The September school holidays are nearing and my kids are looking forward to staying at home with oodles of free time on their hands. While the holidays are the time for my little ones to enjoy and relax as they please, for me, they’re an indication to pull up my socks and brace myself for the upheaval in store.
Though the initial days of their break seem hunky dory, over the course of the holidays my angels manage to turn the entire house upside down with their antics. They constantly rant about how bored they are, spend hours with their eyes glued to the TV set and when they can’t come to a consensus on what to watch, they fight like cats and dogs. I, in turn, have to struggle to make peace, but in vain. Sounds familiar?
Well then, here are five tips that have helped me enjoy stress-free holidays with my kids that might come in handy to you:
Establish A Holiday Schedule
I believe that routine and order shouldn’t be confined only to days when kids have school. Getting kids used to a set schedule (even during holidays) helps a great deal in streamlining their day and keeping them organised. It leaves very little scope for inactivity and the subsequent restlessness. I ensure that the holiday schedule I prepare for my kids is descriptive and includes a good mix of fun, play, and rest. It also helps me plan my days accordingly.
Enrol Kids In Activity Classes
There are a lot of activity classes specially designed to keep kids engaged during their school break. My girl is very fond of singing and dancing while my son loves his dose of daily sports. Every holiday, I enrol them both in activity classes to suit their interests, so they get a chance to channel their energies and spend their free time productively.
Keep Their Creative Juices Flowing
I’d any day prefer art and craft activities to keep my kids engaged instead of letting them while away hours playing video games or watching TV. Art is a great medium for self-expression and cognitive development that gives kids a chance to think out-of-the-box and let their imagination flow. I hand them common art supplies like paints, brushes, plain paper, glue, glitter, colouring sheets, old magazines, and other little trinkets and let them have a ball with their creative fantasies. The results are always fruitful and adorable! You can find some great colouring sheets here.
Involve Them In Household Chores
Helping with household chores may not be your kids’ favourite pastime, but there’s always a way to make it fun for them. I turn simple tasks like helping clean up into a game that my little ones enjoy. All I do is set the timer for five minutes, turn on some music, hand them two big plastic bags each and ask them to collect all the junk strewn across the floor within the given time. It’s a great energy-burning activity, and it also helps make my work simpler. I even involve them in shopping for groceries and cooking where I delegate simple tasks like putting veggies in the basket, passing water from the fridge, etc.
Spend Quality Time
Holidays are the best time to bond with your kids! My husband and I like to make the best of every moment during the holidays and thus try to do many things and make as many memories as we can as a family. Our favourite family activities include game night, movie marathon, picnics or just plain hours of sitting together and talking for hours. We believe that it’s best to cherish and make the most of the bonding time while it lasts.
Though these useful tips ought to keep the kids engaged and you stress-free during the holidays, there surely will be moments of confusion and chaos. During times like this, I let myself loose and embrace the craziness along with my teeny brats. We all can do with a little bit of fun and madness in our lives, don’t you agree?
Aradhana is from India. She is a veteran writer on topics concerning parenting, child nutrition, wellness, health and lifestyle. As a regular contributor to popular sites like Huffington Post, Natural news, Elephant journal, Thehealthsite, Naturally Savvy, Curejoy and MomJunction.com, Aradhana writes to inspire and motivate people to adopt healthy habits and live a stress-free lifestyle.