What on Earth are we going to do with the kids these holidays?
Every-one looks forward to the holidays but the idea of keeping the kids busy and out of trouble can be extremely daunting, and stressful on the purse strings! Following, is an idea to help you maintain some structure, which most kids need, as well as some activity ideas and sites to help you enjoy your time at home with the kids without having to strain your brain every day.
Daily planner idea
1. Write a list of all the things you need to do each day, such as eating times, jobs, visits to the shops/ family/friends houses, baths, feeding the dog. Remember to include the things you need to do as well.
2. Organise the day into parts. Include the things you do each day, time for active activities, time for passive, or quiet activities, and time for activities that you do together. Try to have a quiet activity follow active or physical activities so that your children do not get over stimulated (and vice versa).
3. Discuss, or write down the activities that you could do in each part of the day. This way, you won’t feel pressure to try and think up something amazing that is the answer to everybody’s dreams on the spot, when they ask ‘what can I do now?’ You might want to cut up your list, throw it in a jar and get the kids to pick out an activity each.