If you’re anything like me, you approach any break in the school year with a mixture of excitement and mild trepidation! Excitement because you get to spend some quality time together as a family. Trepidation because getting through a two week break while trying to entertain children can be absolutely exhausting!
How can you make the most of it without absolutely losing your mind? Luckily, I have some tips for you on how to survive the Easter break!
1. Keep Your Routine
You know what they say…fail to plan, plan to fail! It can be tempting to allow everyone to sleep in (I joke, kids don’t do lie ins!), or allow everyone to stay up late – it’s the holidays after all, but don’t be fooled! By breaking your routine now, you are only postponing the misery when you try to reinstate it when school starts. Try to stick to your usual routine and everyone will function much better for it.
2. Make A Plan
Two weeks is a long time to fill with bored children. Make a list together of the things you would like to do. This doesn’t have to mean expensive day trips – simple things like go to the park or meet our friends for a play date are perfectly fine. If you have a plan, you can prepare in advance for all the things you’ll need to bring with you (nappies if you have a little one, snacks, changes of clothes etc.). By being prepared you’ll remove some of the stress and can enjoy the activities much better. For some great ideas for Easter activities to do with your children, click here for my free 30 Fun Easter Activities printable!
3. Get Outside!
Even if the weather sucks try to get everyone outside for a little bed every day. Something happens to children when they’re cooped up indoors for longer than a few hours, some dark magic comes over them and turns them into irrational, crazy little demons. Running around in the fresh air can completely transform their mood as well as burning off some of that crazy energy!
4. Go Easy On Yourself
As much as we’d all love to be perfectly patient, wonderful parents, sometimes being at home with children can be just plain difficult. Don’t feel like you have to be Superman/woman. It can be totally fine to allow the children to be bored. School holidays often lead to parents feeling guilty for not doing more. Be realistic with the time you have available and work within that. Guilt doesn’t serve anyone, especially not your children.
5. Take Some Time Off
If you can, find a babysitter for a few hours (or better yet, overnight) and go do something you enjoy. Perhaps have a date night with your partner, go for a massage or just find some quiet space to relax and regroup. Parenting at any time is intensive but when school is out, it can seem doubly so.
It is also totally fine for you to take a break. No-one’s day will be improved by a tired, burned out parent! If you aren’t great at self-care, you can find some tips here to get you started.
So there you have it, my tips on how to survive the Easter break. Enjoy!