Half term - how are you coping?

Posted by Carol Walker on 15th Feb 2016

It's that time again when our phones go quiet and appointments get cancelled due to lack of babysitters etc.  We have a chance to take a breather before the numbers increase - we are waiting for the telephone calls on Monday 22nd Feb.

We also notice that if the weather is bad people call us towards the end of half term as tensions rise when families are stuck in the house together.

How can you make sure half term goes smoothly?

  • Make sure you have all of your child care sorted out in advance - there is northing that puts pressure on you as parents more than dashing around at the last minute
  • Have a plan of what you want to do each day - and make a contingency incase the weather is poor
  • Although it's tempting to give in to demands for the small ones to stay up late because there is no school tomorrow there is nothing worse than tired children to spoil a nice day out, plus you need some space too!
  • Listen to what your children want to do and explain to them if you can't follow their plan
  • Try not to cram too much in - everything will take longer than you expect so don't plan so much in you are rushing from one place to another
  • If you have a budget, try to stick to it, getting into debt for a few activities will only add tension
  • Have fun - and enjoy spending time with your children.  They will be back at school before you know it and children love quality time with their parents


what do you think makes for a good half term break?  Share your ideas and plans with us.

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