Summer is here, so what’s the plan? Thrilled or worried?

If your kids don’t get out of school this week, they will probably be getting out soon and then what? What’s the plan for the summer?

This has been one of the worst years for our family, and I am so excited for the kids to be out school. No more homework, no more pressure. Can’t wait!!

We are going to swim, swim, swim every day and travel a bunch. We are coming home to Georgia for part of the summer and have beach time with both sides of the family. We are planning to drive across the country and are currently picking our stops along the route. We’ve hit nine national parks so far this year and we want to hit a bunch more before our $80 national park pass has to be renewed. (Best bargain ever!)

Academically, I want them to practice typing this summer and get faster. Fifteen minutes a day of keyboarding will make a huge difference in their speed. I think if they create a private blog about the trip that would help their typing and writing skills but they wouldn’t even know it. Plus they could be creative with their photos and memories of our trips.

I also plan to do quickie multiplication quizzes just to keep them thinking and of course plenty of trips to the library.

What is your plan for the summer? Are you excited they are out or it doesn’t really make a difference to you?

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mom3boys

May 25th, 2011
6:09 am

When my kids were little, we celebrated the end of school w/ buzz haircuts and ice cream. We had a field trip jar full of ideas of places to go and see in Atlanta, and we’d pull from it weekly. We had great times; I miss their “little boyhood” immensely.

motherjanegoose

May 25th, 2011
7:19 am

We met ours at the bus stop with silly string and popsicles, on the last day of school.

Now that I have 2 in college, it is different. Dad and I have been eating out most of this year for dinner, with buy one get one coupons ( even last night). Daughter came home 2 weeks ago. We went straight to the beach and LOVED being there with NO crowds. She has 3 jobs and such a kooky schedule that I ask her every day if she is working, as I will cook dinner if she is home so we can all sit down at home and eat. Next month, her brother will be home as he is between apartments and moving in with another pharmacy student. That should be interesting as I will have his work schedule to contend with too. Our ( midwest) nephew is just out of college and itching to travel. Hubby mentioned that he could come here…whew…THE FOOD BILL for 3 college kids!
BUT he is invited!

One if the best things about about being a teacher ( when mine were small) is that I could enjoy them all summer and we had a grand time. I never said, “what am I going to do with the kids all summer.” I typically worked summer camps with them, for extra spending money and even had other kids over to my house. I am off most of this summer but things are looking better for the next school year. We will take a few quick trips, when we can fit the in! Is gas pricing going to affect travel? We have two sedans so while it is expensive, it is not unbearable.

malleesmom

May 25th, 2011
7:22 am

momof3 – great idea the field trip jar! swim team is our plan. so glad this year is over!!

JJ

May 25th, 2011
8:07 am

I would be thrilled if my daughter would find a job, or get off her butt and go look!! This is getting ridiculious.

I’m starting to think she really doesn’t want to get a job. She would rather mooch off her friends. I don’t know where that came from, I didn’t raise her like that. I’ve worked since I was 14 years old. I;ve cut her off financially, and took her car away from her. No job, no car. Her cell phone is up next on the chopping block…..

I’m really getting frustrated, can you tell?

JOD

May 25th, 2011
8:27 am

@JJ – Not surprising you’re frustrated! Did she have a particularly tough year and is decompressing?

On topic – DD is still too young for ’summer’ so she will keep going to school as usual. One more year of this, and then we’re shopping pre-K – trying to enjoy it before ‘real’ school is here!

I do like the activity jar – great idea!

Becky

May 25th, 2011
8:39 am

Today is the last day of school for my two and they already are planning to spend most of the summer at the pool..I’m sure that we will take them somewhere, just haven’t decided where yet..The boy wants to go back to see the Titanic exhibit (again)..

@JJ..Good luck with your daughter this summer..I also have worked since I was 14 and could not imagine being without a job of somekind..

JJ

May 25th, 2011
8:41 am

@JOD – NO!!! She’s just being lazy. She just thought for sure I would finance her summer, but I told her otherwise. Until she has a job, she gets no money from me. We are clearing out the garage tonight, to put her car in there, since it’s not getting driven for a while……might as well put it in the garage.

