Yahoo is reporting results from a survey suggesting parents wish the summer holidays were shorter as they spend nearly £1,400 entertaining kids on a six week break from school…
Nearly three quarters of parents surveyed said they’d like the school holidays to be shorter if they could – because their children are costing them a fortune.
In the study of 2,000 parents, most admitted they’d like a shorter break as the cost of entertaining kids off school pulls on the family purse strings.
And the research found that parents spend more than £1,000 on food, travel and days out to places like theme parks in the school holidays.
Mums and dads also admitted they’re knackered from looking after their kids full-time, with 40 per cent saying they’re tired after just two weeks of summer holidays.
The average parent will have just three lie-ins over the course of the break – so it comes as no surprise that 78 of them said they’ve had enough after a month.
“Gone are the traditional images of relaxing school holidays as it’s clear from these results that parents are often put under a great deal of strain during the holiday period – both economically and physically,” said GPaul Keenan, Head of Communications at Benenden Health, which conducted the study.
”The combination of childcare costs, the money spent on holidays and days out – in addition to uniform for the new school year can put a big strain on the finances of families.”
Is the money argument valid or is it a red herring? Do parents really need to spend all that money or should children be encouraged to entertain themselves? Either way, and parental gripes aside, are there good arguments for looking again at the optimum length of the summer holiday? Please share in the comments or on twitter…