Oh dear, is it that time of year already?
How many weeks????!!! Our children (age 2 and 4) go to a nursery where they get holidays, some nurseries are full time. We get all the holidays schools give.
Ok, so I know I should be excited, and part of me really is… but, there is the other part. The part that is worried about the;
- Lack of routine.
- The mayhem.
- The mess.
- Being in the house with them all day, every day.
So, what do I do? Some schools are all ready on holiday and some are about to be. Here are a few things that I want to try this summer to make it all a little more fun, for all of us.
- Make a plan. What we can do, where it is and when it is.
- Try and keep some routine. On a normal day, bed time and meal times are going to be stuck to. I feel this is easier for me now and a lot easier when bring routine back in before they go back at the end of summer. Having said this, while they are on holiday if the times are slightly out I can let it go.
- Have a daily structure. Breakfast, get ready, do some drawing or free play and then head out. Previously if I have had days where I let this go, I have noticed that it is one in the afternoon before I know, and even the best laid plans fall apart. By the evening we all fell rubbish after having wasted the entire day.
- Note out weeks that we are away. If you are going on a summer holiday book it out. This helps plans the weeks around it. It also helps even out activities. You don’t need to plan lots of activities just before you fly, it is harder for you as you will want to pack and plan. The children will soon have your undivided attention anyway. So plan more activities before or after the holiday.
- Plan one thing a day, so we don’t go too crazy in the house. Going out everyday can be so expensive so you don’t have to plan a full day of activity everyday. But you can plan days that involve just getting out. Here are some of my ideas. You know your child best so you will know what they will enjoy the most. Our little lady is very creative. So anything crafty would really make her day. Little man… Oh, he is a animal lover who loves to be out and about. Plan things aroud them. If they are happy, you will be too.
- Pic-nic in the garden
- Plant veggies in the garden
- Play outside
- Go to the park
- Plan a play date
- Make cookies
- Feed the ducks
- Go to the cinema
- Soft play
- Go to a Zoo
- Go out for lunch
- Go to summer camp for a week
- Intensive lessons, sport or music
Hope this helps, whatever you are planning… enjoy, it will be over before you know.