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    Default School Holidays...serene or Stressful?

    TKay just gave me this idea!

    Her children have finished school last week, mine finish on Friday, and the private schools here finish next week.

    My boys go back usually in the 1st or 2nd week of February.
    (Oh bugger, I've got more grey hair sprouting at the thought of it!)

    I swore last year I'd send them to separate camps this year, but forgot. Doh!

    Even my children start commenting after a couple of weeks that they are bored and want to go to school.

    Another thing, with my husband off work for a period over Christmas (they close down like most here) we can't really afford to send the kids here, there and everywhere. I truly don't know how parents can pay to send their kids to the movies, go-kart riding, all these expensive places every week of the holidays.

    What do others think? Holidays too long? How do you keep your kids occupied and entertained?

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    Its a long standing joke in our house that there is more holidays then there is school.

    I hate school holidays especially these long ones *sob*
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    I think the holidays are just the perfect length...but then I have ulterior motives for thinking that way.

    My children have grown up now but I feel your dilemma and pain. We tried to do lots of simple things like hiring roller skates and going skating, visiting local attractions (there are usually cheap local attractions that people don't think about...we seem to always be drawn to the big touristy ones), camping (there are National Parks that charge next to nothing to camp in...although you do need to squat in the bushes *eek*) and even volunteering at the local animal shelter for the day.
    Last edited by Anne; 12-15-2009 at 11:08 AM.
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    Are you a teacher, Anne? That would totally explain your love of the holiday length.

    My husband won't squat in the bushes if you paid him. He's mental about that. Won't even use a public toilet, will drive for hours to get home, although if I'm driving I'll go REALLY SLOW!

    Volunteering at the animal shelter is a great idea, actually. Thanks.

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    No, I am not a teacher.
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    I wish there were some teachers here on this forum. They could explain to me maybe why they need extra student free days. A lot of parents here in tassie did not vote for it, so the schools did not get them. I think a lot more people would have voted if communication and education had been better between parents and teachers.

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    I used to hate school holidays with a passion, now I look forward to them. In the Chrissy holidays we have the first week as Spring Cleaning the house - EVERYONE has to pitch in and help. Then there is Christmas. The next two weeks are a free for all and you can have friends over or spend all the time you want in your room or do whatever you want as long as I don't have to leave the house if I don't want to. The rest of the time the kids get to write a list of what they want want to do, they are allowed one activity that will cost the rest have to be free. You would suprised with what they come up with. Last year my daughter wanted art and craft days and my son wanted a full day where we played Indians and Robbers and you were never allowed out of character. It does depend on the age of your children though to get the idea's rolling, I also have a secret weapon - Just before holidays start I write a list of all the jobs that need doing around the house. Every time I hear the words I am Bored! I whip out my list and they HAVE to do one of the jobs off the list........ I never hear those words any more!! LOL!

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    Occy is a teacher.

    The kids can visit friends and stuff can't they?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cate0404 View Post
    I used to hate school holidays with a passion, now I look forward to them. In the Chrissy holidays we have the first week as Spring Cleaning the house - EVERYONE has to pitch in and help. Then there is Christmas. The next two weeks are a free for all and you can have friends over or spend all the time you want in your room or do whatever you want as long as I don't have to leave the house if I don't want to. The rest of the time the kids get to write a list of what they want want to do, they are allowed one activity that will cost the rest have to be free. You would suprised with what they come up with. Last year my daughter wanted art and craft days and my son wanted a full day where we played Indians and Robbers and you were never allowed out of character. It does depend on the age of your children though to get the idea's rolling, I also have a secret weapon - Just before holidays start I write a list of all the jobs that need doing around the house. Every time I hear the words I am Bored! I whip out my list and they HAVE to do one of the jobs off the list........ I never hear those words any more!! LOL!
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    Not sure of the Tassie situation, but in NSW, teacher's now have additional days for planning (ie pupil free days) as a trade off for losing some benefits.
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