Half term is here, and I’m trying to be a good Mum and making a list of things we should do together to fill our time. I’m mindful of packing in travel, outdoor activities, nature, crafts and of course lots to do with Halloween.
Then I stopped and thought – what do the children actually want from their half term holidays? I often like to read about kids’ perspectives on things – why am I not just asking my own kids?
Of course, small children don’t always know what’s best for them, and would maybe just veg out and eat Haribo all day, every day if we allowed them, without any thought for fresh air or good nutrition, so we often have to intervene. But it’s an interesting exercise anyway, I think.
Here is the list of what my kids want to do for Half Term:
- Carve our pumpkins
- Make our Halloween costumes
- Watch a Halloween movie (Beetlejuice or Ghostbusters are top of the list)
- Make some videos and edit them (they want to make more ‘Look Inside’ videos, and Hugo got a green screen for his birthday so wants to learn how to use that too)
- Go to a Halloween party (their football club is holding one)
I asked them if they wanted to go anywhere – I had in mind Alnwick Castle for my little Harry Potter fans, Preston Park for some Halloween crafts, maybe a woodland walk, beach…? They met my suggestions with a shrug, a “yeah, could do”, but very little enthusiasm.
My children are tired. They have found the first half term back at school quite exhausting. I have busy boys who work hard and play hard! Hugo has had a birthday which we all shared an exciting weekend away to Edinburgh for, and a very full-on school camp for a long weekend which he is still recovering from. Both children have thrown themselves back into sport wholeheartedly since the summer break. They need a rest!
And why not? Do we really need to be on the go constantly? Do we need to be travelling, exploring, running about like crazy? Yes, it’s nice to do, but sometimes we all need a break.
So I’m listening to what my children are telling me. OK, I’m not going to let them laze about in pyjamas for the whole week, but I am going to take it easy.I need that too. I think that slowing down and taking our time over the things we really want to do together will help keep stress levels down and fights to a minimum too, so that we can just enjoy being together. I do hope so!
There may just be a blog or vlog post (or two) coming from us in the near future too!
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