HOW to ENJOY THE SUMMER HOLS
I enjoy the school holidays (most of the time). Over the summer, I usually allocate dedicated time to hang with the kids. Sometimes we stay in PJS all day. Sometimes we visit friends and family and enjoy a spontaneous dinner at a park. Sometimes we go on outings. There are key goals I’ve developed over the years to ensure successful school holidays, especially over the long summer break. By successful, I mean creating a fun childhood for my kids and staying sane myself. Remember, everyone is adjusting to the change of dynamics and lack of the school routine. I often remind myself that an adjustment period is expected. Also, trying to keep the house organised is extra challenging when the kids are home all the time. I’ve learned to adjust my expectations and go with it. I’ve found that school holidays can be fun when you balance out these four key things: 1. Cost: I plan a few big outings and space them out between the weeks. Eg. Going to a play centre, visiting a waterpark or enjoying the movies. This gives the kids something to look forward to. 2. Busy kids: Planning small and big outings keeps my children active, busy and happy. At the start of the summer break, I brainstorm a list of fun ideas. I don’t go berserk, because it’s important for kids to be bored sometimes and think of their own fun. Google has heaps of ideas and they can be simple, like hang a sheet over the washing line to make a cubby, put a mattress down on the ground for reading and playing or have craft activities stashed in the cupboard. I find having some sort of routine helpful too, for example, I often go out in the mornings to do errands or outings, and the afternoons are for chilling at home. 3. Downtime: It’s good to have dedicated lazy home days too where you have no plans at all. 4. Do things you enjoy: I plan things I enjoy on the school holidays too, including catching up with friends or going for a walk on the beach. When it comes down to it, successful school holidays for me are about adjusting my expectations, doing a little planning and staying flexible.