If you’re looking for a list of crafts and games to do with your kids, this is not the list for you. This is what you’ll really need to get through the week and is in no particular order.
1. Motrin: Although I should be on a barrage of medications for an ever-growing list of mental and physical ailments, Motrin is pretty much the only medication I actually take. Since it’s over the counter and not something I take daily, I also feel comfortable taking it “proactively” before I even have a headache. For example, before a Kindergarten bus trip OR every morning with my coffee on Spring Break. Who says you have to wait for the headache to start? Especially when you know it’s coming….
2. Coffee. Not much explanation needed here. Would like to give a shout out to my husband though who bought me a Keurig Single Cup Coffee Maker earlier this week. It’s made the past three mornings much more pleasant for everyone in our house.
3. High Energy/ Nap Inducing Workout. This one can be a bit tricky. The goal here is to wear out your children so they nap or at least rest in the afternoon. The part to be cautious of is participating in said activity and wearing yourself out in the process. Moms aren’t allowed to take naps, so if this happens go back to #2 and #1 if necessary. This Spring Break I’ve invested in three human sized hamster balls. I plan on putting one child in each, making sure out gates are closed, and letting them run around the backyard for hours. If I’m lucky, 1-2 of them may actually nap and I might actually get to enjoy some afternoon quiet as well.
4. Duct Tape: It has 1001 uses (so I’m told). Use your imagination. I’m sure at least one of them will apply to my time off with three kids until May 2nd.
5. Travel Bag: If you plan on leaving the house with the kids, be sure to bring a travel bag. I pack mine with extra clothes, snacks, toys they’ve never played with, a portable DVD player, and candy. Oh, and some Valium-to-go for me.
6. New Toy: A new toy can be entertaining for hours or days even. It can be a much needed distraction and bring some real fun and excitement into your day. That’s right, buy something for yourself! I’m not wasting a new toy on my kids who often get bored and move onto the next toy (or play with the packaging it came in). Buy something to entertain yourself. I’m still (online)shopping, but that’s half the fun too.
7. Wine: I’m falling in love with this list because of it’s simplicity. It really requires very little explanation on my part. I bought mine in bulk at Costco and plan on enjoying a glass (or three) every night this week. Two of my personal favorites: Conundrum and Mommy’s Time Out.
8. Insurance: My Mom likes to remind me about the time I drove a heavy metal wagon into my neighbor’s car. You never know what damage a kid might cause to your property or a neighbor’s. Best to know exactly what kind of thing you’re covered against…like matchbox cars flushed down the toilet. Will your insurance cover a hotwheel’s pile-up in the pipes?
9. Helmets: Safety first! Whether it’s on a bike, skateboard, scooter, or playing inside on a rainy day, no one wants to spend Spring Break in the ER.
10. Sense of Humor: I hope you have one…cause you’re gonna need it or you’ll probably end up alone and sedated in a padded room before Spring Break is even half over (wait, that doesn’t sound so bad…)
Hope you all have a nice Holiday weekend, and enjoy you’re time off if you’re on break this week too. If you already had your Spring Break and you’re reading this, I’m glad you made it out alive.
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