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.
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!