It’s that time of year again and you have 6 weeks of holidays with your beloved children. In the last couple of days I have seen a few articles of Mum’s complaining about the school holidays and how long they are. These articles have made my blood boil. They state I love my children but the holidays are too long. You can’t be serious. One called for shorter holidays for the kids. I think she had forgotten that that her little humans are actually children. They are not meant to be flogging it out full time. Parents STOP complaining about the school holidays and lets address some of the complaints.
School Holidays are expensive
Yes that is right they do cost money to have a wonderful experiences and give your child interesting and fun things to do that are engaging to their mind, body and souls. But if you are like me and you live on the smell of petrol you can still have fun and inexpensive times with your children. Look here for a great list from Kids Around Perth of things to do around Perth that are cheap or here’s a list of 100 Activities from Buggy Buddys. Remember at times kids do need chill out days are home kicking around whinging they are bored.
Children are never out of the fridge and always eating
Don’t even me started. They are your kids you feed them anyway. THE END.
You have to give up work time
True you do have to give up time with work to look after your own kids. It’s called parenting, it’s what you signed up for when you gave birth. One article complained about that fact that this falls to the woman and quoted statistics how much time a woman loosing at work. In all honesty I would much rather be spending time with my kids then working but if you are a career woman kudos to you. You just have to suck it up and sort it out.
Husbands don’t share the responsibility
Fathers/husbands don’t even know when the holidays are and don’t share the responsibility. I have zero sympathy if you have a husband that is like that and you should address it with him for his lack of parenting responsibilities. If you are a single parent, work it out with your ex and if you have a drop kick father, yes it’s hard but you still have to manage just like solo parents, like myself who are bloody grateful to have whinging kids. Some don’t even get the chance to have kids.
School should have less holidays as the school results need improving
If you feel so passionate about this write to the Curriculum Board who pack in ridiculous amounts of outcomes to be achieved. Teachers and students work incredibly hard at school. If you want better results for student put in the the time at home. If you want to lift your own child’s results it’s also your responsibility to help your child’s education. Sadly it’s a real struggle to get homework returned, teachers can’t do it all.
School should have longer school terms it helps the families with childcare
It’s not the responsibility of the schools to look after your child and parent them because you want to work. I have no words for comments like this, well actually I do. If you are a teacher like myself you see how tired your students get and particularly towards the end of the year. They work hard at school with a packed curriculum, they need to rest and recoup. I have known children who go into full time care during the holidays and they never have enough down time for themselves. These kids are very tired. They don’t even look forward to holidays which makes me incredibly sad.
Holidays can be hard work with your kids but that is reality. Before you know it they will be moving out of home and you can work 100 hours per week, have a full fridge of food, no fighting and no mess. I am sure you will miss those summer holidays down the beach eating ice cream. Bottom line stop complaining and enjoy the ride as it doesn’t last.
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