Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Parent Break is coming to an end...

Just looked on the calendar and saw that our daughter's last day of school is next week!

ACK!

The boys get out of school a couple of weeks after that, but geez, it got me thinking ...

Has anyone ever done a study on the amount that summer break loses it's luster and appeal in relation to your age / amount of kids? Is this an inverse direct relationship? Is it linear, logarithmic? Am I the only one who wonders this?

Oh, don't get me wrong, I still look forward to it and love being outside - especially on awesome days with the kids - swimming, biking, playing in the park .... it's going to be a blast.

I'm thinking of the lame-o things that us loser adult types start to elevate as priorities - sleep, mowing lawns, fixing stuff, typing on a computer in a cafe (ahem) and ... oh yeah ... work.

I mean, what's up with that? We spend our entire childhood getting pysch'd up for holidays and summer vacation, then when we're teenagers, we're slowly introduced to the "summer job" and once you leave school - it just gets the "oh never mind - you're a responsible adult now" treatment.

I'm thinking it's got to be the biggest bait and switch scam out there! Why do we do this to ourselves and our kids?

The solution? I don't know - until summer holidays are mandated by governments, perhaps we should do away with all this negativity around childhood labour just so that we can let our kids down easier as they get older.

I'm just sayin... ;)

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