It is time for this week’s post in my guest blogging series, The Newbie Takeover. This week I have lovely Jemma from Popcorn for Lunch. I love this post, it is all about surviving the summer holidays. Are you ready for 6 weeks of hell fun with the kids Mama’s? I have got the fear I have to be honest. I hope you all enjoy the post, over to you Jemma..
Surviving the summer holidays.
Parents….I don’t want to alarm you but…..it’s not long until the [*whispering in a nervous/fearful way*]….summer holidays.
Yes that’s right 8 (or 6 if you’re in England) long weeks of having to be solely responsible for your child’s entertainment.
Now don’t get me wrong, part of me is looking forward to having no obligation to have everyone de-pyjamaed by early o’clock. And part of me is looking forward to having the ‘holy cow I haven’t washed her PE kit’ and similar sanctions on my life’s enjoyment lifted for a few weeks. And of course, a big part of me is looking forward to spending time all together as a family (admittedly though, that feeling wears off around 4 days in).
The holidays can, however, be tricky. Without the discipline and routine of school, my kids tend to become more mischievous, deviant and downright mental.
So I’ve been having a think about how to ‘survive’ (not being dramatic here) the holidays with young children and have settled on the following as being my top five tips for retention of sanity:
1. Pack the kids off to Grandma’s for a couple of nights every now and again. Marketing is key here…they’re not just visiting Gran, they’re going on an all inclusive break to Hotel Pushover!! Maybe make a brochure for them listing all the attractions at Gran’s pad? For example, ‘unlimited sweets!!!!!’ or ‘beds available for jumping on!!’ or ‘discipline-free accommodation!’
2. Procure the assistance of your husband/partner and resort to bribery if you need to. If he’s off work you can start the conversation with something like ‘if you take the kids to the park today I’ll…..[finish sentence as desired]’ He’ll have the kids in the car and be hot-footing it to the park before you can say ‘Mummy has a headache.’
3. Stock up on a 2-month supply of wine. The summer holiday’s notoriety for late bedtimes accompanying steadfast adherence to term-time getting-up times will leave you needing a glass of something chilled in the evenings (or at around 11am everyday if we’re all being honest here). For parents who don’t drink my tip would be to start.
4. Get them to help around the house. It gives them something to do on boring days and helps you with the housework. Parenting win! Imaginative parents will be able to think up ways to make chores fun but if you’re like me and have the imagination of a plant pot then this can also work by introducing some sibling rivalry and the odd little white lie, e.g ‘oh your brother tidied up this room really well yesterday, do you want to see if you can do even better?’ even though brother was told to tidy up yesterday but peed himself on the carpet then emptied japproximately 982 Kinder egg toys (that silly silly Mummy keeps, WHY???!!!!!) over the floor searching for one that must have obviously been at the very bottom.
5. Try (I know it’s hard!) to enjoy it! Of course there will be days when you’ll be tempted to set-up camp at the school gates and remain there until the first day of the new term. And there’ll be days when the kids will be running around semi-naked with the bathroom bin over their head and unexpected visitors will arrive. You’ll not notice that they’re dialling Social Services because you’ll be busy wondering just how you managed to get everyone dressed and bin-free by 8am in the not-too-distant past.
But (and I sort of hate that I’m going to use this phrase) they’re only young once. Soon they’ll not want to spend their summers with you and will be off cavorting with their mates for a week in Majorca while you sit at home (or maybe at Arrivals) worrying. And you’ll miss the days when 50p bubbles from Tesco lit up their beautiful little faces.
A bit about Jemma:
I’m Jemma, a busy Mum of 3 mini assailants. I started blogging
really just to give me something to do with my free hand during the
many hours I spent breastfeeding my youngest when she was a newborn.
I’m a qualified Solicitor but am taking a career break from the
madness to be at home with my kids for a bit (possibly worse madness).
My writing style tends to be light-hearted and funny (possibly only to
me) although I have written more serious guest posts for other
bloggers on the topic of perinatal mental health. My goal with my blog
is for everyone to enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy writing it.
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Thank you for this post Jemma, it really made me giggle especially the bit about the kids running around half naked with the bin on their head, haha. So, how are you all feeling about the fast approaching summer holidays? Got any survival tips you’d like to share?
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