MORE TIPS TO TACKLE THE TIME OFF
DUST OFF THOSE OLD-SCHOOL GAMES
Do you remember playing skipping, elastics, tiggy, hide ‘n’ seek, spotlight, jumping over the sprinkler or having water fights as a kid? I feel one of the greatest gifts we can give our children is our time and undivided attention. Allow yourself to switch off and just play some of the golden oldie games. The kids burn off some steam, you all end up laughing and there’s the bonus of physical activity.
GET THE KIDS IN THE KITCHEN
Involving the kids in the kitchen is a great way to keep them entertained indoors and they’re more likely to try new foods if they have created them. We get cheap little aprons and chef hats from the discount store and call each other chef. We make our own acai bowls, smoothies, pancakes and bliss balls. Something like mashing a banana is super fun for them. I often set one up at the sink to do the dishes as well — it’s a novelty for them (even if you have to rewash them).
REST AND REJUVENATE
It’s important to re-energise during the school holidays. It’s easier said than done with kids and sometimes “quiet time” also takes some planning. I stock up on colouring books, readers, mini whiteboards, print out age appropriate sight words/writing activities and download some movies. My husband often has a giggle at me, but the physical environment is important when encouraging the kids to partake in quiet activities and rest, so I always put on some meditation music, darken the room and light candles while they potter around.