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10/07/2013 at 14:20
I was reading an article about stuff for children to do in the Summer hols. When I was young, we just played, went to the park an odd time and my nanas. Can't remember doing anything special. Now it all seems to be days out here, activities there, all expensive planned ones. Am I in the minority?
10/07/2013 at 14:24
Nope, we didn't do much either, although we always had some sort of holiday for at least 1 week sometimes 2 (nearly always in the UK in our caravan) - played out with our friends most of the time, days to the strawberry pick your own or park with a picnic or other similar places with my Gran on days my Mum worked.
As a kid, I lived in the local park, playing with friends, and making new ones. My mum would give me £1 to buy a drink, and an ice lolly. Happy AK. We never went on day trips, until I was about 13/14.
No you're right Kellfi, my mum says this all the time - when I was young she still did her part-time jobs of cleaning here there and everywhere and I used to have to go with her or I'd go to my nan's. During the hols we would go to our local big town once on the train (my mum doesn't drive) then the rest of the time I played out on the estate with my friends or was inside entertaining myself whilst my mum cleaned lol. Definitely much more emphasis these days on going to the zoo/theme park/farm parks all the time rather than as special treats.
10/07/2013 at 14:26
Glad its not just me. Sometimes H says to me that L hasn't been anywhere for ages, but hes been in the garden, been to the park, played with his friends and toys etc. thats enough IMO
10/07/2013 at 14:29
It's the other way round here Kellfi, I sometimes moan to H that we don't take the kids to the zoo etc very often and he reminds me that they are only 5, 2 and 1 and they love going to the park/feeding the ducks/visiting my parents etc as much as big days out. This post has helped me realise this. I think a lot of it is hearing from other people how they've been here, there and everywhere and makes me feel a bit rubbish that I'm not doing the same.
10/07/2013 at 14:31
I think that it is Mossy, Liam is as happy pottering in the garden, first time we took him to the zoo, he chased the pigeons
10/07/2013 at 14:33
I visisted my nana on Saturday, and boy do I get happy memories as soon as we drive into her close. My sister & I used to play on the green which looking at it now is probably no more than 3m by 3m of grass - we'd play cricket on there, sports days (ie hand stands and cartwells) pick daisies....we'd walk to the swing park, pick flower petals and make perfume, paint stones.....go to my grandfathers grave and tidy up the weeds / flowers.....Dad would take us to the pub and we'd sit outside with a st clements and bag of turkey & stuffing.
I feel sad I'm not doing that stuff with Louie as I actually try to overcompensate y taking him to theme parks, zoos, cinema etc whereas now the weather is here he's happy splashing about in the garden!
10/07/2013 at 14:37
I think that we need to start keeping it real people don't we?
10/07/2013 at 14:40
I get bored keeping it real Fi.
10/07/2013 at 14:41
You've actually really made me think Kellfi. I'm sure FB doesn't help lol seeing status after status at the weekends with people going somewhere all the time, I think that's why I thought I should be doing the same. F especially loves spending time at home after being in school all week. I think maybe because I'm a SAHM at the moment I want to do something different with them at the weekends?
10/07/2013 at 14:44
Mossy L loves being at home, staying in his PJs all day playing in garden I just get bored doing that
10/07/2013 at 14:45
I used to potter about at home or go down to the beach with my friends. I aim to do the same sort of thing with my kids with a couple of days out thrown in to the mix.
10/07/2013 at 14:47
I know what you mean Belle, but sometimes its good. This weekend I thought about taking Liam to the beach, but I am just going to get the paddling pool out I think instead
10/07/2013 at 14:49
Oh this weekend and last weekend we've just chilled in the garden with the pool.
10/07/2013 at 14:51
I sometimes get bored being at home Belle but normally when I take the kids out it's because I feel they should be taken out not for me. I need to buy a new paddling pool actually as ours it titchy, bought it when F was little, it's far too small now for 3 kids!
10/07/2013 at 15:15
I was the same, was out all day playing with my mate's in the holidays. We used to do days at the beach where my mam would meet up with her friends who's kids I was and stillam friends with and have a picnic then the adults would sit outside of the pub which is on the beach while we played then have a bbq at the pub, fond memories.
I've got to the point where I've realised the kids don't need to be taken somewhere everyday in the holidays. Mine play out in the street there's loads of kids Es age and 2 that are Js age and they all play great. I still organise games and stuff for them all to play - ball games, water fights, races etc. No one else's parents do so it's down to me but I don't mind as it keeps them occupied and it's nice to see them having fun simply instead of shelling out loads of money.
10/07/2013 at 17:23
In fact I think kids get worn out being taken everywhere. Although one thing that is different is that my daughter is an only child so if I don't arrange to meet up with her friends then she complains that she hasn't seen anyone. I do wonder whether if she had a sibling she'd complain about it (although she'd just complain in different ways I'm sure!).
And I can't just send her out to play in the front of the house which is a shame. I get bored of the park, she doesn't. But then she's running around all the time whereas I'm just watching.
10/07/2013 at 17:58
We used to play tennis and rounders in the summer holidays, build dens, play out for hours.
Both my boys play in the garden, or we take them to the park, there's a pub over the hills from us and we go there with L on his bike.
We do go to the seaside and have days out too but not as often as just generally spending a day outside iyswim, I find if we go to the seaside/day out because its a jam packed day they are absolutely knackered and v grumpy towards the end of the day.
We go to a lot of local fun days as they aren't on all day so the kids enjoy them.
10/07/2013 at 18:02
We just potter about in the garden, go to the park or sometimes swimming. I am not really into going anywhere that is liable to be mobbed.
The kids have never been to any kind of organised activity I don't think and I didn't when I was wee.
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