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Parents’ Survival Tips for Spring Break

Updated on June 15, 2011

As the calendar inches toward the end of March, parents everywhere are terrified to be stuck at home with their children. Or is that just me? Here are a few survival tips to ensure your sanity remains intact until summer, when you’re really in for trouble.

Start a Spring Writing Project
Add some structure and (shh, don’t say it out loud – education!) to spring break with a writing project. If nothing else, it’s ten minutes a day of complete silence. All you need is a snazzy notebook and a colorful pen. Click the link for more details on fun and easy writing projects for kids.

Quash Sibling Squabbling with a Tattle Tub
If you’ve got more than one child, you know that time at home comes with an equal portion of sizzling fights over markers, Cheetos, and turns on Nintendo Wii. As long as there’s no blood, the arguing is bearable. Set up a tattle jar and make kids deposit a pre-agreed upon toy for every tattle. If you can get them to stop tattling, you may be ready to learn how to teach kids to listen.

Practice Saying No
I’ll never understand how time off can somehow become more scheduled than the school year. Yet, in my panic to keep kids busy, I often end up saying yes one too many times. Say no, say it often, say it now! Click here for more advice on keeping your family’s schedule in check.

Eat cold cereal for dinner!
Okay – maybe you do this already, but those perfectionist among us need a little reminder that we don’t have to do everything just right every day. I promise the kids will love you for it. Who doesn’t appreciate the occasional pass on healthy, food-group eating?

Shop With Your Kids
What? Has she gone insane? Let me re-phrase – if you must shop with your kids, make it bearable by making it fun for them. If they’re old enough, have them cross items off the list or push the cart. Even very little kids can do a scavenger hunt. Have them look for apples, crackers, ice cream – whatever they’re into. It just may keep them from begging at the store.

Remember How You Got Those Kids!
It’s easy to get burnt out during spring break. Take some time alone with your mate. Summer sizzles when you save room for date night. It doesn’t have to be big or expensive. It doesn’t even have to take too long. But it may just save your sanity.

Image Credit: DavidDennisPhotos, Flickr


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  • Lela Davidson profile image

    Lela Davidson 8 years ago from Bentonville, Arkansas

    Thanks, ladies. Yes, Princessa, teaching in France - living in France - sounds fun!

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    Ashley Joy 8 years ago

    The kids always look forward to spring break but about half way through they are bored with everything. It is enough to drive you crazy.

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    Wendy Iturrizaga 8 years ago from France

    Thanks Lela.

    Here we just finished a Two week winter break, after that we have a few days for Easter (usually it ends up being the whole week as there is no school on Wednesdays and easter celebrations start on thursday). After that we lucky parents have another two week holiday break starting the last week of April: the spring break, which also lasts another two weeks.

    It looks like being a primary school teacher in France is a great job :)

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    LondonGirl 8 years ago from London

    Well, peace apart from for Granny, of course!

    Here, Easter school and university holidays are a movable feast, the time of the holiday varies each year depending when Easter falls.

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    Lela Davidson 8 years ago from Bentonville, Arkansas

    Thanks, ladies! Serenity- love the new picture! Princessa- walks are another favorite of ours too! And LondonGirl - in theory our break is supposed to coincide with Easter but it doesn't always. I didn't put my method - because not everyone has access - but sending them to grandma's house is guaranteed peace!

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    LondonGirl 8 years ago from London

    so do your children get another holiday at Easter? OR does this one last until after Easter?

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    Wendy Iturrizaga 8 years ago from France

    Very good tips. I need to try the "Tattle Tub", sounds like a very good idea.

    We already have a "cereal night" when the children are really good, they love it!

    Another tip that works for me is taking the children for long walks. Usually we meet up with friends and do a few kilometres in the woods, enough to have the children entertained for a couple of hours. The best thing is that it is also a good exercise for me and the children end up very tired and having an early night... YUPI!!!

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    Serenity Live 8 years ago from Midwest

    Great tips and links! We're full on Spring Breaking it in our house this week, so I'm with ya. I especially like the writing project idea. My kids love to write stories, and I love watching them be creative.