Summer Guilt?????

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Summer Guilt?????
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Mon, 05-11-2009 - 1:51pm
If you work, do you find that summer's are the worst?

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Registered: 04-20-2009
Tue, 05-12-2009 - 2:06pm
Defintely! Even elementary childre--many of them the tv & video games are their preferred activity. I'm so surprised Eggd hasn't heard of this national issue of obesity & how so many children are more sedentary and the national campaign to get them moving. You know, off the couch.
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Tue, 05-12-2009 - 2:06pm

My mom was a sahm, so she was mostly home. My summers were like rolyco describes above. It was a different time (I'm old ;)), and kids had a lot more freedom than they do now.

I don't know too many kids who are latchkey in the summer, but sure, that could be a reason for vegging out in front of the tv all summer. But I would hope these aren't little kids you're talking about. In many states, it's illegal to leave kids home alone under a certain age, and I wouldn't think it would be safe.

In my city, there are lots of inexpensive things to do in the summer. There's even a very cheap summer in the parks program that is aimed at keeping younger kids busy while their parents are at work.

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Tue, 05-12-2009 - 2:17pm
In my experience, the hardest group to keep busy in the summer are kids between the ages of about 12 to about 16. A lot of summer jobs are not available to kids under 16, and a lot of summer programs age out at 12 or so. These are the kids who seem to spend a lot of time sleeping, eating, on the computer or in front of the TV, because there isn't much else for them to do.
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Tue, 05-12-2009 - 2:19pm
I see what you mean then. I was thinking more of the modern trend where some kids are so used to structured activities that they don't know how to amuse themselves except by vegging out in front of the tv and computer.
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Tue, 05-12-2009 - 2:25pm
Wanna hear something ironic? My kids and the kids in my neighborhood are pretty good at keeping themselves entertained. We live within a block of the park and there is an elementary school down the road where the outdoor facilities are available in the evenings, so this time of the year, whenever my kids don't have homework they and the other kids are down the road playing basketball, baseball, or skateboarding or whatever. But in the summer, the fields are not available for neighborhood kids because they are being used for the city "camps" and structured activities where you have to pay a hundred bucks a week for the kids to have supervised activities and fun. Fine for little kids whose parents have to work full time, but in our neighborhood, we have a lot of academics with pretty loose summer hours and a lot of SAHPs, and we'd really prefer just to let the kids hang loose and play ball....
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Tue, 05-12-2009 - 2:26pm
If the kids are unsupervised and stuck at home, I can see how that would be.
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Tue, 05-12-2009 - 2:30pm
I think that would be ideal - living someplace where it is safe for children to get out and about on their own playing games with their friends all day.
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Tue, 05-12-2009 - 2:33pm
That is ironic. Here, the city pools and rec centers are a big hangout for young teens.
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Tue, 05-12-2009 - 2:33pm

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I would hope not, either, for the reasons you stated.

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Tue, 05-12-2009 - 2:37pm

downtime isn’t what it used to be. dh is home with the kids all summer, and the past decade-plus has taught him to go ahead and schedule activities and camps in the mornings. vampire families are everywhere. some of them allow their children to stay up (and apparently use the phone) until all hours of the night and to sleep away the summertime prime-time cool morning hours, and others haven’t necessarily allowed their children to reverse cycle their sleep but are managed by a parent who can’t be “rushed” into getting his or her own or even his or her children’s poo together before noon. the fact that the (around here overwhelming) majority of children—even those with a sahp—go to at least some activities or camps (the quality and number of options here is very high) thins the neighborhood hoards even further, especially through the early afternoon. factor in the number of parents who consider it neglectful to allow groups of children (even pre-teens) to roam outside of direct parental supervision, and unless your child is a hermit or you are a big fan of trading helicopter-supervision playdates (which usually translates into your kids playing video games at a neighbor’s house, or the neighbor kid(s) at your house complaining about the fact that you don’t have any video games and whining that they want their wiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiis), and “lazy” and “unscheduled” summer weekdays often mean stuck with no one but your parent and sibling(s) for company. while my kids can have something like the roaming-the-neighborhoods-in-gangs environment dh and i remember from childhood on weekday evenings and weekends, it simply isn’t reliably or often available on summer weekdays.


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