This summer we have vowed to spend less time in front of screens and in fact get out together more and also use what we have on our doorstep.
In the past school summer holidays have been ad hoc and at times painful and I found that last year by being more organised over the 6 weeks it meant a more chilled out holiday in general.
Our previous school summer holidays have been chaotic and unstructured and that in turn has given us nothing but whiny kids and stressful times.
Last year I booked up play dates in advance and tried to look at doing that at least once a week with Joshua’s school friends. Sometimes with mums kids and others just the kids and I found this worked super well at keeping Joshua focused and organised.
This year I am taking this to the next level and am planning something for most days during the holidays, or at least 5 out of 7 of them anyway.
Now this might sounds utterly insane to some but since vowing to down screen time and overall trying to up the whole families health by planning activities we can do that are on the healthier path is going to be the way to go for us.
We are also going to be looking at touching on other things that can help keep the kids healthy this summer after reading a recent article on Push Doctor who have written in-depth about all aspects of keeping kids healthy this summer.
So in light of being proactive here are some of the activities we are personally planning that are not going to cost the earth but are going to keep us fit and moving over the next 6 weeks.
This might sounds like an obvious choice, however it’s certainly a sensible one as our local council pools in the area have many free swimming sessions for kids and so drastically reducing the cost overall of a family swim.
We all have a bike but if I am honest its been 2 years since I last got on my bike so we are taking small trips to Sherwood Pines and possibly further afield with the family bikes … however in light of how little riding I have done since my operation we are planning on taking a picnic and some outside games with us to. Making it a fun and cheap way activity for us all to do.
Walking is vastly under rated and it’s the one activity that is totally free and can be done anywhere at all. I am planning at least 2 trips with the boys a week through the holidays to the local park (20 minute walk away) I am also looking to create some scavenger hunts to get us going out and about for longer and still keeping the play element going.
Obviously using a court makes for a better match, however tennis can just be played in the garden with some tennis balls, rackets and some free time. There are free tennis courts around the UK that allow use anytime for free and searching them out doesn’t have to be hard as you pop your location into Tennis For Free and they will tell you if anywhere nearby offers free court time.
So here are our core plans this summer to not only being organised but also healthy too.
*I was asked to write around push doctor’s healthy summer guide but all thoughts and opinions were independently formed by members of The Oliver’s Madhouse*