Planning for School Holidays // THE WORKING PARENT

The government schools have just had a week off school and as we head into the Easter breaks and the season of public holidays we can either become very creative about using our annual leave to coordinate short getaways with our family or we may be the ones who will be tied to our desks/computers throughout the period. Either way, we need to care for our children and ensure they, where possible, have a time to rest, a time to be stimulated through activities that involve both outdoor play and indoor quieter play.

family playing outside

This does not need to take a huge amount of expense, but rather a little time and planning.

You may have support easily available in the form of a grandparent, aupair or housekeeper – but if not – what about the possibility of sharing the care between yourself and another family where the children are friends – this way they have company and the possibility of more games and common interests.

If possible, arrange that they can go out for a walk to a park or for a cycle ensuring they have a responsible adult with them if necessary. Ensure that whatever you count as critical for safety and security is also upheld in the other home.

Is it possible for you to arrange flexi-hours during school holidays? So you could go to work early and come home early thus creating the opportunity for you to have quality time with your children.

Often the simple things in life become the memorable ones – so making supper together, or baking cookies the night before hosting the play date arrangement.

If finances permit, perhaps a special outing to the zoo, or an art workshop or a soccer, cricket or tennis clinic for some of the holiday period. This is also a golden opportunity for children to visit their local library and start reading books for pleasure.

Have you noticed, all these suggestions involve something other than being attached to technology? These days have such an extreme emphasis on technology that I find myself always trying to offer alternatives, to keep a balanced all round development of interests and most importantly enabling children to relate directly to one another.

For ideas on where to go and what to do take a look at this list of Holiday Activities for Kids in and around Gauteng.

If you are finding holidays a challenge then give me a call and lets see how we can unlock your potential for creating a wonderful holiday at home!

About parentcoachsa

Steph has over 30 year's experience working with families to design child care solutions and supporting parents to be the best parents they can be. In addition she has worked with corporates to find work-life balance solutions for their staff. As a practitioner I have become increasingly aware that work-life balance has become a critical issue, particularly in an age in which the demands of work are often at odds with home and family life. I am passionate about family life, it is the catalyst for every other relationship we have - in every other area of life, we expect to study, get a qualification, try something on appro , we want to feel in control - however it is the one area of life, that none of the above applies - Babies do not arrive with a parenting manual! It is my privilege as a Parent and Life Coach, to partner with you as you take hold of the challenges you are facing in your family, in your life and work with you , supporting you to achieve the decisions and outcomes you are choosing for your family and for your life. It is my job, to keep you on track, to cheer you on, when the "going gets tough". Through coaching, understanding of yourself and your child, and his or her phase of development will enable you to consciously develop a parenting style that will benefit you and your family.
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