Summer supervision?

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Summer supervision?
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Fri, 06-12-2009 - 2:05pm

Does working status have anything to do with supervision of children during the summer?


PumpkinAngel

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Registered: 03-23-2009
Fri, 06-12-2009 - 4:44pm

Various places, such as camps, summer school programs, home with a college student, working for a neighbor, whatever. Surely the dual wohps you know don't just stop work in the summer or go pt, rather than secure childcare? (or am I misunderstanding your point)?


I do have a friend who gets paid commission, so she's taking a month of unpaid leave this summer to avoid having a childcare expense during that time.

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Fri, 06-12-2009 - 4:44pm

That is what we do. We have a few camps, we are away a few weeks and we have a few down weeks.

If I had my way, summer vacation would last 6 weeks not 11. We would get two-three weeks for December and two-three weeks for spring break.

11 weeks is too darn long -especially for my YDS.

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Fri, 06-12-2009 - 4:45pm

"But when it comes to letting my children stay at home alone, I planned it

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Registered: 07-17-2007
Fri, 06-12-2009 - 4:46pm
Providing there are summer jobs to be had. This year the college jobs were taken by out of work adults and the HS jobs were taken by the college kids. A 14-15 year old needs an extra amount of entrepreneurial spirit to get a job here- this summer.
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Fri, 06-12-2009 - 4:50pm
Mowing lawns? Babysitting? Lifeguard?
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Fri, 06-12-2009 - 4:54pm
My 14yo dd has a summer job for 6 weeks this summer as an aide in a summer camp; she's been networking and angling for this gig for the past year. My soon-to-be 12yo would do nothing of the kind. I think a kid has to be pretty entrepreneurial to get a summer job before they're 16.
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Fri, 06-12-2009 - 5:02pm

Like I said, the college kids have a wrap on those things. The HS are still in school so they don't have the edge for the jobs.

We used to have one or to HS that were life guards at the pool, but the rest were college kids. Now we have some "professional" life guards and college kids. No HS kids this year. The "professional" ones are year long - they used to be local college kids, but now they are out of college adults.

Most people around here have year long lawn mowing services or they do it themselves. Like I said, a kid has to have an entrepreneurial spirit to get to line up several mowing jobs.

My anecdotal recent experience is that the college kids have snapped up most of the available regular summer babysitting jobs. They get a head start since they are already available and the HS are still in school plus most of them have access to a car.

It leaves very little left for the 13-15 year olds.

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Fri, 06-12-2009 - 5:07pm

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Well sure that's true, I totally agree with that, but I do think some situations require planning as in the example that I have given.

PumpkinAngel

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Fri, 06-12-2009 - 5:07pm

That's great.


PumpkinAngel

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Fri, 06-12-2009 - 5:10pm
Ours does, but like everything around here it has a waiting list. They also have after school activities 3 of the days- which helps some families balance.


Edited 6/12/2009 5:10 pm ET by tryingtoquit

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