I feel good that another school session has come to an end and, the long vacation is here again. This school session has stretched me to bits with many episodes of emotional roller- coaster. Thank God for a great support system.
It first began with the online classes and graduated to on-site classes with lots of extra lessons to catch up on outstanding work. It was then crowned with the daily adherence to stipulated Covid-19 protocols at school. We were responsible for our health, safety, sanity, and that of our kids. #plentywork
You will agree that the daily routine of keeping the kids safe in this season was exhausting; so I am grateful for another long break from school and all the expectations.
I have decided to be intentional about this vacation, so if you like me still struggling to apportion appropriate bonding time for the kids and ‘le boo’ while working from home and running ‘a thousand and one’ chores, do join me on this ride of reducing screen time and increasing bonding, communication, while impacting value, morals, and, faith.
I plan to take lots of pictures and document my highlights; I will encourage my bigger kids to do the same. #makingmemoriestogether
Here is my proposed vacation schedule, do feel free to adjust to suit your peculiar needs, do not forget to drop your suggestion and share it with your tribe.
|PLANNED ACTIVITIES||GOAL||PROPOSED DATE||BUDGET|
|Board Games||Stimulate the brain cells in a fun way||Build vocabulary, money habits, strategy skill, and how to think on two feet||N30,000 to Buy – Ludo, Monopoly, Chess and Scrabble boards|
|Long Walks/ Playing in the sun||Stretch and fresh air||Exercise, Recreation||N0.00|
|Story Night – Folk tales||Fun way to impact values and morals||Taking us back to our roots and culture while impacting Morals||N0.00 or Buy a book with traditional stories for about N5,000|
|A little more about God –Bible stories||Affirm the importance of knowing God and living for him.||Bible stories competition to increase knowledge of God and build faith||
|Weekend Away||3 Days at a resort||New environment, new meals, fresh air, travel|
|Reading Circle –read and circulate Novels, Stories, Autobiographies||Encourage the dying art of reading||Just for fun/ relaxation, Knowledge, learning, experience other cultures||N5,000 to N10,000 can buy 5 to 8 books from the discounted book section|
|Movie Night – Comedy, animation, documentaries||Carefully selected movies geared at learning a lesson||Family time, laughter and bonding||Internet, Netflix or Dstv subscription|
|Sleep over at a Family Friends||Carefully selected||Bonding, friendship and creating memories||N0.00|
|Medical Checkup – Eye doctor, Dentist and general check up||Check teeth, eyes and health||Routine checks to rule out health issues you may have missed out in the course of your busy schedule||Budget depending on the hospital or available health insurance plan|
|Gardening – Pruning the flowers of Vegetable and snails farming||To learn the art of nurturing||Fun, learning growth, patience and enjoying Nature||N0.00 if you have the space|
|A day at the Beach||Swim, walk, play and conversations||Relaxation and bonding||Personal decision dependent of the beach chosen and its offerings|
|Baking and Craft (beading or knitting)||To get their eyes off the screen and encourage pride in their handwork||Learning an art or craft and discovering a passion||N5,000 for a beginners kit|
|Weekend away with ‘daddy’||Time off from mummy and daddy duties||A weekend away to bond, relax, rejuvenate, affirm each other and dream again without interruption|
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