Summer Holiday School?

I thought summer holiday school was something most kids would want to do if their parents could afford? and  then i hit on the touchy subject of sending your kids even though you don’t work, or sending kids that don’t want to go… seems this is a trickier subject than i originally thought when deciding to send my daughter to 8 days of holiday camp over 3 weeks (that’s all her school would allow per child due to demand) i hit upon my mother (surprise surprise) first agreeing to it, and then deciding a day a day later she thinks i shouldn’t be palming my daughter off during ‘holidays’ when we should be spending quality time together. Correct me if I’m wrong but 8 days out of 5 weeks with me isn’t going to kill her right? and in fact given London has a limited amount of things to do with kids, summer club should be a welcomed extra treat for my daughter, where she gets to socialize with a wider demographic of children then she would encounter at school… and break from me so she isn’t bored to death!

I then had to think about different children’s needs, and to be fair if my daughter wasn’t 5 and still doing free play at school and was pen to paper everyday in school churning out grades i probably still would send her just for the extra stimulation to continue through the “lazy break” so she didn’t loose focus (lord knows its very easy to become lazy!) I also thought it was good for kids to start doing activity’s from a young age to build their confidence and grow their interests, not only to keep them stimulated but also to give them the experience of being able to do anything they wanted, and to learn that with time and commitment they can become great at anything they put their minds to! I really do believe if you start them young enough when they get to that teenage phase of either mucking up or throwing themselves into something wholly productive it will be the productive route they choose if they’ve had the opportunity’s and experience of starting new things from a young age!

But it seems there are a lot of people who could disagree with this, and again as usual I’m forced to look at parents projecting their wants needs and excuses onto their children as to why they shouldn’t bother, or even try… the classic “I didn’t like doing it so they wont like it” attitude which really bugs me… and disastrously I’m seeing A LOT of this attitude with parents! 😦 which puts me on a huge downer thinking about the opportunity’s children are/aren’t facing in life…how is it all of a sudden stimulating your child is a bad thing? and why are parents that do this classed as pushy or over stimulating their children? when clearly the children achieving into teen/adult life are the ones with the best opportunity’s and experiences in life! speaks volumes as it is..i wont go on anymore!


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