Follow along as Jennifer Pinarski shares her experiences about giving up her big city job and lifestyle to live in rural Ontario with her husband, while staying home to raise their two young children.
In the weeks leading up to the March Break, I felt that familiar sense of panic: How was I going to keep my kids busy (read: not bickering) during the 10 days they would be together? Despite being a stay-at-home mom, I don't have an arsenal of crafts and other activities to keep my kids occupied. I researched day camps and playgroup drop-ins, but either the price was too high or the hours were inconvenient. So I made the bold decision to not plan a single activity. Bold, because I'm addicted to being busy.
Anything we did would be on a whim and, if possible, completely free. Here is what our March Break looked like:
Now, a completely unbusy break does have its drawbacks. I'd love to say they played perfectly all week, but that would be a lie. By Thursday they were getting cabin fever and were more likely to pick fights and annoy each other, simply for something to do. The free play means my house is mess (there is a stubborn bit of tape I can't peel off the dog) and the day we binged on screens backfired because the next day they were jonesing for their daily fix of Mario and Bugs Bunny.
But an unhurried March Break was one of my personal favourite childhood memories. I was never sent to camp and I remember hours of snowman-making and ice skating. A few days from now we will all be tossed back into our usual hectic schedules—so an unscheduled break was just what our family needed.
Tell me about your March Break @jenpinarski.
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