February 1, 2012 5:14 pm at 5:14 pm #601869John DoeMember
I’ve just about had it.
I took off a week of work, between myself and my husband. And every day is a chol hamoed trip.
This is out of control.
Anyone else?February 1, 2012 5:22 pm at 5:22 pm #848275enlightenedjewMember
Poor you. You have to take a week off and spend time with the kids.
I’m so tired of this bellyaching when it comes to mid winter, chanuka, etc.
Many of us are in the same boat; it all depends how you approach it.
Deal with it.February 1, 2012 5:41 pm at 5:41 pm #848276TheGoqParticipant
Enllightened i dont think the op is bemoaning the fact that she has to spend time with her kids rather she is complaining i think about the costly trips they have to take to entertain the kids.February 1, 2012 5:45 pm at 5:45 pm #848277🍫Syag LchochmaParticipant
enlightenedjew +1000000February 1, 2012 5:50 pm at 5:50 pm #848278tomim tihyeMember
John Doe: Long list of Rx to choose from.
Or, like ej says, you can change your approach.February 1, 2012 5:51 pm at 5:51 pm #848279real-briskerMember
The website was running properly. I didn’t realize you took off.February 1, 2012 6:23 pm at 6:23 pm #848281EzratHashemMember
The kids learn early that they should expect prizes and rewards for everything they do right. Time passes, and they want bigger and better prizes and rewards. Trips and entertainment every day off. Later, houses, cars, jewelry, etc.February 1, 2012 6:31 pm at 6:31 pm #848282LBKParticipant
It has nothing to do with not wanting to spend time with the kids. Many of us would be stay-at-home parents if we could it, but we can barely make ends meet with two working parents. Regardless, this mid-winter vacation is absolutely ridiculous!! Chanukah vacation was only a month ago, so how can everyone “need a break” already?!? My son’s playgroup teacher gave off the full week from last Thursday through today, and my daughter has been off all week as well. The only one who wasn’t off this week was my teenager, who could have watched the younger kids had that scholl been off as well…..February 1, 2012 7:01 pm at 7:01 pm #848283real-briskerMember
Mods – Any reason why my past 2 posts were deleted? Can you please answer?February 1, 2012 8:43 pm at 8:43 pm #848284apushatayidParticipant
It’s not like mid winter vacation sneaks up on anyone. Doesnt the school send home a calendar at the beginning of the school year?February 1, 2012 9:05 pm at 9:05 pm #848285BaalHaboozeParticipant
I take my kids outside in the snow, we play board games, visit Bubby’s house, and drive to a skating rink. I love living OOT where standard vacations aren’t lavish nor expensive. It’s simple, the kids all have a great time, and they don’t need anything more.
I teach my kids never to say “I NEED…”, but I WANT..”when it comes to anything not a necessity. Ever hear a kid say “I need a drink”? NO, you WANT a drink. Kids grow up with a certain attitude that they NEED things. Sometimes I feel it’s parents’ fault to scramble for ideas for chol hamoed or mid winter break trips. chill. kids don’t NEED that. their happy with a swing in a park and a bike ride around the block with a friend. You have to be creative sometimes, but you certainly don’t NEED to spend more than your budget will allow.February 2, 2012 3:06 am at 3:06 am #848286HealthParticipant
I’m jealous. When I was a kid there was no such thing as Mid-winter vacation! It’s a new invention. We also, at least in 7 & 8th grades, had less than 4 weeks of summer vacation. (I don’t remember earlier.)February 2, 2012 3:14 am at 3:14 am #848287LBKParticipant
apushatayid – my son’s school calendar says “Midwinter vacation – To Be Announced”.February 2, 2012 4:03 am at 4:03 am #848288YW BandMember
Diddo to BaalHabooze.
Yea what happened to the good old days off to spend time with the grandparents or any other family orientated activity??? Why do we feel (really the kids) that we have to spend $$$ to enjoy vacation? Isn’t tuition high enough?
So we complain that we have to spend time with kids & spend. how can you complain where there are couples who don’t even have kids?
It’s all about looking at what we do with our kids in a positive light. if we can just pay attention to our kid’s needs & feelings and train them how a mentch should be (instead of texting & ignoring them) then they will follow in those good footsteps!
A wise man once said: Please don’t complain when kids are making noise in shul as much as we do because imagine if there were no kids…
Enjoy the vacation the way its meant to be:)February 2, 2012 4:12 pm at 4:12 pm #848289apushatayidParticipant
“what happened to the good old days off to spend time with the grandparents or any other family orientated activity???”
It is very possible the grandparents are at work, so they can help their married children make ends meet. Grandparents these days are a lot younger than they were in the “good ole days”. How many 42 year old grandmothers did you know 25 years ago compared to today?February 2, 2012 9:39 pm at 9:39 pm #848290tzaddiqMember
+1February 3, 2012 2:08 am at 2:08 am #848291YW BandMember
apushatayid i guess your right on that part. but r u maskim to the rest?
baalhabooz seems to be getting alot of +1’s lolFebruary 3, 2012 3:40 am at 3:40 am #848292tzaddiqMember
u have to know your kid’s nature and it’s a good idea to know what activity they can BENEFIT from whilst having enjoyment and amusement. i use to take my kids to play sports, karate, even swimming -which they liked very much. but i then recognized that they are more arts-oriented and enjoy creativity in creating/building/painting something, My son now is a web designer, and my daughter teaches in music, and dance.
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