Well today is officially day 3 of the Victorian School Holidays and I am still alive. A little on the ‘I stayed up too late blogging’ side but alive and awake and pondering my day.
Surviving school holidays has really become a massive priority in this house as we had a slightly extended christmas break that was 7 weeks long and i’m certain that if it had of been a day longer I would be locked up right now.
I know where I went wrong during those holidays though, and i am not about to let it happen again. It’s all in the routine and planning.
Yes thats right, even our holiday breaks must be organised to ensure quality time be well…quality and to preserve whats left of my fading sanity. 🙂
Kids thrive on routine. I have proven this thoery in my own home.
When we run to a routine the children tend to cooperate, do what we ask them to and know whats expected of them.
When we run with no routine we have nothing but CHAOS!!
Our routine is rather extensive, however it doesnt have to be complicated at all.
If your regular routine involves being up and organised for school by a certain time, you might want to relax a little on that (afterall it is holidays) but if you always make the beds before you leave the house for the day, keep it in the routine.
There is nothing worse that having to start a routine from scratch after each holiday break.
Over the Christmas break we had alot of days just sitting around at home in the same 4 walls doing not much of anything. BIG MISTAKE!!!
These holidays I am making sure that we have something to do everyday to keep us all busy!
This is where my beloved whiteboard comes in…..
On my whiteboard, which is displayed in our hallway I have written the days down one side and the activity or plan next to them.
This way everyone in the house knows what to expect on each day.
The kids get a real kick out of reading it each morning and it keeps them from pulling out other activities when we dont have time for them or if we are heading out the door.
I have made sure I have included activities that are at home (save’s heaps of money), with friends and something special in the break aswell.
If there is something I want to surprise them with I will write something like Surprise Adventure to keep them guessing.
This weeks plan looks alot like this:
Monday – Outside Play, Afternoon DVD and House Tidy Up.
Tuesday – Surprise Library Visit (Halls Gap Wildlife Zoo) , Friends for Lunch & Monster Squad Movie Night.
Wednesday – Tidy Up Morning, Country Drive to visit some friends & Cooking.
Thurday -Mother’s Group Play Date, Afternoon DVD / Outdoor play, Walk to park (weather permitting).
Friday – Pick Up Mackenzi for her school holiday visit & play at the Fairy Playground.
Saturday – Crafts at home, (Aria to a party), Family Lunch, Twilight Local Footy Match.
Sunday – Steam Train Ride In Maldon.
If you’re struggling for ideas on things to do, contact your local Visitor Information Centre. They often know what’s on around town during the break, google activities, crafts & games and ideas to keep the children busy on the quiet days.
So hopefully the weather behaves itself and we can enjoy the rest of this week. Be flexible if things change, often things that happen on the spur of the moment leave us with wonderful memories 🙂