I’m not a fan of the heat in Florida and I welcome the cooler air. We don’t really get a ‘winter’ here. It’s not too hot and it’s not too cold so it’s just right! However, cold weather or not–winter school break is almost here and I’m planning and preparing now on what activities my family and I can do.
As a work at home, homeschooling mom, this means I have to adjust our schedules again. Re-adjusting your routine can put you in some kind of funk, but just remember it’s only for about two weeks and your not going to be stuck in the house 24/7 because you are going to plan ahead! :) Early planning is the key to having a fun winter break with the kids.
Like the 12 days of Christmas, plan your activities for the entire winter break. Give yourself room for unexpected happenings, but try to stick to the activity you have planned. Each day doesn’t have to be filled with some fun event. You’ll feel burned out and depleted of cash. Schedule time for relaxation and let everyone do their own thing.
Winter break doesn’t have to be expensive either. Look for free things to do, deals or coupon savings online ahead of time before heading out to your destination. You may want to prepay for a show you want to see so you’re guaranteed a seat.
Allow for mom and son/daughter time and dad and son/daughter time. You don’t always have to do something all together. Stay social and involve your kid’s friends and their parents in the outings as well. Plus, it’s nice to spend adult time with other adults and kids with other kids.
Check out what is happening at your church during winter break and plan on attending something that would be of interest to your peeps. :)
Involve the kids in choosing an activity to do. Let them take “control” of what to do that day. Maybe they want to go ride some go-karts with their Dad in the morning and have lunch with you and go shopping in the afternoon.
Have your kids keep track of what they have done during the winter break. Have them write in a journal about their activities. Take a camera or video camera wherever you go and take photos of the kids doing and saying silly things. Before the end of winter break, take your memories and create a scrapbook for the family or send as a gift to an out-of-town family member.
Planning is the best way to go. It’s also less stressful and there will be less disagreements from everyone. Plus, you will be building lifelong memories for you and your children!
What do you have planned for this winter break? Any tips to share??
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