutoring classes that take part during the day. They'll receive just enough learning to keep the information that they've learned this past school year from slipping away during all of the summer fun.
Schedule Time Off
Don't forget to schedule some time off. Your kids will be needing your time and attention – probably more now than they ever did – so save some of your paid days off reserved to dedicate to family fun time. The kids might not say it, but the summers that they've had with you right there beside them are cherished – you will be missed, but if you make sure that they are a priority and that you've not forgotten about all of the fun that you can have with them, they'll cope with the change much better – kids know parents need to work – they get it – make sure you know it.
This will be different than any other summer vacation that you've had in the past. Hopefully, a little planning and a few conversations with the kids and you'll all be on the same page ready to have some fun between your busy work days.