reachME Holiday Helpers
We asked a bunch of reachME mums how they’re surviving the holidays and what tips they have to help keep the little ones happy and the big ones sane until term 1 begins.
Help for the Holidays – We Ask the Experts
How are your holidays going? Lots of time to pamper yourself or long days spent managing hyper kids with no energy left to even scrape the old paint off your toenails? We asked some experts – mums like you – how they make the most of school holiday time.
Make a break for it
“Get out. Get out. Get out! I cannot say it enough. Close the front door on the mess, locate lost hats and take the kids to the park/beach/library… anywhere, as long as you get out of the house. My house is a bombsite but it’s wonderful to be focused on the kids – they love it, and the added bonus is they usually end up so knackered they have a nap in the afternoon.” Libby, 32
The answer’s on the Popsicle stick
“I took the advice of an article I read and put different activities on Popsicle sticks. When the kids start to go crazy/fight/ bored etc, I get one child (they take turns, which is another fight altogether) to choose a Popsicle stick from the jar. Whatever it says, we do. Whether it’s a game of hide-and-seek or twenty star jumps, it seems to reset the mood for all of us. Wish I’d thought of it sooner!” Moana, 31
Schedule your way to sanity
“I used to get so annoyed with trying to put sunscreen on three kids and all the rest of the palaver needed to get out the door that it actually stopped me from doing much so we ended up going stir crazy and watching the same DVDs over and over. Now I’ve done a little holiday schedule, and whether we’ve got any plans or not, sunscreen goes on once the pajamas come off in the morning. It’s quite amazing what a difference that makes to me psychologically!” Nat, 37
Avoid dead guinea pigs
“Don’t ask me, our holiday has consisted of chicken pox, a dead guinea pig and a burst bathroom pipe. I’d have to advise to try and avoid all three.” Megan, 38
No saucy business in October
“Probably the best advice I could give is to try not be in your first trimester over the Christmas holidays! This was me last year and it was a nightmare. Two kids at home and all I could think of was sleep and trying not to be sick all hours of the day and night. It was sheer agony. These holidays have been an absolute dream in comparison!” Tracy, 39
“Reward charts for trips and treats. This year I did a special holiday chart and it’s been really effective – I don’t have to get so cross when I can simply point at the chart. We start the chart on a Monday for a Friday treat. I’m a bit of a schedule freak so make sure I have the weeks planned in advance. I talk it through with the boys so they learn about dates and times and if they know what’s coming up they seem to cut down on the ‘bored’ comments.” Sophie, 29
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