🌞☀️🌞IT’SUMMER SCHOOL HOLIDAYS🌞☀️🌞
School holidays can definitely be a challenge for us. As I’m sure is the case with most families, boredom is the enemy, and we fight it all holidays.
When Ella is bored, she’s is so much more prone to meltdowns, defiant behaviour, hitting, self harm and rmd (banging her head) at night, and I try to limit screen time – not that there’s anything wrong with it, but because I notice a definite change in her behaviour when she watches cartoons all day. (Which is unfortunate, because there’s nothing sweeter than the sound of silence when she’s watching her tablet 😂)
But give her something to do, and she’s an angel!
it’s getting hot here, 40° and higher, (104° F) so anything not involving water outside is no go, and Ella has this great new habbit of pooping, not just once, but several times, when we have water play outside so that’s getting a bit old lol
I try to keep some structure, and keep her engaged. We do painting, painting with water, Play-Doh, drawing, puzzles, dolls, reading, matching games, big Lego, flash cards – but with every single activity, Ella needs full supervision. You have to watch so she doesn’t eat the play doh, paint the walls (or herself) draw on things she shouldn’t, choke on things, break anything, or hurt herself. And for the most part she’s only entertained for 10 minutes or so 😑 To be completely honest, I generally dread school holidays, which I know is horrible and makes me feel incredibly guilty! But there’s only so much we can do. I can’t afford holiday programs, and going places can be tough, especially with Reece as well (plus the heat)
I’m already running out of stuff to do with Ella – this isn’t a ‘poor me’ post, this is basically a whole post is just to beg for ideas! What do you do during the holidays? How do you fill the days?
So comment below, message, inbox, your school holiday activity ideas! (Bonus points if they need minimal equipment or input from me 😂)