The Cost of Kindergarten - Spring Break 2016
Date: Spring Break 2016
What the ask was: Sometimes, I feel that life is just a constant effort of shaming working moms. Here's an example. A few weeks ago, I adjusted my work schedule to go to Star's Lunar New Year parade at school. It was super cute and I'm glad I went. Then, the following week, I took a full day off from work to chaperone all the Kindergarten classes on a Ferry ride in the bay. But, then there was the opportunity to be show up at school at 8:45am on a random day to watch her class sing a 10 minute song. That means I wouldn't get to work until about 10am, and that would make me a shitty employee. It feels like I'm always balancing - should I be a shitty employee or a shitty mom? Ugh. So, anyway, about Spring Break. I have to work which makes me feel like a shitty mom, but Star loves her camp, so maybe I'm a great mom? Anywho...
What we gave: $205
Why we gave that amount: Earlier, I talked about how Scott and I both work full time. So, when Star has a week off from school, I said that I budget about $450 for a week of camp. But, I think I should revise that estimate down. The older she gets, the more options there are for day camps, and the cheaper they are. This week, she is at a City of Berkeley Camp at Willard Park which is an easy walk from our house. She's there from 9am - 6pm. They go on field trips and do arty stuff. Yesterday, she came home with a visor that makes her look like she's playing poker in South Florida. It feels like the most basic kind of day camp in a good way. She's happy, and I'm happy that it's close to our house (easier drop offs and pickups), and that it's way below my previous estimate of $450 per week.
Running Total: $4,781