How has this time come round? The October half term is swiftly approaching, and whilst we are all asking ourselves 5 times a day.. How is it half term already? We are also wondering how we will survive a week with tired, annoying children that haven’t been fed in 2 months.
So as we are running round the shops trying to fill our cupboards with anything on offer, or plan our days, I am here to help! Never fear for I have some ideas; to make it less of a stressful experience.
So my first tip;
Don’t over think it-
Luckily it’s not 6 weeks, but as parents we feel like we have to make it a fun packed week. This isn’t the case; no doubt one of them will come down with something, and when they go back to school they’ll have forgotten all about it.
Maintain a routine-
Sticking to your usual evening routine will do you wonders when that week flies by, keep bed time the same time. You can still have plenty of fun, as they are unlikely to catch up on the lost sleep that quickly.
Keep to a budget-
There is really no need to put pressure on yourself and spend hundreds of pounds in one week. Lots of cinemas offer movie mornings, so you can watch the newest films for a really cheap price. Have a look online there is plenty of fun things you can do, alot of them free. The kids will appreciate whatever they do. Just plan in advance so you don’t get caught out on the day.
Free for all-
Like I said above there are plenty of free things you can do and save money. Crafts at home, go to the library, park trails, if the weather’s decent go for a picnic, treasure hunts, we like walking at the deer ssanctuary national trust, look them up in your local area.
It’s important to teach kids the value of money, and how much things cost. It’s also a brilliant way to get them creative, and come up with their own free ideas.
We can still keep the kids fit at home, bike rides, football, long walks. Some leisure centres even offer free swimming during school holidays. This is also the perfect way to insure they will crash at bedtime. Why shouldn’t we have our peaceful evenings just because it’s half term?
Have an inside out upside down day-
This is a new one for me but I really loved the sound of it. Albeit I’m not sure how William would cope with it, but it’s worth a try.
Have your dinner for breakfast and finish off with cereal for dinner.. strange but I think it sounds like fun. The idea is doing stuff the kids wouldn’t normally do- like staying in their pjs all day, or having a bath in the morning instead of evening.
Kids take over-
So the kittens may end up in Eva’s clothes, and the kids plastered in make up and glitter. But let them make the choices that day, you never know it may help your week go from hell.. to less hell.
Let them choose and help prepare lunch, or give them 3 choices for places to go. Saying that with Annabelle and William, that’s probably not such a good idea. These two argue over who’s going out the door or shutting the back gate first.
Meet up with a friend or family-
I think this is a must for not only them, but you too. Adult conversation, someone else feeling that they are going insane? Perfect oopportunity to meet up at the park, sit back whilst your kids play, and moan about how you cant wait for them to go back to school.
If all else fails grab a load of junk food; the biggest bottle of wine you can find; lock yourself in the bathroom; curl up in a ball and cry. (Except for me ‘cos’ I’m on a f****** diet.