Are we having fun yet?
Do you find yourself asking that question over the Summer holidays?
It starts out as hazy, lazy days in the sun. But before you know it, the vacation becomes a frantic, chaotic search for something new to keep them happy.
Yep, I’ve been there.
I’m all for keeping things relaxed, but when you start hearing cries of “I’m bored” or “he started it” it’s time to take control.
These are my top five tips for avoiding a Summer of insanity:
Even if you’re having a pyjama day, watching movies and vegging on the couch, make a big deal of it to the kids.
Discuss how to make it a fun adventure. Build a den in the living room, lay out a picnic for lunch, take turns to choose a favourite movie, or make cupcakes to eat for dessert. Children find wonder in the smallest things and drawing up a timetable of how the day’s going to go and all the fun things you can do will have them almost too excited to sleep the night before.
For every day you spend indoors, make an effort to have a day out, either at the local park or walking in the countryside. Fresh air and exercise will tire them out and make them better behaved when you get home (or that’s the theory). It doesn’t have to be an expensive activity. Skimming stones in a stream or playing on the swings makes kids just as happy as any expensive visitor attraction.
For rainy days when you need to come up with new activities, make sure you keep a craft box, a dressing up box, a cookery box filled with goodies to keep everyone amused. Loom bands are a craze which can provide hours of fun.
Learn something new
They might not be at school, but that doesn’t mean they can’t learn a new skill – a fun one of course. Whether it’s teaching them to bake cakes, or ride a bike, or signing them up for a block of lessons at a dry ski slope, make it a memorable Summer they can look back on and say “that was the year I learned to….”
Pack them off
Don’t feel guilty about making some time for them to spend away from you. Whether it’s visiting grandparents, having a playdate or sleepover at a friend’s house (as long as you reciprocate) or attending a holiday activities club, you can’t expect to be in each other’s company 24/7 without tears and tantrums. So give yourselves a break from each other now and then. Let somebody else take the strain.
Hopefully these tips will have helped.
But I’ve also got a competition prize which will take some of the stress out of your holiday…..
What You Can Win
I have a #StressFreeHoliday kit to give away to one lucky winner, worth more than £50.
It contains a book of 365 things to make and do, an ice lolly maker, a veg growing kit, a waterproof disposable camera and a family scrap book to collect and show all your holiday fun.
We’ve got one of our own, and I can tell you that we’ve already made a whole range of ice lollies – from lemonade, orange juice, chopped fruit, yoghurt – and that alone has kept the boys amused and happy.
This great prize comes courtesy of StressFreePrint.
To enter, simply leave a comment at the bottom of this post, telling me your tip for a #StressFreeHoliday. Then click on the Rafflecopter widget and confirm you have done this.
You will be offered the chance to do other social media stuff to earn extra entries – but that’s up to you.
Terms and conditions
This competition closes at midnight on Monday, August 18. A winner will be chosen at random using Rafflecopter and notified within 24 hours. Failure to get in touch and claim your prize within seven days will result in a new winner being chosen.
Entrants must be 18 or over and resident in the UK.
The prize is a #StressFreeHoliday kit as detailed above, and there will be no cash alternative.