With the kids off of school, and your daily routines thrown into turmoil, it can be difficult to keep on top of things during the 6 week summer holiday. Here at Maid In Essex we fully appreciate that a little extra help can make all the difference when you are trying to be mum, a career woman, a cleaner, a wife and all the other roles the modern woman has to be. So, in this weeks blog, we are sharing some pearls of wisdom on how to keep on point during the long, and sometimes chaotic 6 week break.
Trying to entertain the children during the holidays can be a tricky and expensive project. Kids all have their own likes and dislikes and keeping them all happy can feel like a United Nations peace keeping mission, only harder! If you can, make a plan. You can download fancy planners from the internet, or you can just make a list of things to do and add them to your existing diary or organiser.
Try and build a good mix of activities for the kids. Perhaps splash out on an “out and about” day one day, then plan for a simple (and cheaper) day in the local park the next day. If the weather is poor, plan a trip to the cinema or indoor activity, followed by a quiet day at home watching a DVD or taking part in simple games or craft activities.
To ease up the arguments, pick a day of the week for each child where they get to choose what they want to do. That way, everyone gets a turn to do what they like best.
No matter whether the kids are off school or not, the regular weekly chores still need to be done to ensure your house does not descend into complete chaos. If you are on your own, or your other half is at work, you have no one else to help and take over the childcare while you crack on with the housework – and this can be tough! If your kids are old enough (and by that we mean literally not a baby), you can get them involved too. Teach them simple chores like loading the dishwasher, collecting the laundry, drying the dishes, putting away etc and reward them for helping you out. Of course, we all want our children to help with the chores, so don’t make too big a deal of it as chores are a life skill they will need to learn eventually. Set a time everyday for chores and get them out of the way early so you have the rest of your day to yourselves.
The very best way to deal with the housework is have someone come in and help. Here at Maid In Essex we can supply you with a regular weekly cleaner throughout the holidays, and in fact, all year round, to give you more time to spend with the family.
If you are used to spending time with other parents or children from school or in your neighbourhood, it can feel lonely if they all swan off on holiday and you are left at home. Most play groups, toddler groups and clubs don’t run throughout the holidays so it can feel even harder to connect with the other adults you would normally spend time with. Plan to keep in touch to avoid feeling down in the dumps. Organise a rota of play dates. Even if you only see other parents once a week or so, it can feel like a lifeline if you are on your own with the children all the time. If you have a fun social network, why not organise a BBQ or summer party with friends and family as something to look forward to.
However you keep organised through the summer holidays, the most important thing to do is to enjoy it when you can. Children grow up so quickly, so spend time with them while they are at home. Having a cleaner will free up extra time for you to make the most of your time with them. Call us on 01277 812220 or click here to contact us by email, to see how we can help.