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Six weeks School Holidays way too long.

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Hoper2 Wed 06-Aug-14 10:04:51

Six Weeks School Holidays is too long to be off School.

treaclesoda Wed 06-Aug-14 10:07:56

According to who?

We have nine weeks here, I think it's fine.

ClaimedByMe Wed 06-Aug-14 10:08:09

We are having 7 and a half weeks here in Scotland only 2 weeks left I am a tad frazzled!

Branleuse Wed 06-Aug-14 10:12:32

its fine. Most places have longer than this.

IHeartKingThistle Wed 06-Aug-14 10:15:09

It's only too long for the kids who don't pick up a pen or a book for six weeks and end up regressing.

I love the holidays!

loudarts Wed 06-Aug-14 10:15:26

Bet you didn't think it was too long when you were at school lol.

JiltedJohnsJulie Wed 06-Aug-14 10:16:16


Unexpected Wed 06-Aug-14 10:17:25

I don't agree. My nieces and nephews in Ireland have been off since end of June and go back on the same day as us - that's probably too long! However, 6 weeks gives us just the right amount of time to have a mix of holiday, days out, local trips and lots of just lazing around - particularly when the weather is as nice as it has been.

sleepyhead Wed 06-Aug-14 10:18:05

We're back a week today sad It's gone by in a flash.

treaclesoda Wed 06-Aug-14 10:21:09

The holidays in N Ireland are eight to nine weeks and I don't ever hear people complaining that they are too long. Yet they are shorter in England and I'm always reading on mumsnet and in newspapers that six weeks is too long, which is kind of ironic.

SpottyTits Wed 06-Aug-14 10:24:51

5 weeks here in Nottingham they get 2 weeks instead of 1 in October to make it up.

gildedlily Wed 06-Aug-14 10:27:23

We're back next week and it's all been too quicksad . Maybe I'd feel differently if I worked and had to organise and pay for childcare. We're also lucky to live somewhere with lots of fun but free stuff close by so I hasn't been too stressful or expensive. The good weather has also helped. I love the holidays, think most children benefit from the break and think by doing the library reading scheme and a few similar things regression shouldn't be an issue for most children.

Hoper2 Wed 06-Aug-14 10:29:42

I didn't mean it in a bad way. I meant it can be irritating. My child is under the 'Gifted Child Society'. A gifted society child can be very hard to keep busy due to their IQ!

Sirzy Wed 06-Aug-14 10:31:42

Ahh so basically you don't want to have to entertain your child. Fair enough.

bauhausfan Wed 06-Aug-14 10:34:22

I home educate so I 'entertain' and educate mine every day. It seems really weird to e that people can't handle six weeks of their own children.

MrsDavidBowie Wed 06-Aug-14 10:39:18

I have 10 weeks holiday in summer
Suits me

Enb76 Wed 06-Aug-14 10:39:45

I think it's going too quickly. My child has been to one all week art/crafts thing, she's now doing a stagecoach thing, we've been to the seaside twice, we're going camping next week, then she has a week with her father, then a week with g/ps and then the last weekend we're off to Germany to see a friend.

I think 'gifted' is a cop out. They are still a child - take them to the woods to climb trees or to the beach with a body board. The beach was great - didn't see the kids hardly at all except for lunch and a fish and chip supper.

Hoper2 Wed 06-Aug-14 10:42:07

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Bonsoir Wed 06-Aug-14 10:42:10

Nine weeks here and only four to go and it's been great! We do make our DC do lots of courses (sports/ langages/travel/outdoor) in the summer though!

surroundedbyblondes Wed 06-Aug-14 10:43:56

Rubbish. 8 weeks here. Adults generally take 4 weeks. Rarely go away during this time either. Daytrips, activities with friends, swimming, playing in the garden, going to the beach... Proper relaxation for all of us and time to recharge the batteries. Loving real time with my DDs, compared to the term-time structure which is so planned and controlled.

WhereHas1999DissappearedToo Wed 06-Aug-14 10:49:44

I think it's way to long too, holidays are 7 weeks here in NZ for secondary (Dec-Jan) and it can be a long and miserable 7 weeks if your skint and can't afford to do loads of activities, go on holiday etc and the weather is miserable.

tinfoilhat Wed 06-Aug-14 10:50:57

We home ed too Bauhausfan - I can't imagine spending so little time with my children, it would feel so wrong! Glad to see so many replying to this thread that enjoy the holidays with their children, I feel so sad when I hear parents moan about the holidays.

JenniferJo Wed 06-Aug-14 10:51:48

Both my DCs were gifted (now adults) and the holidays were wonderful for them. They would have lived in the library if I'd let them.

We had a wonderful time visiting museums and castles. They made models, wrote, did science experiments in the garden (poor lawn)

I always thought the joy of having gifted children was that they were never bored, they could always find something to occupy themselves.

Hoper2 Wed 06-Aug-14 10:54:07

I think people on here don't understand anything I ma saying so just forget it. Better things to do.

bauhausfan Wed 06-Aug-14 10:55:47

I'm an idiot am I? I'm not the one who can't handle their own child dear.

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