The school summer holidays might only last for six weeks, but if you have kids it can feel like six years. For parents of younger children particularly, the holiday means having to find things to keep the children entertained every single day, lest they kick up a fuss and decide to ‘redecorate’ the kitchen for a laugh. The advent of online gaming and YouTube have softened the blow somewhat, as many children are now quite content to spend their afternoons squirrelled away in their bedrooms on Fortnite. But even that tentpole of modern children’s entertainment has its limits. So, how are you going to make sure you’re prepared for July and August this year?
Perhaps the most obvious solution is to take one or two weeks completely out of the equation by booking a long holiday abroad. Of course, you’ll still need to keep them entertained whilst you’re away, but if you find a location with a dedicated babysitting service, then you might actually be able to steal some time for yourself this summer! Going abroad does require a fair amount of planning though, so make sure passports and health insurance are sorted and make sure you have the funds prepared to cover the time off work.
Sweets and Treats
One benefit of having the kids off school is that they can help you around the house, with those daily chores. They won’t want to, of course, but if you offer an added incentive, they won’t be able to resist. Occasionally offer them chocolate coins as a thank you. When they have emptied the dishwasher or a bag of sweets when they’ve dusted the living room and you’ll soon change their tune.
Whilst the UK might not boast the vast array of summer camps that they enjoy in the US (more’s the pity), there are various summer kids clubs in operation throughout the country. They will look after your kids during the day if you can’t get the time off work or you just fancy a day off. They might cost a pretty penny, but if you shop around you are sure to find one that suits your budget.
One neat idea to keep the kids occupied is to give them a project they undertake at the start of the holiday and must have completed before they go back to school. This could be anything from building a treehouse in the garden to writing a book or learning how to play a musical instrument. Offer a decent reward for completing that project and you might end up barely seeing your children at all!
Prepare the Home
Finally, you’ll want to make sure you have adequately prepared yourself with all of the books, games and snacks that your little angels are going to be asking for over those six long weeks. Stock up on fizzy drink, ice lollies and entertainment as it won’t always be possible or convenient to look outside of the home for things to do, particularly when it’s raining.