Summer Holiday Fun for the Family

Hello Everyone

Summer holidays are here, and after a whirlwind year we're all breathing a collective sigh of relief at the thought of a few weeks without the pressure of work, traffic and school. Picture it: no sports events to attend on Saturday mornings, no rush to collect kids from school, and the pressure to make sure homework gets done after school is lifted - what bliss! The first two weeks of the holidays are great as everyone unwinds. Mom and Dad are delighted that they're not stuck in traffic and the kids are ecstatic because they can sleep in, spend time with friends and relax after a stressful academic year... Then the boredom sets in. The kids want to be taken to movies, visit adventure parks, go to restaurants or spend time at the mall with their friends, and the costs start mounting. Suddenly the school lift club seems like a less stressful (and more affordable) option. What happened to the fun-filled holiday? In our August newsletter we talked about the power of play. We discussed the importance of encouraging our children to explore the world around them. Many parents underestimate the importance of spending time with their children. Children, especially pre-teens, crave quality time with their parents. If you are on leave over the December holiday period, think of it as a perfect time to have fun and reconnect with your family. Here are some tried and recommended family activities that parents have shared with us :

Fun in the sun

  • Get the kids to prepare a picnic basket and visit to the local park or botanical gardens for an afternoon. Help the kids to bake or cook a few goodies for the picnic- baking is a great way to learn about quantities, weights and measuring. This website has some great recipes for budding Jamies and Nigellas

  • Don't forget to pack a ball or Frisbee for some after-lunch