We are almost at the end of summer vacations and before you get into theÂ horrid early morning school grind and all-things-school , here is a check-list ofÂ things that you can finish during these last few days of free time.
1. Visit the doctor: Regular health check â€“ups are important for bothÂ parents and kids, but visiting a doctor can also be time consuming â€“ be it aÂ regular eye check up for kids or a dental visit. (Read more on the first visit and about sealants here. Here is a great way to get your kids all prepped up for the first visit with these first experience books. WeÂ tend to ignore health issues due to our busy work schedules, but with no-Â school drill to pull you back, going for a health check sounds like a wiseÂ thing to do. Children as young as 1 year must visit both of these doctors.
2. Apply for a Passport: Getting one is not easy, standing in the long queueÂ for hours, the application process may take your entire day . EspeciallyÂ when you have to make a passport for your kids, it is a good idea to applyÂ for it now when there are no schools, the kids wonâ€™t have to miss a day atÂ school.
3. Revamp your house: Getting the house painted can be really chaotic,Â with all your daily -use stuff packed up in a cartons, it can feel like livingÂ out -of -a-suitcase almost. It is best to finish the house-do project duringÂ summer break, at least you wonâ€™t have to worry about getting your kidsÂ ready for school every morning , in the middle of all the mess.
4. Pest control : Most of these treatments require you leave the premisesÂ due to the harmful smell of chemicals used during the process. For thisÂ reason summer vacation is a good time to de-bug your house, while youÂ take that short trip with your family to a nearby hill station.
5. Â Go to that far space for a picnic that you have been planning for a long time. Explore your city and take your kids in and around the city like a tourist. It’s the best way to be. Check our guide to explore the city : Part 1 & Part 2.Â
6. Organize:Â I love planning. It has to be planned if you want it to happen at the pace of the children. Else it gets quite crazy. Get your personalized stickers, labels, covers, weekly menus and organize all the different activity kits that need to be.
7. Food Time: The best way to work around food is to plan for it. We have a weekly menu that’s custom made for to suit everyone’s health requirement and planned meticulously so all the help and me know that this is what they need to put in for each meal . I also love googling and searching for new recipes that will make for some great snack box ideas. Here are my favourite breakfast ideas to try with kids
8. Clean Up:Â Clear up the messy wardrobe , arrange the book shelves, we are sure youÂ will always find some section of your house that needs your attention.
9. Plan your investments: There is a lot of serious work involved in makingÂ all those best return calculations, researching the best investment optionsÂ and completing the bank work. Planning for the future can not be aÂ hurried job and school holidays provide parents with more bandwidth toÂ sit down and think things over.
10. Take rest: Take a holiday from daily work , sleep longer, go for aÂ massage or lie on the couch doing nothing. Managing work and kids isÂ tough job and your body needs that relaxation before you bounce back toÂ the busy life next month onwards. The constant battle between work, school and classes can really get to you so it’s okay to not do anything sometimes.
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