If the upcoming days (weeks?!) without school or daycare ahead are weighing on your mind, you're not alone! All that extra togetherness time to celebrate and enjoy each other can also feel like a lot of pressure to make great memories and Instagram-worthy photos to share. First, take a deep breath and re-read our earlier post about priorities here.
Now with a clear mind, think about the types of activities your child(ren) enjoys and those activities that you actually enjoying doing with your child. Decide how much screen time will you allow each day and how you will make sure you both get that much needed move-around time, too. If you have alternative childcare set up for the holiday break, think ahead about the ways you can keep your child's usual daily routine in place.
With those boundaries in mind you can explore all the fun ways to make the most of the quality time ahead and make a short list. After you visit our Special Events page to check out all the free family activities we are offering locally, visit Parents Magazine's Holiday page for great ideas for crafts to make with your children, recipes for entertaining, fun ways to decorate, and more!
And don't be afraid to toss the list aside at times to just sit (without your camera ready or messenger open) to take it all in. Really enjoy watching your baby explore the texture of the rug, your toddler concentrate on a puzzle, or your emerging reader attempt a new book. After all, the days seem long but the years are short!