Schools out for summer.......now what?

@missybear (11396)
United States
June 2, 2011 6:41pm CST
The time is almost here when kids are out of school for the summer. 3 month {WOW}, to me that's an awful long time. Being born and raised in Germany {till I was 20} we had 6 weeks summer vacation which I believe has been cut down to 4 weeks some years back, we have 2 weeks over Christmas and New Years,1 week for Easter and then a couple days for Fashing I think. Here in America you have a week for spring break, then shortly after that 3 month for summer vacation, off on Easter and about 7 other Holidays plus all the teachers conferences were the kids also get a day off. Don't you think that's quite a bit of time off from school? What do you do with your kids when you only have a couple weeks vacation yourself? Day care, summercamp or do you just leave them home when you have to work?
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@thatgirl13 (7307)
• South Korea
3 Jun 11
I remember going to summer camps and winter camps when I was a kid. I used to have lots of fun there. These days I do nothing. Trying to look for a part time job since a year now and have failed completly. Hopefully I'll be able to get some job this Summer coz I'm desperate. So yeah my Summer vacation is just going to be an attempt to look for a job and earn some cash :D
@missybear (11396)
• United States
3 Jun 11
It's not easy right now finding work but I hope you do well
• South Korea
3 Jun 11
Thanks I really hope I find one this summer!! Have a wonderful day!!
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
3 Jun 11
I think it all depends on where you live in the USA and the school district to determine how much time the kids have off. Here in PA, our kids summer vacation starts somewhere between mid-late June, then they have off for July and August. They have off 2 days for Thanksgiving, the week between Christmas and New Years and about two days for Easter break. There is no spring break. Some districts the kids have off a lot more during the year. I usually try to plan some day trips with the kids during the summer. Go to the "free" movies that our movie theater has every Tuesday morning. We try to plan a couple of mini vacations too. They also go to vacation bible school which is for a week during the morning hours.
@missybear (11396)
• United States
3 Jun 11
Sounds like you keep them and yourself pretty occupied during all that time
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
3 Jun 11
I really try or else we'll drive each other crazy.
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
2 Jun 11
My kids only have 2 months off. But anyway, the teenager stays home, my son goes to extended school year then day care, his twin sister goes to day care. Their grandma may watch them part of the time. And toward the end of their break we will take a family vacation.
@missybear (11396)
• United States
2 Jun 11
They get cheated out of a whole month, it must be kinda spendy when they out of school? It seems like you have everything planed out well though
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
2 Jun 11
I don't think it was ever 3 whole months, it was always part of June and all of July and August. Here it's shorter, but they get the whole week for Thanksgiving, 2 - 3 weeks for Christmas, 2 weeks in spring, and a lot of odd days off for other things. The day care gets expensive. That's why the MIL watches them some. yeah, it's more or less planned out, but not totally.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
4 Jun 11
I used to have to spend a lot of money on childcare. I get holidays off..but not like they do. They do get alot of time. Snow days are rough for me here too. I have to work no matter what the weather is like. I have had to take days off work in the past. I don't have to worry as much now that they are older, but when they were little, it was really tough.
@missybear (11396)
• United States
4 Jun 11
I forgot...we got heat days back home cause nobody in Germany has air conditioning so when it got to hot {I can't remember the exact temp.} we got to go home
@cream97 (29166)
• United States
3 Jun 11
Hi. missybear. My son just got out of school yesterday and he is at home for up two months. So, is my oldest daughter too. I will let them stay at home for the summer. My son can go through an enrichment program, but I won't let him because, I will have to pay for it. I don't have, $10.00-20.00 a week to let him go. It is the same with my daughter too. Maybe next year they can do something like this. When my son turns about 12, then it is free then. We are going to still do things as a family does, but it won't be everyday, especially while it is so hot outside. I have some things that I plan to do with my kids this summer.
@missybear (11396)
• United States
3 Jun 11
I hope you enjoy your time off with your kids and hopefully you find things to do that won't cost too much money.
• United States
3 Jun 11
Only college students get 3 months of vacation in the summer, whereas high school and under has 2 months. In my opinion, I think that the time given should not be taken for granted and be used on relaxation. I think it is a time where you go out and experience new things as a college student. You can take summer classes to further enhance your degree or just to finish up. You can travel the world or maybe get some hands on experience with an internship. There is so much possibilities with that much time given.
@missybear (11396)
• United States
3 Jun 11
Given that you have money to do all that, it would be a great idea.
@uath13 (8207)
• United States
3 Jun 11
I used to have to set up summer day care when my daughter was younger, there went half my paycheck....$$$ Fortunantly she's a teenager & is old enough to stay home by herself now with a short list of chorse.
@missybear (11396)
• United States
3 Jun 11
I'm sure it gets quite spendy having kids out of school for the summer...and tire-ring
@GardenGerty (101839)
• United States
3 Jun 11
When my kids were little I did daycare in the summer and drove buses when school was in session. On holidays I was likely to have kids whose parents worked. I have always thought we were not serious enough about our education here. However, talk about extending the school year or having school more and days off less, and you would think you had slaughtered the sacred cow. When we were a nation based on agriculture it was important to have the kids off for farm work, but no more. Now we just have to have the kids available for vacations and sports.
@missybear (11396)
• United States
3 Jun 11
I know some kids that have school year around and they are really mad cause other kids get so much time off. I would Love to have 3 month off from work...with pay of course