Summer holidays can be a challenge for parents, packed full of fun things to do for the kids, which can be a very tiring time for parents, so it’s really important to make sure you are on form, so here are a few tips to help you get through the long summer holidays:
• Make sure you eat and drink well and get rest when you can, cleaning can always wait for another day. Encouraging your children to help clean up will not only help you but will give your children a good grounding in clearing up after themselves.
• When planning your weekly meals, encourage your children to choose some healthy meals with you. You can then get them to help you complete your shopping list by marking off each item as you find it.
• Try and combine your days, with activity in the morning and something more relaxing in the afternoons; crafts such as painting, drawing are fun but relaxing - buy yourself a grown up colouring-in book, so that you can colour-in and relax at the same time.
• Don’t cram too much into a day, or take on too much, arrange play days with your child’s friends, and if you manage to have some hours of freedom do something for yourself, such as running a long bath, or reading your favourite magazine.
• Plan ahead, even if it’s only a few days, this will help you to alternate energy packed days with more relaxing days.
• Introduce some basic meditation techniques to your children; in a darkened room, encourage your child to lay on the sofa or floor with a cushion, then they can close their eyes and imagine that the sun is shining onto their bodies and slowly running up their bodies from their feet. Ask them to exhale out of their mouths and breathe in through their noses. Gentle massage can be a really good way to get children to relax as well, and then you could also practice doing some on your neck or back as well.