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The Unbearable Lightness of Summer Vacation

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The last day of school is generally gleeful for most kids looking forward to the freedom and choices that summer vacation offers.

But not every kid is “most kids.”

Beyond the structure and supervision that school provides, it also offers hours of respite for children dealing with highly stressful situations at home.

As June rolls into July, most young families hustle to fill the hot summer days with day camps, family outings, and trips. This should not be underappreciated. It can take a tremendous amount of planning, juggling, negotiating, luck, and money to ensure kids are happily busy and well-supervised over the summer, particularly in those last two weeks of August when most childcare and camps are closed.

However, families coping with a crisis at home may not have the physical, emotional, and financial resources to do much of anything. The crisis could be family discord, serious illness, or even a major change that is not objectively negative like a move to a new city or the birth of a sibling. But stress is........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)

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