I didn’t realise quite how much I relied on the regular hours Little London’s nursery provided. He’s only in three afternoons a week, but those few hours give me some much needed respite and it gives him a chance to be loud and free.
As of last week though, those respite hours have been ripped away from me. And the chance to be loud and preschool hyper now has to be done under controlled circumstances for my energetic three year old.
Little London literally has a never ending source of energy. From the moment he wakes up until the second he falls asleep he’s on the go. And while I love his personality and roguish ways, I also find it a struggle because with a baby in tow I’m wanting slow, steady, calm days. And he’s wanting high energy activities and the ability to consume every conceivable unhealthy treat he possibly can.
So we’re clashing. When in reality I’m just tired and he just has this internal compulsion to jump enthusiastically off every piece of furniture, often in some sort of close proximity to his sisters head.
Sound familiar at all?
As if hearing my tearful pleas for help, Push Doctor have come up with a guide giving useful tips and ideas to get through the summer holidays in one piece.
Written by a team of doctors and nutritionists it addresses all the issues I’m seeking to resolve.
Healthy Eating, staying active and to keep learning.
With healthy eating recipes on their guide that we can make together including homemade banana ice-cream I know that we can enjoy a day or morning indoors together doing something that’s actually easy but exciting for him. Even the idea of making our own cereal sounds like fun, and something his preschooler hands have the ability to do with minimal guidance from me. Not only is it getting him to create something, but he’ll be encouraged to eat what he’s making and it’ll give me peace of mind knowing it’s all healthier than anything shop bought.
Days out fruit picking or heading to a local free museum will give us that change of scenery but without the massive expense. For the dinosaur mad child like mine there’s the Natural History Museum or the Sedgewick Museum of Earth Sciences in Cambridge that I’m eager to head to. Following one of Push Doctor’s tips I’ll be making sure to bring along a packed lunch for him, so I can keep an eye on the selection and choice of food available to him at meal times. If we buy food when we’re out I find it’s a losing battle because he recognises branding and foods marketed at children which generally contain more sugar.
In terms of staying active, we’ve signed Little London up to a tennis club after he showed enthusiasm for the sport during Wimbledon. At £26.00 per year for preschoolers, with two classes a week it works out very cheap. He’s never really been interested watching any other sport, but tennis for some reason excites him. With free tennis courts near us as well, we’ll be making sure we get onto the court as much as we can. It works brilliantly because he also likes to chase the balls- so he hits them and then runs after them. 😉
And of course lets not forget the simple pleasure of just riding a bike… I used to love it as a kid. And my son is no different. His little bike fits into our car with ease so we can head off anywhere we like for an enjoyable afternoon ride.
To keep learning is something I want to encourage him on while he’s on holiday to keep his mind ticking. Today while waiting for my car to be repaired I kept him entertained at the garage by playing ‘Simon says…’ I took the opportunity to get him to recite the alphabet and to count. I’ve actually bought some great alphabet and counting posters from Aldi to try and encourage his recognition of letters and numbers.
I also bought a few pieces from The Works which will help him creatively (note: pavement chalk and finger painting so as to keep mess to a minimal amount while I’m often half distracted with the baby) as well as reinforcing his learning when it comes to numbers and letters again.
All these things can be done at home during his sisters nap time or when I feel he’s starting to get a bit restless and bored. And because it’s all bought online it means I can avoid the shops with a preschooler who is easily distracted by everything he wants to have.
Six weeks seems like a long time, but actually with a bit of organising it sounds like it could almost be enjoyable!
What have you got planned for the summer holidays?
On a side note Push Doctor have a competition running on their Facebook page to win £175.00 worth of vouchers and a three month Push Doctor premium membership, so totalling over £400.00. Entry is free, and every little helps during the holidays!