As parents, we are constantly looking at our kids’ lives through the prism of our own childhood experiences. How many times have you reminisced over summer memories of lemonade stands on the side of the road or running parentless around the neighborhood, and then asked yourself, “Am I giving my kids a summer experience that is as good as – or better than – what I had?” As the results of our survey show, modern parents are juggling even more than just increasingly complex child care schedules:
In our recent Summer Care Survey, a majority of parents (58 percent) reported feeling envious of their care providers frequently, often or sometimes, while nearly 11 percent said they always felt envious.
Almost half (47%) of working parents have altered their work schedules to accommodate their children's summer schedules.
Sixty-six percent of parents have higher expectations of their summer caregivers, expecting them to arrange for more outdoor activities and be actively engaged in field trips and play.
With summer months come increased expectations – we envy our care providers more, but we also have higher expectations that they will pick up where we leave off in creating summer memories for our kids. I’ve raced home to spend time with my kids before the sun goes down, but I'm also comforted to know that there are many wonderful trusted people - including college sitters - who are available and can help make our lives not only run smoother, but provide peace of mind. Seek out families near you who are also trying to keep up the juggle. Get advice from fellow parents in the care groups and even form your own co-op for the summer.
I am happy to report that our Care Team has been hard at work, generating additional ideas and offers that will both help you construct those perfect summer memories for your family as well as do as much of the care planning for you as possible. They will be in touch, and please continue to check out the site for fun activities and summer savings.
Wishing you a memorable, fun, and safe summer!