"fucking school holidays !"

(182 Posts)
mrsfuzzy Sat 23-Jul-16 11:39:43

have just heard the gentle tones of my neighbour with her two young dcs, they broke up yesterday ! how does anyone manage nowadays ? are more dcsgaming/indoors or do people actually take dcs out ? years have gone by since i did this stuff and i'm out of touch blush

Icecreamsundaes Sat 23-Jul-16 11:53:06

I love the school hols! Think we're on week 3 and we've had days out, lazy days, tonnes of time and activities together, water fights, beach, evenings out by harbour, watched a storm cuddled up, movie days, soft play, park, love it. Ds get a little screen time on minecraft each day if he wants it/has the energy whilst dd and I do something else. I'll be gutted when we have to go back to school restrictions.

I only have one other mum friend who seems to feel the same. Just love how there's endless possibilities to our days and no pressure. I think some people find the hols stressful, I find school days restrictive. Guess it's just opinion and lifestyles.

branofthemist Sat 23-Jul-16 11:54:31

We don't take them out everyday. We don't have the money or the time.

We spend time at home in the garden, watching DVDs, gaming just chilling.

The first few days are the hardest, imo. Mine seem to get used being at home and chill out after a a week or so.

mrsfuzzy Sat 23-Jul-16 11:55:10

ice wish you were my mum when i was growing up, my childhood was... not good. sad

MaryPoppinsPenguins Sat 23-Jul-16 11:56:12

I love the holidays.... I love having them home. Days out, days at home... Bliss.

JinRamen Sat 23-Jul-16 11:57:45

I love the holidays! We have loads of little activities planned at home and a few days out. They only broke up yesterday so will just chill this weekend though.

Cocochoco Sat 23-Jul-16 11:57:53

I've just been telling dd that we always bicker on the first day! Everyone is tired and breaking up isn't quite the fanfare you expect it to be (unless you whizz straight off to the airport). It just takes a few days to chill out.

Icecreamsundaes Sat 23-Jul-16 11:57:56

I'm sorry fuzzy, mine wasn't the best either. flowers

pieceofpurplesky Sat 23-Jul-16 12:01:47

We broke up on Wednesday (DS 12, me 47 and a teacher). Thursday we went out for lunch and walked along the river Pokemon hunting and ate ice cream. Yesterday we
Went to the cinema and a long walk with the dog. Today he is out with friends for a birthday and I am chilling and washing sheets.
Tomorrow we are off to spend a few days with my parents in Wales.
Perfect

BathshebaDarkstone Sat 23-Jul-16 12:05:30

All our family seem to want to take us for pizza in the park when they visit, DD goes away for 2 weeks every summer, we do the park, the supermarket cafe, there are a couple if local charities which do children's activities.

PlotterOfPlots Sat 23-Jul-16 12:10:31

I wish we had more days at home and fewer in childcare/work. Those days we have at home are so precious.

I feel like I should be taking them on amazing Days Out more, as FB says their friends do all the time. We will do some of that, but I think they need time at home too even if does mean some boredom and bickering.

mrsfuzzy Sat 23-Jul-16 12:12:18

ice flowers for you too, thank you.

witsender Sat 23-Jul-16 12:13:28

As a home edder, all of a sudden our usual peaceful haunts are...not so peaceful! grin

MissDuke Sat 23-Jul-16 12:16:39

Mine finished in June. We went on holiday for two weeks then chilled at home/local park etc for a week. I am working the rest of the summer sad but my mum is taking them out most days. The weather has been unusually good here so we are trying to take advantage of it. Usually am not working so much in the summer and go out most days for at least a short while, full day trips maybe 3 times a week. There's loads of free things to do if you look hard enough and have transport - very difficult without transport though.

dementedma Sat 23-Jul-16 12:22:10

Some of your lucky dcs are having a great time. If you are a sahp/teacher, financially ok and don't live in Scotland where it has pissed with rain for most of the last 3 weeks, I'm sure the holidays are lovely.hmm. Not for everyone sadly

