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October half term. It’s the holiday in the year that creep up on you with no warning. Especially in this strange year of Covid restrictions and lockdown challenges.
Time for some Saltee planning and ideas to keep your clan happy. You may, of course, be one of the few parents to be ahead of the game, and have arranged everything in advance – but chances are that you’re not. Time for some Saltee half term hacks so that you’re equipped to have the best break yet.
Planning ahead is crucial, because let’s face it, there is nothing worse than wasting half the day deciding what to do. Sniff out some local events – we love Muddy Stilettos county guides for top local highlights on events and attractions in your area. There are so many Halloween activity days across the country this October and there is sure to be a good one in your area.
Lie-ins are a godsend and while you should totally make the most of them, it’s no excuse to stay cooped in. Not only is it going to drive you all mad (and cause a few arguments) but it will help them doze off in a jiffy when bedtime finally arrives. Keeping fit and active can be as easy as taking the kids to your local park or pool/leisure centre (if they’re open).
Say no-no to electronics
Well, at least for the most part. iPads, TV and gadgets are a massive blessing at keeping the kids entertained, especially when as parents were busy with never-ending tasks. But the half term breaks are for family time, so cap the time they spend in front of the screens for 2 hours (max).
The rest of the day they can be using their energy rummaging outside, or channelling other creative outlets, like…dare we say reading?
Prepare for bad weather
Half term breaks in the UK are totally unpredictable, so, as a rule of thumb, expect the worst and you’ll almost always avoid disappointment. Although, rainy days aren’t so bad. Crack out the crafts. Or alternatively, bake some meltingly good chocolate brownies – and yes, licking the batter off the spoon is still as thrilling, regardless of age!
The rain is definitely a pain, but it’s worth bearing in mind that kids are rarely ever bothered by it. So if you can, get them out for a couple of hours to let off steam. Even if you’re secretly dreaming of a duvet day with your latest novella.
Don’t over think it
We know that you want the kids to have a week to remember, but things don’t always go to plan. So, if all else fails, order a pizza, curl up on the sofa and watch The Greatest Showman (for the hundredth time), with popcorn at the ready, and a deserved glass of wine for you.
Parents, you’ve got this! Just take big breathers and don’t sweat the small stuff.
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