Schools Out For Summer: 5 Ways to Cope

On the whole this weekend has been lovely – lots of time by the beach, in the paddling pool, a couple of cheeky beers for the grown-ups and sweets for my stepson. The highlights have been amazing…but in between there have been ear-piercingly loud tired tantrums from the toddler, refusing to nap AT ALL and stumbling around like a drunkard on their way home from the pub, crashing into everything and falling at every step. It didn’t stop there though, as we also had a sugar-high pre-teen who woke up at the crack of dawn after going to bed very late.

The low-lights were like a slap round the face…a massive wake up call. We need to get it together, if we’re going to make it to the other end of the 6 week holiday.

Before I enter my 5-step foolproof (ahem) plan, I am firstly going to cut ourselves a bit of slack. We got caught up in the excitement! My other half had just returned home from a week away, the stepson had just finished school, Emma seems to have got through the other side of a teething battle and so we cut loose…we had some beers, bought a takeaway even though the fridge was full of food and let my stepson eat a large packet of Millions sweets and have a Nutella milkshake (not at the same time but still). It’s so easy to just say to yourself “it’s the holidays!”…but we’ve learned our lesson and are planning on reigning it in.

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Sleep is still the answer

Yes it’s all about the sleep, and not just for the little tearaway toddler, but also for my stepson too. The morning nap is the crucial one for us and if she refuses this one, the whole day is affected. It’s so important to get her two naps in, and even if that means the boys going out without us for a couple of hours, it’s totally worth it.

Fresh air in the morning

For us, this is the key to the morning nap and takes a little bit more effort first thing in the morning, but seems to be working. Straight after breakfast, we go to the local park for half an hour on the swings and the slide. Emma loves getting out and about and the little bit of time where she can roam around, tires her out and she seems to go down for that all important morning nap without so much of a fight!

Day Trips

Variety is the spice of life and all that jazz…so we’re planning on doing some day trips to mix it up a little. We’re planning on a few coastal trips to Bournemouth and my favourite West Wittering Beach and possibly also to Suffolk as I’ve never been. I love having things to look forward to and it feels like a great way to break up the weeks so it’s not all samey park action every day.


Be careful of the strong sunshine ( and SPF it up!)

The perfect time for us to go out is about midday after Emma has had her lunch but this is such a hot time of day and the little lady hates the strong heat unfortunately! So we were thinking about waiting until a bit later during the day, when there is a little more of a breeze. The lady approved! And it goes without saying that the SPF is lathered on, usually in half hour intervals to protect us from the sunshine.

Limit sweets in the evening

This isn’t an issue for Emma thankfully, who hasn’t quite entered sweets territory, but for my stepson who loves sweets – it is something we have been looking at. So my other half has a new rule that we only have chocolate and ice-cream in the evenings, and limit it to 2 treats per night, which I think it fair! Those multi-coloured Millions really do act like a sugar rush 🙂

So here we go, as we enter the next 6 weeks and hope this will help us along the way! Do you have any tips to cope with the summer ahead?

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  1. July 25, 2016 / 9:04 am

    Oh I am heading to Suffolk this summer! The plan is drop the girls at their Grandmas for the weekend and then me and Mr C are heading to a fancy, swanky hotel to celebrate our wedding anniversary 🙂 Yaay. Good luck with summer plans. I have been letting the girls stay up late but luckily this means that they do have a lie-in 🙂 xx #BigPinkLink
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    • July 25, 2016 / 9:09 am

      Aw yay to lie ins and to your lovely Suffolk trip- sounds lovely and the perfect way to celebrate! Xx

    • July 25, 2016 / 3:08 pm

      Thanks for entering lovely – another Bingster! Haha the little piggy doesn’t get a shoo it here 😉 xx

  2. July 25, 2016 / 7:54 pm

    Eeeek, good luck with making it through!! It certainly sounds like you’ve got a lot of challenges! Neither of my children are at school yet, so we are still in the realm of ‘every week feels the same!’ But I will definitely be needing tips for holiday survival when they are at school! Even though it really wasn’t that long ago at all, I seem to have forgotten quickly, how the whole day can be ruined if naps don’t go to schedule! Your description of your drunken daughter brought it all back to me…! And having to get the timing so precise, so as not to ruin the rest of the day! It’s so hard!! My eldest has just discovered sweets, courtesy of my mum, and keeps asking for them all the time. She fed him sweets, ice cream, and loads of other sweet treats when she looked after him the other day, and he was off the wall-we are on a sweet ban at the moment!!
    Thanks for sharing with #bigpinklink

    • July 25, 2016 / 7:56 pm

      Aw thank you lovely – it’s such a fine balance between wanting to treat them and having totally hyperactive kids haha! Well, fingers crossed its going a bit better today and the little lady has been napping like a trooper 🙂 lovely to join in! Xx

  3. July 25, 2016 / 8:50 pm

    Clem turns in to such a grump if she misses her nap so we take her to the park or for a walk to tire her out. I’ve found she is sleeping much better when we get out and about. Luckily she isn’t into sweets yet but she did have some ice cream last week and that sent her crazy! I definitely won’t be doing that anytime soon. Great tips.x
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  4. July 25, 2016 / 9:06 pm

    Fab post and many bits here that I agree with – obviously neither of mine are at school so our routine continues pretty much as normal but I completely resonate with the whole “it’s summer, let’s throw caution to the wind and sod the routine” thing. That’s lovely for about a day but you quickly realise how key routine is and I’m a bit of a stickler for it.

