Why Spring Break Is Lovely

Eliza Clark
March 13, 2012

It’s that time of year. Everyone’s asking: Do you have any plans for spring break?

Maybe you’ve got an answer. Ski trip, sun trip, visiting friends, travel here or there. And, even better, maybe you don’t. Maybe you are spending the week of spring break doing nothing in particular. That sounds pretty great too.

No matter what you do or don’t do, spring break is lovely. It’s just the right length of time, first of all. Not two endless months of summer stretching out before you that must be filled up with summer camps or other activities. Just one week, or at most two. Long enough to plan a family trip or simply relax at home without everyone getting too restless.

Secondly, and we can’t underline this enough, it’s a true break that is not overtaken by Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year’s, or any other holiday requiring a massive outlay of time, money, and energy. (Easter and Passover are a picnic in comparison.) Free of the demands of the winter holidays, spring break is ideally unpressured time for families to spend together.

Third, it comes at a great time of year. We’ve just slogged through months of cold, gray skies, and bare trees. Who doesn’t need a break? Now the buds are just starting to peek out of the branches and the daffodils and tulips are bursting from the ground. The days are suddenly longer, and it’s time to let the kids loose as well. Perhaps a spring hike is in order (wear shoes that can get muddy), or perhaps some work prepping the garden. Little kids love mud, remember?

For the kids, spring vacation matters in another way. It’s a time for them to step away from the classroom and consolidate some of things they’ve learned. It’s a time for them to devote to other interests, and also to devising their own forms of play. It’s also a time to gather renewed energy for the months of school that still remain.

So whether you’ve got big plans to do something or big plans to do nothing at all, we wish you and the kiddos a lovely, happy spring break.

From the Parents

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