Sorry if this is a really basic question, but I've never dealt with it before. How do you cover school holidays if both parents work? DS will start school in a year. DH works full time, I work part time but as a freelancer so in theory could just not work during school hols (or cut back hours) but I was considering going permie. If I did though, I couldn't just take 12 weeks+ holiday a year - so how do people cope?
I grew up in America where you get sent to camp for at least part of the summer holidays. The rest of the time, my parents were both freelance so I think they just fit work around us, or sent us to my grandparents lived down the road. They also left us to fend for ourselves at a rediculously young age (and aside from a few black holes in my knowledge of child rearing, we all turned out okay!)
We use a childminder. Some don't have as many dc in the holidays so will take on for school holidays only. We try to spread our holidays out - so my dh will take three weeks, I'll take three weeks and then we'll have two weeks together - so that covers 8 weeks of the 13.
I try to spread it out so that she's not going to the childminder for a long block - so two weeks here, two weeks with me/dh then two weeks with cminder in the summer.
There are more options than you'd think. We live in a small town but I know of three holiday playschemes (run by leisure centre, schools, churches), and two supercamp type things.
Hi SparkyUk, Holiday clubs are great but also other mums.
We take it in turns in the hols to have each others kids for a day at a time. It sounds hard work but actually they all play together and it's much easier. Also if you could arrange your work around a few hours per day you could use a babysitter (16-18 yr old) who would love the extra cash and could take your DS to the park for an hour or so and do some art/play at yours.
It is tricky but like BeeHavingBaby said use a spreadsheet. I print out 8 weeks of the calendar and start filling it in so that there's something going on each week, some trips, friends, relatives etc It's a military operation but definitely do-able!