    One thing I really love about summer is how easy meals are to plan – we tend to have loads of variations on salad and it’s so nice to think at 5pm “let’s just have a bit of quiche” rather than have to launch into cooking something “proper”!

  5. July 26, 2016 / 10:36 am

    im with you on the sleep -those nap times are so important aren’t they. its tough tho and I always felt like we had to plan the whole day around a bloody nap! #AnythingGoes
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  6. July 27, 2016 / 9:16 am

    Good luck to you and all my fellow mums and dads out there coping with the summer holidays. We are managing by having an amazing football school nearby and the boys are going there for a few days each week. I have to work and thats just the way it is. As much free time as we can muster then we are down the beach or in the woods or even by the river so there is lots of fresh air therapy going on here. By friday, even though it’s the holidays the boys are ready for their weekend lay ins (8am but sooo much better that the baby years of 5am)

    mainy x

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  7. July 27, 2016 / 2:31 pm

    Very good. We all need sleep too, shame the hubby has to work most of the holidays though. Need to get the fresh air in, though we do get in the garden everyday which is good! #BloggerClubUk

  8. July 27, 2016 / 8:33 pm

    We are still in pretty much the same routine as School term when it comes to sleep and meals during the summer holidays. The only things that really change is what we do in the day and not being ruled by the clock 🙂 Thanks for linking up to #puddinglove
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  9. July 29, 2016 / 8:23 pm

    This is a great list. We too are a fan of morning fresh air, it definitely induces a nap for my nearly two year old, without said freshness she probably wouldn’t sleep and come 5pm all hell breaks loose. Hopefully the sun will come back out for the rest of the holidays eh xx
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  10. August 1, 2016 / 8:35 am

    It’s hard work, isn’t? We have been on holiday last week and routines were a bit off the picture, especially the sleeping one as we were out for dinner all the time. I am still struggling to put Baba to bed by 8.30pm, 4 days later… Oh well, next time will be different! I think the sweet treats is very good. There is nothing worse than kids filled up with sugar! #mg
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  11. August 1, 2016 / 8:44 am

    It’s so easy to get caught up in the ‘it’s the holidays’, but when the holidays are 6 weeks that’s a long time and it will become the norm! I’m trying to stick to our normal routine, just more relaxed and care free, with a few added treats and days out along the way. X #marvmondays
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  12. August 1, 2016 / 9:22 am

    I’m loving the lazy mornings and not having to be anywhere but that means we are missing out on the fresh morning air. Maybe I need to stop being so lazy now haha x #MarvMondays
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  13. August 1, 2016 / 9:23 am

    Just popping back again! We struggle with finding variety of day trips on Jersey. It’s fine if the weather is sunny as we can just hit the beach, but if it is raining it can be hard to find enough to do! Lots of film watching and arts and crafts then #Marvmondays
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  14. August 2, 2016 / 6:53 pm

    Having been stuck indoors for a while I am so with you when it comes to day trips. I look forward to reading about your adventures. #MarvMondays

  15. August 2, 2016 / 9:10 pm

    Ah yes if the little’s miss their naps they are a nightmare – ruins every ones day. I can totally understand the sugar in the evening thing. Even I can’t sit and stuff haribo without feeling a bit headachey and over excited! Good luck with the rest of your summer 🙂 #PuddingLove
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  16. August 3, 2016 / 10:40 am

    We just finished our Winter break here, all we wanted to do was stay in warm PJ’s all day, it’s so cold, so summertime sounds nice to me. I agree though if little ones don’t get a good nap it can really affect the entire day. Thank you for linking up lovely xoxox #mg

  17. August 3, 2016 / 7:58 pm

    Great tips, and I also always try to get my little one out in the morning before his nap. He always seems to go off so much easier when he’s been out in the fresh air. Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays. Kaye xo

  18. August 5, 2016 / 4:18 pm

    I was really looking forward for the holidays but my god! 7 weeks is too long, i think. The girls are really winding me up – misbehaving so bad and it doesn’t help that I have a nearly 3 week old to look after too!
    Great tips here, fresh air really helps my girls calm down but they play up again an hour later {just like now!}
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