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.
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!
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?