We are back in school holidays. Many parents and carers were busy planning holidays overseas or interstate in pre-pandemic times. They would also be booking play dates and organising day trips.
A large number of us, however, are lock down (still), living under restrictions, and most likely working remotely. Many parents feel that school holidays are just another day, and they’re exhaust trying to manage remote learning while working.
Education researcher. I have a long-standing interest in the integration of creativity and educational experiences for children. Here some suggestions for you and your kids if you stuck for ideas for holidays and are looking to reconnect after a difficult school term.
You might be amaze at the conversation starters you can use. Reminisce about your childhood memories. Most likely, your favourite moments are not about grand gestures but more about connecting with a parent/caretaker.
It might seem difficult to find new ways to foster this positive relationship in lockdown, but it is possible. One way to try conversation starters is to do it while you walk, throw a ball, or at the dinner table.
To Help Your Child Holidays Develop A Sense Self
It might be a good idea to discuss experiences that you have had since lockdown started, or any other time in the past. These sentence starters might help you get start:
- I enjoyed
- In the future, I would like to try.
- It would be awesome if we could.
- I look forward to
- I felt the same way when such-and-such happened.
Give it a shot. It might feel awkward at first. You might be surprise at the things that come up when you and your child begin talking. Discover new ways to share positive emotions. Positive emotions can be contagious. You can find new ways to spread positivity by looking at these.
Each person will share three things that they are grateful for during dinner or on a family walk. Make a list of small pleasures, such as a favourite dish or a place you enjoy walking past. The list should kept visible, such as on your fridge. You can add to it over the years.
Try random acts of kindness. Send a card or postcard to someone you know and they will be grateful. You can also write a note of gratitude to a local teacher or business. Celebrate your day-to-day accomplishments. Try to teach your child a family recipe. You can also form a mini-book club and read the same book together.
You don’t need to be positive all the time. We must allow children to experience sadness and stress, as well as the ability to express those emotions.
Even In Cities, It Is Possible To Connect Holidays With Nature
Even if the contact with nature is short, connecting with nature can improve your mental well-being. Although a visit to the national parks might not be possible, you can still find natural beauty in even the most urban settings. It’s possible. You can try mindful walking with your child. This is where you intentionally notice the world around you.
Take a tip from meditation practice to name five things that you see, four you hear, three you feel, one you smell, and two you taste. It’s a sensory scavenger hunt that you can do on your walks. You might be surprise at what you find. If it’s permit, take a picnic to the local park. Put your shoes on and feel the grass between your toes.
If you are subject to a lockdown radius of restrictions, take out the map and carefully examine what is within your area. You might be surprise at the number of streets or parks you don’t know about. It can be incredibly rewarding to discover new streets to explore.
If you have a backyard, take advantage of it. You can create a sculpture using found objects and arrange flowers in a shape. Plant something, herbs, flowers, or anything, in a balcony pot or an indoor garden, and watch it grow. Keep track of the progress. Get to know your child’s interests and connect with them
Connect with your children in new ways. Take an interest in their interests, even if they aren’t something you do all the time.
- You can host a regular game night or card game night with your child.
- Making your favorite food from scratch (pasta is a fun and easy way to make a delicious meal for everyone)
- Teach your children how to communicate with their pets.
- Make a time capsule to capture pandemic life
- Help your child arrange their bedroom.
- Start a community art project that brings joy and hope, such as the Spoonville craze.
- Be gentle with your self
Please be kind to yourself if you feel tired from reading this list. If you don’t feel like doing any of these things, don’t worry. Nobody expects you to plan every minute of your child’s holiday. If you have some spare time and are looking for ways to revive the old chores, walks, or activities, this list may prove useful.