Most of us have less than three weeks to go before our little darlings head back to school. Personally I’ve had a blast this summer with the children, however, having put all the effort and planning into the family holiday & the first part of the summer these last two or three weeks can cause a little holiday fatigue.
It happened to me last year, and things got serious! So I’m sharing my top tips to avoiding peaking too soon & without spending oddles of dosh!
We’re All in the Same Boat (well, some of us!)
Call on friends – yours or your children’s – to organise a few last minute morning or afternoon play dates. You’ll probably be surprised how many other people are in a similar position & will welcome an impromptu playdate. Having a friend over from nursery/school can put a new gloss on their toys giving them a new lease of life.
But I would say, from experience, that three’s a crowd. If you have more than one child invite a friend for each. Even tho it’s an extra child in the house having a friend for each child keeps the balance.
Social Media isn’t just for Pokemon Go!
I can’t tell you how much social media has inspired me this holiday, whether planning ahead or being spontaneous. And I don’t mean looking at a Facebook feed and thinking ‘why didn’t I think of that?’
My favourite app of the summer is the new Bubele Oxon edition. It’s great for finding about what’s on and where to go, and even though it’s aimed at tots under five, I’ve found it useful with a five year old plus. You can tailor the app depending our little one’s age, the activity you’re looking for and whether you’re after something within a five minute walk away or something further afield. Recently I’ve used it because we needed last minute change of plan because of the weather – I didn’t look at the forecast!
It also has useful child-friendly shops, cafes & restaurants, which I find really useful. For the cost of a cake and a milkshake we can break up a day at home with a short trip out (and a frothy coffee, too!)
The app’s free to download if you have an iPhone & iPad, if you’d like to try it here bubeleapp.com
Take Advantage of the Freebies
There are some amazing places you can visit for free, use them and allow other people to entertain your little ones for a couple of hours.
In London all of the museums are free*, which I still find amazing! Because they’re free there’s no pressure to spent the whole day there.
Recently we museum-hopped our way around South Kensington, popping into the Natural History Museum just to see the dinosaurs then settling into the third floor of the Science Museum and it’s Space exhibitions. The museums are always changing their activities, so if you did pop in at the start of the summer it’ll probably have different activities towards the end.
There are also some great events taking place at local shopping centres and garden centres, too. They’re a free resource so use them!
*I always give a donation & it’s still a super cheap day out!
Ask the Kids
I appreciate this may be hard if your children are still young, but ask them what they want to do. They have their own ideas, and they may even want to do something again – mine love Wendover Woods, so a trip there with a picnic is a fun day out and one which can be repeated regularly throughout the holidays. It is their holiday, too, don’t forget!
Less is Often More
Since having the children I’ve learnt my limits – I don’t try to do too many things in one day. It’s not worth the stress & it just means more hassle for mummy! I’m not tempted to pack so much into one day that I’m constantly schlepping from one event to another without enjoying it. Or that we’re doing so much they’re crying with exhaustion! Take your time, enjoy what you do and hey, they’ll probably enjoy it more and so will you!
I hope these last few weeks are just as enjoyable as the ones at the start!
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I'm Tracey, nice to meet you. Mummyshire was 'born' three years ago after we moved from London to the Oxford countryside. Here I chart our journey adjusting to our new lives, the challenges of being in the countryside & surviving parenthood.