Summer break is nearing, which means your little ones will be getting ready for a relaxing christmas holiday. Planning out your children’s holidays to ensure that they have a fun and balanced break can seem a little stressful. It’s essential to make sure they are looked after at all times and kept busy- whilst also fitting around your work schedule.
If you’re at home worrying about what your little ones are going to do these holidays and you’re not sure what activities they might like then look no further. Three influential parent experts, Joanne Love, Lizzie O’Halloran and Ruth Stuettgen give some advice on organising your child’s holiday schedules and some hot tips you might want to try!
1) "Have a back to front day where they eat desert first!" - Ruth Stuettgen (@ruthcysterstuettgen)
Ruth is a speaker, author, coach and CEO at Focus on Balance- a company designed to teach individuals to place themselves in the driver’s seat and to help empower themselves as a woman, mum and businesswoman to reach heights that most women only dream of. She believes that personal and business/working lives are finely intertwined. As a mother herself she helps Women Entrepreneurs create super strategies to quickly and easily create flow in their daily lives.
“School holidays come around quicker than you think. Do you rack your busy Mum-brain for ideas to keep your children entertained? ’101 Super Cool Ways to make your Child’s Holidays Magical!’ can help you take the stress away. They will keep your child away from technology, making your holidays magical AND memorable. A ‘Back-to-Front Day’ can be having dessert first at dinner time! Rockpools and Back-chat Days are fun at any age. You and your child will be inspired to create your own magical activities. Request this free resource at https://www.ruthstuettgen.com”
Hot tip: To help keep your little ones away from technology for the day, get them inside the kitchen baking! It’s a yummy but fun way to stay busy.
2) "Take them to the theatre." - Lizzie O’Halloran (@how_to_build_self_esteem)
Lizzie is a professional speaker, writer, therapist and career mentor based in Melbourne. She has always been passionate about health and wellbeing which is why she founded Happy Life- an organisation that aims to empower clients to heal, grow, succeed and feel supported throughout the process. Happy Life was expanded in 2009 to incorporate Help for Mums to support mothers during their emotional journey into parenthood.
"As a busy mum of 2 young girls I love to be very organised over the school holidays to ensure their days are balanced and occupied. The first thing I would suggest mums do is to do a search function for theatre productions for children. Whilst most parents have probably heard of the bigger (more expensive shows) there are always smaller more intimate plays, ballets and musical performances pitches at various age groups that are often around the $15/20 ticket price. For instance the Melbourne Youth theatre has put on plays such as The Little Mermaid' and 'The three little pigs' which were fantastic and very affordable.Next, it's a good idea to get to know other parents in your child's school to organise a few play dates so that children can continue to socialise. Top that off with a couple of half or full activity days such as tennis or soccer day camps or arts and craft lessons. Finally, head into your local Arts Centre for free creative activities that will stretch their imagination and keep them entertained for hours.”
3) "Swimming Lessons!" - Joanne Love (@joanne_love7)
Joanne represented Australia in the 2008 Beijing Paralympics as a swim coach. For over 30 years, her coaching methods have influenced Australia’s leading athletes, coaches and teams. She has also coached a number of Olympic medallists and world-record holders. Joanne is a trained psychologist and Leadership Coach. Her unique outlook draws upon years of educational knowledge, her ability to create successful outcomes, and her psychological training, which is now helping parents, coaches and athletes to maximise their performances.
“My suggestion to keep the little ones occupied during the holiday's would be to enrol your children into a Swimming Program. During the holidays many swim schools, such as "Learn to Swim Victoria” (www.learntoswimvic.com.au), offer Intensive Swim Courses, which usually consist of back to back swimming lessons over a week-long period. Research has shown that short bursts of intensive learning, such as a Swimming Holiday Program, accelerates motor skill development in children and therefore helps improve and refine their swimming technique. These lessons are a fantastic way for young swimmers to make new friends, test and refine the skills they learnt throughout the term and have fun in the process. The holiday programs are also a great start for those who have never had swimming lessons, so they can easily adjust into a term swimming program. In addition, it also happens to be a great school holiday boredom buster for Mum and Dad!”
Hot tip: Try buddying up with another parent from school so your little one won’t miss out on their swimming lessons if you’re stuck at work one day! Making it more of a social event will make your child more
4) Organise play dates with other parents- it’s a great way to get them socialising and to keep your child busy if you have to work Kids playground equipment including cubby houses and trampolines which can be used long term.
5) A day trip to the zoo- whether it’s in a large group or just you and your little one, a day exploring the zoo is always a bit of fun!
6) Weekend horse riding camps - they’re a great way for your child to be outside with nature and to experience a few nights away from home!
7) Art or pottery classes for your child’s creative mind are a great way to get them spending the day doing something fun and keeping their brains ticking!
8) If you’re wanting to do something a little less costly then why not spend the day at the beach and get an ice- cream for a treat!
With so much to do this summer you will be struggling to fit everything into your child’s busy schedule! There are plenty of activities to fill up their day keeping them happy and busy, both indoors and outside. If you’re not free to stay at home everyday then teaming up with another parent to look after the kids is a great way for them to socialise! It’s important to keep balance so your child isn’t stuck doing the same thing all week!
Sitting down with your child and making a weekly schedule is a great way to get them involved and by having a say in what activities they do will help ensure they have an enjoyable break.