If you are at home with your kids for the whole school holidays, or even for part of the school holidays … you might want some survival tips…
1. Kids are drawn to each other – however it is much better in these first couple of days to give your children their own space. They may WANT to play with their siblings, but they NEED their own space.
2. If you need any jobs done on any particular day – GET THE JOBS DONE FIRST! I needed the kids rooms vacuumed and cleaned – the rule this morning was that nothing else happened until every room was tidy, and vacuumed … it was a team rule too. If one person wasn’t quite finished than it was in their best interests to help if they wanted to do anything else. It’s really hard to get back to it later in the day, and your energy, and patience is lower later in the day too.
3. Even though it is winter in New Zealand, it is still important to get the kids outside for a set period of time. In our house, after every meal time – there is outside time for the kids, even if I have to rug them up to do it. Obviously if it is pouring with rain, it’s not ideal, but any other time it’s important. They will want to stay inside and play, but they can’t maintain it for the whole day – break up the day with outside play.
4. Think about your meal times – kids will ask for food all day, and if you are wishy-washy about it, then they will hone in for the kill… If you are sure in your mind then you will find it much less stressful, and your day much more structured.
5. There are great things about staying home – look for the happiness, and the positive. For me, not driving anywhere means that I save 2 hours every day. Term time is busy driving time for me, and I enjoy the break from driving for myself too.
Enjoy the holidays, keep your sense of humour, and plan at least one special trip, or event for your kids.