How many have you already broken?
Can you feel it in the air? The sound of hollering kids freed from the restraints of school. The excitement of school holidays. How good is it?
I love school holidays, I relish the break from routine and the lack of structure. For me, it’s a time to allow my kids a little more freedom and relax the rules a little for the sanity of all. Rules like this:
1. Screen time.
I instilled this ridiculous no-screens-during-the-week rule in school time a few years ago — something, to be honest, I regret to this day. Seriously, those clever TV folk invented Peppa Pig for a REASON.
So come school hols, it’s a screen time free-for-all. I find there is a pattern that repeats itself time and time again. Day one, they binge; day two, interest declines; by day three, I find myself occasionally trying to actually encourage they re-enter the domain of Minecraft, especially when I have work to do.
So about the great new world you said you created. Why don’t you see if you can build a red stone castle?
2. Food rules.
Did someone actually once say that chips are not a vegetable? What do they think a potato is? In school hols, chips are an acceptable vegetable consumption. This is especially true if you’ve taken the kids away for a few days.
Menus are a repeat of fish and chips, nuggets and chips, burgers and chips. If you’re in a hotel or dining out each night embrace it. No one ever exploded from excess-chip consumption. And remember — if in doubt, there is always pizza.
3. Bed times.
Gone. Non-existent during the holidays.
If you want to stay up late reading the newest Andy Griffith under your covers with a torch, I am happy to pretend I haven’t noticed.