The Summer Holiday Survival Guide (Free Printable)

summer holiday survival guide

Many parents dread the summer holidays. If this is you, you’re not alone! I used to dread this time of year too before I started home educating my eldest child. Get your sanity back with this free Summer Holiday Survival Guide!

My top tips for surviving the summer holidays.

  • Plan well – but be prepared to be flexible. The best planners know when they can be flexible and usually have a “Plan B” in mind. So if a playdate cancels or it’s raining, have a Plan B for minimal fuss.
  • Know your important dates. Having them written in your summer holiday survival guide will help. It can be a pain rearranging things so get it right the first time!
  • Be realistic for yourself and your children. We have limits. Limited energy, limited time. Limited patience! It’s important to bear these limits in mind for yourself and your children. After all, they are tiny humans.
  • Spend as much time in nature as possible. It doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. Just a trip to the park or a walk in the woods is enough. It’s raining? Go out anyway – wear wellies and have a few towels handy ready for when you get in.

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  • Remember it’s OK to have down time. If you try to pack something in each day, you will burn out.
  • Swap play dates or sleepovers with trusted friends. Not only will this save your sanity by giving you a few child-free moments but your kids get to see their friends. Win-win!
  • Get the kids involved with the everyday. Children love to do what grown-ups do: it’s how they learn best. Let them slice the mushrooms, water the plants, pair the socks. The important thing is that you do it with them.
  • Visit your family as much as possible. Time is precious. When the children are at home, there is more time to visit extended family and make some memories. Host a vegetarian BBQ or arrange to go for a day out together.
  • Remember that children value experiences more then things. What do you think they’ll remember most: another cheap toy or the day you explored a forest together? Make some memories!
  • If all else fails, there’s always the TV. There is nothing wrong with chilling out in front of the TV if it’s in moderation. Just don’t spend every day doing it – bonus points if it’s educational.

summer holiday survival guide

How to fill in your summer holiday survival guide.

  • Get the kids involved. Getting the kids involved will give them more ownership over their time.
  • If you have a budget, bear it in mind as you plan. It’s so easy to overspend when you’re not paying attention.
  • The wishlists are for experiences rather than things. Write in places you want to go, things you want to do. You might want to lead by example by filling the grown up wishlist in first before the children do theirs.
  • Fill in as much as you want – but don’t feel you have to plan for everything. Stop when you can’t think of anything else. You don’t have to fill in every box! Come back to it later if something comes to you.

Now – download your Summer Holiday Survival Guide and get planning!

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4 thoughts on “The Summer Holiday Survival Guide (Free Printable)

  1. Some great tips here. “Kids value experiences over things” – I had to remind myself of this one this week; I was going to spend £20 on a toy for my ragamuffin and decided that it would be better spent on an activity during the summer holiday instead.
    I’m going to download your printable right now!

    1. Thanks! It’s so easy to get drawn in isn’t it? There aren’t many toys I remember from my own childhood though. I remember days out and time with the family much more. Manufacturers are clever though – I think it’s harder for today’s parent to stick to what’s important. Hope you enjoy filling in the guide!

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