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It’s that time of the year when school holidays sneak up on you and you’re left wondering how you’re going to entertain those curious little minds all day long. Don’t worry- we’ve got you covered with this list of life-saving hacks.

1. Call Grandma

Who is the one person who wants to spoil your children any chance they get? That’s right: Grandma. Ring her up and let her know how much the kids miss her. She’ll be on your doorstep before you know it, and you’ll be enjoying a peaceful siesta free of noise and stress. Thank heavens for grandparents.

2. Hide and seek

Or…just hide. Hey, if your kids can’t decode your secret hiding spot, it just means you’re winning, right? Grab your phone and a pillow and go hide in the closet your kids don’t know about. They’ll spend a while excitedly looking for you, and you’ll get some time to catch up on what’s going on in the world.

3. Find a parent to trade with

You take the kids for a sleepover this week; they host the sleepover next week. It’s a fair trade that allows you both the opportunity to get some things done, or just enjoy a night free of responsibility.

4. Free classes at Apple

Did you know that Apple offers FREE classes that are kid-friendly? Not only is this a productive activity that will help keep your child’s brain sharp over the holidays, but you may learn a thing, or two, yourself while watching your little prodigy in action.

5. Build a fort

Grab an old T.V. box and a pack of washable markers and let the kids go wild. While they’re busy planning the artistic direction of their spaceship, farm house, or sports car, you can read that book that’s been collecting dust on your nightstand for months.

6. Let them run free

Buy a 99 cent kite and take your kids to the park. They’ll enjoy running around while trying to get that kite in the sky, and you can soak up some vitamin D and meditate your troubles away.

7. Take advantage of free childcare at your local gym

You pay for that gym membership, so you might as well use it. Look at this as your opportunity to try that Pilates class you’ve had your eye on. Your kids can play with the new toys in the center and meet the other children whose parents need a break, while you indulge in some self-care. It’s a win-win.

8. Bake for the needy

We know your number one goal is probably to keep the house as clean as possible, and cooking with children goes against that hope. This may be an activity for the beginning of school holidays when you still have some energy, but teaching your children the benefit of serving others is invaluable. Kids also love to get their hands dirty so make sure you have your camera out and embrace a messy kitchen just this once.

9. Enjoy a lazy day

It’s called winter break for a reason. Children need to regroup too, and dedicating a few days to being lazy and watching movies may prove highly beneficial. So, wrap up in a blanket with them and watch a few of your favorite classics. You may be surprised at how much you enjoy the movies, too.

10. Call your babysitter

Your kids probably have a favorite babysitter that they look forward to seeing. A night off for you is also a night off for them, so don’t feel guilty for planning a dinner for you and your spouse with a few friends. And, you’ll be contributing to the college fund of your neighbor, proving there is no selfless good deed.

Now you can go into the school holidays with a few tricks up your sleeve. And at the end of it all remember, you’ll never get these moments back so enjoy the chaos.


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