Holiday planning works
SO YOU’RE looking at the calendar and there are a whole lot of days stretching ahead of you where you’re going to have to deal with the children not being at school.
How can you do it and save your sanity, not to mention your budget? Here are some top tips.
Plan, plan and plan – but be flexible. One of the secrets to holiday survival is to be as well organised as you can but flexible enough to go with the flow. Work out ahead of time what you might want to do during the holidays and when.
Work with the children, come up with ideas for activities around the house, around the neighbourhood and treats like going to the movies, the swimming pool or a day-trip to a zoo, lake or beach. Then mark on a calendar – you can photocopy the page in advance – the dates when you’ll do each of these things.
Don’t forget to include visits to friends’ houses or having visitors to yours and plan some wet day activities just in case.
Pin the calendar on the wall so everyone knows what’s happening and when. If the children act up this can be a useful tool to remind them of what they may miss out on if they continue to misbehave.
If you return to work before the holidays end make sure you have made suitable arrangements for your children.
Holiday programmes, holidays with family or friends in other cities or arranging for someone to have them each day need to be decided in advance.
How about working out a holiday programme among your friends and neighbours where you take turns to have all the children one day a week?
Set a budget. Holiday fun doesn’t have to cost money.
Some suggestions for low and no cost activities include taking a trip to the park to play on the swings and climbing frames, feeding the ducks, going to the library, making and flying a kite, going on a bushwalk or visiting a museum.