Dr Rosina McAlpine’s top tips to thrive rather than survive the school holidays
The holidays are almost upon us, so it’s time to start thinking about how to make the most of the holiday period for you and your family.
Here are some pro tips from Dr Rosina McAlpine, Benestar’s parenting expert and founder of Win Win Parenting, to help you thrive during the school holidays.
Planning is key
Print out a calendar for December and January and start planning. First, note down your holidays and childcare options when you’re back at work. Then get the kids involved in the planning process – researching free things to do at home and in the local area as well as some paid activities. Remind them to find activities within your budget and to spread the best things out over the holiday period so that they can look forward to activities throughout the holidays!
Prepare early for the return to school
The school holidays can zoom by and then it’s back to school time. Don’t leave everything to the last minute as that can be too stressful and not a great way to start the year. Get the kids involved helping to find school uniforms, bags, and sorting out stationery they will need for the start of the new school year. Only then do you put together your shopping list, buying only the things you need – and get to have a mini clean out at the same time. Now that’s what we call a Win Win.
The holiday period can be quite stressful if you’re trying to juggle work and family, so remember to schedule in relaxing days for everyone and make time for yourself. Organise one or more sleepovers for the kids so you can have a whole day and night to yourself to relax and rejuvenate! Self-care is so important for mental and physical wellbeing and that way you’ll be at your best for yourself, your family and your workplace.
Support for working parents
The festive season can be a stressful time of year, especially for parents who are trying to juggle work and family. Help support working parents at your organisation with our special 3-part holiday webinar package.
Developed and hosted by Win Win Parenting founder and expert Dr Rosina McAlpine, webinar topics include:
- December: Making the most of the school holidays.
- January: Back to school guide. Starting off on the right foot.
- February: Helping your children develop healthy self-esteem and resilience.