Can you smell it? Yup, it’s the smell of parents across the land sweating bullets as they wonder what on earth they are going to do with their children over the summer and how they might have a shot at surviving the school summer holidays without becoming seriously stressed out.
As much as we love them, a block of six weeks intensive with our sproglets can be rather daunting. If you’re wondering how on earth you’re going to get through to the other side of the summer holidays today I’m sharing our favourite top tips for surviving the school summer holidays.
Don’t go in all guns blazing right at the beginning otherwise by week three you’ll be struggling. Find as many free activities as possible and space out the treats across the whole holiday.
Set a budget from the start so you don’t end up running out of money part way through. Get the kids to write a list of things they’d like to do (though make it clear it’s just suggestions and that they won’t get to do all of it).
Know that it’s ok to be bored
Let the kids be bored sometimes! You can’t fill every waking minute with activities and days out, and sometimes using their own imaginations to create new play ideas can be the best fun.
Schedule down time and swap
Plan some down days, you know… film and popcorn, build a fort! Also swap days with friends so you get a free day and then they do… plus hopefully the kids will keep themselves entertained with their friends!
Make a bucket list
We’ve worked together to draw up a bucket list of things to do and places to visit. Having a plan gives structure to our week otherwise it would all become chaos!
Don’t forget me-time
Try to factor in some YOU time. Send them to the cinema with grandma or let them go play at a friends house. Have that time to get anything you need doing done, then give yourself a break even if it’s just a hot cuppa and a TV show.
Make a big wish list of activities before the holidays start. Split them into good weather activities and bad weather activities and put them in two jars, then when you want to do something, let the kids pick one out of the appropriate jar.
Book in the play dates
Try to put a few play dates on the calendar with school/nursery friends. Try to sort this before school ends as you’ll all forget otherwise!
Send them to the grandparents
If you can, send them to grandparents for sleepovers. The grandparents will be thrilled, the kids will have a great time and you will have some time to sort out the house. Or just sit and watch tv to recuperate!!
Stock up on snacks
Kids are relentlessly hungry, and it can be quite the shock to see their insatiable appetites at work in your home, away from the daily school provision of food they are normally used to. A hungry child is generally speaking an angry child, so be sure to have plenty of healthy snack supplies in your cupboards. We love Organix’s new range of delicious and healthy kids’ snacks which are perfect storecupboard fodder or fuel to take along on summer holiday adventures! Don’t miss your chance to win a summer stash of your own below!
Remember a child’s home is their castle
Don’t feel pressurized to constantly do STUFF. Think back to your own childhood and remember jetting all over the place isn’t just exhausting for us, it’s exhausting for them, and kids are more than happy playing at home or in their neighbourhood! Picnic lunches and garden play are always popular, as are visits to the local playground, getting the paddling pool out, patio chalks. Have the neighbourhood kids running in and out of each other’s houses keeping each other entertained!
Surround yourself with other mums
My friends and I compare diaries at the end of term and make sure that we get together as often as possible. I have found the six weeks holidays quite isolating in the past so I love that I can surround myself with other mums and support.
Find time to decompress
Be sure to plan in some me-time during – essential to surviving the school holidays for any mum! For me, that’s grabbing 30 minutes for a run to let off some steam or some relaxing yoga at the end of a busy day of chatterboxing.
Are you worried about how you’re going to survive the school holidays? Or perhaps you have some tips to share? Do leave a comment below.