TallMom

May 25th, 2011
8:46 am

We’ve got a beach vacation planned and a couple smaller day trips planned as well. Other than that, they’ll do arts & crafts (all on their won…give those kids some glue, construction paper and scissors and they’re happy for hours!), read, play games, but most of all…they’ll play outside! Their favorite thing to do! Barefoot and on the go..playground, creek, friends’ yards, backyard woods…stopping inside only for snacks, meals and drinks…and bathroom breaks.

I’m as excited as they are!

TallMom

May 25th, 2011
8:47 am

*own, not one lol.

Oh…and the biggest kid graduates high school this weekend!! Can’t believe it’s already happening…I could swear she was a newborn just last week!

Techmom

May 25th, 2011
8:55 am

The only time I am jealous of teachers is this time of year- when they get to look forward to having time off during the summer to do things with their kids. For the rest of us who only get 2-3 weeks off per year, the summer can be daunting. I am definitely thankful my son is old enough that I don’t have to plan for and PAY for a bunch of summer camps. He just turned 16 and plays football so his summer is consumed with workouts. Mon-Thurs from 3-5pm. We are going to Nicaragua for a 10-day mission trip (he went for 2 weeks last summer). And then will have a short high adventure summer camp with Scouts later in June. Assuming he brings his Chemistry grade up to B he’ll get his license in 4 weeks and be able to drive himself back and forth to those workouts… which would be great considering that’s pretty much the middle of my work day (I swear football coaches don’t even stop to consider working parents). Oh and don’t forget somewhere in there he has to read and annotate two books for summer reading! Now that’s the part I could do without… I don’t even think kids should have assigned homework over the summer. Our friends are opening a restaurant and they’ve hired him as a bus boy. He’ll probably only work 2 evenings a week but that’s fine with me. Just a little something for him to earn a bit of spending money without being life-consuming. He only has 2 more summers before work becomes a regular reality for the next 50+ years.

T – next year we’re planning a big family trip out west (hopefully gas prices won’t go up too much further). I’m planning on hitting several national parks including one we went to a bunch when I was a kid – Zion National Park in Utah. Not sure how far you are from there but if you get a chance to add that to your list sometime soon you should definitely go. I have great memories of camping there as a kid and hiking to the “Emerald falls”.

motherjanegoose

May 25th, 2011
9:08 am

Congrats TallMom…LOL…my sisters are both taller than me 5 foot 9 and 11 inches I think.
YOU have a busy summer ahead of you if you are getting ready to send your child off to college.
Enjoy it! I suggest getting a few things each week and for moving into the dorm, get those sturdy boxes at Costco or Sam’s Club. Some parents BUY all those plastic containers but most dorms do not have room to keep them and then you will have them back at your house ( we learned with our son). Do not get me started about all the things our daughter brought home from her first year at UGA. OVERLOAD!

JJ…this is why we made our two keep their jobs all through college, so it was second nature.
Sometimes tough to balance school and work but so far, so good.

Our son whined that none of his friends were working but then he did a turn around when he had his own spending $$ ( their’s ran out) and a job each summer. Our daughter is very good about managing her money and I stay out if it.

This may not work for everyone but it did work for us.

Daughter interviewed with someone who told her that she worked 3 jobs all through college and appreciates kids who will have work experience when they graduate.

I worked at Wal Mart for 7 years from 16-23 and Hubby worked all sorts of different jobs. He even worked a part time job WHILE he was in the Navy at Ben Franklin…do they still have those? Kind of like a Woolworth…do they even have those?

Lloyd

May 25th, 2011
9:20 am

I am brewing beer.

mom of 3

May 25th, 2011
9:20 am

My daughter just went back to work and now I have the grandson 3 days a week and the other 2 he gets to stay with his other nana. I hate she had to go back but until the economy takes a swing upward she had no choice – to afraid to become a 1 income family.
I love watching him sleep – grandchildren are the best.
Sorry know this was off subj.

justmy2cents

May 25th, 2011
9:21 am

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motherjanegoose

May 25th, 2011
9:23 am

mom of 3…that was cute. I hope to be able to watch my future grandchildren in about 5-10 years!

jarvis

May 25th, 2011
9:25 am

Lloyd, I’ve been thinking about taking up brewing as a hobby. Have you found it to be an expensive endeavor?

justmy2cents

May 25th, 2011
9:26 am

grr…

last day of school here for my two…NO idea what they will be doing this summer. I work for the district, but I work summers, and my schedule is too early for most summer camps. I don’t want them home, bored, all summer long though.

