Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Are you looking forward to the school holidays or dreading them?

School holidays can be very stressful and the British weather isn’t going to help.  So how do you survive and stay sane and even better enjoy the six plus weeks.

Here are a few tips to help

# 1 – Make a plan – involve the children, find out what they like doing and make a plan for the holiday period. Some suggestions – library visits; parks; museums; swimming.

# 2 - Swap your children - arrange for your children to spend an afternoon with friends and reciprocate.  Take advantage of the time your children are with their friends and spend the time doing something you want to do.  Remember when they have their friends around they are often easier to manage.

# 3 – Some ideas for indoors – have a treasure hunt.  Hide spare change; sweets or lollies; notes with activities on like: PlayStation challenge; Play a board game of your choice; Bake a treat with Mum. Give fun written or verbal clues to help them uncover the treasure.

# 4 – Remember the old favourites games: Kim’s game; What’s the time Mr Wolf? Simon Said;

# 5 – Bulld a camp in the living room - use the cushions from your sofa; cloths horse; sheets - let them have their tea in their camp.

# 6 – Go exploring in the park – look for insects; birds; animal footprints; different size, shape coloured leaves.  You could collect the leaves and make a scrap book and spend time finding out what they are etc.

I hope you found this blog useful.  If you want more ideas for surviving the school holidays, I am running a free “Surviving the School Holidays” workshop in Hove, East Sussex on Thursday 2nd August 2012, 7.00pm – 9.00pm.  To reserve your place of find out more email me or check out
If you have any tips you would like to share with other parents, please feel free to add a comment below.

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