Today’s columnist, Rachel Habergham: Simple summer pleasures

Sonny Balderson-Lester, four, of Killamarsh enjoys the fairground ride at Crystal Peaks Shopping Centre as part of their summer holiday fun. Picture: Andrew Roe
Sonny Balderson-Lester, four, of Killamarsh enjoys the fairground ride at Crystal Peaks Shopping Centre as part of their summer holiday fun. Picture: Andrew Roe
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Whether you are a parent, child, teacher, grandparent or have no children in your life I am sure the mention of the six-week holidays will prompt some emotion.

Lots of things around us change for this short period during the summer.

Commutes are shorter, shops appear busier, parks are full, holiday prices go through the roof, the list goes on.

Parents often have mixed emotions.

I have already heard parents saying: “I can’t wait until you are back at school.”

I find this statement so sad. I would love to be in a situation that meant I could spend the whole of the holidays with my children but I am not that lucky.

Life as a full-time working mum means I juggle the desire to spend time with them and an annual leave allowance that never stretches far enough.

For many people finding additional childcare makes it a time of juggling and significant extra cost and stress.

This is often where grandparents come in as they spend more time with their grandchildren and help with childcare in the process.

I recognise the pressure of feeling you have to fill their day so they don’t get bored, but there are so many simple things that children love to do and they won’t break the bank.

I can’t be alone in having the fondest of childhood memories about the simplest of things.

Why not try some of your memories this summer with your kids.

It is a great chance to explore the many free activities in and around Sheffield.

I have many friends who are teachers who will be enjoying a well-deserved rest to recharge their batteries before a new school year begins.

You are mistaken if you think they get the luxury of the full six weeks. It will be broken up with planning, time to set up classes, days in school for results day among other things.

Children seem to either love or hate the break.

For children who love the routine of school it can often be a difficult time.

For many coming to the end of their time in education there is always the shadow of results day looming.

Whatever emotion it brings I hope that everyone enjoys the additional family time it often provides..

n Parents can share ideas for free activities for kids in the holidays by emailing letters@thestar.co.uk

* Rachel Habergham, full-time working mum