In charge of childcare this summer? Enjoy the holidays without wearing yourself out
Summer has officially arrived. Most preschools, playgroups and baby groups are on holiday until September. School is out and we’re on our own. The six week marathon of endless snacks, demands and entertainment has begun. Cripes! Pass the gin.
Whether you’re a parent or a nanny, being in charge of childcare over the summer holidays can be full on. The pressure to make each day fun, interesting and educational for different ages and interests is pretty daunting. There’s a lot to juggle. Outings to plan and activities to organise, small bodies and minds to keep active and (hopefully) tired-out by bedtime. And keeping the peace, staying on top of the mess and making sure they eat more than one food group is a daily challenge. (Ice cream is a food group, right?)
And whilst you are working overtime to keep everyone else happy, healthy and amused, it’s easy to forget about your own wellbeing. To end-up exhausted at the end of each day and worn out come September.
We all want to make the holidays as fun as possible, but it is possible to do that andbe kind to yourself. After all, it’s in everyone’s best interests that you stay fit and healthy too. With that in mind, instead of another summer holiday activity list we’ve decided to focus for five minutes on you instead.
So sit down, relax and enjoy our 5-step guide to enjoying the summer holidays without wearing yourself out.
And don’t worry, we’ve included some activity ideas at the end too.
Our 5 Step Guide for the Summer Holidays
- It’s ok to have lazy days. Not every day has to be filled with sensory play and mind-expanding activities. ‘Down time’ and cuddles on the sofa are important too. A few at-home days will help everyone re-group and recover from busy days out. Why not have a movie day? Stay in your pyjamas, eat popcorn and enjoy the snuggles.
- Be kind to your bank balance. There are plenty of great free activities to be found. Check out our Pinterest page for ideas and inspiration. Or go to the woods. Have a picnic. Ride bikes. Bake. Make ice cream. Sign-up to the Summer Reading Challenge at your local library.
- Let them eat cake. Accept that some days they will live on cake and chips and that’s ok. Just mix it up with healthier days and choices over the week.
- Tidying is for everyone, not just for mum and dad (or nannies.) You could easily spend the next 6 weeks picking-up after your children. But why not use it instead to teach them a little responsibility and independence? Make it fun. Let them do their messiest worst during the day and have ‘tidy-up time’ each day before bed with their favourite music. Or have a competition with a sticker leaderboard. Or make it a rule that before a new toy or activity comes out, something else has to go away. You’ll be teaching a valuable lesson and taking the pressure off you. Go you!
- Not every day is an instagram story. Sure we all want to make some memories but let’s also be realistic. Even the best laid plans go wrong with children. Especially when they’re hot and tired. Don’t beat yourself up if your perfectly planned day ends in tears. There are plenty more where that came from! (Nearly 40 to be exact.)
Whatever you get up to over the Summer holidays, we wish you all amazing adventures and wonderful memories.
And if you are looking for activity ideas, there are a few interesting ones below. Why not also share your best summer holiday finds via our facebook and twitter pages to help parents looking for ideas.
Sending a fist-bump of solidarity to you all.
Happy holidays everyone.
The Happy Nest Team
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