ZippyNeedsFeeding Sat 23-Jul-16 12:23:10

I love the school holidays, even though they can get a bit hectic. I work from home and I can't just take time off this year, but MrZippy has a couple of weeks off and he takes the kids out in his boat a lot. Sometimes this leads to lobsters for me, which is a bonus. Mostly they just catch ordinary fish, but the boys love fishing and boats so anything they catch is just an added extra.
We do some days out all together as well, but mostly it's just a more relaxed form of what we normally do at weekends. I love having the children around and I really love not having to herd them all to the bus in the mornings!

mogloveseggs Sat 23-Jul-16 12:23:14

Day one here. Dd finished yesterday. Ds is still doing one afternoon a week at nursery. I love the holidays. We don't do a lot of big days out and definitely not this year as high school uniform is a fortune. But there will be lots of national trusting, and doing what we did last summer when it's big shop day-go to a different town each week and visit a park after the supermarket. Worked really well last year.

rookiemere Sat 23-Jul-16 12:24:52

Agree with dementedma - long school holidays not so great for you or for DCs if you have to work and don't have relatives that can look after them.
DS has 8 weeks as he goes to private school and I feel it's too long a break.
They forget everything they learnt at school (particularly as the last couple of weeks of term seem to have been spent tidying rather than learning) and by the time the last couple of weeks roll around DS is practically feral.

ZippyNeedsFeeding Sat 23-Jul-16 12:25:36

dementedma I not only live in Scotland, I live in the Outer Hebrides, so we've had out fair share of rain. We mostly just either ignore the rain or put coats on.

crazybat Sat 23-Jul-16 12:30:55

I wish I had everyday off.... However I have Merlin passes and will be making sure I get my monies worth. The holidays are magnificent (if I don't have work) depending on what my child care is it can be really stressful but today my son has said he wants a day at home so we'll have a garden picnic later so he doesn't spend the entire day playing mine craft

SatsukiKusakabe Sat 23-Jul-16 12:32:52

Yeah the first few days are acclimatisation and can get a bit fractious, but I am so happy to have them off school. No relentless routine, no only snatching a couple of tired hours with my ds and trying to fit everything in at weekends. Lots of places I want to take them (all free).

They get on so much better the more they get used to hanging out with each other and I feel like everyone is chilled and has enough time together, and space to do things alone, that the school year just doesn't allow.

Everyone just seems freer to be themselves For e.g. My five year old who most of the year resists anything 'babyish' and is always on about watching stuff other kids are watching that I think is too old for him. One day in he is happily giggling along to teletubbies with his two year old sister. His sister is ecstatic to have him home. They potter in the garden together, invent games, fight over toys and this morning I found them sitting quietly looking at picture books. I'm not so tired and there's far more time for hugs and playing and I don't have to rush them around or say no all the time. It's brilliant.

BravingSpring Sat 23-Jul-16 12:34:17

It's very different when you have to go to work.

paxillin Sat 23-Jul-16 12:37:52

Go to the park, go to the fountains, fill the paddling pool, eat 3 watermelons in one day, re-watch old favourites until midnight, pj days... I love it. I hate half term holidays with their bad weather and pressure to recharge quickly. 7 weeks of no idea what we'll do tomorrow are bliss.

YoureAllABunchOfBastards Sat 23-Jul-16 12:41:31

Teacher here. Alternating between blissful and bloody awful. Not going on holiday til next Friday and DS2 is already getting on DS1's nerves. Doesn't help that we are skint til payday and can't really do much.

OvO Sat 23-Jul-16 12:44:22

I don't think the weathers been too bad - I'm also in Scotland. There's not been days and days of hot sunny weather but I hate that anyway. Im not made for the heat. grin

I love the holidays but I'm a SAHM so no childcare nighmares to cope with.

We've been off for 3 weeks now and have done loads. I'm a bargain hunter so find free or discounted stuff as much as possible.

My neighbours have spent 3 weeks screaming in their garden. They're clearly of the "fucking school holidays" persuasion.

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