Summer break is such a double-edged sword. We wait all school year for school to finally let out, and then it does, and suddenly we're dealing with trying to keep our kids entertained for the summer! It's such a nice break, but it can be hard for parents to manage all that free time with their kiddos. While most kids relish the idea of an entire summer without school, they're not the ones who have to fill that time, are they? A new study conducted by OnePoll in conjunction with Groupon shows that it takes parents just 13 days to get fed up with summer break.
The study surveyed 2,000 parents and the results show that most of them are at their wit's end less than two weeks after summer break gets underway. That sounds about right! 58% of the parents who responded to the study say that they feel pressured to plan out their kids' entire summer break. Which would be nice, if it weren't so expensive.
And even if you do make some plans, it can feel like it's not enough. 3 out of 5 parents say they feel like they're letting their kids down and that their summer plans won't live up to their kids' expectations. In fact, 64% of parents reported feeling like they'd let their kids down because they didn't get to see or do as much as their friends.
A lot of families plan fun family vacations during the summer, but that can feel like it's not enough. It also doesn't account for the entire summer! Parents are feeling pressured into making the most of every day of their kids' summer break, which comes with a hefty price tag. In fact, parents will spend an average of $7,333.80 for the whole summer, to try and make it memorable for kids. That's a lot of money!
We all want to keep our kids entertained during summer break. Trips to the zoo or movies, camping, and beach days are just a few of the things we plan for our kids over the summer. But it's also important to remember that we don't have to break the bank trying to make every single day of summer break a party.
Kids need to be bored, so they can learn to entertain themselves! There are also plenty of activities you can do at home, so you can have fun and spent some much-needed time with your kiddos. When planning out the rest of your summer, focus less on the big stuff, and more on spending quality time making memories.