Activities Follow Up
Will definitely do an ‘activities logistics’ ep of some kind on BOBW. I wanted to throw a few things out that have made things doable in our care:
1- Doube up when possible. A&C did horseback riding and art at the same time last year. This year I already know I am doubling up tennis and gymnastics.
2- Seek activities where dropoff is allowed/encouraged. If I am forced to sit on the sidelines for every practice (sports league the kids were previously in) — I may seek out other options. This is often less available with really young kids’ activities, but as they get older it’s increasingly common.
3- Seek out activities through the school if offered! C did track last year and it was quite easy – just a later pickup on some days and a few weekend meets. The fact that our kids’ school has sports and activities on offer is one of the reason we chose to send the kids there.
4- Make use of aftercare if available for out of sync pickups. Our school allows ‘a la carte’ purchase of aftercare as long as you schedule in advance. I imagine if there’s a day where a kid is doing a sport but pickup is tricky, I might pay to allow them to stay longer.
A lot of families in our immediate area have their kids do activities through our JCC, which offers busing from the local schools (not our school, but many). This means kids can get shuttled to their facility, participate in activities (they offer a ton), and get picked up at the end of the work day.
5- Strategize geographically if possible. We chose our current living area in part because it is geographically EASY in many regards. (Exciting and glamorous – NO. Easy – YES!). We live super close to many activities (tennis is 5 min away, gymnastics/dance 8 min away, soccer fields right around the block) and the kids’ school is on the way to my office. In contrast, Miami Beach was SO much more logistically challenging.
6- Employing a childcare provider who drives. A key part of our strategy, obviously. I have some flexibility on some days, but none on other days.
It’s almost AUGUST
I cannot believe that in this single month, I took G to PHL, the kids had most of their camp experience (June 26 – Jul 24!), I got & recovered from COVID, and more. It honestly seems like 3 months in one.
I will be spending this weekend going through my monthly review process and also thinking about Q4 (the Back to School Quintile!). Lots of logistics but also setting priorities. I did not complete all of my July goals, but I made some solid progress on most of them.
I will leave you with A’s mini-planner she wanted to share: