Parents Are Fed Up With Kids' Summer Vacation After Only 13 Days

 

Stressed-out parents want summer to end after just 13 days, according to new research.

A study of 2,000 parents examined how they cope with summer break, and found it takes less than two weeks for moms and dads to feel the stress takes toll.

The pressure to entertain is great. More than half of parents (58 percent) find themselves pressured to plan out what their kids will do for the entirety of their summer.

And planning ahead can be daunting, which can explain why 75 percent of parents feel ready for their kids to go back to school at the end of the summer.

The study, conducted by OnePoll in conjunction with Groupon, looked into the parental decisions associated with planning for their children and found that three in five parents worry that their summer plans won’t live up to their kids’ expectations.

In fact, 64 percent of parents have felt like they were letting their kid down because they wanted them to do, see, or have the same things one of their friends had or experienced.

So what kinds of things are causing parents to be filled with guilt? It turns out that the number one reason for PSG (Parental Summer Guilt) was when their kids stayed in the house rather than getting out and about.

Throughout the entire summer, parents will shell out an average of $7,333.80 on making sure their kids are having the time of their lives, and looking for creative and unique ways to get them out of the house and help them create some epic summer memories.

 

Excuse me while I go call my parents and ask them for forgiveness... Almost $7.5K spent every summer from when I could speak until I graduated college?!?! Literally 16 years (give or take) of summer vacations to endure...$120,000 later, not including tuition, food, clothes, and supplies, and what do I have to show for it? A very expensive piece of paper and a cap and gown that said "I did it." Parents are the best. Looking back, I realize I was probably not the greatest to have around the house growing up and now, according to this study, my parents felt guilty because they bought be an Nintendo 64 instead of forcing me to play outside and socialize with friends?!?! I need to do something nice for them. Anyone know anything nice I can buy for a low low basically free price? My bank account isn't where it should be...I don't know how parents do it. Becoming one terrifies me...at least I have a while to figure it out still.

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