Get Through The Summer Holidays With These Ideas

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The long school summer break is almost upon us, and for many parents, this can be a tough time to manage. If you work and have to juggle your job with your childcare responsibilities, it can be especially tricky. You will have the challenge of arranging time off work when all the other parents want the same leave and organising childcare for the remaining weeks. If you’re a stay at home parent, you’ve ha got at least six weeks of having the kids with you all the time, getting under your feet and wanting to be entertained. On the other hand, you have also got a chance to spend some extended periods of time with your little ones, and the opportunity to have a lot of fun together.

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Quiet time

What you want is to find a balance between the inevitable desire your kids will have to play video games or watch TV, and getting them out and being active. It’s so important for kids to get physical exercise and experience the outdoors, and they should be getting out and running around every day if possible. It’s also ok for them to have a modest amount of screen time, or a few quiet hours relaxing with a good book or a puzzle. To save a few quid, you could think about buying an Xbox live gold 12 month pass to keep them going when they need to chill out or when it’s chucking it down with rain. 

Going away together

Many families opt for a holiday during the long summer break, which can be a memorable experience for everyone. If you haven’t booked anything yet, it’s never too late as there are lots of good deals available right up until the last minute. Family holidays are one of the highlights of childhood, experiences that are remembered and treasured for the rest of your lives, so if you can get away, it’s well worth the effort.

Days out and mini-breaks

This is the time of year when there is an endless stream of shows and special events going on, so you’ll have no shortage of options when it comes to having days out or weekends away. Have a look at community web pages, newspapers, and the websites of local attractions to see what is happening in your area. 

Fun activities at home

The beauty of the Internet is that you don’t have to go far to find all sorts of useful information and ideas for activities. Have a browse online, and you’ll soon compile a list of more things to do than you could possibly fit in! You can search for very specific topics, for instance, how to do a bug hunt or how to play hopscotch. Or you could just browse through pages of ideas and pick out the ones that appeal to you. Many of these ideas will be for cheap or free activities, so you needn’t worry that you have to spend money all the time.

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