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多少钱才能撑起一个孩子的暑假?

2017-08-17    来源: LearnAndRecord    【      美国外教 在线口语培训

近日,一篇《月薪三万,还撑不起孩子的一个暑假》的文章在家长们的朋友圈热传:一位在企业当高管的妈妈,月薪三万出头,女儿在广州某外语学院附属名校读五年级,家里大头支出由老公搞定,然而最近却连新衣服都快不敢出手了,为什么明明收入不算低却这么惨兮兮?原因就是孩子放暑假了!

How much does a happy summer vacation cost in China?


As we are already halfway through the summer vacation, it is time that many Chinese parents have to face the bills for their summer expenditure.

"How much does a summer vacation cost for your kid?" has become not only the most frequently discussed question among parents, but also a hit on Chinese social media this summer.

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An article titled "It is hardly possible to support a child's summer vacation with a monthly salary of 30,000-yuan [4,493 US dollars]" went viral on social media platform WeChat Moments. A mother, who claimed to be a senior executive in a company in South China's Guangzhou, complained that with such a salary, she could barely cover the bills of her daughter's summer vacation.

She listed the bills:

·孩子去一趟美国游学,10天20000元;

·夫妻双职工,请阿姨照顾在家的女儿,5000元

·钢琴考级备战,200元/节课,每周两节,2000元

·游泳班2000元

·英语、奥数、作文,暑假培优6000元

Where do sky-high summer vacation bills come from?


The article was echoed by many Chinese parents who also complained about similar expenditures beyond their capabilities. Others turned to criticize the social tendency of wealth-flaunting and vanity comparison.

An online survey shows that about 52 percent of the sampled families spend 5,000-10,000 yuan on children during the summer vacation, while 25 percent spend 10,000-20,000 yuan, and only 9 percent spend 20,000-30,000 yuan.

A mother surnamed Zhu in Shanghai, who has just come back from her two daughters' summer camp in the UK, said that her daughters go to an international school, and nearly all the students there would travel overseas during the summer vacation. It would embarrass the children if they have no such experiences to share with their friends.

It cost her 140,000 yuan in total to accompany her children on the summer camp.

It has almost become a prevailing atmosphere for the children to share with each other about their overseas tourist destinations.

But that was far from enough for the Chinese parents. As most of them have great expectations for their children, they are often willing to invest heavily in their children's education, in order to help them stand out in the fierce competitions.

Various extracurricular classes become their best choices. Horse riding, swimming, painting, piano, violin, golf…each of such a summer class will cost the parents a fortune.

Meanwhile, parents being too busy at work and having too little time to spend with their children is another reason of giving their kids such a tight schedule.

Can a happy summer vacation be bought?

However, when the topic of "an expensive summer vacation" became a hit on the Internet, many began to ask "since when people start to buy happiness for the summer vacation?" "Is it the parents' vanity or the children's wish that is behind such phenomenon?" "Is it possible to spend a happy summer vacation without such sky-high expenditures?

Many young people in their early 20s or 30s started to recall their childhood and summer vacations without any extra lessons, but only days of wondering around with their friends, a leisurely period of time spending at their grandparents'.

"I went fishing with my friends every summer vacation, and it didn't make me less happy at all," said Weibo user @Guandam.

Chu Zhaohui, researcher of the National Institute of Education Science, said that the phenomenon is rooted in the parents' utility psychological recognition of education. Many people hope that their kids could take the advantages of the summer vacation to overtake their peers.

"There are also the rising middle class expecting to elevate their children's artistic cultivation or accomplishment. But they should take into account their affordability instead of comparing with others," said Chu.

"For children, their parents' love and time spending together is much more important than the investment of money."

"Learning and traveling is a good thing, but allowing their children to spend time on things they are interested in might be more meaningful," added Chu.


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