Sunday, August 04, 2019

Are You Summer Ready?

This is a collaborated post.

The summer vacation is one of the most enjoyable and stressful and wonderful, and loooong holidays on the children's school calendar. There is so much to love about such a long break. It gives you the chance to connect with your children again because those hours they spend at school 5 days a week is a pretty sizeable chunk of their lives. 

You can feel out of the loop sometimes, and the summer break gives you the chance to soak up all the fun stuff - but just for a short time. 

In order to make the most of your summer vacation though, you can prep earlier in the year - so when the time rolls around a great time will be had all around. 

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Swimming

Firstly, suddenly in summer all of the swimming pools and garden pools of all depth come out. But that doesn’t mean that all of the children are actually able to swim. Booking winter swim lessons for kids will mean that come the summertime, you won’t have to worry about them when it comes to being safe in the water. Of course, you will still need to be in the water with them when they are little, but knowing they have that skill will help you relax. 

Secondly, swimming is a skill for life, and in most cases, people who can’t swim are held back in a lot of fun activities and holidays as they get older. 

Booking

When it comes to going on holiday, it is better to choose and pick as early as possible. This allows for two things, plenty of preparation when it comes to packing and booking time off work, and the other thing is that you can pay it off in instalments - or save up to pay it off in one go. 

Once you have taken care of the location, you can then start booking activities and other things to do in the area that will fill up your time. Let’s face it though, when you book in the summer holidays the prices are seriously steep, so the more you can save by booking early the better. 

Meal Preparation

You’ve probably seen the meme that compares a child's school day eating routine to a day in the holidays, and the difference is pretty funny. Grocery bills can get exceedingly high when all of the children are home and are eating approximately every 3 minutes. You can help yourself by batch cooking and freezing a lot of meals in the months that precede the summer break. 

Activities

Although a lot of planning can sometimes be for nothing, it's nice to have a rough idea of how you will spend the time together. There are likely going to be a few rainy days over those few weeks, so make sure you have some big scrap paper boxes and some paints ready to create some art. Having a few Friday night movie nights booked in where everyone can stay up a little longer, enjoy some snacks and maybe even some hot chocolate. 

Summer ready isn’t just about glam bodies and swimsuits,  it is about planning a few things in to maximize the time you get with your children - even if they do make you a little crazy sometimes. 

 
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