Your kids are undoubtedly looking forward to their first summer holiday, but it’s completely natural if you’re not feeling quite as excited. Six weeks can be a long time to occupy little ones, particularly if you have work or caring commitments too.
The child health experts over at Wellkid Peppa Pig Multi-Vits have put together some of their top tips to help you prepare for the holidays. Take a look at these below!
Arrange playdates and sleepovers
Before the end of the school year, make sure to get the contact details of your children’s friends so they can stay in touch over the summer holidays. Playdates and sleepovers are a great way to keep their friendships growing, and give the kids a little more freedom to enjoy over the holidays. Why not head to a local park with a picnic and some ball games, or treat them to a trip to the cinema to keep them entertained? The possibilities are endless!
Stock up on activities
Having plenty of activities to hand will help to alleviate boredom. Keep an eye out at the supermarket or at pound shops for affordable colouring books, puzzles and crafting kits. Alternatively, turn to websites like Pinterest which will have plenty of inspiration for you to keep the kids busy with a range of activities. There are plenty of free options too, such as printing out activity sheets or letting the kids make their own games from household objects.
Take regular breaks
Full time parenting for six weeks is a challenge, even for the most devoted of parents. Make sure to carve out regular time for yourself to relax, so you stay happy and healthy throughout the holidays. This could be as simple as popping out for a walk, or spending an afternoon in the garden with a good book. Enlist friends and family to babysit from time to time, and spend some time looking after yourself instead.
Stick to a routine
Sticking to a routine is a great way to make sure your kids are eating, sleeping and exercising enough over the holidays, and will help you to fit in all the things you need to accomplish too. Make sure to allow some flexibility though, such as for trips away and special occasions.
What are you best tips and tricks for managing the summer holidays? Let us know!