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I am a single mom who works full time. What do I do with my sixth grader this summer? She is too old for most daycare programs.

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Asked by KatEyes3 at 11:03 AM on Jan. 2, 2009 in Tweens (9-12)

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  • Does she have a friend that has a sahm? Maybe she could go to their house for a few hours in the afternoon.

    Answer by asholan_07 at 11:04 AM on Jan. 2, 2009

  • YMCA if you have one in your area or start looking for day camps she can go to in the are.

    Answer by Southerncharmes at 11:04 AM on Jan. 2, 2009

  • Okay, this is great. This is what I did. I talked to the local daycare providers and was able to get my daughter in as a "volunteer" to help with the young kids. She did that for like two years in a row, then she went on to teach, at a very young age, gymnastics to younger children.

    Answer by pupmom at 11:05 AM on Jan. 2, 2009

  • The ideas already posted are good. If those don't work, what about trying someone who runs an in-home daycare? Maybe she could help out with the little kids... sorta like a summer job.

    She'd have someone to watch out for her.... she'd be learning skills she needs... and maybe you could get a discounted rate because of her age & her helping out.

    Answer by Laura1229 at 11:07 AM on Jan. 2, 2009

  • I was babysitting by that age.
    If she is mature, she can probably stay home, at least some.

    We also had a city pool we spent a lot of our summers at. We'd walk with a group of friends sometimes.

    Answer by 3gymnastsmom at 12:50 PM on Jan. 2, 2009

  • Summer Rec. Ask her school about it because i know here in bensalem PA all the schools have summer rec programs

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:53 PM on Jan. 2, 2009

  • Great ideas so far, I love the idea of her "volunteering" at a daycare center. My son goes to Summer Rec now, they have fun field trips just about every day and he gets to see his friends from school. Before we moved 2 years ago, he went to a Boys and Girls Club, another great program, he was always busy, never bored and always wanted to go!

    Answer by wendya78 at 1:00 PM on Jan. 2, 2009

  • have you looked into summercamps? they have them for teenagers, I dont see why they wouldnt have them for 6th graders.

    Answer by Barb87 at 2:09 PM on Jan. 2, 2009

  • Hi my name is Ashley I would suggest a summer day camp i went to that when i was that age and my sister who is now 12 is also in one its like a daycare but they call it a day camp its fun....hope i helped

    Answer by Ashley2323 at 2:27 PM on Jan. 2, 2009

  • My daughter stayed home by herself when she was that age, but we live in a very small town and I felt safe leaving her. However, when she was 9, I hired her a "Summer Friend", a high school girl that basically came over and hung out with her. They would go to the pool, bake cookies, watch TV, talk about boys, etc. I made sure my daughter didn't think she had a babysitter, and I told the "friend" her job was basically to just be there as a companion. It worked out really well.

    Answer by Dyndudes at 2:37 PM on Jan. 2, 2009

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