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6-year-old 'petitions government' for 3 days off school each week : 'Two days is not enough'

The boy's mother shared a video on her Instagram where he says he wants to spend time with his grandmother and play outside.

6-year-old 'petitions government' for 3 days off school each week : 'Two days is not enough'
Cover Image Source: Eight year old girls head home after after school rolling their backpacks down the school hallway. (Getty Images / Jonathan Kim)

As a child, everyone hates the drudgery of school. Nobody is ever genuinely excited about a day of class and homework. The stacks of assignments that children get at the end of every day can mess up their routines. Even if they have created a schedule for themselves, they may end up struggling to juggle school, play and rest. Two days may not be enough to do all that they wish to do during the weekends. They spend both days completing homework before returning to school on the third day. They may appear to be energetic, but they require more sleep and more playtime to recharge. This is why a 6-year-old boy named Brodie is petitioning for a three-day weekend, reports Good Morning America

Schoolchildren at classroom with raised hands answering teacher's question.  (Getty Images / Smederevac
Schoolchildren in the classroom with raised hands answering the teacher's question. (Getty Images / Smederevac


Brodie, the hero we all need, announced in a video shared by his mom on Instagram that he has been "dreaming" of a three-day break from school. "Hey, I'm Brodie, and this is for the government, and I'm protesting," he says in the video. "I want three days off of school because I've been tired of school lately, and I've been dreaming of three days off. Two days is not enough for school. I need three days off." How stinking cute is that? Brodie also provided reasonable reasons for wanting more time off from school. "I need time to play and go with Nay Nay and stay home and do whatever I want outside," he said, referring to his grandmother.



Brodie's mom, Jessica Kenyon, said that she "fully supports this video." She also said that Brodie had asked whether his petition was under consideration by the government. Maybe there hasn't been a response from the authorities yet, but people online have shown Brodie their support. "The hero we all need. Get him to Washington!" commented @oscar_goodboy_wharton. "Hey, Brodie, Brodie here. I fully support you, king. I had similar ideas as a child but lacked the courage to act on them as you have. I fully support you, shout out to your parents for using the correct spelling as well,😂" wrote @brodie_malatt. A teacher, @jwkk_mama, commented: "I agree with you, Brodie. I’m a teacher, and kids need to be outside playing and spending time with their nay-nay. That is way more important than being cooped up in a classroom."


According to Herfamily, it has been proven that vacations and not just school holidays are among the best learning experiences for kids. A study from the University of Toronto found that holidays were more prosocial and beneficial to children. "The reason experiential gifts are more socially connecting is that they tend to be more emotionally evocative," says Cindy Chan, the lead researcher. "An experiential gift elicits a strong emotional response when a recipient consumes it—like the fear and awe of a safari adventure, the excitement of a rock concert, or the calmness of a spa—and is more intensely emotional than a material possession." This is not only about fostering an emotional bonding; a change in the surroundings may greatly benefit the development of your kids.

Family of three going on vacation. (Getty Images / Peter Muller)
Family of three going on vacation. (Getty Images / Peter Muller)

"An 'enriched' environment offers new experiences that are strong in combined social, physical, cognitive, and sensory interaction," said Dr. Margot Sunderland, a child psychotherapist and Director of Education and Training at the Centre for Child Mental Health, in the Telegraph. "If you are choosing between buying your child a tablet or taking them on a family holiday, consider the profound effects on bonding and brain development; there is no competition." Holidays provide youngsters a break from the pressures of school or friends, keep them active, and encourage proactivity. "They reduce stress and activate warm, generous feelings towards each other and a lovely sense that all is well in the world," says Dr. Sunderland. "With all the anti-stress aspects of these systems firing, family members get to emotionally refuel." 

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