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Published on : Monday, July 4, 2016
A survey conducted by Nationwide Savings, shows that three in ten working parents, have had to take their kids on a break without their partner due to difficulties in getting time off work and finding an affordable vacation package.
This in turn is leading to the breaking up of the family unit.
Due to office stresses nearly 81% of working parents find it difficult booking off the time they need for holidays.
The need to stagger their leave from work with their partner to cover childcare over the holiday period leaves less time for the whole family to enjoy time off together.
It means the tradition in Britain of parents taking their children on a break together as a family is disappearing.
There is trend in working British parents to take their break from work at a different time to their partner in order to juggle looking after their children outside of term time.
When going for a holiday outside of the term time, the parents face an additional hurdle of much higher prices for holidays.
One in four (25 per cent) of parents surveyed, have resorted to lying to the school that their child was ill or making another excuse so they could take them on holiday during term time, when cheaper deals are available and there is less competition to book leave from work.
They would have to pay a financial penalty of £60 per child, if caught.
In the parenting forum Mumsnet, the current topic of debate is this tricky situation which has been doing rounds in the UK.
A mother of a one-year-old, who works part time, explained that her partner is full-time, and both have office jobs and she worries that they won’t ‘have enough annual leave to cover all the holidays once son goes to school’.
One mother of a six-year-old posted that she and her partner work full time, and have no family locally, so they have to arrange a detailed schedule for school holidays.
The Parents Want a Say campaign is urging the government to abolish the school attendance policy, saying it criminalises families for wanting to enjoy affordable holidays together. Some families have to spend “extremely stressful” situation in trying to spend time together, highlights Craig Langman. He also added that, something that’s supposed to be a joyful time is turned into one of the most stressful things and people are having to take drastic measures if both partners work during the summer but they want to spend at least a bit of quality time together.
A spokesman for the Department of Education said that, They are clear that children should not be taken out of school during term except in exceptional circumstances because evidence shows that every extra day of school missed can affect a pupil’s chance of gaining good GCSEs which has a lasting effect on their life chances.