This Friday my kids start their summer holiday. First comes three weeks of summer camp and then the next (almost) five weeks they will be home with us. I have to admit that I have mixed feelings this holiday. On one hand I am looking forward to not getting up at six thirty, six days a week, to not have to do lunch boxes, homework, after school activities and so on. On the other hand it means that they will be home, like all the time 😉
As someone who grew up in Denmark, the great discrepancies that exists here in Israel between the 76 days off a year that a school kids has to the 10 days of holiday leave that most parents have, was not something that was easy to get used to. Needless to say that, for most parents, this makes the summer holiday a very expensive as well as stressful period, having to pay lots for different summer programs and/ or having to juggle the kids being home while have to be at work. My Danish friends are very fortunate not to know much of this struggle.
Being two working at home parents we have the privilege of actually being home, but still, there is still work to be done, deadlines to me met and money that have to be earned. It is a puzzle that we have to work out in order for all of us to get through it as best as we can. The goal is to find a balance between work and play, trying to be organized while trying to spend as little money as possible.
So this summer we are planning to plan out each week in advance, of mom days and dad days so the other one can get some work done, joint family activities at home and away and lots and lots of trips to the pool!
We are hoping that it will be a pleasant time, even one to remember (if that is not too much to ask). So to all the parents out there, I wish a cool fun summer with as little frustration as possible for all. Best of luck to us all!