Summer holidays + kids often = laziness! Whether they’re slouching around the house or refusing to help tidy up, it can feel like a big battle! However, there are ways you can keep them entertained, active and engaged during holiday time…
Go on an activity holiday
In the middle of a year that has already been quite tiring, you may be hoping for a relaxing summer holiday. However, relaxed for you may mean bored for your kids! And we all know just how naughty and disengaged bored kid can be. Instead, kill two birds with one stone. Stop your kids from being lazy and stop them from being bored in one fell swoop. Do this by going on an activity holiday! Rather than them just having a beach or a pool to entertain themselves with? Instead, they get all sorts to do. This might include watersports like kayaking, canoeing, surfing and bodyboard. Or, activities on dry land, like hiking, archery, climbing and bouldering. Each of these is great for fitness levels, which in turn boosts energy levels and overall health! Companies like Activities abroad do family made family holidays that can incorporate these kinds of things and more.
Set up a motivational pocket money scheme
The six-weeks holiday is the ideal time to implement a new pocket money scheme. Do it at this point in the year and you can also use it as a way to motivate them. While they are around the house, from a certain age they should be helping with cleaning and tidying. After all, they live there too! Motivate them to do so by allowing them to earn pocket money per job that they do. So, every time they unload the dishwasher, they get 20p. If they help with a big job, like washing the car, they get £1. This way, you are putting them in control of how much money they will get for themselves. This teaches them a valuable lesson in responsibility.
Take older children to work with you
Even though your children get to enjoy six weeks of school, you probably don’t. Unless you are a teacher, of course! For this reason, managing childcare during this time can be particularly challenging. However, if you have a teenaged kid or young adults, there could be a solution. Could you take them to work with you? Not only do you get to keep an eye on them, but you can also give them an introduction to the world of work. Speak to your manager about whether or not they could assist in a department for a week or two. This keeps them busy and engaged, and can also go down on their CV as work experience! It could even help them decide on a future career path.
Limit hours of internet in your home
As wonderful as the world wide web can be, it can have its drawbacks. It may be the main thing in your house that is allowing your kids to be lazy. Maybe they spend house streaming from Netflix or browsing Facebook. While you may not be able to take their phones, tablets, laptops and TVs from them, you can limit hours of internet access in your home.