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Holidays, airports and stuff.

Discussion in 'Personal' started by BelleDuJour, Sep 15, 2018.

  1. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Or from public schools where term has indeed started, but the parents (paying minimum £10 000 a year in school fees) wanted a cheaper holiday!

    They also go skiing in the second home in France for all of December and January, etc etc.
  2. nizebaby

    nizebaby Star commenter

    The same would apply at home, of course. Parents glued to their phones, children feeling ignored and sad.
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  3. catmother

    catmother Star commenter

    Good grief, I hope you realise how much of a snob you sound, Belle!
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  4. sparkleghirl

    sparkleghirl Star commenter

    When I made my original comment I was imagining the kind of family where the kids are pretty much left to their own devices but that would be very difficult to use as a criteria for deciding which holidays are worthwhile and which are not.

    However, having given it more thought, I think that even for those kids, getting away to the sun for a week or two can be a positive. They're more likely to be outdoors than they are at home, they might even be getting more exercise than at home but more than that, it's about fairness. Some families can afford to go away in school holidays, others can't. Even if the holiday itself has no real benefits, it avoids a child having to feel inferior because s/he is the only one in the class without a holiday.

    I may be biassed - my parents could only afford to take us away every second year, in the UK, and we usually missed a week of school either in June or early July. My parents always consulted with the school beforehand and as far as I know, we never missed anything important, tests or otherwise.
  5. koopatroopa

    koopatroopa Senior commenter

    You can almost hear the calls to Childline.

    "Help, Esther, please! My parents don't love me enough to take me to The Ivy for lunch!"
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  6. InkyP

    InkyP Star commenter

    Who are we to judge what counts as quality time.
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  7. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    But at least they'd be in school!
  8. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    Intelligent human beings and teachers.
    I think you are being pedantic............
  9. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    Like I said in my OP...why not take then in July when all we are doing is babysitting as exam classes have left and kids are mostly in demob mode in-between sports day and trips out.
    Why take then in the second week of term? Beats me.
  10. InkyP

    InkyP Star commenter

    Not at all. McDonald's wouldn't be my choice but if other people people like it why should anyone else sneer at it. It's obnoxious snobbery.
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  11. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    Sometimes the truth hurts.
  12. InkyP

    InkyP Star commenter

    I'm really thinking of younger primary age children as that is my area of experience. I did try and persuade a non-teaching friend not to take her son on holiday in September as he would miss the settling in and making friends experience although she ignored me. I agree that the end of June or July would be better but as I said before not every one can take their holidays when they choose.
  13. catmother

    catmother Star commenter

    I fail to see what is wrong with going to a McDonald. I've been known to go to McDonald's. So what?
  14. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    Do you really need an answer to that?
  15. InkyP

    InkyP Star commenter


    Are you suggesting that people who frequent McDonald's, and there are many reasons one might do that, are less deserving of family time on holiday than people with more upmarket options? That is what you seem to be inferring.
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  16. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    I'm delightfully intrigued by the thought of just how short her nightwear was.
  17. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    Was it a plummy, peachy bum or more of a wrinkled dessicating Jaffa bum?
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  18. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    My children do that frequently.
  19. Dunteachin

    Dunteachin Star commenter

    Jaffa bum? Love it!

    Orange peel cellulite.

    Mine is VERY peachy. :)
  20. Dunteachin

    Dunteachin Star commenter

    I used to take my kids to McDonald's as a treat. AND I'm a snob. From a guttersnipe background. :)
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