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Good luck to all parents

Just wishing all the parents out there good luck at the start of this enormous black hole called the school holidays. The fun of trying to keep them occupied, not continually attached these days to some sort of screen, (in theory) waking them up sometime between daylight hours which can extend to 3pm if you have a mole child, paying exorbitant amounts for summer camps, etc

And to those without who are trying to go shopping without being deafened by little darlings who WANT that, can't go in a supermarket without being bribed & then when you finally do something to entertain them, won't leave without a rendition of the opera by a tone deaf punk.
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Old 30.06.2016, 19:20
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If you only knew how you will miss this when it is over.
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Old 30.06.2016, 19:24
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...then you have grandchildren who come to stay while their parents go chasing up mountains
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Old 30.06.2016, 19:58
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...then you have grandchildren who come to stay while their parents go chasing up mountains
Time for revenge...
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Old 30.06.2016, 20:00
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Just wishing all the parents out there good luck at the start of this enormous black hole called the school holidays.
Actually, they started two weeks ago here, and won't start until late next month in the German speaking bits!

And here, they end in another two months (August 29).

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Old 30.06.2016, 20:13
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Actually, they started two weeks ago here, and won't start until late next month in the German speaking bits!

And here, they end in another two months (August 29).

Tom
They start here (German speaking bit) tomorrow, until the 8th August.

I rather like the school summer holidays. No little ones of my own, and we live overlooking a primary school, so we will have peace and quiet for a few weeks.
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Old 30.06.2016, 20:27
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Re: Good luck to all parents

Our kids had a Ferienpass last year. 25 CHF for the whole summer holiday which included free public transport and free activities most days from visits to the zoo to football training, cooking, chess, swimming, skateboarding, hiking, museums, crafts, visits to the police and fire etc plus free or reduced admission to many other activities.
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Old 30.06.2016, 20:28
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If you only knew how you will miss this when it is over.
I do know. Mine are at the slug teenager stage but I was watching a programme a few weeks ago about Empty Nest Syndrome & it's looming. Still, I remember that feeling at the beginning of the holidays & I was in the lucky position of not having to get up for work, find childcare etc. Trip to the park, throw sand in each others faces, picnic, camping etc. All good. But not everyone has the luxury of TIME & whatever age they are, it's still that time of year when it's all change on Waltons mountain.
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Old 30.06.2016, 20:34
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Our kids had a Ferienpass last year. 25 CHF for the whole summer holiday which included free public transport and free activities most days from visits to the zoo to football training, cooking, chess, swimming, skateboarding, hiking, museums, crafts, visits to the police and fire etc plus free or reduced admission to many other activities.
Brilliant. Details please. Did you remember to collect them again before school re-started?
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Old 30.06.2016, 20:34
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They start here (German speaking bit) tomorrow, until the 8th August.
And they're off on holidays tomorrow and back on 15 August here (another German-speaking bit). As always, it depends on the canton...
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Old 30.06.2016, 20:54
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Actually, they started two weeks ago here, and won't start until late next month in the German speaking bits!

And here, they end in another two months (August 29).

Tom
I envy Ticino for that. I wish we had the same.
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Re: Good luck to all parents

Some of the smaller communes around Geneva city don't break-up until tomorrow...

#1 son has the slightly dubious pleasure of trying to co-ordinate getting his eldest to her first Promotions parade in Vessy, collecting his second from the crèche down the hill in Carouge, and dealing with his wife who for some reason is convinced that she'll be giving birth to the third at some point during the day!!!

He's stoically insisting he can cope, so there's not much I can do but sit back and wait for the 'phone to ring.

At least it's not raining.
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Old 30.06.2016, 21:04
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Yes for my youngest in Bellevue who finishes tomorrow.

Already been off a week for my oldest in Versoix.
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Yes for my youngest in Bellevue who finishes tomorrow.

Already been off a week for my oldest in Versoix.
The older kids usually finish a week or two before the younger ones; that one came as quite a shock! But at least by then they're big enough to be bundled off to camp or mostly fend for themselves.
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I'm a teacher, which means that during school time I deal with other people's kids, and during the holidays I deal with mine...

I NEED TIME OFF!!!
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Old 30.06.2016, 21:18
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I'm a teacher, which means that during school time I deal with other people's kids, and during the holidays I deal with mine...

I NEED TIME OFF!!!

Send them to Longbyte, if you dare.

Better yet, send them to me.

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Brilliant. Details please. Did you remember to collect them again before school re-started?

They were for school children in Waedenswil/Au. I think it's too late to get them now for this year. Children at school here get given a letter about it in May or June.

I'm not sure whether other Gemeindes do the same. I know Wollerau does but again it's too late.

It's a fantastic idea though and it works thanks to local (and national) businesses and a few parents to act as chaperones for some of the visits.
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Granchildren in the UK don't break up for another 3 weeks!
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Granchildren (sic). Beautiful. Must remember to tell mine that.
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