School Holidays ~
The most exciting time for kiddos and the most hectic time for parents - and that is not really the best combination
I’m lucky being a school teacher, in that I don’t have to pay for expensive vacation care (though I still have one child in daycare), as my annual leave is at the same time as theirs. The downside of that is the obvious zero ‘down time’, and trying to find two weeks’ worth of entertainment for children in the generation that needs 20 second action sequences to keep them from being ‘bored’. I know, I know - we came from the generation where we played with our ‘imagination’, and there are all of the high-pressure parenting debates swirling constantly about screen time and breeding ‘indoor kids’, so school holidays quickly become something to be feared...
The way I see it is that school holidays are something that need to be ‘survived’ so if you can find a situation where everyone gets a little bit of what they want, then that’s a bonus! It’s all about balance...
My approach to school holidays (in my usual OCD-vibe) is to figure out two plans:
1. Overall Plan - what are we doing on the holidays? Are we going away? What activities are we doing? What jobs need to be done?
2. Daily Plan - things in mi casa always flow more smoothly with a daily routine. For example, when we go away somewhere, we start the day with slow mornings and breakfast ⇾ outdoors activity and lunch ⇾ back to the house for an arvo rest/movie ⇾ late arvo beach walk or playground ⇾ home for dinner, bath and bed ⇾ repeat.
The biggest ‘no no’ I have learnt through my school holiday approach:
⎈ do NOT share activity plans with the kids until we are getting ready to go and do it. I’ve learnt that the hard way when things don’t go according to plan and we have to cancel a promised activity - meltdown time!
Things we do:
⎈ beach (we are a beach dwelling family and often hop from beach to beach in our holiday destinations)
⎈ playgrounds - always a hit with kiddos
⎈ lego - this is just becoming a thing in our house
⎈ factor in rest-time every arvo (super important for the mummas to recharge for the night sesh)
: best playground with a view find at Yamba