Cammi317

May 25th, 2011
9:28 am

Since I have to work, my daughter is in camp. School ended for her on Friday, so she started Monday. It’s a wonderful summer enrichment/camp program, so she has academics in the morning and activities in the afternoon. As she is 13, this is the last summer she will be able to attend camp. We also have at least two trips planned for the summer and I am going to try to squeeze in a 3rd. Next year is when I will worry, because I don’t want her sitting at home alone. I really will not be ready for her to get a job at 14 either, but that may be what happens.

motherjanegoose

May 25th, 2011
9:29 am

@ just…maybe JJ’s daughter could come over…that might work for both of you… if you are in Atlanta.
My daughter watches a neighbor’s son 2 days per week. They go to the pool, the park, walk the dog, play games, the movies, for ice cream etc. This will be her last summer doing it, so they have to maximize it.

Lloyd

May 25th, 2011
9:33 am

It can be expensive. It all depends on how serious you get. Start with a kit that allows you to brew from the stove top. Your initial cost for equipment will be around $100….Maybe more depending on your brew kettle. What part of town do you live in? There are home brew shops all over. Brewmasters Warehouse in Marietta has classes on brewing. You should do that first to see if you really want to brew.

jarvis

May 25th, 2011
9:33 am

Thanks. I live in East Cobb. I know where you are talking about. I should check that out.
Perhaps a well-placed Father’s Day hint is in order.

Sylvania

May 25th, 2011
9:34 am

Once out of college, your kids are going to be working for the next 43+ years of their lives. For crying out loud, let them enjoy their last few summers before the working-for-the-rest-of-their-lives thing kicks in. God forbid you’ve got to slide them a few bucks every now and again.

justmy2cents

May 25th, 2011
9:35 am

Most kids don’t want to get up at 5:30 in the summer to drive an hour to get to my house MJG. Plus I work 10 hour days in the summer, and I know nothing about her daughter (no offense JJ) to trust her to watch my two.

Cammi317

May 25th, 2011
9:37 am

justmy2cents, I don’t know where you are located, but the summer entrichment program that my daughter is attending is off of Stone Mtn-Lithonia Road and pretty reasonably priced. They take ages 2-13.

Techmom

May 25th, 2011
9:37 am

@Lloyd & Jarvis – my husband is a home brewer and loves it. There are local home brew clubs that you can visit if you want to just check things out before jumping in (www.sabrewers.net is the one my husband belongs to but you can google home brew clubs and find others in the metro area). My husband always wants to argue with me that brewing is cheaper than buying craft beer; which is true if you just consider the ingredients. But if you consider the investment we have in brew equipment – HAHA! But it’s a hobby that he loves and he loves to share his knowledge and experience with other people so I don’t really complain.

justmy2cents

May 25th, 2011
9:40 am

@ Cammi- that is nowhere near close, but thanks. I checked the local parks & recreation, but even with their “early” and “late” hours it is not early nor late enough to accomodate my work schedule. The only option are the daycare summer camps, and my oldest is 12, and she doesn’t like going to those. The workers end up making her help with the littler kids.

jarvis

May 25th, 2011
9:45 am

Thanks Techmom.
I’m with you on your husband’s financial argument, but you’re sweet for humoring him. Hobbies are for enjoyment not saving money.

Unless you’re one of the fanatic coupon people….in that case, I think the hobby is the saving money. That whole movement is fascinating to me.

JJ

May 25th, 2011
9:46 am

@just – no worries. It takes A LOT to offend me….LOL

But she is a great nanny/babysitter. She loves being around the little ones…..I can provide references…..:) And she has her own transportation,…..

Anyone in the Buford/Sugar Hill/Lawrenceville/Duluth/Norcross area looking for a full time nanny/babysitter…..???? She took care of two boys for an entire summer, they were 7 and 4 at the time…..

motherjanegoose

May 25th, 2011
9:47 am

Sylvania…thanks for your thoughts.

There are certainly kids who do not have a part time job all through HS and college and can just lounge at the pool or hang out with friends….they are not my children. Hubby just spent $300 and an entire day working on our son’s car…he was grease from head to toe. Does that count for a few bucks? I am taking my daughter to Boston, for the weekend, and took her and a friend from college to St. Augustine, for a week. That was a few bucks too.

