It’s spring break! Fun for the kids, stressful for the parents! This week at the beginning of spring, when the weather around here still tends toward the windy and grey, can strike fear into the heart of even the most battle-tested parent. Fear not, brave soul – with a minimum of planning that can be done so close to the last minute it is practically not even planning and a smidge of creativity, you will sail through this week with ease and, dare I say it, even be sad to see it end.
1. Be cheap! A $5 budget and the dollar store can be worth a lot of fun, as can a pack of origami paper or a pad of construction paper turned into paper flowers to hang in the house for instant spring. Sidewalk chalk on the driveway (or in the garage if it is raining), a bike wash for all the kid’s outdoor toys, or a back yard scavenger hunt can all be pulled together quickly and cheaply!
2. Get some help. There are families all around you with kids on spring break – try trading with a friend on hosting play dates, or getting a day pass at a local gym with kid’s activities.
3. Source locally. Are there older kids in your neighborhood who are on break? See if one of them would like to be a “mother’s helper” for a day and come play with your kiddos while you get things done around the house or just take a few deep breaths (see number five).
4. Staycation! Get to one or two of those local attractions you keep meaning to visit. The Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, Wolf Haven International, Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, Lattin’s Country Cider Mill and Farm, The Olympia Farmers Market and the recently opened park at Percival Landing are fun for kids of all ages, as well as great ways to welcome spring. Do you know of other local attractions that are worth a visit? Share them here!
5. Focus on self-care and wellness. Fill up a glass of water and go find the quietest spot in your house. Take a long, slow sip, then take three deep breaths in and out (close your eyes if you can see a mess from your quiet spot!). If you can fit in a walk with a friend in the morning or the evening, or with napping kiddos in the stroller, this is the week to do it!
6. Get in a workout! Nothing like getting good and sweaty to lower your stress levels and help you find the sanity you thought you had lost. Stroller Strides and Stroller Barre classes, as well as our early spring Body Back session, are all running this spring break week.
7. Let go of the outcome. It is okay for things not to get done this week and for meals to generally be of the bread and peanut butter variety. Let this week be a break for you, too!
Let's make it fun too! Are you on Instagram? We are too! @fit4momoly & @fit4momdupont. Post with this hashtag: #fit4momspringbreak on any photos you take during the week so we can see the fun you are having.
Enjoy ladies! Remember, make it fun, smile along the way, and know that you are creating memories to last a lifetime.