The school holidays are an exciting time for everyone, but as well as being a great time to spend time together as a family, most parents find the holidays quite stressful. Here are some tips on how you (and your wallet) can survive the school holidays.
You can never be too prepared when it comes to the school holidays, creating a calendar to mark important dates such as dentist appointments or family commitments will come in really useful when planning the rest of the school holiday activities.
Making a note of when you plan to be away on holiday together will help you get organised and give you enough time to do some packing beforehand and washing afterwards.
Pack your lunch
If you want to save your money for some more expensive activities in the school holidays then why not pack your lunch on the days that you know you can save? If you’re heading to a park or the beach, we suggest putting together a picnic; eating a few home-made finger sandwiches and sharing some crisps whilst sat on a blanket will create a lovely experience for you and your family.
Grab an offer
Throughout the school holidays, a lot of community places such as libraries and local galleries put on free activities for children. Everyone loves a freebie, and plenty of venues hold events for all of the family to enjoy throughout the holidays!
Having made an effort to get everything planned and ready, you will want the holidays to run as smoothly as possible. Yes, routines may get a little muddled and we all know how children can get over excited, so make sure they have some down time. Check out our children’s armchairs, perfect for curling up and reading a book! It’s also important to make sure they’re still getting a good night’s sleep and to make sure you are giving yourself enough ‘me time’ – the holidays can be tiring for everyone!