I can’t believe that next week is March break! As someone who works in schools, I look forward to this time of year because the school year is LONG and teachers, secretaries and admin staff are SPENT! We totally deserve this break. But I get it… what are you going to do with your children at home for a solid week?! The thought of having to entertain the kids can be daunting. Their friends may be going on vacation or have big activities planned and you’re here scrambling to compete with those parents and come up with ideas on how to keep everyone happy and occupied without breaking the bank. Well I’m here to tell you that it’s okay. It’s okay that you don’t have activities planned for March Break and it’s okay that you’re not going on vacation. We’re not all Pinterest Moms who have the time or desire to plan the days out to every detail. So rather than giving you ideas on what to do with the kids, today I’m sharing 5 reasons why you don’t have to plan March Break with activities.
1.They’ll be Fine
Stop putting pressure on yourself to keep up with the Jones’. When I was growing up, my parents didn’t plan any extravagant activities and we certainly didn’t have tons of money to spend on vacations every year. My sister and I turned out just fine (I think), so go easy on yourself! Don’t feel like you have to plan out every minute of the day for the kids. Encourage them to play on their own or with their siblings (until they start arguing and need to be separated). You don’t have to involve yourself in every activity because your kids are more than capable of playing by themselves. If you’re days are too full of activities, you’ll be exhausted by the end of Monday – so don’t spread yourself too thin!
2. No Plan is a Good Plan
We’ve all done it. You just spent your precious time planning out your day only to have things go wrong. Perhaps the kids are sick or maybe they’re misbehaving and causing you some serious anxiety. As a parent, having a concrete plan in place is generally impossible. Things rarely go as planned, making you feel resentful and frustrated for having spent so much of your time planning! So instead I challenge you to ditch plan. Go with a flow and let the week take you where you’re meant to end up. You may find that the kids have a lot more fun this way.
3. Helping Hands
Wouldn’t it be nice if you could accomplish some of your own goals while you have the week off? It may sound too good to be true but what if I told you that your kids can help you get those things done. I’m not suggesting that you have your kids scrub floors or toilets, but they can absolutely help you organise and clean the house without it even seeming like a chore! There’s a good chance your kids have way too many toys and a pile of clothes that no longer fit them. So why not use this as an opportunity to get rid of those items all while teaching your children the important lesson of giving back. Have each child select a few (or more) of their toys that they no longer play with and donate them to a family in need. As for the clothes, throw a fun “fashion show” with the kids and have them try on some of those items that you may need to rid of. Set those aside and donate them too! It’s a win, win for everyone! You’re getting things done while spending time with the kids, the kids are learning a valuable lesson all while having fun and you’re giving back to the community.
4. It’s an Illusion
Johnny’s Mom is always on top of everything. She’s taking the kids here, there and everywhere meanwhile you’re at home feeling like the worst Mom ever because you haven’t planned squat. Well I’m here to bring you back to reality. There’s a good chance that only 50% of the activities that Johnny’s Mom worked so hard to plan will go smoothly and she is may be going way over her budget in an attempt to keep the peace between her children. While Johnny’s Mom may sound like the Pin-perfect woman who has planned these Pinterest perfect activities, just remember that you’re only seeing what she wants you to see and is just like the rest of us moms! We’re all losing our sh*t but some people are just better at disguising it than others. So stop comparing yourself to other moms and remember that your kids love you just the way you are. As long as you’re making an attempt to spend time with your children , show them love and take good care of them, your children won’t care about those big fancy plans, which brings me to my last tip.
5. Keep it Simple
Who’s it all for? No child understands the stress, hard work and time that it takes to plan an activity. This isn’t to say that you shouldn’t have fun with your kids – in fact I’m suggesting the complete opposite! Spending time with your kids is important but it’s all about quality over quantity. Have that fun day with your children but do it within your means. Don’t feel like you have to go overboard and spend an excess amount of time and money to make your children happy. When you’re thinking about planning something fun to do with the kids, ask yourself who it’s for? Are you planning this for the kids or is it so everyone else will looks at you as a “good” mom? In a perfect world, your children will enjoy every moment of that extravagant week you spent so much time planning, but in reality your kids are more content with making and eating Rice Krispie treats and playing with pots and pans. I remember the days where my Dad would randomly take us out to get a milkshake or buy us a box of donuts for breakfast in the morning. It was never anything fancy and my parents didn’t ever “buy our love”. Keep it simple and choose to spend quality time with your family.
There you have it – my 5 reasons why you don’t have to plan out your March Break. So, stop stressing out about what you’re going to do with the kids and take it easy on yourself. Cherish this time with your kids by just letting them be kids and by simply being with them. They always remember the little things and don’t need those big grand gestures to feel special. It’s okay if you’re not like Johnny’s Mom. It’s okay that you can’t afford the big vacation to Disney this year. It’s okay that you forgot about March break. Everything is going to be ok. So enjoy this March Break with the kids and let their imagination do the work for you.