"I need time to just play and go with Nay Nay and stay home and do whatever I want outside," he said. People on the internet are supporting him.
For most of us, a large part of childhood was a hectic school routine. From waking up exceptionally early and heading for classes to returning home in the evening flooded with assignments, it was a good taste of the real world out there. Getting a weekend off means having two days off (just one day for so many of us hapless souls out here, really) to simply rejuvenate ourselves for the coming week. Asking for an extra day off would need a criminal amount of justification. This little six-year-old boy named Brodie wasn't having it and he is here to petition for a three-day weekend, reports Good Morning America.
This little hero of ours has spoken up and demanded something we all feel strongly about. Brodie claims in an Instagram video shared by his mother 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, um, I've been tired of school lately and I've been dreaming for three days off. Two days is not enough from school. I need three days off."
Brodie also explained why he needed more time off from school, sharing with us why he thinks his demands are valid. "I need time to just play and go with Nay Nay and stay home and do whatever I want outside," he said, referring to his grandmother.
Jessica Kenyon, Brodie's mother, stated on Instagram that she "fully supports" the video. She also said that Brodie had asked her if she had sent the video to the government and if his request for a three-day weekend had been granted. While the 6-year-old is yet to hear back from the government, his petition has already garnered online support. Brodie now has many fans.
"I agree with Brodie a 1000%," wrote @iamforever_unique. "The hero we all need. Get him to Washington!," commented @oscar_goodboy_wharton. "Hey, Brodie. You are into something here. As a teacher of preschool, I would say we always had three days off cuz well little kids are too much! Lol. I like your style kiddo," wrote @thetravelingturnip. "I agree Brodie. 2 days is definitely not enough. Life is too short to sit in a classroom 5 days a week. And Nay Nay needs the company," encouraged @lolly_likes_soap. "I mean, I don’t think he is wrong. 5 days of school for those young kids is a lot! They learn so much by playing and discovering. So Brody keep on going protesting," added @today_with_ing.
Resting and playing are also good for one's health and if you're worried your child won't learn much just by holidaying, then worry not because it has been proven that vacations provide the best learning experiences for kids. "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 stress at school, 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."
So, cheers for little Brodie who's doing the talking for all of us.