Summer vacation far from relaxing for parents, study finds

Instead of kicking back on a beach with a book and letting their children play in the sand, parents...

Instead of kicking back on a beach with a book and letting their children play in the sand, parents are being driven by fear to plan every day of their kids' summer vacation, a new study says.(Fotolia)

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Instead of kicking back on a beach with a book and letting their children play in the sand, parents are being driven by fear to plan every day of their kids' summer vacation, a new study says.

Linda Quirke, a professor at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ont., reviewed 144 articles in the magazine Today's Parent published between 1985 and 2013 to look at advice to parents about summer vacations for their children.

"Fear was a strong theme in the parental advice about the summer," a press release about the study says. "Parents are faced with the fear of letting their children slip academically and be at a disadvantage when the school year starts; the fear of not giving their kids the most enjoyable summer experience and the fear of allowing their children to be harmed in the great outdoors."

Quirke found advice was overwhelmingly targeted to mothers, with fathers being mentioned in very limited contexts such as barbecuing and camping.


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