Are you that Mum who eagerly looks forward to the Christmas holidays (no more packing school lunches! No more school run or homework! Yippee!)… but then four days into the holidays, the kids are driving you crazy and you’re wishing they’d go back to school already?
Hand raised. Been there.
I tend to have this idealistic view of how our holiday time together will go down, but if I don’t take the time to plan what I want to do with the kids, it just doesn’t happen. And as an outcome of this, I end up feeling disorganised and frustrated with myself, while the kids’ behaviour deteriorates due to too much unstructured free time and not enough fun stuff to keep them occupied.
Here’s a simple solution – a holiday planner. Just print it out and jot down a note or two of an activity you can do each day. Use it to slot in those play dates and trips to the park or beach, as well as time for crafting, baking, and Christmas decorating. (Need ideas? I put together a list of 60 Christmas Activities to do as a family. No need for boredom these holidays!)