What do you have planned for April vacation?

April 12, 2012 | By | Comments (3)

Do you hear that? It’s the growing excitement of my children and countless others in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts preparing for next week’s April holiday. Or maybe it’s the groans of their parents who are trying to figure out how to balance work and time off with their kids.

If you were smart enough to take the week off and escape with your family to some tropical destination, I say – good job and have fun!

We are not one of those families who are going away, and will instead be playing a game I call “where are the kids going today?” The trick with this approach is remembering where we are supposed to drop them off in the morning, what they will need for the day’s plans, and most importantly, who is in charge of getting them at the end of the day (and knowing where they are). Here’s what that looks like:

  • Monday – I’m in charge of the kids, driving them home from a weekend away with friends.
  • Tuesday – My mother will be taking the kids into Boston for the day while I plan on working in the morning, then meeting them in the afternoon for a movie and museum visit.
  • Wednesday and Thursday – We turned to the local YMCA to keep the kids safe and amused while we work. They will be going to a local zoo on Wednesday, and swimming on Thursday.
  • Friday – My husband’s turn to take the day off to hang out with the kids.

To quote Mrs. Clinton, “it takes a village” to keep our family on track, but during vacation weeks we lean a little more heavily on the that village, with everyone contributing to getting us through it.

How does your family manage school vacations?