While having Spring Break sounds fun when you’re a kid, as a mom it can mean a week of challenging your sanity!
We have complied a few tips that will help you survive a week with your kiddos at home.
1. Plan some activities. You may be thinking that the whole point of Spring Break is to relax, and not have a plan. While you can do plenty of relaxing, it is always a good idea to have some ideas of what you are going to do. Talk to your kids! They love to have input and they might have some good ideas for activities that you haven’t thought of. I’m not saying you need to have a day by day schedule but at least have a few ideas for activities you can do when you hear the dreaded phrase “Mom, I’m bored.”
2. Have a schedule. Your kids are used to having a schedule all day at school. They know exactly what to do and when so being at home can be a big challenge for them. The schedule doesn’t need to be the same as when kids are in school but they should have some routine (waking times, bed times, eating times, etc.) Both mom and kids will be happier when they know what is happening.
3. Keep it simple. When you aren’t used to having your kids home all day everyday yet, getting things done in the day can be challenging. Keep your cleaning to a minimum, unless your kids are helping of course. The more you try to keep your house in perfect condition, the more stressed you will be. The same concept goes for cooking. Plan meals that are simple to make. Have your kids help! It gives them something to do and can take some pressure off you.
4. Take a trip. It doesn’t have to be to some place far away or really expensive. You and your children would benefit from going somewhere away from the house for a little bit. Go up to the mountains, take a drive and play a scavenger hunt, spend a fun night at a hotel, visit family; whatever you do, the fresh air will do you good.
5. Make some memories. No matter what you choose to do, make the most of your time with your kids. Do something they will remember. Making the effort to spend time with them will pay off. When you are in the moment and enjoying yourself, your kids will enjoy it too.