Ask any parent what the most challenging period of the year is, and we’d bet that the summer school holidays are at the top of most lists.
While there’s nothing better than spending quality time with the family, the prolonged summer holidays can get too much for everyone to handle. Boredom sets in, and in turn, stress levels amongst parents rise.
While we don’t hold all the answers, today’s post will look at some of the best ways to manage this period, so you get the most out of it for your family.
Embrace and anticipate boredom
We’ve already mentioned the B-word, but unfortunately, it will probably be reiterated frequently throughout the holidays.
However, while boredom has plenty of negative connotations, now might be the time to embrace it. It’s going to happen – and the pivotal point is how you are going to manage it.
Some parents will put the ball firmly in their children’s courts and tell them to amuse themselves for these short periods of the holidays. Others may devise ideas such as the “boredom” jar; in other words, a jar full of ideas when the going gets tough.
Regardless, it’s going to happen to every child out there – but the key is not to fear it.
One of the main reasons parents feel stressed during the summer holidays is because they feel the need to over-schedule their children’s time.
Every day doesn’t need to be action-packed in order for it to be enjoyable. In fact, sometimes the best days are the ones where there’s nothing planned at all.
Of course, mixing things up and keeping your children entertained is essential, but don’t feel like you have to fill every waking hour with an activity.
Many parents feel guilty during this period, but it doesn’t have to be like this. Very few of us can take unlimited annual leave and have the finances to fund a 6-week getaway. Sure, if you are in the fortunate position of arranging trips to theme parks, like Legoland around Bracknell or Alton Towers in Staffordshire, then, by all means, go for it. However, don’t feel under pressure to do this every single day!
Make the most of the outdoors
Summer is the perfect time to get outside and make the most of the good weather. The whole family can enjoy plenty of outdoor activities, such as picnics, days out at the beach or even just exploring your local park.
Being outdoors is a great way to burn off energy and can also help reduce stress levels. Furthermore, it’s an easy way to split the day!
Keep up with your routine
Although relaxing during the summer holidays is important, it’s also essential to maintain some sort of routine.
If your children are used to having a set bedtime, for example, don’t let that slide just because there’s no school the next day. Routines can be crucial for some kids and help make the school holidays easier for them to manage.