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Mom's Guide to Surviving the School Holidays

24 November 2020
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It’s the end of November and the school holidays are drawing nearer and nearer. Soon the once tidy house will become cluttered with toys, shoes and all sorts.

If the thought of this makes you anxious or downright tired, do not feel guilty. It’s only natural to want to keep the house clean and organised.

Whether you are a stay-at-home mom or work a full-time job, you also deserve some guilt-free downtime at the end of the year. This is why we’ve developed the Mom’s guide to surviving the school holidays – to help moms do just that!

Divide and Conquer

There’s a reason why Caesar applied the “divide and conquer” strategy – it’s because it works! Whether you’re working or not, it’s important to learn how to delegate.

It’s often difficult for moms to delegate their workload because women simply want chores done in a certain way. Unfortunately, if you want to survive the school holidays, you are going to need to learn how to delegate.

Just because the kids are on holiday, does not mean that their chores are on holiday too. Now that they are at home they can start helping mom out around the house.

If you have young children, then give them easy chores like watering the house plants, feeding and brushing the pets and keeping their toys packed away when not been played with.

Teenagers can be even handier around the house by looking after younger siblings, helping with dinner prep by peeling vegetables, mowing the lawn and keeping their rooms tidy.

As soon as your children start doing more around the home, you will have more free time for yourself. And this free time can also be for spending some quality time with the kids doing things you both enjoy.

The Play Date

If you feel as though you cannot cope there is always one saving grace: play dates.

However, play dates are not only great for moms but for the children too. It’s important for your children to spend time with friends their age to play, socialize and vent.

Start a mom’s group on Whatsapp where you can easily organise play dates or visits between one another. This way you can also hear about any upcoming camps or holiday events that are in your area.

This can also be an excellent opportunity for you to have some grown-up time – a glass of wine by the poolside and a good book sounds like the perfect holiday plan.

Tis’ the Season to be Jolly

We all know that the Festive season is meant to be filled with peace, joy and love but sometimes December can bring along stress, anxiety and frustration.

As with all events, structure and planning are essential for success. As most of you will know, December is already too late to start all of your Christmas preparation. Let’s not forget that the kids are on holiday making Christmas shopping near to impossible.

The simple solution is to start early.

Start paying attention during the year to your friends and family’s unofficial “wish list”. How often do you walk through the store with your friend and they “just love” something? Make a note of that “something” so that when November hits, you can add it to your Christmas shopping list.

Are shops and malls just too busy? Especially after spending so much time at home this year, the thought of wading through a crowd at the mall can be quite daunting. But this is why online shopping is so great!

Most of our favourite stores all have online shopping portals where you can simply “add to cart”, “checkout” and receive your package on your doorstep within a few days.

BUT if you are going to order online for Christmas, be sure to do it in November. You are not the only one trying to avoid the Christmas rush and you do not want Christmas to arrive and the tree is giftless because of late delivery.

Back to School

Even though the holidays haven’t started, it’s important to get prepped for going back to school.

Gather all the stationery lists from the kids and start compiling a list of your own to make sure that you have all the back to school goodies organised.

As soon as Christmas decorations are packed away, the back to school merchandise comes out along with major specials.

If you have your list then gathering all the school supplies will be a breeze and you can save some money at the same time to spoil the kids as a treat!

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