Out and about

July 6, 2016

I was having a conversation with an online friend yesterday about how, if we let him, Piran would stay home all day every day during the weekends and holidays. This is partly because he wants to play computer games all day, and partly because he just likes to be at home with his things. Whatever happens he doesn’t get to be in front of a screen all day but if we all want to go out then it can prove to be a problem.

As you can imagine this means that I look towards the six weeks of summer holidays with some trepidation!

My way of dealing with this is that we plan to go out every day. It doesn’t have to be a big trip, just going into town to the library or somewhere to play in a different park. Going out every day has some big benefits for me:

  • convincing them to actually leave the house becomes much easier if they know that we will be going out every day. No room for discussion (although what w are going to do may be discussed with extreme caution!)
  • it breaks up the day for me.
  • my children get on better when we are out. Less bickering makes me happier!
  • As a family as we have learned that shorter trips are better for us – if we plan to just spend a couple of hours somewhere then we aren’t fed up when they want to go home and we are headed back before they start to moan or get tired (National Trust membership is great for this as I don’t feel bad if we are only there a short time).
  • This also works for me too, sometimes I am completely bored silly when we have gone somewhere and so if I have had enough I feel I can say that I want to go home too.

Survive the summer holidays

Since adopting the shorter trip ethos we have had much nicer weekends. It has definitely been better for me as well as the kids. So this summer, when we are not in Cornwall I will be trying to do this most days. I hope it will help me balance getting some work done, looking after the kids and sorting out the house ready for us to move at the end of the summer (fingers crossed).

I made this short film one weekend at the end of June. We had been really busy and it was the first that we had all been together all of the time for weeks, and it was a lovely weekend.

Weekend fun from Kelly-Marie Cheesley on Vimeo.

Do your children just want to stay home? I would love to know if you have any other tips to get me through those six weeks!

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  • Reply PhotoPuddle July 6, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    What a lovely video. I take gazillions of photos but hardly any videos. I should do something about this,

  • Reply Nicki Rochead July 6, 2016 at 11:06 pm

    Our problem used to be that we couldn’t prize them away from their friends, awkward when you want some family time. They even used to hate leaving the campsite when on holiday! In the end we used to use your trick of making sure that they were aware of what we were doing the night before and reassure them that they would get time doing the thing they wanted too. As they got older the only problem was that they did not like it if plans changed due to bad weather or other unforseens. Parenting is such a tightrope and sometimes they just have to strop!

  • Reply Jonathan July 9, 2016 at 12:00 am

    The short trip idea is a good one. I’m hoping to take our eldest daughter out for the day in London tomorrow (if I can get her out of bed) – go and visit some of the more unusual shops, and have fun wandering around – for no real reason, other than to spend some time together. Fingers crossed I can get her out of bed in the morning 🙂

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