The schools are kicking out for the summer, the children are highly excited at the prospect of 6 weeks (or more off), what are your plans? Days out at the beach, visiting local attractions or days at home are so much easier with a few simple preparations. Here are some tips to help survive the excitement
Plan some down time initially
The kids are exhausted, the summer term is full of exciting activities, sports days, summer fairs, and school trips. Allow them some quiet time at home to rediscover their toys and the garden, and to allow you to prepare for the days to come.
Outside time means a tidier house, less intense noise, often fewer rules, and a chance to wear them out. Kids seem to argue and whinge less when they are outside, and parents are more relaxed.
Plan your day trips
Whilst impulsive trips can be great fun, if you don’t have the right stuff with you, they can also be incredibly stressful. Have bags packed ready for those days – suntan lotion, sunhats, swimming kits, water bottles, snacks and a packed lunch make life much easier, especially if you repack them after use, ready to go the next time you need them.
Give your kids some responsibility
They love planning their own activities and having some choice about what they do. Give them some chores to help lighten the load on you, let them pack and carry their own bags whilst you are out (just check the younger ones bags before you leave, all their teddies may want to join the trip, but it may not be practical!).
Seeing their friends allows children to touch base and maintain friendships ready for the new school year, or to regenerate old friendships that offer a wider variety away from school.
Plan time for you
All parents and carers need time away from their children, it is harder during the holidays. Where possible share childcare with family and friends. Ideally we would recommend you take time to escape the daily chores, and to focus on doing something you enjoy – go to an exercise class, see your friends or partner without children present, having a massage etc.
Prepare your body for the change in demands you will be placing on it.
A change in routine means a change in how you use your body, walking more, swimming, sleeping in strange beds, carrying heavy bags or young children can all stress the body.
Book in with your local osteopath before the holidays for a tune up, and if any aches and pains occur then book an appointment as soon as possible so they don’t stop you having fun, bring the kids, they often enjoy watching the treatment. #osteopathyworks
Most of all have fun
Join in with the kids, don’t be an observer. These are your holidays as much as they are the kids.