The Summer Vacation Shuffle: Modern Families Cope with a Longstanding Tradition

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For many families, summer vacation has become something to dread: a balancing act of child care strung together by a combination of day camps, time off from work and help from friends and family. Only about a quarter of American families have one parent at home while school's out and for those that don't, camps and other activities can be very expensive. In this segment, we'll talk to Mia Birdsong of Family Story about why the summer vacation persists despite the logistical and economic challenge to modern day families. If you have young children, we’d like to hear how your family makes it through the summer childcare crunch. And if you’re a family that cherishes the break from school, tell us why.

Mia Birdsong,
co-director, Family Story