Yipee! The summer holidays are here and your kids are excited but as parents are you excited too?
Perhaps you are one of those parents who dread summer time and wish it would be over soon enough. The reality is that summertime is here and rather than wish it away you and the kids can have a great time making memories. Having a well thought out plan helps you to worry less and have fun with your children.
Loosen the Reins
For the period of school runs, you have had the entire control of their time and when any one of them tries to stray, you quickly issue out instructions to rein them in and they fall in line. Summer holiday time is that freedom period where you allow them to relax. You have to be flexible with their timing. You can allow them the luxury of sleeping for longer hours and more time to play. Let them make choices of the activities they want. But you have to find a balance between freedom and being engaged mentally in such a way that when they resume school they would not struggle to adjust to the strict, disciplined schedule.
Makes Chores Fun
This is the time to teach them to be responsible, no matter how small they are, as long as your children can respond to their names and walk, they can do things. Your five-year-old child should be able to wash plates; your two-year-old should be able to drop dirt in the bin whenever she sees one. Involve them in cleaning, sweeping, arranging the house etc. Create a competition around their chores. For example, you can tell them that the first to finish washing their plates will earn some sweets. You can also teach them how to sort through their wastes and dirt. With this, you will be able to get them to learn and do things fast and efficiently.
Unleash their Creativity
Does your child have a passion, something that he likes doing? Now is the time to groom that innate skills and talent to sharpen his/her God-given dream. You will find creative ideas like Art and Craft, painting, games that teach important skills, paper mache, story writing, playing an instrument, dance, sing, act etc.
You do not need to send them to expensive training, if you cannot afford it. Go online and get interesting and interactive videos on your kids’ interest then practicalize it at home.
Spend Time Listening to them
You can be strategic about time. You can take out time to teach your little girls and boys about sex education and many other life skills individually. Many things you did not know happened can be uncovered at this time if you as a parent are intentional about it.
So, parents, summertime is a fun time, plan for it and see how beautiful and memorable it will turn out for you and your kids.