Dreading summer as a single parent? Here are some ideas



Today’s post is from a guest writer Kathy Fallon. Kathy shares with us her personal experience of how she handled summer as a working divorced single mom. Share these wonderful ideas with single mothers connected to your ministry:

When I was a single mom I dreaded summer. It was a time I still had to work and the kids were out of school so child care issues kicked into high gear. I came through my journey with some ideas that might help you as you parent alone and juggle a work schedule during those “carefree days of summer”!


  • Ask your boss if you could have an extended lunch hour once a week and go home for lunch! Eat outside, take sandwiches to the park, have homemade milk shakes; this is a great way to enjoy your summer time too!
  • Check with the local parks. Many have arts & crafts, ceramic & swimming classes. Many of these activities are free or almost free. Find another mom in the area through your church or friends and see if they will help with transportation. Then, invite them for a movie night on the weekend to show your thanks or trade free babysitting.
  • Don’t forget to check with your local YMCA chapter. Lots going on their during the summer and some offer bus service.
  • Summer camps are expensive but I found that many have Junior Counselor positions available for pre-teens and beyond. One year I had both my kids attending the camps as Junior Counselors getting free lunches and snacks, a bus ride to and from and they got a small paycheck too. Some have special rates for single parents. Just ask!
  • Take advantage of the local Vacation Bible Schools. Find a ride through the church or friends. The kids love it and it will make their summer fun and give them spiritual instruction at the same time
  • Many churches have summer events that cost little or no money. Check out the local church websites. (Remember to check your own church’s website). Then have a meeting with your kids and decide on which ones they would like to go to and make it happen.
  • Check with your friends. Some moms don’t work and would welcome a few days a week some kids coming over to keep their kids active and happy. Then you can trade babysitting on the weekend for their time over at her house. Who doesn’t accept free babysitting?
  • Take a vacation day and have special event planned. Go to a play, a movie, a local aquarium, get creative. The kids will love you being there all day with them. Be sure to include them in the planning.

These are just a few ideas that can make your kids summer fun and take the burden off of you as you work your regular summer hours. Be creative. You might be able to get your kids a volunteer position somewhere! Be open and ready to ask!

Blessings from one single parent to another.

Kathy Fallon is Senior Church Consultant for Church Initiative, the organization that sponsors this blog.  She guides churches in setting up, promoting and running a succesful Single & Parenting program and or DivorceCare.

Church Initiative has several program to help people in crisis. You can check out other programs on the titles below. Every curriculum has their own free consultant to assist you in developing a viable, healthy and successful program. These programs are available to churches as they minister to adults and children:

DC4K, DivorceCare for Kids: divorce support groups for children ages 5-12

Single & Parenting: Support groups for single parents

DivorceCare: Divorce recovery support groups for adults

GriefShare: Grief support groups


4 thoughts on “Dreading summer as a single parent? Here are some ideas

  1. Great advice, I think the young teens would have a great experience as junior counselor at the local Y or at the many vacation bible schools that are plentiful.
    You can also just Google, free things to do in … (In Your local city).
    Be creative, there are many volunteer programs for your teens locally that you may not be aware of, and some do give a paycheck…try local hospitals, libraries, city recreation departments, etc.
    Your kids are only kids once, make it count.
    Blessings, John Prior

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