Every parent knows that the school holidays can be hard work. Here are 10 tips that might help make the time a little easier.
PLAN, PLAN, PLAN
You don’t have to follow your plan to the letter but even if you have a rough idea of what you might do each day helps!
ARRANGE MEET UPS
Arrange meet ups with fellow mummies, preferably somewhere that the kiddies can run wild for a bit while you have a good natter.
Unless you are prepared to spend the next few weeks constantly picking up after them, just let them get on with it an have a good tidy up when they go back to school.
PUT ON THE TV
Yes I said the T word, obviously I don’t mean for the entire holidays but even just once a day for a limited amount of time gives you a break and makes them just sit and chill for a bit. We all need some R&R time and maybe throw in some popcorn to make it a bit more exciting.
GO FOR WALKS
Of course this is weather permitting but it’s a great way for the kids to burn some energy, get some fresh air and best of all it’s FREE. Or perhaps try a treasure trail which makes the walk more interesting!
RESEARCH NEW CRAFT IDEAS
Get online and find some new ideas for things to create, bake or build. There are loads of good websites out there that have loads of fun ideas. Pinterest is one of my favourites.
STOCK UP ON CRAFT SUPPLIES
Prior to the holidays beginning make sure you have all of the resources that you may need, glue, scissors, toilet rolls, coloured card etc. Start collecting up a stock a few weeks before.
GET A COLLECTION OF BOARD GAMES
Time to raid the charity shops and find some new games. You can pick up some great ones for a fraction of the price that the high street stores sell them at. This is always good as a backup for the horrible rainy days.
VISIT YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY
Go and find some new books to read. You could have a theme for the week, like the Tudors, and then find books on your chosen subject and see who can learn the most by the end of the week. Maybe create a quiz for the end of the week and see who wins. Libraries also stock DVD’s which you can hire for very low cost too.
DON’T FEAR BOREDOM
It is okay for your children to get bored, this forces them to use their own imagination and create fun for themselves. No one expects you to be super mum for the entire length of the holidays.
So what about you? What are your top tips for surviving the school holidays?