Whether you’re jetting off abroad or enjoying a staycation, the summer break is a chance to spend some quality time together as a family. If you’re a parent, making summer plans can be a bit daunting and six weeks can feel like a long time to keep the kids entertained. Spending lots of time together can also mean tempers get frayed and you’re soon counting down the days until September begins.
But summer is actually a great time to reconnect with all the important relationships in your life – from your kids and your partner to your friends and wider family. So to help keep everyone cool this summer, here are my six holiday survival tips for families:
- Plan together – Whether you’re going on holiday or staying put, it’s important to plan together as a family. Make everyone feel involved in plans and keep a chart with everyone’s wishes on it.
- Make hay while the sun shines – Make the most of what’s special about summer. Go for family walks during those long warm evenings, or arrange a family picnic. Also, look out for free or cheap music events and summer schools arranged by local authorities.
- Turn down the heat – Arguments are often a part of family life, but take care to diffuse tensions before things get too heated. If your children are arguing, ask them to go into separate rooms and take five. You can do this too if you’re getting wound up.
- Switch off – If you have time off work, try to make sure it’s really time off. So long as your boss is understanding, try not to check emails or work phones and really focus on enjoying time with your family.
- Reconnect – It’s common for parents not to see their friends as much, especially when children are very young. But summer provides a chance for reconnecting as there are lots of activities, like picnics and barbeques where parents and children from different families can get together.
- Keep things sizzling – During the summer, older kids are often out doing their own thing, so this is a good opportunity for investing some time in your relationship with your partner.
How we can help: If you’re finding family life difficult and need some support you can call us on 01234 356350