Summer Holiday Expectations vs Reality

Summer holidays are meant to be all sunshine but sometimes it's just a bit soggy...

Expectation: You can chill out all day!

What do you do when there’s no school for six whole weeks?

Nothing, if you can get away with it – it’s the perfect chance to relax and unwind in a huge hammock


A sloth having a relaxing time in a hammock

Reality: Your parents make you help round the house!

The reality of the six weeks holiday is that your parents have been secretly writing a list of jobs for you to do around the home

Vacuuming, cleaning the windows and the most dreaded chore of all – tidying your room!

Well, that’ll keep you busy until September…

A minion vacuuming the carpet
Image by Minions | Universal Pictures / Illumination Entertainment

Expectation: It will be super sunny!

There’s bound to be hot sunshine every day during the school holidays, right?

We always expect it to be super sunny during the holidays
Image by Teletubbies | BBC

Reality: Rain!

Wrong! It will rain almost every day if the British weather has anything to do with it

And to think you were going to wear shorts and t-shirts…

It always rains during the summer holidays
Image by Tarzan | Walt Disney Pictures

Expectation: You can stay up late!

With no school, you can catch up on all your favourite cartoons and films. Amazing!

A corgi in a dressing gown enjoys some late night TV
Image by Giphy

Reality: Your parents still make you go to bed!

That's a special parents law, we're afraid! 

A wrestler dressed as a baby has a tantrum in the ring
Image by Conan | Conaco

Expectation: Delicious BBQs!

There's nothing that smells nicer than a BBQ on a hot sunny day, is there? 

Burgers, sausages and hey, we'll even have a crisp salad too...

A variety of juicy hamburgers
Image by Summer BBQ: M & S Grill | YouTube

Reality: Soggy sausages!

Good luck trying to keep the BBQ lit when there's an epic storm directly over your garden!

A BBQ in a rainstorm
Image by Giphy

Expectation: Pool parties!

If you ever get the chance to hang out by an outdoor pool, grab the chance with both hands – it's amazing

Don't forget your pool floats too!

A lady relaxing in a pool on a hot summer's day

Reality: Rubbish paddling pools!

In reality, the closest the most of us will ever get to a pool party is standing around a tiny paddling pool in the pouring rain 

Oh look, the dog has decided to have a bath in it...

Shall we go inside and give the hallway a vacuum?

An overflowing paddling pool in a rainstorm
Image by BenAndEthan Tube | YouTube

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