The summer holidays are fast approaching and it may seem great that you’ve got six weeks at home with your children.
However, the reality of what that entails could well get you a little panicked; tantrums, dirty laundry, messy bedrooms and bad weather may make you feel like it’s the summer from hell!
As children get more excited it can be a very different story for their stressed parents. This is where Parentline can help, they are a charity service, completely confidential and independent of your employer, offering support to all parents and carers of children. Parentline is a completely free service, available 24 hours a day through their dedicated helpline (0808 800 2222).
One subject that comes up every year is how to survive the long summer holidays, including finding affordable childcare, the cost of holidays, days out and keeping the kids entertained. If this sounds familiar it may be time to think about how to turn it around before it’s time to get them back to school.
- Plan for the return of the new term in advance so there is no mad dash for uniform or new shoes. It will take the stress away straight away.
- Plan a project or a theme for the holidays and you could organise day trips around it and create a fun journal for your holiday snaps.
- If the sun’s out, why not go to the park? You can have teddy bears picnic, a bike ride, a hike, or take your camera.
- Tennis for Free works with councils to provide free ‘walk on and play’ court access throughout the year. It might be time to start a new hobby (www.tennisforfree.com).
The great myth is that you need lots of money to do things with the kids, but you don’t need to splash the cash on the biggest and best scooters, swings or slides. There are loads of activities you can get involved with for free. For some ideas of free or low cost things to do visit https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/travel/school-holiday-deals