It wasn't the reference to Spain but that you picked a cheap family beach resort as if that sort of holiday had no value - a mere "jolly". On a wider note, the debate on this also seems to be class/money based. If you can afford take your kids to Florence and tour the Uffizi in between sunbathing, that's fine, but Benidorm, Malia and Disney - oh no! It also assumes everyone gets to choose their holiday time. At least teachers have 12 weeks of set holidays to choose from. Some workers have four weeks, much of which is bound up in bank holidays and trading patterns and the rest often handed out by seniority or first come first served. A week in Benidorm in term time might be the only chance a kid gets to spend time with her parents when they're not exhausted from work and have a real energy, time and enthusiasm.