@just…just thinking out loud…sorry if I offended you.

justmy2cents

May 25th, 2011
9:55 am

Not offended, I am just very selective about babysitters. Regardless, she is way too far away from my area. It would cost way too much in gas, and she would have a terrible commute.

JJ

May 25th, 2011
9:58 am

MJG – I’m very happy you have raised perfect children, who are gainfully employed and paying their own way. I know you are VERY proud, because you mention this almost every post. We got it!!!!. Not every child is fortunate enough to find employment in this economy. Just because my daughter isn’t employed, does NOT mean she is lounging around the pool, being lazy….you shouldn’t generalize like that……

motherjanegoose

May 25th, 2011
10:12 am

JJ…my children are NOT perfect. I DID NOT mean that comment for you at all. I was referring to the comment by Sylvania ( I mentioned it in the post) . I do not think I mentioned your daughter in my reply.

She said;
Once out of college, your kids are going to be working for the next 43+ years of their lives. For crying out loud, let them enjoy their last few summers before the working-for-the-rest-of-their-lives thing kicks in. God forbid you’ve got to slide them a few bucks every now and again.

SORRY IF MY COMMENT OFFENDED YOU…IT WAS NOT DIRECTED AT YOU.

I am curious if Sylvania has teens that are practicing what she preachers.

You may recall that I have previously mentioned ( in my posts to you) that I would be happy to help you and suggest places that I have seen ( in Atlanta) who are hiring. I do NOT think you are a parent who is fine with her child not working all summer but Sylvania perhaps would be. I was trying to help you.

SHEESH.

JJ

May 25th, 2011
10:15 am

MJG – I’m not offended. Like I said, it takes a lot to offend me.

It’s your generalizations about lazy kids hanging at the pool. You don’t know their situation. Maybe the work nights….maybe it’s their day off…..you are judging…..

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May 25th, 2011
10:16 am

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How to be a good student

I can’t wait! All the success your kid can stand!

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jarvis

May 25th, 2011
10:26 am

My eldest will be tutored a little this summer. She is excelling in Math and critical thinking, but she is struggling a little with her reading.

Her IQ came back “high average”, but the guidance counsler had concerns because she was 95th percentile in some the reasoning skills while being right around 50th in comprehension. Apparently he IQ was lifted or dropped (depending on how you look at it) by different sections of the test. The extreme lack of balance between sections is somewhat rare according to the counsler.

So we’ll do what we can to give her a fun summer while still concentrating on the areas needing help.

b

May 25th, 2011
10:27 am

My youngest will be a rising high school junior so he is pretty set for the summer. Lots of soccer, football camp and lots of golf. My biggest worry is the amount of food he can consume in a single day. We do have the dreaded summer reading but will put that off until very late in the summer.

Our oldest just graduated from college and is back home for the summer. First time since freshman year and it is a bit interesting for all of us. She is working two jobs so we don’t see much of her, but she is able to help out with the younger as he doesn’t have his license. We are spending part of the summer getting her ready to move overseas in the fall and that involves quite a bit of paperwork and planning.

No vacations or trips as soccer weekends take that place and we are saving for a trip to Europe during the holidays.

jarvis

May 25th, 2011
10:29 am

Apologies for the typing. I need to paste these things into Word before posting on here.

Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp

May 25th, 2011
10:54 am

“This has been one of the worst years for our family”….

TWG…..Do you feel as if you’re a “half glass empty” kind of gal?

So you had to move your family from your home state and put up with all that goes with that. You’re homesick and in a place that you don’t really like (even though AZ, along with the rest of the SW is one of the coolest regions of the nation), with a loving, healthy family, and the means to live in what I assume to be a fairly decent house with a fairly decent pool…you’ve got a very successful husband with a career that allows you to be home with your kids so that you don’t have to work retail and worry about daycare……I don’t know, I’m just thinking there are a lot of folks in Joplin and Japan (just to start) right now that would take that deal without hesitation.

I would submit to you that if you just looked around at the world and took a real, honest, objective look at things, you’d see even your WORST year is a winning lottery ticket for a lot of people. If you don’t wake up every morning understanding how fortunate you have it……you’re not seeing the forest through the trees.

motherjanegoose

May 25th, 2011
11:00 am

JJ..good…your comment sounded like you were offended. I was confused and a bit annoyed, as I thought I was previously trying to help you but realized that you did not quite understand my post.

