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Smarter Mom: Mom's Spring Break Survival Guide
April 17, 2012 at 12:00 AM

Anyone else's kiddo on Spring Break? Yes, I love having a little shakeup in the routine, a little more Kiddo-Mama bonding time, but even a SuperMom, with her Crafty Cape and Power Bracelets of Patience, needs a bit of help when the kids say, "MOM! What are we doing today?"...for the ninth day in a row.

I've got a few ideas from moms who have been there, done that and survived to tell the tale.

Plan A City Scavenger Hunt -- I love scavenger hunts. Why not do a little Googleuthing (that Googling/sleuthing combo word) and find some cool things around your town or city. Have a list of things they need to find. Think of regular things like the post office to weird things like building with gargoyles or the oldest book on display in the library.

Organize A Theme-A-Day -- Again, a few hours of prep time can last you a whole week. Think Pirate Day, Dinosaur Day, Space Day, Cooking Day...and have activities, movies, and small adventures around the theme of the day. That includes quiet activities like coloring or reading books about the Jolly Roger or Saturn's rings.

Post the Schedule -- Just like at preschool or school, have a list of what is going to happen that day. Even though it may be a bit looser than their regular school schedule, having it there, with quiet time, play by yourself time, snack breaks, and the like gives everyone a head's up on what's happening when.

Get some new things -- It doesn't hurt to stock up on a few new small crafts or activities books to break out during these days. If you haven't tackled beading or finger-painting in a while, get those out and add to them with some fresh paper or new string.

The other must-have for Spring Break: coffee. Lots of it.

What do you do with your kids when school is out? Share your best advice!



  • Kainalu55
    April 17, 2012 at 3:05 AM
    Great ideas! We play outside or go to the beach
  • Mrs.Pool2Be
    April 17, 2012 at 5:54 AM

    Our kids' Spring Break was last week and we just hung out at home.  

  • amy7243
    by amy7243
    April 17, 2012 at 6:34 AM
    Quoting Mrs.Pool2Be:

    Our kids' Spring Break was last week and we just hung out at home.  

    Same here...well ours was 2 weeks ago.
  • mrswillie
    April 17, 2012 at 7:13 AM

    My kids are teens now

  • powow65
    by powow65
    April 17, 2012 at 9:09 AM

     we played alot out-side & DD's daddy came home than we had a "stay in vacation".

  • chiquis
    by chiquis
    April 17, 2012 at 11:16 AM
    My kids just went back from break. Phew lol
  • proudmommy690
    April 17, 2012 at 11:40 AM
    good ideas.
  • Lisa0626
    April 17, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    Good ideas. Our spring break just ended and we got to go to the park, a museum, and have fun just relaxing.

  • slw123
    by slw123
    April 17, 2012 at 12:41 PM

     We had spring break in March.  Now we are counting down until summer break.

  • alliesmom112
    April 17, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    great ideas. DD loves to go to the park, lake, the children's museum, the science museum, and the library

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