Does the mere mention of the school summer holidays fill you with dread? does it bring you out in an uncontrollable sweat that has you wishing it was September like yesterday? If so, you’re not alone. There are many parents who feel the same and by the middle of the holidays I can honestly say I am one of those parents too – there are only so many times you can play referee to a pointless argument over Minecraft or Fifa 15 and believe me I’ve been the ref to them all. “He cheated”, “He crashed into me on purpose”, “He won’t pass me the ball”, “He blew up my house” and my favourite of all time ” But I wanted to do that to his house and he did it to mine first” – first of all what did he do and secondly why does it matter??? These are the arguments I hear on a regular basis.
I always start the holidays with the best of intentions – we have a list of places and attractions to visit, people who we want to see and activities we want to complete at home. But I have, to be honest, and say that I try to get as many of these out of the way early on in the holidays as by weeks 3, 4, 5 and definitely by 6 everyone’s tempers have frayed and the Xbox and PS4 have made their appearance and the thought of sitting in the garden with a book, iPod and earphones is very appealing rather than trying to take My Three anywhere, that doesn’t mean we don’t still do plenty together for the remainder of the holidays.
If you’re struggling to keep your tribe busy here are a few of my hacks for an easier summer holiday:
- If you don’t want to go anywhere then don’t – spend time at home – there’s plenty of things you can do together at home. There’s nothing worse than trying to enjoy a day out when no one wants to be there in the first place.
- If you do want to go out then take it in turns on suggesting places to visit – My Three love it when we go to places that they have thought of.
- Bake – My Three love to help out when I’m in the kitchen, there’s nothing worse than a rainy day in the holidays but baking cakes and biscuits can easily eat up an afternoon and everyone loves the tasting bit.
- Watch DVD’s – let the kids take it in turns to choose something to watch that way there will be no arguments and the same DVD won’t be played 3 days in a row
- Clean the car – get the kids to help out when cleaning the car – it keeps them busy and it’s one less job for you to do.
- Referee the football matches – with a drink, your iPad / book and a sunlounger, of course, that way you can keep track of who scored what goal and top up your tan at the same time.
- If you need peace and quiet take the laundry upstairs or into another room – you can escape the kids and their arguing for a good twenty-five minutes – obviously if you have little ones this isn’t possible but My Three are aged 7, 8 and 11 and are more than capable of playing Xbox or reading a book on their own for this amount of time – plus they know if they need me I’m only upstairs.
How do you survive the holidays?
*This post is an entry for BritMums Confessions of a Summer Parent Challenge, sponsored by Anchor*