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Published July 9th 2012
School holidays have started. It is break time for kids to get away from normal routine and have fun. However on the other side, school holidays can sometimes bring panic for parents, especially for families who are not planning on going away. Mums or dads often have to be super creative in order to entertain their children and at the same time getting all work done.
Here are a few things you can pull out to keep your children happy, having quality time with them and getting your things done at the same time. All it requires is a bit of organizational skills. Less TV, no computer games and no iPad involved.
1. Plan the day together – Involve children in planning tomorrow's activities. It lets children know what to expect and to look forward to. After dinner is a great time to do this. For more fun, jot them down in a pretty printable like this and stick it to the fridge.
2. Involve children in your work – Giving them easy tasks to do at the same time is actually helping to get your job done. Depending on their age, you may let them help you with easy tasks such as hanging out their own socks when you do the laundry. While cooking, you may let them spoon the mixture onto the baking tray or similar task. Children often enjoy doing these things, simply because they are spending quality time with you.
3. Do a project together – Decide on a project such as craft-making, baking or gardening, etc. and do it together with your children. This is also a good learning opportunity in disguise. They will often treat these activities as playing, but in fact they are learning. The result will be so rewarding, even when the school weeks resume.
4. Get active – Whether it's walking in the park, swimming indoors, playing with pets, make sure you include an outdoor activity in the planning. Take them out for a bit of sunshine and keep up with a healthy lifestyle.
5. Relaxation time – With a cup of warm chocolate or even a scoop of ice cream, reward them for their good behaviour and having a bit of fun before dinner. It's a good opportunity for parent-child talk too. Snuggle time.
6. Review – Share what you all have done and how they are all feeling across the dinner table with daddy.
Obviously there are times when things are not running smoothly. Your child may pull out in the middle of an activity and opt to behave in a way that you would rather lose $60 an hour than deal with it (chuckle). Stay cool, execute the disciplinary action and don't forget to rekindle with them once the bad time has passed.