School holidays can be stressful things for parents. Stuck indoors for weeks on end, everyone slowly developing cabin fever and driving everyone up the wall. the kids constantly arguing and everyone feeling trapped, irritable, and grumpy Or that’s my memory of the last summer holiday anyhow, although the incessant rain may have had an impact on that.
But even if it doesn’t rain, the holidays can be a stressful time. There are only so many times you can go to the local park or community farm before it all starts feeling like groundhog day. There is all the pressure to have a good time and to keep the children entertained without resorting to TV or video games.
One solution we found was to take periodic short breaks away. Places like Butlins holiday parks provide loads of entertainment for all the family, and put exciting punctuation marks throughout the summer.
And because they are so economical they are pretty kind to the wallet too, which is ever more important these days. My suggestion would be not to have just one 2 week holiday, but 2 shorter ones – or perhaps even three. that way things are kept fresh, both home and away.
Obviously you don’t have to wait until the summer to go either. Butlins also provide great may bank holiday breaks for the children too.
For the kid’s there’s nothing quite like the excitement of loading up the car ready to go away, or the joy of running wild in a new and exciting place.
I have very fond memories of my own childhood holidays – particularly the new friends I would invariably make. Friendships that would burn hotly and end with exchanges of addresses and promises to become pen pals. Other things that hold fond memories are the penny slot machines, the swimming, the board games with my family on evenings, and obviously the shows and the discos which felt like the hight of sophistication at the time. That’s not toi mention trips to the beach or the local attractions.
So this year I’ve got the choice to give my kids all those memories. Or alternatively I could just stay at home and visit the museum with the stuffed badger in it again. Not much contest for really.