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Help a Mom: Summer care for tweens

Posted May 24, 2010
Updated May 31, 2010

This week, let's see if we can help a mom from Goldsboro. She's on a frustrating search for summer care, especially for her 11-year-old daughter.

Here's what Tynisha wrote in an email to me:

"Hello! I'm writing half way out of frustration, so excuse me in advance. So...I'm in Goldsboro and I'm trying to find summer care for my two children. My son is 5 and my daughter is 11. I'm not having any luck. It seems as though people assume that just because you have a tween that they can stay home alone. Not saying that my daughter would not be able to do it, but for safety reasons (and with the way kids are being attacked and kidnapped by sex offenders) I would rather have her in someone's care (i.e. summer camp). Can you help? Do any of the readers have any ideas? And hopefully ideas that don't cost me over $200/week. I'm a single parent and...well, that's a bit much on my income. But any help would be greatly appreciated. (I guess this email isn't as bad as I expected)."

Even if you don't live in Goldsboro, I'm sure some of you have some ideas that could help her. So please share!

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  • shall6 May 25, 2010

    And another:

    One idea - call the moms of her 3 best friends, and 'timeshare' a teenager (from the neighborhood, or an older sibling of one of them) to watch all three, rotating houses so they don't get quite so bored. If one family is in a neighborhood with a pool with in walking distance, even better - the teen gets to hang out at the pool, the girls have an older girl watching over them and making sure they get something better than twinkies for lunch, etc. A few weeks of this, interspersed with a 'real' camp, and a handful of half days of vacation for mom, a 'chores' list for the other half days when the 11 y/o is home by herself... it can work. We also picked out some homeschooling type books and insisted that the kids do a bit each day. Also assigned research projects on the computer - how glass is made, the animals of Tanzania, fashion design, or how race cars are designed (ok, I have a son, too!) One summer we 'hired' an older niece who wound up without a summer job

  • shall6 May 25, 2010

    A couple more:

    Has she tried finding a high school aged teenager that wants some extra money for the summer. She could also post a "wanted" notice at Wayne Community College. There are ads on craigslist by teenagers that want a babysitting job. Of course, talking to their paretns, prior clients, etc.! I have the same problem, my son is 13 and very responsible...but people are mean these days!

    There is a cool website called its $30 bucks but they have background checks, qualifications, photos, references, rates, hours available, etc. they also have summer only sitters who are not looking for long term nanny work. we already found 4 options in two days, well worth it. also, you can search on it to see if you are even interested in any of the sitters before you pay a dime. you just can't contact them through the site until you pay. good luck.

  • catfisherman May 25, 2010

    Well, apparently you can't link to anything here. Google "Family Y Goldsboro", click on "Programs>Childcare>Summer Camp". Then click on the PDF flyer. $105/wk non-members, $85/wk members. Financial aid available.

  • ahutch May 25, 2010

    You should try Small World (Ash Street). They already have their summer activities planned. They take the kids swimming, movies, skating, etc. If you go by they have a brouchure printed of what they will do each week/day. My children have been going here since they were 2 and I've always been happy with staff and activities!!!

  • catfisherman May 25, 2010

    The Family Y in Goldsboro has a large day camp program for all ages. I don't know about cost, but they have offered financial assistance in the past for those that qualify.

  • wakemom May 25, 2010

    this is the site for boys and girls club in goldsboro.

  • mayra0313 May 25, 2010

    City of
    raleigh Parks and recrearions has also summer camps and they are only $50.00/week. My son loves it. See if Goldsboro has a program like that.

  • shall6 May 24, 2010

    And I should have said this ... if you do have a suggestion, feel free to post it in the comments.


  • shall6 May 24, 2010

    This is Sarah (editor) and I just got this email from a reader ...

    in Wake county, the towns have recreational care at some of the town park maybe the town of Goldsboro has something like that?they aren't quite expensive as a daycare might be and the ones here have field trips and fun activities to keep the kids active. Also, I don't have much info on this, but try the boys and girls clubs (of america), my sister-in-law had her kids there a couple summers was in knightdale, I don't think it was very expensive, either