06/24/2013 01:41 pm ET

The Relaxed Parent's Guide To Summer Vacation


Summertime brings up nostalgic childhood images of kids taking over the street with a stickball game, or chasing butterflies in the afternoon heat. But is that the life you're living? Was it ever?

My Minimalist Parenting co-author Christine and I recently talked about what to do with the kids during the summer on NPR's Tell Me More, specifically, how to tone down the summer overscheduling that seems to be rampant. One listener responded that, as a working parent, scheduling back-to-back camps is a childcare necessity. She'd love more free time in the summer, but it's just not realistic. She concluded, not unkindly: "This isn't the '50s anymore."

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