Hol­i­day plan­ning works

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

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.

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