Summer is not just about unwinding from the stresses of schoolwork. This time is also a unique opportunity to learn and develop new skills. Children take in recent educational and social experiences during summertime activities that they otherwise may not know in the classroom.
This puts pressure on parents to meet their children's mental and physical needs while on summer vacation. That added pressure while planning and executing a stimulating summer for their children can affect their well-being.
“The summer vacation for the children becomes a full-time job (on top of our existing full-time jobs) for the parents. And it really can take its toll on one's mental health. For me, it's simultaneously the best and worst tie of the year – which is a very odd feeling to have,” said Sarah Roberts
Despite the changing landscape of parental care, most family caregivers are still women. Moms everywhere are spread thin between their daily obligations and meeting their children's needs during summer vacation.