This happens every single year. Like I’m some kind of dummy. But the zone between April and May is epic… almost ZERO holidays/breaks/teacher work days. It’s a working mom’s dream. So when May starts to draw to a close, my first instinct is denial. Like, maybe if I ignore those room parent emails with pleas for parents to help with field day… it just won’t happen. Or if I don’t donate to each teacher’s end of year “gift”, the year just won’t end.
So… when summer creeps up and refuses to leave, and my full time day job does not magically get replaced by lottery winnings (Note to my boss: I won’t quit if I win the lottery! Errrr not right away…), I panic. I have NO PLANS. So let me share with you (quickly) how I’m planning summer in a major pinch:
Step 1: Email your kids’ friends’ parents. Basically, I emailed 2 weeks ago and said, I don’t know what my kids are doing, but if you know what your kid is doing, let me know.
Step 2: Build a Spreadsheet. You can use the one I use by downloading my Camp Planner Template. Stay with me. This is work, but it is essential and will soon pay off. AND I’m going to help you by GIVING YOU my spreadsheet template. Said spreadsheet includes rows for each week of summer, and columns for each of my kids and their friends. This part is essential, at least at my house, because my kiddos only like camp when their friends are there.
Step 3: Exchange about 9,000 emails (including the spreadsheet as an attachment and/or Google Doc) with the moms of all the friends sorting out the options. Ultimately, collapse into a glass of wine due to the complexity of it all. Start again in the morning (after coffee).
Step 4: No seriously, open spreadsheet, consolidate data from emails, figure out at least 60% (6 weeks of 10!) of the summer. Get out credit card and prepare to be overwhelmed with the expense.
Step 5: Drink more wine. You are now what I like to call “cash compromised”. You don’t have as much money in your bank account as you did before completing Step 5.
Step 6: The next morning, start organizing carpool for next week. It’s all going to be ok.
Ok friends. Stop with denial, upload my spreadsheet, and good luck.