Two-thirds of parents are dreading the summer holidays and admit they have no idea how to keep kids occupied

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A nationwide survey has revealed the extent to which Britain’s mums and dads are feeling apprehensive about the school holidays, with the biggest worry for 56 per cent of parents their lack of mental stimulation.

Over a half have genuine concerns that too much screen time over the next six weeks will dull their senses.

Over a half of the parents surveyed had genuine concerns that too much screen time over the holidays would dull their kids senses
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Nearly two thirds of parents say they dread the summer holidays because they don’t know how to keep their children occupied[/caption]

And as many as 72 per cent of the 2,000 parents surveyed, claim it is a real struggle to keep their children occupied and away from screens and tablets, while one in three say they wish their children would spend less time watching TV over the holidays.

A further 31 per cent would like to keep their kids brains engaged with school work over the holiday, but say it is impossible to get their youngsters enthused.

And 66 per cent feel certain their children will definitely not keep up with their learning over the break, while the same amount say they think their youngsters “unlearn” many of the skills they have been taught over the last school term.

According to the study, as many as 71 per cent of parents agree that the summer holidays are simply too long for their youngster to be off school.

When asked what they wished their children would do with the time, 51 per cent wish their kids would read more, while 48 per cent want them to learn a new skill.

When it comes to what we would like our children to be doing with their time, 43 per cent would love them to learn to cook and 38 per cent want offspring to keep up with their maths.

Almost one in three (31 per cent) would like their children to play with some form of educational toy, game or app to help them learn new skills.

Almost one in three parents would like their child to play with some form of educational toy
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Almost one in three parents would like their child to play with some form of educational toy[/caption]

Just under three-quarters of mums and dads would like to teach their children a new skill but don’t know how to go about it.

The survey of parents was conducted by Sphero, the industry leader in robotics fused with STEAM learning.

Adam Wilson, Founder and Chief Creative Officer, Sphero said: “It can be a real challenge for parents to keep their kids occupied and their brains engaged when they’re off school. It is interesting to see that parents would like to teach their children a new skill over the holiday’s but don’t know how to go about it. Our robots provide kids with an opportunity to learn something new while having fun. Sphero is a holiday hero that not only ensures kids keep up with their learning over the holidays but also supports the development of coding and computer skills, both of which are viewed as key for children’s futures.”

A staggering 79 per cent of mums and dads say they feel guilty that they struggle to get their children to use their brains over the holidays, while as many as 59 per cent say they have argued with their children over their lack of enthusiasm to learn while they are away from school.

And 67 per cent say their child does less mentally over the summer holidays than they did when they were young.


Ironically 26 per cent of parents want their children to be scientists, 25 per cent want them to be engineers and 19 per cent want their children to be technology entrepreneurs.

Fourteen per cent want their offspring to be an “influencer”, one in ten (11 per cent) want their child to be a pro footballer and 10 per cent hope their children to be a famous actor.

Almost two thirds of parents polled thought “people skills” were the most important attribute for their children to possess, followed by creativity (50 per cent), computing and coding skills (43 per cent) and the ability to speak another language (26 per cent).

A staggering 79 per cent of mums and dads say they feel guilty they struggle to get their children to use their brains over the holidays
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A staggering 79 per cent of mums and dads say they feel guilty that they struggle to get their children to use their brains over the holidays[/caption]

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