I want to be really careful how this post comes across because I don't want it to be seen as an 'I love my kids more than blah' or anything.
But I genuinely love school holidays. I love it when all 5 kids are home and we are all more relaxed. We can do fun things, although I do take my kids to work with me but even that I enjoy.
I just have so many negative comments, 'oh, school holidays, look out...' Look out what? I get to look after my own children? Or Facebook statuses with people complaining about he holidays. Why? I truly just want to understand why there's always this attitude around about the holidays?
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27-09-2013 04:02 #1
Why do some people dislike school holidays?
27-09-2013 04:12 #2Senior Member
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I feel the same as you, love the more relaxed days and no rushing around! I think it would be difficult for working parents though (and costly) if they needed to pay for 2 weeks of all day care.
What I really hate is when I am at the shops with the kids on holidays and a shop assistant comments about how they bet I can't wait for school to start again - I don't want my kids to feel like I don't want them home!
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27-09-2013 04:15 #3
Whilst I don't have school aged children yet.
I know as a child I loved school holidays spending time as a family and doing things together was great.
I look forward to my children getting older and school holidays.
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27-09-2013 04:18 #4
27-09-2013 04:19 #5
Oh and yes, I can definitely see how it would be hard to juggle working and holidays. I am just blessed with a wonderful full time job that I can take the children to and they get to swim
And socialise all day.
27-09-2013 05:18 #6
Well I don't have school aged kids, however, my eldest is in preschool which follow school terms, but...
Costs a lot of money to keep kids entertained
Kids get bored and go crazy
Having to take the kids to do the boring things that you could normally do while kids are at school.
I think most parents would probably enjoy the first week but the second week drags on as the fighting increases, boredom, cost to entertain. I know a trip to the movies is always on our list in school holidays.
I don't think I love my kids any less because I don't always love school holidays. I think it's normal for your kids to annoy you sometimes and to annoy each other.
Also for me, school holidays are my break from work as a teacher :laughing; I also need to do a few days of preparation for the coming term and at this stage, the kids wouldn't be able to entertain themselves for very long.
27-09-2013 05:30 #7Senior Member
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It's the crowds I don't like. Before we had kids we always went away when school was in otherwise it was hard to find accommodation and everywhere we went it would be packed full of people. It's not just the kids to me it's all the people. A lot of families I know go to Bali during the school term as for one it is way cheaper ( most holiday destinations even in aust charge more during peak times and one of those peak times is school holidays) and two it is less packed with other holiday makers. One of my fav beaches we go camping at is bliss during school term , we can go fishing and walk along the beach and spend the nights enjoying the peace and quiet. During school holidays its a mad house with jostling to get a spot to fish ,kids tearing up and down the beach and dunes with motorbikes and constantly being surrounded by other campers. So yeh I can understand some people's feelings on school holidays. I feel for some parents too as they don't have the money or limited means to do anything with their kids during the holidays , the kids end up bored and its not much of a holiday. I won't even see my kids for 2 weeks as I am working and they are going away so I really have nothing to look forward to this school holidays. I wonder if some of those shop assistants feel the same if they have kids too ?
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27-09-2013 05:30 #8
I agree with BigRedV. I don't have school age kids but think it will be challenging for all the reasons she said. I certainly remember fighting and the days dragging on. My mum worked too so I didn't really get to see her.
I will have the issue of working full-time and having to find care for him, which will cost a lot. We don't have any family to help.
So I can see how people find it stressful.
27-09-2013 05:55 #9
I don't have school aged kids, and I honestly can not WAIT til they start school!
Why I hate school holidays. Mainly crowds to be honest. I go shopping and it's literally every man for themselves when you go some times, especially when walking through food courts!
And sometimes when you are walking through there is a giant group of teens having a long conversation, not paying attention to the crowd of people trying to get past them, then they get annoyed when they get pushed on to move. And if you ask, sometimes they say nasty things. I don't need that when I am trying to get what I need and get out.
I remember school holidays as a kid, and my mum couldn't afford taking us out places, so most holidays were spent at home. I think back now, sometimes we were nightmarish to look after, and sometimes demanding. And the mess (which was pretty clean compared to my place) used to drive her crazy.
27-09-2013 05:58 #10
OP are you referring to everyone or just people with kids?
In relation to people without kids I know people dont like it because it means people go away on holidays which can mean , depending on where you live, there is an influx of people in your town or city making it more difficult to do everyday things like going to work, go grocery shopping,etc, because there are families everywhere! Not me though, on school holidays everyone leaves our city so its really quiet and theres hardly any people around..its awesome
As for people with kids that dont like school holidays well i cant comment as DD wont be at school for another 5 years
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