Right now, we're all in the middle of summer break. Some of us are deeper in than others, and we're feeling the exhaustion hard. Summer break, while incredibly necessary for kids, is a source of stress for most parents. If parents had their way, summer break would be a lot shorter. A poll conducted by Groupon in 2018 proves just that.
The poll asked 2,000 what their plans were for summer. And the findings will be unsurprising to many of us parents. Most of the parents polled were done with summer break and wanted it to end after 13 days. That's not even a full two weeks. But for a parent dealing with summer break stress, each day is worth five. More than half of the parents (58 percent) confirm their stress is from trying to keep their kids busy all summer.
In Groupon's summer 2018 radio ad, actress and Groupon spokesperson Tiffany Haddish said: “It’s summertime and you gotta find your kids something to do. Because an energetic kid with too much free time can land you in small claims court." And isn't that the truth!
The constant struggle of keeping kids busy during the summer is killing us. Kids are used to the structure of school, they have a routine. In summer, the whole thing kind of goes awry, and without that structure, it's chaos. Finding things to offer them that kind of structure is necessary for a million reasons.
“Parents love spending time with their kids, but it’s totally normal to experience some stress and anxiety when planning all the fun that you’re going to have together this summer,” says Groupon's head of things to do, Brian Fields.
In the poll, they found that the stress came from things like not knowing where to find affordable activities for kids. Rising gas prices were another thing, as some fun places are farther away. Kids spending too much time inside and on their electronic devices is another major fear.
There were five factors parents look for in a summer break activity. Family time was first, followed by cost effectiveness, teaching them something new, a good balance of fun and culture, and becoming a topic of conversation when they go back to school.
But creating a summer full of activities that check off those marks means parents are doing a lot of work. Researching places, planning the trip, even if it's local and scheduling everything is already a lot. And then you get there and have to deal with the kids, feeding them, and all that entails. So of course 75 percent of the parents in the poll were ready for their kids to go back to school when the time came. We're pooped!