The days are longer, the nights are lighter, and the sun is (mostly!) shining. The summer is finally upon us. But whilst the summer usually brings sunshine, smiles and sandy hands, there are also many days during that long six-week period that often feel like a strain.
It’s ok to feel nervous about the impending summer holidays. Whether it be stress regarding going away on holiday, anxiety about visiting friends or travelling around due to some of the COVID-19 restrictions being lifted, or a nervousness about how you will juggle your job and the children, it’s perfectly normal to feel those flutters of apprehension.
As always, the first step is just to notice your worries and anxieties around this period. Only then can you begin to tackle them head on.
A survey of parents conducted by Sphero before lockdown, found that a massive two-thirds of parents dreaded the summer holidays and admitted they had no idea how to keep their kids occupied.
72 per cent of the 2,000 parents surveyed, revealed how much of a struggle it is to keep their children occupied and away from screens and tablets, while one in three admitted that they wished their children would spend less time watching TV during the holidays.
Certainly, the long summer holidays and finding engaging activities for the kids to do has always been tricky for parents. Yet, since COVID-19 and the various lockdowns we have all experienced, the situation is perhaps yet further exacerbated.
Parents have been scratching their heads for over a year now to find new ways to amuse the kids at home. And indeed, many have been pulling their hair out trying to find ways to juggle their working life, whilst their children are off school. If you are currently living in dread over the looming summer break or are worried about doing the juggle, here are our three tips that might just help to avoid that feeling of overwhelm:
Navigating the school summer holidays is never going to be simple for parents and ultimately there are always going to be days when you feel like you haven’t quite got the balance right. But that is ok. By following these three simple tips above, it should help you to feel a little more in control of the situation so that you can enjoy the time yourself and ensure that the summer break is a time to look back on fondly.