- no waking to the alarm
- no making school lunches
- set routines out the window
- time to do things together with the children
- time to visit other families.
Now, with more mothers in the workforce, I acknowledge that school holidays can bring issues:
- supervision of children when parents are at work
- the cost of school holiday programs
- the difficulty getting employers to have flexible leave problems for working parents
- the frequent assumption that it is the mother who will take annual leave to care for the children...dads are parents too!
I am surprised today though, that some children and families don't seem to have a down time, that school holidays are jammed full of activities, classes, outings. There doesn't seem to be time to just hang, to play alone or with friends. I'm not sure what drives this need to fill every minute. Is it that parents don't want to spend time with their children? Or is it a sign of how much you care for your children that you want to take advantage of every minute for enrichment and stimulation?
It certainly seems to me that the result is children who cannot amuse themselves or find things to do. I think too that they are becoming restless unless they are constantly stimulated or entertained. My answer to "I'm bored" used to be, "Only boring people are bored" then I might explore with them what they would like to do so they didn't feel bored any longer, but the onus was on them to come up with the solutions, and the most successful ones usually involved some level of physical activity or involvement with other people.
It is important I think for children to learn that they can make changes in what they are doing that then change how they are feeling. I'm not sure that they get this opportunity when their life is crowded by activity, often organised by adults.
So my advice, for what it's worth, is to enjoy holiday times with the children, have fun together and don't cram every minute with entertainment and activity!