- Teach your kids to rub suncream on each other. Line em up, biggest to smallest and tell them it's a competition.
- Get them swimming lessons. This will ensure that you don't have to spend too much time bouncing them around the pool, they'll be safer, sooner PLUS, to quote Dara O'Brien, you'll 'tire the feckers out.'
- Timetable their day. Children love structure and - believe it or not - they'll miss this element of school. During holidays, it makes sense to have to clear "activities" per day. Painting in the morning, say, and paddling pool in the afternoon. If in the 'in between' times they watch a bit of TV or loll on the sofa, you needn't feel guilty.
- Have your main meal at lunchtime. Most of us are accustomed to having our main meal of the day in the evening. But if you ring the changes and have your main feed at lunchtime, you'll get one of the hardest jobs you have out of the way. If you're exhausted by the evening, it's fine to chuck a bit of pizza or a sandwich mouthwards.
- Don't let them nap. If they're over 2, and drift off a bit in the afternoon, wrest them from the armchair and run them around the garden, or they'll be up long past bedtime. Evenings are the only time you'll have a chance to regain your sanity or work over the next few weeks.
- Try to be mindful. Constantly chasing children can be exhausting, but you know you'll miss them come September. At least sometimes...
Saturday, 23 July 2016
6 Helpful Hacks for Summer Mums
Don't get me wrong. I love spending time with my kids. And I love the summer. My problem is that, when the two things coincide, as a mum of five, I am hit by a tsunami of childcare. But never fear, help is at hand: