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30.12.12

Whatarewedoingtodaymum?


I'm sneaking in today 'cos we need to talk about kids and holidays. It's only day 10 for me and already their little faces are tilted earnestly upwards each morning with a beseeching "what are we going to do today, mum?" I quiver a little.

I've got a fun story up on Live4 about keeping the kids calm and happy in the hols. Thought you might like it... I'm planning to book my kids in with the hands-on home-based parent up the road in the new year...

I also did a collected post for Village Voices, finding 21 ways to entertain the kids at home. I can already attest to the power of a water wall. Easy to construct and even Max is right into it.

What's a 'home day' in the hols look like for you?

12 comments:

Toni said...

No fun here. We're having to move house, so I'm packing.

emma @ frog, goose and bear said...

I may come across as the hands-on home-based parent on my blog, but I'm totally a "free-range whatever" kind of parent. No setup stuff here. Do what you like! There's the backyard off you go. Like you, I find offering them jobs to do also sends them running. I do love the holidays though. Purely for the reason that we don't have to be running around everywhere trying to fit far too much into the day. No places we have to be. No routine. Glorious. Catch me in a months time and I'll be begging for the holidays to be over!

LionessLady said...

Oh my, the 'what are we doing today mum' faces just about kill me! What I really want to say is 'why dont you go play with the many thousands of dollars worth of toys that you have spread from the front door to the back door, hmm?!' We try and do a home day and laze about doing whatever then an activity day - have a friend over, go to the park, movies, out somewhere, anywhere!

Happy new year lovey!x

Sonia LifeLoveandHiccups said...

Seriously - it is like you read my freaking mind. The last thing the kids said to me before they went to bed was So what are we doing tomorrow mum? We could be going to Disneyland with Spongebob and they would still ask the next day "So what are we doing?"
Happy New year lovely - I hope 2013 brings you everything you have ever dreamed of and more. I look forward to catching up with your gorgeous family again before too long xx

Leanne said...

Every. Single. Day.
What are we doing today mum?
Well, we're at the coast so I see sun, surf and sand in our immediate future which is easy.
but next week we will be home and there will be a month of "what are we doing today mum" where I am going to have to get inventive.
Will pop on over and view your 21 days ...
PS Are you doing your word of the year again this New Year? Fantastic idea. I already have mine picked out and my post ready to go. That's how excited I am about it ...
Happy New Year! (Happy New Word)
"See" you in 2013
Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit

squigglyrainbow said...

We brains-storm a list together on a big piece of butchers paper and tape it somewhere in the living room... I am not asked too often what to do - albeit yesterday the littlest was 'bored' all day until he finally decided to make charcoal paint with the remnants of an outdoor fire... a mix of spit and charcoal and water to make paint! xx

Polly said...

I have no inspiration for this kind of thing at all, or patience for that matter, besides there's a brand new cubby in our backyard so that's what they can do!

Melissa Mitchell said...

Home in the holidays is unfortunately pretty quiet (well, no - I love the quiet) because I can't drive anymore. So the boys are in Vacation care (around the corner) a day a week (2 for Sam). And they're going to be spending one afternoon a week at their Grandparent's home.

Mostly we just chill together. Lots of books. Lots of curling up with a movie. They have their iPads. We cook together, play board games (and 1000 games of UNO).

Melissa Mitchell said...

Oh Wow. Those are great ideas over at iVillage. Am going to start organising some of them. Thanks so much for that one!

Mrs Average said...

Hoovering..... well after the children have done craft or cooking as that is all they ever want to do at home! Or watch the Gruffolo/Gruffolo's Child .... "his eyes are like terrible fire". Help me I am reciting it now without the aid of a book!

Must get more organised as a parent.

A little bit Country said...

My wee man Tom asks me this EVERY SINGLE MORNING when he comes in for his morning snuggle :-0

Kymmie said...

Oh, I hear you! My husband thinks because the offspring ask this question that we fill their lives with too much activity. He thinks they need to have less planned stuff and more free time.

Perhaps he's right? (He really doesn't allow for the Mummy's need for structure and routine, and a daily outing!) x

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