Even if you love being a parent and completely adore your children, let’s face it, having your kids home all summer can start to drive you just a tad crazy after a while. Depending on their temperament, they may be an extra hyper and require lots of attention. This can be extremely challenging if you work from home or need to get some housework or errands done.
The important thing to remember is that it is only a brief period of time out of the year and with the right resources and attitude you can make it a positive experience. Here are some of the best ways to make sure that you survive the summer vacation with your kids.
Take Time For Yourself
It is important to take breaks to regain your energy from time to time. When you take the time to recover from the daily stresses that can pile up when you are juggling kids, you assure that you will be that much more ready to do it again the next day.
Ask the other parent or a family member if they can watch the kids for a few hours while you do something that makes you feel good. Whether it is going to a movie, getting a pedicure, or simply going for a walk in a beautiful park. Taking time for yourself to detach yourself from the demands required is crucial before you drive yourself to an empty tank.
Find The Joy In The Madness
It is important to remember even in the midst of puke, poop, screaming, pulling, pushing, and whatever else is spraying all over your carpet that even though these moments feel like they might last forever, they are actually a small part of the bigger story. Your kids won’t be kids forever. These insane moments full of chaos and stress will one day be seen as precious moments.
You will never get these moments back. So take a moment to close your eyes and remember that you should find a little joy in the madness. Because it is part of the story.
Let Them Burn Off Steam
After a few weeks, the kids are going to start getting restless and bouncing off the walls. Why not take advantage of this time off to take them somewhere where they can burn off some energy.
Why not take your kids to the park or maybe a trail where they can run and run and run in circles until they’ve expelled all of their energy. When kids don’t have the opportunity to run and burn off energy in a day they can become irritable and wild. Get them out for some fresh air and some room to roam and you’ll be happy you did.