With the school holidays fast approaching at the end of this week, I recently realised that last school holidays were probably the best that I've ever had in all my years of school holidays (Chloe is in year 12 this year, that's thirteen years of school holidays.) My goal these holidays is to make them as awesome as last, so I've had to ponder what we did that made them so awesome. Here's what I came up with.
- We left the house every day. I know many mums see the school holidays as a chance to stop the routine and relax, but my kids really like the routine. Natalie and Riley go to vacation care two days a week (I have yet to find a suitable program for Douglas to attend), and every other weekday we head to the park or the beach. This keeps our getting-up-and-breakfast-routine, and eases the back-to-school-get-up struggles.
- We kept on top of basic chores. Keeping the basics clean every day made it easier to leave the house. And there were less arguments when everyone was asked to help with the big jobs, so they were finished quicker.
- We had quiet time every day. Spending time together every day is exhausting. The kids were allowed down time every afternoon, either on iPads or watching a DVD. They weren't expected to share space with each other, or play together for that period of time.
- We celebrate the power of one. Douglas was away for a week last holidays. He will be away for four days these holidays. We will enjoy it as much as possible (but they're always glad when he gets home.)
- Weekends are for dad. With Steve still working during holidays, we don't plan much for weekends. We go for a walk, play, eat his favourite dinners, and generally have down time.
How do you survive school holidays with your sanity intact?
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