For me, it is now officially summer holidays where my boys have no school for SIX WEEKS, eek! Now, as much as I love spending quality time with my boys it can be hard work and be exhausting to keep them entertained and deal with the bickering/ boredom that occurs when during this period.
So how do you manage to keep your cool and not lose it?
Well, I think one technique for me is to walk away and have my time out in the bedroom. I need quiet time as an introvert and space is important to me. Luckily I have a supportive husband who takes care of the little darlings and vice versa as well. I think you can feel guilty for not permanently wanting to look after your children yourself but I have learned that it is much more important to have time out away from the carnage. It makes the family home a much calmer environment.
I feel getting outside can help, breathing in the fresh air especially if you are like me and not in a position to have a garden. I take my boys out locally and get them to scoot about. This helps burn some energy and it is fairly simple to do. Alternatively, hitting the park for a picnic is a great way to have a day out and enjoy the outdoors.
On the other hand, it is ok to have chilled times at home and whack the
babysitter tv on. I have a motto you do what you can in a situation and sometimes we all need to just relax in front of the old familiar place. Previously, I used to feel so guilty about putting the TV on but not anymore, I am thankful for it. It has saved my sanity and it is good to relax and not do a lot. That is what a holiday is for right? It is also ok not to be busy 24/7 as much as Instagram would like to tell us. It is much better to be relaxed and just enjoy the time, it is ok to simply do nothing. It is ok to allow your child to rest, remember they have worked hard all year at school, it is time for a break.
Don’t always try to find things for your kids when you are bored. I know for a long time I felt I had to instantly deal with the dreaded statement, “I am bored” but do you know what it is good for kids to get bored. This time when your children are under stimulated is a life lesson on trying to find ways to deal with the problems and enhance their creative skills.
It is ok for parents to let their hair down when children are around. I know shocking right but is not healthy constantly having to deal with the requests of the children. Sometimes you have to give your children that independence to learn to make decisions about their problems.
Cheers for reading X