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Smarter Mom: Mom's Spring Break Survival Guide

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Anyone else's kiddo on Spring Break? Yes, I love having a little shakeup in the routine, a little more Kiddo-Mama bonding time, but even a SuperMom, with her Crafty Cape and Power Bracelets of Patience, needs a bit of help when the kids say, "MOM! What are we doing today?"...for the ninth day in a row.

I've got a few ideas from moms who have been there, done that and survived to tell the tale.

Plan A City Scavenger Hunt -- I love scavenger hunts. Why not do a little Googleuthing (that Googling/sleuthing combo word) and find some cool things around your town or city. Have a list of things they need to find. Think of regular things like the post office to weird things like building with gargoyles or the oldest book on display in the library.

Organize A Theme-A-Day -- Again, a few hours of prep time can last you a whole week. Think Pirate Day, Dinosaur Day, Space Day, Cooking Day...and have activities, movies, and small adventures around the theme of the day. That includes quiet activities like coloring or reading books about the Jolly Roger or Saturn's rings.

Post the Schedule -- Just like at preschool or school, have a list of what is going to happen that day. Even though it may be a bit looser than their regular school schedule, having it there, with quiet time, play by yourself time, snack breaks, and the like gives everyone a head's up on what's happening when.

Get some new things -- It doesn't hurt to stock up on a few new small crafts or activities books to break out during these days. If you haven't tackled beading or finger-painting in a while, get those out and add to them with some fresh paper or new string.

The other must-have for Spring Break: coffee. Lots of it.

What do you do with your kids when school is out? Share your best advice!


by on Apr. 17, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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by on Apr. 17, 2012 at 2:17 PM

i need one for a 4yr old loli am counting down until i get to enjoy spring break lol

by on Apr. 17, 2012 at 4:26 PM

 We have already had our spring break.

by on Apr. 17, 2012 at 4:42 PM

we normally just hang at the house :)  go to the park, have bbq's at home..

we just finished our spring break.

by on Apr. 17, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Quoting Kainalu55:

Great ideas! We play outside or go to the beach
by on Apr. 18, 2012 at 8:12 AM

We had a lot of plans for spring break last week, but her grandmother wanted to keep her for a few days, so we only got to go to 1 movie.

by on Apr. 18, 2012 at 8:32 PM

grt ideas we love to b outside

by on Apr. 18, 2012 at 10:42 PM
its next week here we have no plans though
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by on Apr. 18, 2012 at 11:18 PM
They had their spring break already. Sadly everyone was sick.

Those are good ideas though!
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by on Apr. 18, 2012 at 11:40 PM
Great ideas
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by on Apr. 19, 2012 at 1:22 PM

I let my son start off his spring break by having a few friends over for two nights running.  The weather was sunny and warm so they were outside most of the time.  It was really nice -- he has nice, respectful friends and they all kept themselves entertained.  They weren't even hideously noisy!  lol  

Anything I can do to make sure that my kiddo plays outside, and does things that don't require being plugged in is always a great.  

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