Motherhood, Musings

Planning for the Summer Holidays

I spoke about how challenging I found the Easter break recently, but the big one… the summer holidays is now looming on the horizon. The thought is filling me with panic. I’m not ready. I don’t know how to keep a four year old entertained for 6 weeks straight. I just don’t. Help!

I need a plan.

I made an Easter plan and the first week went swimming. The second week ,where I tried to freestyle it, not so much. A plan makes everything easier right? With a plan, I can get through six weeks, pretty much solo parenting with no childcare. I think.

I hope.

I want to do it on a budget too, we’ve had our holidays for this year and we have things we need to buy for the house, so splashing the cash at a different soft play every day isn’t going to work for me. I need to get creative.

God help me, I might even need to get crafty – and you know I hate crafts.

  • National Trust

National Trust visits are pretty much always a winner. We have passes and so parking and entry are free. We’re lucky enough to live in Shropshire, where there is an abundance on National Trust properties with loads to do. I do need to get better at remembering to pack a picnic though to stop me spending all my money on coffee and cake.

Planning for the Summer Holidays

  • Swimming

Our gym memberships (which we have had for a year and used about three times) ends in August, so for July I think I will make the most of being able to use the pool too. Isabelle is still doing her swimming lesson every week but doesn’t seem to be getting past her fear of getting water in her face. I’m hoping a few sessions in the pool with me splashing her mercilessly might help with that. Well, it will either help or damage our relationship for ever, who knows?

  • Bargain Hunting

By this I mean, checking out all the deals available and trying to get our stuff cheaper. I want to do the summer on a budget but I am not naive enough to believe that I can do it for free. We still will do a few days out and the best way to do that is to check out what deals are available. There are plenty of ways you can do this, sites like LatestDeals can be filtered by different categories to find Genuine UK deals recommended by real people like us. You can use it for everything from gifts to big buys. Definitely worth a look.

Planning for the Summer Holidays

  • Utilising my points

Time to check out how many Tesco Clubcard points I have racked up and see what I can exchange them for. I like to use them for cinema tickets or meals out, as you get the most for your money here. Nectar cards offer similar things so make sure you know what you have tucked away that could be used this summer!

  • Learn a new skill

I plan on trying to make this summer as useful as possible. Is this the summer where I teach Isabelle to ride a bike? Will I break my back? Will I cry every time she falls off? The answer to both is probably yes.

Planning for the Summer Holidays

I need more ideas, clearly. What do you plan on doing this summer? Any ideas I can steal?





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