The South African June holidays are upon us and for many parents, the three-week vacation can become a little too much – especially if you haven’t prepared yourself for a child/children who are easily bored and frequently hungry. Fortunately for those parents, there are ways to cope with having your children home 24/7 and they are quite easy to follow.
Survival tips for the school holiday
Summer school holidays are way easier than winter ones because now you can’t just ask your kiddies to go and have some fun in the sun. With the blistering cold weather, many parents have no choice but to keep their children indoors and safe from colds and flu.
This will mean that you will have to prepare yourself for a three-week-long stay with your children which can be fun but also super tiring – especially if you still have to work, as most parents do.
Doing the following will equal a smooth June holiday:
Relax a little
Instead of following your usual strict routines, you could choose to let loose a little. Instead of cooking a big meal every evening, why not make one night a sandwich night and the next day make your own pizza day. If you’re a sucker for routine, don’t sweat it since things will probably bounce back to normal as soon as the kiddies head back to school.
Go online and find fun, cheap and easy activities to keep your kid busy. There’re always science experiments and DIY crafts that are both fun and time-consuming and will come in handy when your kid complains about the nasty boredom gremlin.
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Create/join an online community
There are many online groups dedicated to moms and dads looking for ways to keep their children busy. If you can’t find one relevant to your needs, you can always create one and even arrange online play dates with other parents.
Keep behaviour in check with a rewards chart
This one will make sure your child still performs daily chores and works towards receiving rewards. Instead of giving them free rein over snacks and treats, you could always use a star chart to reward every three stars received through completed chores, with a treat of their choice. This will help you save money on buying a ton of groceries and get you some help around the house.