The 8 different parents you’ll encounter during the school holidays
These are the different types of parents you’re likely to encounter during the school holidays.
1. The ‘go and play’ parent
They sends their kids outside in a bid to ignore all of the arguments and bickering, dismissing the fact their eldest is dangling precariously from the sky-high tree in the yard threatening a broken bone at any time.
2. The park parent
This parent gets there early, reserves the shadiest table and stays there ALL DAY, cooking all the meals on the barbecues despite her designer kitchen because #mess. She wants no playdates in the house and refuses to allow craft because #mess. It’s all about physical activity with this parent. BONUS: He or she will push the kids on the swing all day, never tiring of the joy on their faces.
3. The crafty parent
Unlike the park parent, this loving mum or dad bleeds craft glue and misses not a single opportunity to pull out the glitter. If you happen to be a park parent, consider sending your kids to this one. They’re HEAPS of fun. NOTE: Send supplies – although they have been collecting egg cartons and toilet rolls since the dawn of time, they are a little protective of them and like to see them put to good use. Your child’s interpretation of the toilet roll octopus may not be up to scratch.
4. The forgetful, frantic parent
Holidays? What holidays? This one realised it was the school holidays when they forgot to pick the kids up early on the last day of term. They are unplanned and flying by the seat of their pants. Their kids are already driving them mad and they are busying themselves to keep their guilt at bay. TIP: Head to the park, forgetful Franny – there is a parent there waiting for someone to help them fill their table.
5. The ‘out and about’ parent
Is there anywhere they have not been? Get yourself a public transport ticket, some good walking shoes and BAND-AIDs, this parent has been researching all term. If there is a free sight to see, they know it. If there is a coupon deal, they’ve got it. Take a tour around your city and stay with them, they will introduce you to some amazing things you never realised were nearby.
6. The working parent
School holidays really don’t make much difference to this parent. Their day is as it otherwise would be apart from the fact they’ve had to find someone to watch the kids so they can continue to work. But once that has been organised, business is as usual. While their kids may be a little more energetic come the end of their working day, there is nothing they can’t handle because they’re superheroes already. FACT: This parent is super organised and has their sh*t together. Always.
7. The helpful parent
Every mum and dad needs a friend who is a helpful parent. They will be the first to step in and offer to watch the kids when your school holiday care has fallen through or your kid develops conjunctivitis and can’t go to vacation care. They are forever selfless and always eager to step in when needed. If you find such a mum, never let them go as they are super loyal and will continue to be helpful even once the birds have flown the coop.
8. The organiser parent
This sparkly fairy is first cousin to the helpful parent. He or she will select a day and text other parents to organise an outing for their child and a bunch of friends. They will sacrifice a day of their own time to sit in the movies alongside several children and supervise soft drink consumption and just generally be responsible for your child and others. This will give you a few hours to yourself, which you didn’t realise how desperately you needed.