With the summer holidays comes the all-too-familiar battle of keeping the kids busy and preventing the outcry of “Mum, I’m bored!” If this wasn’t a job in itself, for those of us trying to juggle work with sorting out childcare, it’s notoriously difficult to find time to cram everything in.
In a perfect world we’d take time off to play with them – but when that’s not possible, where do the kids go?
Keep it in the family
Research from thinkmoney has found that more than 40% of parents look to relatives for help with childcare during the summer holidays. Not only is it financially beneficial for us to send the kids round Grandma’s, it can also be a lot of fun for them. Many of our fondest childhood memories start in such a way – just think back.
I remember the long summer days playing with my cousins at my Nanna’s house – starting a band, making dens and playing practical jokes on each other.
But if poor Grandma can’t handle the pace of being run off her feet by the little ones – where else do they go?
Quality time with the little gems
It’s common for parents to try and save their holidays up and take them during the summer. This means time hanging out with the kids and more importantly, they get to spend some quality time with you. Over a third of parents (36%) take time off during the summer holidays – which means not having to arrange childcare and lots of fun for you and your darlings.
If you’ve felt the summer holiday dread, then it’s pretty much guaranteed that you’re not alone.
There’s a lot to consider, namely the logistics of where they’ll go and what they’ll do and that’s before we even mention the cost of childcare being financially crippling. Summer childcare can mean the family budget gets blown out of the water, so it’s hardly surprising that less than a quarter of parents (23%) send their kids to paid-for childcare or summer activities.
It’s simply too expensive.
Back to school!
When you’re little, the summer holidays take forever to come and then whizz by in a flash.
Whether it’s riding a bike without stabilisers for the first time or starting a band with their cousins, one thing is for sure – the summer holidays are when our kids make treasured memories. So before we get back to the daily grind of the school run, let’s try and spend as much quality time with them as we can – and if it’s getting too much, just think – they’ll be back at school or nursery soon!
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