SUN ONLINE, AUGUST 10, 2019
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THE FUN’S OVER: British parents to hit summer holiday ‘breaking point’ as they tire of kids company, research finds
IT’S OFFICIAL, this weekend is when British parents will have reached summer holiday “breaking point”, according to new research.
A nationwide study has found that by this weekend, the majority of British parents will be driven to distraction, no longer enjoying the company of their offspring and longing for September to arrive.
In fact, as many as one in five of the parents surveyed, confess that, once the initial few weeks of fun and frolics are over, the summer holidays are the single most stressful time of year.
According to the survey, the average parent will hide from their little ones in a locked bathroom or bedroom at least six times over the holidays, just to get some respite.
But as many as 88 percent of modern mums and dads blame the stress on that fact they make more effort than their own parents did when they were young.
In fact, almost half said they were sent outside every day and told to come back at tea-time during the break. But 36 percent of mum and dads today say they feel guilty if they don’t have an activity planned every day.
The research shows that over the six to eight week break, the average parent will have to deal with 13 sibling fights, six public tantrums, 15 early morning wakeups, two cancelled childcare emergencies and five long car journeys.
Grandparents will be called into help six times, there will be five fights over sun cream and 10 times when we’ll be so worn out we cave in and let them have screen time.
The strain of juggling childcare and work has led to 15 percent of parents genuinely considering quitting their job for an easier break, while a whopping nine in ten wish employers were more sympathetic to the plight of working parents during the summer break.
And there will be at least six rows between parents and seven times that parents who are looking after their kids wish they were back at work instead.
The study, by Drayton Manor Park, found that keeping the kids entertained (48 percent), youngsters saying they are bored the entire time (40 percent) and trying to find activities that the entire family want to do (34 percent) are some of the things that make summer holidays so tough.
William Bryan, Managing Director at Drayton Manor Park who commissioned the survey of 2,000 British parents, said: “For many, the summer holidays are the best time of the year, but we know all too well how difficult it can be to find things to keep the family entertained throughout the six-week break.
“Whether it’s finding the perfect activity for the whole family to enjoy, or trying to stop the kids from moaning about being bored – it seems the holidays can be a real challenge for parents trying to keep everyone happy, particularly after the little ones break up from school.
Other challenges faced by mums and dads are sibling scraps (32 percent), constant bickering (30 percent) and attempting to limit screen time (28 percent).
And 17 percent of parents hate being shouted at by their kids when they do manage to pry them away from screens.
And, with 16 percent of parents reporting that one of the biggest challenges is getting out of the house every morning, they’ll be seven days when nobody in the family actually manages to get dressed and everyone stays in their pyjamas.
But despite the stresses and strains, 90 percent of British parents admit they look forward to the summer holidays, and three quarters say they are disappointed deep down when the kids go back to school.