Working Moms: How to Get Kids to and from Summer Camps

UrbanSitter give tips for shuffling your kids to and from camp

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Summer camps for kids can be wonderful educational opportunities, and lifesavers for busy parents who are looking for ways to keep kids supervised and entertained during the summer break from school. However, finding the time to shuffle kids to and from camp, especially if you have more than one child, is no easy task and is often the reason that parents refrain from signing kids up for camps. Rather than pulling your hair out trying to mastermind the logistics of transporting numerous children to multiple locations at undoubtedly conflicting times, why not leverage a babysitter or other resources to lend a hand?

Here are a few helpful tips for sending your kids to summer camps without spending your entire summer behind the wheel:

1.Recruit a friend to join and share carpool.

Most kids are thrilled to have a buddy join them at camp. For little kids, having a friend along may make the difference between a happy drop-off and a tearful one. And, it means you’ll likely have another parent, sitter or nanny to split carpool with each day. If your car is big enough or you can manage multiple children on public transportation, get a handful of kids to go together. Better yet, coordinate with your pals to hire a sitter who can take care of transportation for the whole group.

2. Hire a sitter to serve as camp and summer activity chauffeur.

A summer schedule that includes day camps and summer activities, such as lessons, tutoring or even play dates, has the potential to turn you into a prisoner of your own car.

Hire a sitter to help with the load. It’s especially helpful to have help if you work, have a baby or toddler who is still napping or have an older child who has other places to be. UrbanSitter has many trustworthy sitters who are more than willing to drive your children using their own car or yours.

Check sitter profiles to see who fits the bill.

3. Find a Mother’s Helper.

An extra pair of hands can make all the difference. Hire a mother’s helper, usually a boy or girl in the neighborhood who is anxious to earn a bit of extra money and gain babysitting experience. If your drop-off is quick or nearby, a mother’s helper can stay home to play with a younger sibling or napping baby while you handle carpool duty. Since mother’s helpers are less experienced, they often charge much less than veteran sitters, which makes them a budget-friendly option.

Remember that summer day camps have early registration and fill quickly and sitters, especially college students who are hungry to earn extra money during their summer break, are in high demand and will likely commit to a summer job as soon as they can, so make plans and start childcare searches early. Talk to friends to coordinate camps, ask your neighbors for referrals on mother’s helpers and check online services like UrbanSitter to see who is available to fit your unique summer schedule.

Go ahead and arrange for a hand. You and your kids deserve it! 

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