Parents: All in favor of a National Spring Break? Hear here!

image Some of you may already be paticipating in the annual celebration of spring break. And by “participating” I mean coming home from work at lunch to find your teen still in pajamas eating Pop-Tarts straight out of the box while playing Call of Duty or streaming Supernatural reruns.

Being a parent, you will smile and playfully tousle their hair. You’ll ask them if they’re enjoying their much-needed vacation from another hard month of schooling. They will grunt in response, causing you to chuckle as you walk to the kitchen, open the refrigerator, and find nothing but a chilled cantaloup rind.

“You must’ve worked up an appetite,” you’ll say, though what you’re really thinking is:

Between early-release days, in-service days and holidays, my kids spent a total of nine days in actual SCHOOL last month! How is this even FAIR! I hate you! I hate everyone!

Oops, sorry. That last part was my teenagers.

The point is, I think the time has come to adopt a nationwide spring break. Who’s behind me?!?

Hold on, sir β€” that was a little too eager.

For the rest of you, here’s an audio preview of this Monday’s upcoming post, Congress Gets Recess, Our Kids Get Spring Break β€” What About US?!?

See you Monday! It’s not like I’ll be on spring break or anything…



(Ned Hickson is a syndicated columnist with News Media Corporation. His first book, Humor at the Speed of Life, is available from Port Hole Publications, or Barnes & Noble.)

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33 thoughts on “Parents: All in favor of a National Spring Break? Hear here!”

  1. Tell me about it! My kid’s teachers hold so many parent conferences, (school completely closes down!) that I think it’s an advertising gimmick for Hollywood movies.
    “Your Child: Coming Attractions”
    “Your Kid And Geometry!”
    “Homework And The Parent – Should You Help?”
    “Algebra: The Prequel”
    “Common Core (the Empire Strikes Back!)”
    “Human Sexuality, Should we Show THAT Film??”

    Also, I don’t want adult spring break (if we got it) to correlate with my kid’s break. I would be driving them everywhere and having to keep them entertained constantly. It would be “String Break” (Too many strings attached.)

  2. *sigh* and don’t forget those school district’s (such as the district’s my kids are in) that have a mid-winter break! Because 6-weeks after Christmas πŸŽ„ Break, they need another week off before Spring Break! LOL

  3. Yup. They do spend a lot of time out of school. Perhaps the common spring break should have a common learning outcome and they should all be packed up and sent for wilderness survival training in the mountains. πŸ˜‰

    1. Yes! Meanwhile, parents can learn beach survival skills, such as effective suntan lotion application and knowing the differnce between a mojito and Margarita πŸ˜‰

  4. Ugh I work at a college and I still don’t get off when the students do for spring break. Talk about unfair!!! I am on board for a nationwide spring break for adults!

  5. Alas, my week has arrive. Spring break means doubles of everything: laundry, groceries, television, travel, kids trampling through the house. It’s like Christmas on steroids.

  6. Yep, teens don’t eat, they graze. Having them at home for a week is hard on the budget. We always used to encourage our teens (1 boy and 1 girl) to have their friends over to our place. It keeps them in sight and lets us see their friends. But the food bill- OMG. My wife and I decided to go for a long weekend to visit friends out of town. The teens were 19 and 17 at the time. We prepared by going to Costco and spending $350 on groceries. When we returned three days later, the fridge was empty. Scary stuff, but the kids were fine, the house was clean, the cats were fat and happy – I guess that’s the price we pay.

  7. It is not SPRING. How can they call it Spring Break? It will not be spring for a few weeks. That’s like calling today Sunday because CLOSE ENOUGH. I can’t go for that. No can do. Our “spring break” doesn’t start until mid-March, but that’s still winter. Why don’t they call it March Break? I realize accuracy isn’t the strong point of the educational system, but…

  8. When my kid is at school and my husband is at work, that IS my break. Oh wait, that’s when I have to get stuff done around the house that I can’t get done when there are people messing up my kitchen and dropping their clothes all over the place. I guess I’ll have a spring break when my son moves out on his own.

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