Bored kids on holiday? Some not-so-drastic solutions

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Bored kids on holiday? Some not-so-drastic solutions

Parents may be pulling their hair out wondering what they’re going to do to keep their sprogs entertained

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New research by 1st for Women Insurance has found that many mothers with children under three years old and teenagers are frustrated and worried when school holidays come around. They see them as adding more to their concerns and day-to-day activities. Their anxiety stems from the need to keep their children entertained, and not being able to take them on holiday due to work commitments or financial constraints; 46% are also troubled about the safety of their children during school holidays.

“Often, nursery schools close over holiday periods leaving moms with small children with few options for child care if they are working. This is obviously stressful as moms have to rely on others to take care of their kids,” says Casey Rousseau from 1st for Women Insurance.

Moms who are positive about the school holidays say they can worry less about preparing children for school, making lunches, ferrying them between extra-murals and social gatherings – and they get a break from the traffic. Even though the moms themselves are not actually on holiday, they do also see it as a time to relax...

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