Spring break always sneaks up on you, doesn’t it?
Unless you have a plan to go on vacation, sometimes spring break can just show up out of nowhere. One day, you’re on your normal schedule; getting the kids back and forth to school, Then, you remember that the kids get out early and don’t have school for a week. It has happened to me a couple of times.
Spring break can drive you a little crazy. I go from having a 2-year-old in the house with me while I work, to having 3 children running around driving me just a little bit crazy. The craziness starts as soon as break starts… not the first full day really. My goal to survive spring break? Don’t go crazy. I’m sure that’s how it is for everyone. So, I’ve got a couple of tips for you guys that help me keep my sanity while everyone is home on spring break.
Plan something fun each day
Personally, I like to try and plan out my spring breaks with the children because I can plan my own schedule around what I’m doing with the kids. Plus, it gives them something to look forward to each day. It doesn’t matter what you plan out for the day, whether it involves leaving the house or staying home, as long as you have something planned.
We have memberships to local places so that’s one thing that always goes on our list. A morning (or afternoon) visit to our local science museum is always something we do. It doesn’t take all day but the kids can have some fun and learn at the same time. But, it could be something as simple as making cookies together.
Have a backup because plans fall through
Nothing ever goes the way you plan of course. To make sure you don’t go crazy, make sure there is a backup plan. Normally, one of my backup plans is popcorn and a movie. The kids love it and it keeps them quiet just in case I need some quiet time.
Another backup plan? Games! Both boys are crazy for card and board games. There aren’t many that Olivia can play but that doesn’t mean that she can’t help me win (or lose). We routinely have game nights with or without friends so there is always a game that we can pull out and play. Bingo is one of our favorites!
Take a break if you feel yourself start to lose your mind
We all get there, sometimes you just need a minute to yourself. I make sure to grab a book and read for a little while. Or, take a snack and hide in the pantry. Haven’t you done that? Maybe it’s just me. I’ve grabbed a snack then scared my 11-year-old when walking out.. because he came looking for me. A little fun is exactly what you need. I made sure to schedule some time to myself, whether it was at the gym or just to head to the grocery store because it is important. Self-care is just as important as taking care of your kids.
Most of all, enjoy the time with your children. Although spring break can get crazy and annoy you at times, it is a gift. You’ll never get that time back.
Hello! My name is Ashley and I’m the blogger behind Just Bein’ Mommy. I am a mom to an 11-year-old son, 7-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter. My husband and I reside in Columbus OH where I blog full time and do photography on the side. You can also follow me on Facebook or Instagram.