The holidays have arrived!
While many parents think this is a relaxing time away from morning rushed routines, some parents become more stressed as they plan so many activities, their lives become busier than school term time. While it might seem hard to stay at home with children who seem to need to be entertained every minute of the day, some downtime, or 'mooch' time is really beneficial for children. 'Mooching', that is, lying around, reading, drawing and just generally relaxing is a wonderful opportunity for your children to get a little bored and develop their creativity and resourcefulness. Another opportunity for this holiday time is to take time to connect with your children by playing their role-play games, puzzles or board games. Children will value attention from their parents more than they value a day out at a play centre or a movie. This type of attention also develops their speaking and listening skills and board games or puzzles develop fine motor, counting or reading skills. Getting out in the sunshine by taking a bush walk or playing imaginary games in the park is another great opportunity to connect with your children.
So these holidays, consider less outings and more conversations, less online gaming and more board games. The holidays should be relaxing for parents as well!
I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a happy and Holy Easter, where the joy of the Risen Christ blesses you in every way.