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How to Make the Last Week of School Bearable

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Published June 23rd 2013
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By the last week of the term, kids might get rowdy, anxious and play up a bit because of all the excitement coming up during the school holidays.

One time, my boys were acting up in school a lot, a few days before we embarked on our Queensland holiday on the school holidays. They were over excited, so they spoke a lot during work time, and were very extremely anxious for school to be finished for the term. There are certainly ways you can have a nice smooth running last week of school for the kids, without them getting overexcited and anxious.

On the weekend before the last week of school, write up a list of fun things the kids want to do on the school holidays. Things such as bike riding, the zoo, the park, see a friend.

Pin the list up somewhere and remind the boys every day they need to behave at school and at home in order for these fun things to come true.

Don't get too ahead of yourself and start acting like they're on school holidays yet.

Treat the last week of school as any other week of school. Still put them to bed at the same time, limit TV and make sure they're eating properly.

Don't keep reminding them about one specific fun thing you'll be doing on the holidays such as a zoo trip or going on holidays. That's the worst trigger for my kids, once I mention something really fun, they lose their marbles and go crazy.

Help your kids with their homework and gather any homework that they are given to complete during the school holidays. Keep it in a folder and store it somewhere safe, and tell them you'll be allocating certain hours of the day during the holidays to do the homework.

Have a breezy and chilled out week by not fitting in a lot of activities right before the school holidays. I took the boys out to the cinema the Sunday before the last week of term and they already felt like they were on holiday mode - keep the fun stuff for the holidays.

Don't over stimulate the kids with TV, electronics and having people come over every day.

On the last day of school, this day might be really hard for the kids to behave properly and might get a bit silly due to excitement. Keep calm, laugh along with them but don't let them get too out of line.

Last of all, take the kids out somewhere super fun after school is over for the term. Bowling, a play center or a friend's place where they can blow off steam. If this doesn't suit, schedule it for Saturday morning, they'll love you for it.
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Why? Make it easier for the kids to complete the last week of school.
When: The last week of school.
Where: At school and at home.
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