5 Things Working Parents Hate About Summer
During the summer, many families relax their normal routines, push bedtime a little bit later, and spend more time outside than they do during the other seasons. For working parents though, the summer months often bring just as many new challenges as they do sweet joys. If you’re a working parent you can relate to these things that working parents hate about summer.
Missing out on day-time fun
If you ask stay-at-home parents what they enjoy most about summer, many will say they enjoy taking their kids to the park or the pool or participating in the kid-centric activities many cities offer during the summer. While working parents are used to missing out on library story time and weekday baby classes, missing out on the summer fun other parents and kids get to enjoy can sting.
Longer days mean later bedtimes
While the longest day of the year may have already passed, the sun will be setting long after kids are scheduled to go to bed for another few months. While the extra hours of backyard fun are certainly enjoyable, the sleep disruption it can cause when kids and parents can’t simply sleep later in the morning can be tough.
Disruptions in childcare
If you have a child in childcare that’s based on a regular school calendar, the summer months can be cause for some serious scrambling. Whether you end up hiring a summer nanny, bouncing your child from camp to camp each week, or begging a family member to watch your kiddos for a week here and there, summer childcare is usually much less consistent than school year care.
The cost of summer care
While the scramble to find childcare can be exhausting, the stress of figuring out how to pay for summer care can be even more stressful. Summer care in the form of week-to-week camps is usually far more expensive than a regular preschool or, if your child is school aged, their non-existent public school bill.
When you or your kiddo get sick during the summer you’re going to have to take off of work just like you do any other time of the year. The difference of getting sick in the summer though is that navigating that time off can be trickier than normal since so many people are often off of work for vacation.
While summer can be tough, there are lots of ways that working parents can still enjoy the time. This summer, try to set the stress aside and enjoy long weekends by a pool, a quick vacation if you can or, simply, enjoying the evening sunset with your little one!