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A summer to remember

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A summer to remember




(taken from my personal blog)

The thought of summer holiday can be enough to have any parent reaching for the nearest bottle of Valium, the worry of how to amuse our little darlings for 6 long weeks over rules the relief of a brief respite from the school runs and the struggle of balancing healthy with fun while preparing the packed lunches. The main issue for most people is making the holidays fun for both you and the children without it involving a bank loan or remortgage, impossible right?? Wrong, although it does take some research and planning. Amazingly there are still lots of places that still don't charge an entrance fee, of course they do have ways of making their money back but at least you have the choice. There is a lot out there from Urban farms, candle factories, ice cream farms and many more, it's knowing where to look, god bless google!

Of course there is nothing better than the playground that mother nature created herself, despite the intense urban jungles increasing everywhere there is still natural beauty everywhere in our country parks and nature reserves. The saying "the world is your oyster" is more true today than ever but you don't need to jump on a plane to find diversity, sometimes these things really are right under our noses you just have to look for it. the beauty of it is all you need is some comfortable shoes and a reasonable sense of direction (possibly a map and a mobile as well if you missed the nature badge in the guides/scouts). It's not only the fun of rambling and the beauty of the surrounding but excellent exercise without it being a chore.

Even if you cant make it out of the house there are ways of fighting the cabin fever demon, add a little structure, you don't have to go all out and fill every second, children have an amazing ability to amuse themselves but even the most content child has their attention limit, this is where you bring out your magic weapon, have some back up activities planned and when the toys stop holding the imagination and riots ensue this is where you grab that bag of odd socks left by the washing machine gremlin (you know the one) and the pack of sticker (price of a pack of stickers = £1, price of quiet time while the kids make sock puppets and making up puppet shows = priceless!!).

So even with this 6 week sentence stretching out ahead of you always remember, the light is always there at the end of the tunnel, you only have to know where to look for it.......
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