Do you have to stay at home spring break week? Many families head out of town during spring break but the reality is that not every family can find it in their budget to go to the beach for spring break. So, how can you help your kids have a little fun while they are home from school without breaking the bank?
That’s exactly what I wanted to share with you today. You see, my own children are home from school this week and while I love a vacation to the beach it’s just not something that is in our budget this year, or even next. Yet, I want my kids to have fun while they are home. True, my kids are still very young but for older kids going back to school that first day after spring break can be a very challenging time. Many children will be overly excited with stories to tell, while some may be a little reserved. Peer pressure is a real thing.
As adults we understand the hard earned money that goes into going out of town. We understand that not everyone has the same budget and we also understand that different people use their money in different ways. A child doesn’t understand on the same level. It’s important that we help our children understand these concepts in life. Especially if we want them to succeed in life.
Yet, we also like to see our kids happy and smiling, am I right? That’s why I’ve come up with a list of 5 ways to help your kids have fun at home this spring break.
5 Ways To Make An At Home Spring Break Fun
Invite Their Friends Over
Friends make everything better, right? No kid wants to be stuck at home all day with their siblings and parents. (gasp) They want to have fun and often times that fun begins with a group of friends their own age. Are you home this week, perhaps you have a day off or you are stay at home mom. If so, reach out to your friends who would otherwise have to pay for child care and offer to watch their kids one day.
Not really up your alley? Hang outside with your kids and see if you can meet any kids in the subdivision. You may even meet some new friends yourself. Yes, this may be a bit of an awkward curve for both you and your kids but one moment of awkwardness could lead to a lifelong friendship.
Pull Out The Sprinkler System
Some of the best memories in life are made when the sprinkler system is running wild and kids are slipping and sliding in their swim suits. You don’t need a fancy set up either, most local stores will have kid friendly sprinkler systems for less than $10.
Blast The Music
Because music is life. Seriously though, if you were on vacation you would’t care if someone was annoyed with you blasting your music. So, I say go for it! Get some sun on your skin and let the music play.
Go To The Local Park
Now, if you have it in your budget you could visit the local aquarium or zoo but not everyone can justify that. The good news? The park is free! Be prepared to pack a picnic, it’ll be a cheap alternative to going elsewhere and your kids will still feel that it’s a special occasion.
Welcome The Junk Food
(gasp!) How dare I suggest junk food? Here’s the truth y’all….are your kids healthy? Yeah probably. Are your kids well behaved? Maybe for the most part? Then tear down the walls this week, let your hair down and pretend you are on vacation. If you were on vacation, you wouldn’t be eating the exact same way that you would if you were home, you would splurge a bit. So, go for the brightly colored sugary drinks this week, if that’s what it takes to help your child feel that their spring break is great!
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