Are you the parent of one or more elementary-aged children? Do you struggle with what to do with your child during the summer when school isn't in session? Summer can be a difficult time for many parents. Although your kids aren't in school, you still often have to go to work so that you can make enough money to pay all of the bills. While you could hire a babysitter to watch your kids, a better choice for you might be to send your child or children to one of your local summer day camps. While there are many reasons for this, some of the most important reasons include:
Socialization: If you simply hire a babysitter for your child or children, your kids may quickly grow bored of having the same people around all of the time and doing the same things every day. While babysitters are wonderful choices for occasionally watching your kids, they're not always qualified to create or participate in new and different activities. At summer day camps, your child or children will spend the day with other children that are his or her own age while being supervised by qualified adults. Every day will have new activities so that nobody gets bored, meaning that your child or children may actually be excited about going to their day camp.
Tutoring: While not true of all day camps, some summer day camps may offer specialized help for kids who are in danger of falling behind in school. If any of your kids struggles in school, he or she may be in need of additional tutoring. Since day camps don't have to worry about teaching so that the kids pass a certain test at the end of the year, they can better concentrate on giving a kid the specialized attention that he or she needs in order to bring up his or her grades once the school year resumes.
Cost: Depending on your income level and the summer day camps around you, it may cost little to nothing to send your child to day camp. Contrast this with a babysitter, even a family member, who you may have to compensate substantially in order to be assured that there is always somebody to watch your child or children. In addition to potentially being low cost, some day camps will even provide lunch or snacks for the kids. Not having to worry about getting food for your kids to eat means that you'll likely have slightly more money in your pocket for bills and other important expenses.