Now that we must stay at home how can you make sure everyone feels like they’re having time off at the weekend?
The answer lies in routine. Having a weekend is about creating difference in your routine. It’s about how you spend your time; it doesn’t have to be about the building you’re in.
Review your week.
A review suggests completion of something. Talk together about what worked well and what didn’t. Agree what you will do differently next week. We need to establish a new normality that feels right, even though we know this situation is temporary.
Stay up later and have a lie in.
Am I stating the obvious? We naturally do this when the weekend means there’s no bus to catch and no traffic to beat. But have timings slipped just because the kids don’t have to present themselves in front of a teacher? If you maintain a ‘timetable’ during the week, the weekends, with their easier ebb and flow will naturally feel more relaxed.
Eat different food.
If breakfast is usually porridge, make pancakes together at the weekend. Something that takes more time and can be done in a social manner will always feel more ‘holiday’ than the norm.
I love Joe Wicks for his weekday PE lessons. As well as giving us an easy way to maintain fitness, he’s helping to establish routine from Monday to Friday. Do something different on the other two days. When Monday morning returns and Joe’s back he’ll help to set the scene for the start of another ‘school’ week.
Now that children are home-schooling, pack the books away on Friday afternoon and don’t get them out again until Monday morning. I’m not saying you shouldn’t let your kids work on that project they’re loving if they want to but encourage them to spend time differently. And the same goes for you! Stay away from work unless you’re needed to check in. Make sure your focus is on family fun. If you have a garden, spend as much time there as you can. Wrap up in woolly scarves if it’s chilly and have a meal outside! No-one complains about hotdogs on bonfire night!
Change takes time to get used to. While we tell ourselves, repeatedly, how resilient children are, it’s usually what we put in place that makes them so. At times of change, they need to understand what’s expected of them and how. By establishing new habits, change feels easier to manage as individuals and as a family unit.
Now… enjoy your weekend!