Some parents dread the thought of schools closing, particularly for the long December holidays. All they can think about is the demands their kids will place on them.
As if that’s not enough, the amount of yelling you have to do in the name of disciplining is terrifying. As you try and figure out what the little one is up to, the other one is busy climbing the cupboard licking sugar. It’s total madness.
However, it doesn’t have to be that way. You should be looking forward to having your kids with you. Holidays should be fun and that doesn’t mean splashing money and taking them to expensive places. Here are some of the things you can do with your kids this holiday.
1. Do A Movie Marathon
Choose something your kids enjoy, it might be an animated series
. Sit down with them, give them something to eat and those few hours might be the most peaceful.
2. Travel Together
One of the activities we used to do year-on-year was travel to the countryside and spend a few weeks away from the hustle and bustle of the city. There are plenty of activities here you can engage your kids
For us, waking up to the birds and grazing cows was a beautiful sight. The terrain and landscape were also breathtaking. A different environment
that brought nothing but joy.
3. Try Something New With Your Kid
Figure out what your kid enjoys and deep your toes in that. It might be sports, singing, dancing or anything you’ve noticed they enjoy.
4. House Chores
You might roll your eyes but hear me out. If kids are engaged in the right way, they are more than willing to take part in house chores. For some, the idea of playing with water is fun so give them instructions and something they can handle and you’ll thank us later.
An extra pair of hands is always welcomed in the kitchen
. If your kid has been pestering you about making a specific type of dish, you can plan on finally making it with him or her. Let their hands get dirty making the dough or peeling the potatoes.
6. Family conversations
After a long year, you might want to sit down and catch up with your kids about anything. For the better part of the year, we are always busy running out of the house in the wee hours of the morning and returning late when the kids are asleep. Use this time to catch up with them and find out what they are up to.
7. Alone Time
You don’t always have to be on your kids' faces. Let them amuse themselves or spend time with other kids or even alone. It is important for them as it is for you. Some parents talk about parenting fatigue. Whilst I’m not an expert, it could stem from always monitoring every little detail.
8. Make A Photo Album
I know we now live in the digital error but if you still do photos and have albums, it could be an excellent time to go through the family pictures and stick them freshly on the photo album.
You can plan to take your kids on a picnic
at a venue that will not cost you much. If you have a big backyard, you can even do one there. Bring all the necessary staff, make good food, have an irresistible playlist and have fun.
10. Attend an Event
There are so many events happening on a weekly basis if not every day. You can choose to go to a sports event, music or movies. Whatever you and your kids will enjoy.
Certainly, there’s no shortage of things you and your kids can do. All you need is proper planning. Enjoy the holidays.