The closer the summer, the more I worry about the question: where will my children spend it. While I was on maternity leave, there was no such problem. But now, in connection with going to work, my vacation will be only two weeks … Will my children be forced to hang around the whole summer in a stuffy and dusty city?
After talking with colleagues in misfortune, I came to the conclusion that there is a way out!
To the village to the grandmother
In my childhood, everything was simple: 80% of my classmates spent the summer with their grandmothers in the country or in the country. Such was the hard grandmother’s share: to roll up jam, remove grandchildren from apple trees, listen to the complaints of neighbors …
Modern grandmothers do not aspire to devote the best years to their grandchildren. Only a few are ready to plant strawberries instead of varietal roses in the country, hang a swing and put the pool. The rest bring up grandchildren by phone. And note, they have every right to do so!
This is the way my neighbors found their way. Due to the fact that both grandmothers adore grandchildren, but are ready to take this medicine for the blues strictly metered, my neighbors … pay for their stay at the cottage! Wait a minute to be indignant! Types of payment each year is different. Last year, a month of stay of children at the dacha with the grandmother cost in … a freezer and the construction of a gazebo at this very dacha!
It is a reasonable approach. Perhaps they would have given the grandmother a fridge, and the grandmother looked at her grandchildren, grumbling … But a kind of barter turns out: the grandmother grumbles much less (especially when she stuffs a strawberry bag into a new freezer) and their parents do not feel like monsters that have attacked grandmother’s personal time. Barter, however!
No wonder doctors say that you need to spend at least three weeks at sea to improve your health. But, alas, most can not afford it. We save money for half a year in order to stay in a hotel with stars for two weeks, where everything is included. But there are those who act more intelligently!
Recently, the daughters of my colleague diagnosed asthma. It is vital for them to breathe the sea air, and they spend at least a month or even two on the sea coast. This is quite a budget vacation. They do not chase a star, rent apartments with a kitchen in Nessebar (Bulgaria), prepare themselves, get to Bulgaria by car. Bottom line: last month’s holiday last year cost them less than we spent two weeks in the same area.
Alas, the cost of a nanny in my city is much higher than my salary, but perhaps someone’s experience from my acquaintances who hired a nanny … will be useful for the summer period to send her with the child to the dacha! A great way out for those who have no grandmothers or they live very far away.
The nanny, a woman of retirement age, enjoys spending time in an ecologically clean holiday village, looks after a child, and at the same time saves money for her own vacation in an exotic country.
Of course, when children grow up, it will be much easier to attach them during the summer holidays. Children’s health camps, city leisure centers, motels, children’s recreation abroad – all this is quite real from 8-10 years old. Well, in the meantime, our youngest daughter is only three years old, my husband and I are considering ways to attack grandmothers.
And where will your child rest in the summer?