HAPPY NEW YEAR!
We took just a little over two two weeks off between Christmas and New Years. We resume school on Jan 5th. I struggle with my children at times getting them away from electronic devices. I really restrict the times those items are allowed daily! However in the past over school breaks I have allowed almost no restriction of said electronic devices and invariably by the middle of the first week I notice increase attitude, defiance and over all family discord! So this time around I sat the kids down and came up with a schedule! I really find my kids do so much better when their days are scheduled, having endless free time doesn't seem to inspire them, which really bothers me. I have tried so many different strategies to get the kids to be creative or just more adventuresome with their time but they don't seem to have it in them. So I tried something a little different this time and I think it might be just what we needed!
I didn't want to take their electronics away from them completely, as I do see the value in them. Most of what we have is educational! Normally the kids get one hour of electronics per day so they really wanted much more time to play especially with Christmas and there was a new game system under the tree! But I wanted and needed to balance that out somehow with other activities, but still give them a chance to choose for themselves! So I came up with a daily schedule that we stuck too most of the days.
Our Holiday Schedule for the kids
1. Electronics which included DS, Wii U, and computer could be played between 10-12 and 3-5 only...a total of 4 hours which I thought was more than enough time, although my kids would disagree. Luckily watching TV is not something my kids spend a lot of time doing unless it is with my husband and I in the evening watching educational programs.
|kids play room is in the basement--ignore their mess--I rarely venture down there :)!|
2. Piano practice must be done 30 each day
|The only activity we kept up with during the holiday break were the kids piano lessons|
3. Exercise 30 minutes per day which included playing outside or stretching exercise in the house
|Kids got a new skateboard and are learning to use it|
|MarioFan is not a fan of standing up on the skateboard at the moment so he uses it as a sled to ride down the sidewalk!|
|Yes I actually made my kids do some stretching exercises every day...I am a mean one so my kids say|
4. Dog training and playing 30 min per day. We are working on teaching our new dog basic commands and leash training.
|learning the stay and come command-- Luna is doing very well:)|
5. A creative pursuit per day for 30 min of their choosing
|as a family we put together a puzzle|
I have provided the kids with lots of options but this is the one area where they struggle, despite my best efforts being creative is just not their passion. For MarioFan I showed him a lego project he could attempt to build and pulled out some wooden projects I bought ages ago, but so far no initiative has been taken on his part:(. Firedrake at least will work on her drawings and her creative writing story. We have had a couple of new games played that the kids received for Christmas and those went very well. This continues be a area that needs to be worked on with MarioFan because if it isn't electronic he isn't interested:( so frustrating for me!
6. Reading for 30 minutes a day--a book of their choosing. Thankfully both kid love to read so this is an easy one for them to want to do:)
So that was our schedule however it was flexible and there were several day when we did other things, like see the Hobbit movie or go to the Botanical gardens to see their light display! Overall I was pleased with it and will definitely be trying this again during our next school break!