Working mums 'dreading school holidays'
Other concerns include having to return to a mounting workload after taking time off with children, and bad weather meaning kids are stuck in the house all day.
Half of the 2,000 working mums polled even admitted to reaching a point after three weeks and three days where they actually start looking forward to their children returning to school.
Catriona Marshall, CEO of Hobbycraft, which commissioned the research, said:‘For most children, the summer holidays are the best part of the year, six weeks without school or homework. For parents, grandparents and child minders it can be a challenge to keep them occupied, especially in rainy weather. School summer holidays prove to be a re-occurring issue for working mums. Not only does it mean they have to find six weeks’ worth of childcare or take time off work, but they also have to find various ways to keep their children happy and entertained for the entire break.”
More than a third of working mums said they still haven’t got childcare arranged for the full six weeks, despite the start of the holiday being just days away, and 17% hate the fact they’ll eventually have to call on friends and relatives to look after their children so they can continue going to work.
But parents even worry when they are spending time with their kids:
- A third fear the house will be a constant mess with their kids at home all day;
- 22% aren’t looking forward to the overcrowded local attractions;
- 31% worry about how they’ll keep the kids entertained;
- 35% dread the inevitable bad weather will keep the kids indoors.
Researchers also found the majority of mums plan a family holiday to keep their kids entertained for part of the week, whilst trips to the cinema or swimming pool, days out and stocking up on arts and crafts activities are other ways parents keep their children amused.
Some 52% will just let their children play outside, while 45% rely on TV programmes or computer games to keep their youngsters happy.
Researchers also found that 42% of mums think the school summer holidays are too long, with 47% of mums admitting they find it difficult to find things for the children to do.
Three quarters regret that they are too busy with work to spend time with their children, with 73% saying they feel really guilty about their forced priorities.