Again, I KNOW some kids are at the pool, who work nights…that was sometimes my two and probably is my son on some days this summer at his apt.
I was simply illustrating the kids whose parents ascribe to what Sylvania was suggested ALL SUMMER.

As you know, it is not just about giving your kids time off to relax, funding HS and college kids can be tough. We pay $800 for 6 months of insurance on our daughter’s car alone. Her brother’s is $300. NO ACCIDENTS YET. Then, there are the cell phones…which we also cover.

If they want to hang out with their friends, that can be $20-$50 per day or shopping…$100! YOU could probably write a blog on this. Which is why I wonder if Sylvania has any kids at home or is just pulling our legs. JJ, you and I are both on that square of the sidewalk now.

jarvis…catlady could probably help with your comment, if she is around. I spoke with her last night but she is busy at school this week.

Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp

May 25th, 2011
11:04 am

@MJG….you know someone is going to see the irony in your opinion that working age children should be out there working hard and paying their own way and then saying you pay their car insurance for them, right?

jmb

May 25th, 2011
11:10 am

JJ – just give her a little more time. Maybe in her mind, she’s wanting one last summer as a child. She’ll have the rest of her life HAVING to work and may just be grasping for that little bit of childhood once more.

jmb

May 25th, 2011
11:13 am

Tiger, I was thinking the same thing. My daughter is 19 and has been paying hers for a year now.

Lloyd

May 25th, 2011
11:15 am

@ jarvis.

Home brewing is a hobby, but also a culture. Go to your local package store and look at the craft beers on the shelf. EVERYONE of those were started by home brewers. The more you brew, the better you get. Someday, you too can brew great beers. It’s far less expensive than racing. It’s something you can share with friends. You can enter beers in competition for accolades and honest feed back…..Best of all, it is something you can do with a passion.

My apologies for straying off subject.

Lady Strange

May 25th, 2011
11:16 am

My son will start Pre-K next year. This summer I signed him up for soccer classes one day a week. I know he’ll have fun, he loves to kick the soccer ball around. I imagine we’ll take a few weekend trips to museums as well, grill out with friends, and what ever else I can come up with. I’ve been debating teaching him to fish, but I might wait till he’s 4 for that. They grow up so fast! Now we just need to get this potty training thing going, somehow. LOL

JOD

May 25th, 2011
11:18 am

@Techmom – Hubs used the same argument when he started brewing beer. It is cheaper for his favorite Trappist beers, as they are SUPER expensive.

@jarvis – Father’s Day is a good option. Another winner is if your wife drinks beer, you can offer to clone her favorites. Just don’t tell her ahead of time that the hops will make your house smell like George Clinton and the P-Funkadelic stopped by for the afternon.

Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp

May 25th, 2011
11:19 am

@jmb…my parents made me pay half the cost of adding me to their policy for their cars when I got my license in high school. That was to piggy back on their cars, which I hardly drove. When I got my own car, I was on the hook 100% for that additional insurance expense. The upside was that all I could afford was an $800 1974 Dodge Dart sport, so the insurance was about as low as it could be for a 17 year old!!

Hindu Elvis Pimp

May 25th, 2011
11:21 am

I love the smell of hops…..It smells like victory!

JJ

May 25th, 2011
11:27 am

@jmb – I appreciate that, but the girl is 20 years old, and has completed 2 years of college, with no plans for the future. She had last summer to “be a child”. But now she needs to start paying her own way.

jmb

May 25th, 2011
11:33 am

@Tiger, that’s pretty much the same with my daughter. We rode her on our insurance until she graduated last year and she’s been paying it herself ever since. I even turned the cell phone bill over to her at that time too. She’s a waitress at Longhorns and starting school next month. She also cleans my office once a month for extra cash. She likes nice things and she knows in order to have them, she has to work for them just like we do. She did take a year off of school though to figure out what she wanted to do and I’m glad she did. I really don’t think parents should push them into clollege soon as they get out of HS. They’ve not had time to transition roles IMO. My boss did that with his son and wasted over 80k in little over a year. Now he’s dropped out and working construction with no life plans and still living at home at 24.

jmb

May 25th, 2011
11:35 am

JJ – she’ll get tired of being broke and her friends being able to go places she can’t afford to. Trust me….