End of term concerts have been performed. Parents’ parties have been attended. End of year reports have arrived home along with the cleared out classroom clutter – all probably still dumped in the hall!
All are familiar signs that we’ve all reached the end of another academic year and we all look forward, with a variety of thoughts and emotions, to the holidays ahead.
For all children of all ages, the thought of the weeks ahead is greeted with great anticipation.
Parental responses range from those who anticipate endless days with their offspring, to those who grapple with the complications of childcare and achieving the best work-life balance possible. Most seem to fall somewhere between the two.
A Question of Balance
In practical terms, how should we, as parents, balance the time our children have during the long summer break?
Some schools send home holiday work or assignments and projects that need to be completed, other schools do not. Again, parents will have opinions as to whether or not this is a good thing!
Whatever the case, school holidays are a time for rest, relaxation and fun – a chance to recuperate and reboot the body and brain ready for September.
We all need to find a balance in order to achieve this aim.
I have now reached my twentieth year of motherhood and almost my thirtieth year of professional involvement in education. So, for what it’s worth, here are my top 10 tips for achieving a happy, balanced holiday period for your children!.
My Top Ten Tips for a happy Balanced Holiday
1. Try to give your children plenty of time in the outdoors. Lots of unstructured time digging around for worms, kicking a ball around and climbing trees. Plenty of fresh air and exercise!
If you can relax and achieve this sensible balance, both you and your children should be refreshed and ready for the familiar routine and new start that September has to offer.
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