Summer vacation is too long, 67 percent of parents agree: study

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If you’re relieved the kids are back in school, then you’re not alone: Sixty-seven percent of parents think children’s summer vacation is too long, according to a new poll.

A new study of 2,000 American parents with school-aged children found that, by the time summer ends, 57 percent are left wishing for a weekend alone without the kids.


Getting back into the back-to-school routine doesn’t happen overnight. It takes almost half (49 percent) of parents two to three weeks for the routine to feel “normal” again. The survey, conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Mixbook, revealed that 77 percent said they have more time to themselves once school is in session, while 79 percent said they get more alone time with their partner.

That’s not all parents are getting up to while the kids are in class. Half of parents (55 percent) admitted they love to watch a TV show or movie that they can’t when the children are around.

Other activities parents want to check off their back-to-school bucket list were a spa day (38 percent), catching up with family and friends (34 percent) and organizing all those photos from the summer (41 percent).

After organizing all those pics they took this summer, 73 percent planned to create a photo book from their summer vacation photos.

Looking back over those summer photos can bring up a lot of emotions for parents. When parents were asked how they felt about it being time for school again, excitement topped the list of most common fall feelings, with 63 percent feeling this way.

A third (37 percent) revealed they even felt overwhelmed with the start of another school year, while 42 percent said they felt anxious. Over half of parents (54 percent) admitted to feeling relieved to have some time away from the kids — and maybe the relief comes from all those pesky questions kids seem to have.

When parents were asked what were the most cringe-worthy phrases kids said, “are we there yet?” topped the list with 41 percent.

Other classics include, “what’s for dinner” (39 percent), “when is dinner?” (33 percent), “Mom!” and “do we have any food?” (both 30 percent), as well as “I don’t want to go!” (27 percent).

This story was originally published by SWNS.