And vacations that aren’t really vacations, and also are long, and stressful, and not fun, are a total waste of what should be, well, a vacation week. So, with a few days left for many in this winter holiday vacation week, with extra bonus piles of snow, I give you my personal Top Five Ideas for having a really great week with your kids.
Idea 1. Have a Yes Day. I stole this from a tweet I saw from the Fairly Odd Mother. Say yes to anything and everything all day long. Yes, you can have more potato chips! Yes, please watch some more TV! Yes, you can play dress-up! Help yourself to my good clothes! And while you’re at it, try some make-up too!
Idea 2. Have a Backwards Day. I borrowed this from someone else too, but I can’t remember who. (Sorry!) Start the day with books in bed reading the back page first, then have dinner for breakfast, with dessert first! When you get dressed, wear your clothes backwards, walk backwards, let the kids be in charge (within reason, of course), write backwards, maybe even find some backwards games like reciting the alphabet Z to A. End with breakfast for dinner, and just this once let the kids sleep in their clothes, if they want to keep the game going until the last possible second.
Idea 3. Have a Perfect Mother Day. I have these myself once in a while. I make a schedule for everything for the whole day, and then stick to it as best I can. My kids usually love following a list if I can a big show of writing it all down and having them cross the items off one-by-one as we go along. For my Perfect Mother Day, I have projects planned (and supplies sourced the night before), a few good books ready for reading, and maybe a surprise or two I actually think-up beforehand. (An obstacle course outdoors or a scavenger hunt indoors are usual favorites.) I actually set the table for breakfast before the kids wake-up in the morning, and I pre-plan what we’ll eat for all three meals and the two snacks throughout the day so I don’t have to rush around figuring this out as I usually do with I’ll admit, fairly mixed results. I even make the kids put away one toy before they take out another, all the while using the schedule as the reason why we need to finish one activity and cross it off so we can move on to the next one.
Idea 4. Have a Guest Mom Day. I have this day all the time. For this day, I beg my mother/best friend/distant cousin/neighbor to come over and help me out. If all else fails, I plead with my husband to take the day off, please.
Idea 5. Have a Be Yourself Day. This day is not as easy as it sounds, but it’s a great option. Be yourself, even if that person is cranky, tired, and maybe even just a teensy bit impatient with her beloved children. Let your kid be themself, even if that person is whiny, fighty, or prone to saying repeatedly “I’m bored.” Just be glad there is no school to be on time for, no homework to do, no ballet class to go to. And remember what people tell you all the time and you know deep down must be true, or why would people say it all the time… they’re only young once. Enjoy it. Even on school vacation week with a pile of snow.
This is an original post for Jersey Moms Blog. Anna is a New Jersey Mom. She blogs about all things mom at http://randomhandprints.blogspot.com and tweets at @RandomHandprint.