With only few weeks to the school year ends, many working parents-like me-are looking for summer camp options for their kids. Not everyone can afford to take 8 or 9 weeks of vacations. This year my son turns 13 and I am investigating the idea of a sibling summer camp for my 6 year old daughter (Note: this is not a new camp: it means my son will be babysitting his sister. I just came up with this expression: Sibling Camp). But then, I wonder if a structured camp would be better? Which to choose? I created a table to offer parenting tips and come to my own decision based on the pros and cons of each choice.
Parenting tips: Choosing between a structured summer camp or a sibling camp
A structured summer camp is the more traditional route for many parents. It’s also the more expensive route. In a sibling camp, your older child helps take care of the younger one. In our case, I would supervise but he would be responsible for entertaining and keeping an overall eye on her.
So which one to choose from : structured summer camp or sibling camp? What are the pros and cons of each one of them? In order to facilitate my decision, I set up the following table to help me decide. As I am a very analytical person, I love creating tables of pros and cons. So let’s see:
|Structured summer camp|
|Sibling day camp||Pros||cons|
Which decision should I go with?
Even with these parenting tips and pros and cons, its a tough decision for a work at home mom or any working mom to choose between sibling camp or a structured summer camp. But given that my daughter was sick all year long, given that she needs some rest and some unstructured play, I decided to go with a sibling summer camp. But I will be adjusting my working hours and will be working from early morning till early afternoon so my son can go and have fun with his friends.
Which option would you choose? Or which summer camp option would you choose? Do you have any parenting tips to help make the decision easier? Let me know in the comment section.