This summer was a little different from past summers - I was able to go to work! I knew a contact who needed a fill-in at an app start up during July and August. With older kids, now 10 and 12, it was easy enough for me to participate. In fact, the experience helped me and the kids gain some independence. While I was in the office, they held down the fort. The first thing they choose to do was bake chocolate chip cookies. It feels like they have been baking ever since. They also dusted off old toys to entertain themselves, and created plenty of doll furniture out of recycled cardboard. Maybe "back to work" had some silver linings for everyone.