Summer Guilt?????

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Summer Guilt?????
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Mon, 05-11-2009 - 1:51pm
If you work, do you find that summer's are the worst?

Kat

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Registered: 01-08-2009
Tue, 05-12-2009 - 2:37pm
Yeah, my kids will go there a couple mornings a week, particularly the younger one and his friends (he is 13). The older one (17) is way too cool for that. I had hoped he'd get a summer job this year, but he got accepted to a two week program in Europe that comes right in the middle of the summer, and nobody wanted to hire him and then turn around and give him two weeks off. He's filling the summer with a combination of sports camps, volunteer work, the Europe thing. But there will be plenty of sleeping in and vegging in front of various electronic media, I am sure.
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Registered: 05-08-2009
Tue, 05-12-2009 - 2:38pm

This board moves fast.

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Tue, 05-12-2009 - 2:39pm

Now you're making me nostalgic for when I was a kid! I remember how it seemed like those lazy wonderful days would last forever. Then all of the sudden, it was August, and time to go back to school.

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Tue, 05-12-2009 - 2:47pm

Europe sounds pretty cool though! Congrats to him.

I hope my 12-year-old stays interested in swim team. She's also taking baby-sitting training this summer, so I could see her getting babysitting or mother's helper jobs in future summers. So far, it's been no problem keeping her busy--but it helps that she has no interest in tv and very little in electronic stuff.;)

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Registered: 05-10-2009
Tue, 05-12-2009 - 2:48pm

that's what I'm battling this summer. Dd is 12, 13 in July.

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Tue, 05-12-2009 - 2:51pm

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Registered: 03-26-2009
Tue, 05-12-2009 - 2:59pm

Just asking because I run out of "free" things to do with the kids:

Swimming in the pool at home-don't have a pool (kiddie one)
in community-costs money
gated or township ymca-costs money
ponds, lakes rivers, ocean beaches if around-we have beaches but 99% of them cost money to get into
doing crafts-again costs money
library-one of our free things :)
clubs, groups, with small monthy due or no due at all-don't know much of these
computer games, video games-costs money
some VBS-cost money

I don't mean to be down but most things DO cost money. My kids go to camp but when I am off with them we will do the library, the free zoo, the park, the free beach and maybe some shopping. Most things out of the house DO cost money. Even when we go to the free zoo there is an ice cream man there-lol!!!

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Registered: 04-22-2005
Tue, 05-12-2009 - 3:10pm
And the zoo here is expensive! It's $10 per adult and $6 per child over 2 years, plus the gas it takes to drive all the way downtown and back.
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Registered: 03-26-2009
Tue, 05-12-2009 - 3:26pm
We are lucky to have a free zoo. It is small but the kids like it and there is a park with it and a pool (have to live in that town though or pay extra) but that costs money. They have a refreshment stand at the park and the ice cream man so you rarely get out of there without spending some type of money.
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Registered: 01-08-2009
Tue, 05-12-2009 - 3:32pm
A lot of museums have free days or evenings once a month or more. My kids loved the train museum where we used to live; they would often have old guys with model trains you could play with, stuff like that. And my kids also liked to go to the workshops at places like Home Depot; for free or nearly free you could build a birdhouse or something like that.

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