When kids start to cry or have a tantrum for no apparent reason, it could just mean ...
They are tired.
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At the start of school holidays you are ready, ready for your child's full energy and ready to entertain all day but what you are not ready for are the quick to tears and the tantrums.
What is going on with your child!?
They are tired.
School is over. All that focus, listening and learning has taken a huge amount of their day and on top of that if they do an after school sport or play. Plus homework.
So knowing this, in their first few days off school, its best to do low key activities and for you too. Continue to go outdoors and play at playgrounds but do enjoy an afternoon siesta or one full day at home before you really go big on the school holidays events and activities.
Also, you understand your child more. Whatever they are complaining about, isn't the real issue, its just they have reached their limit and are telling you, 'Hey, I am tired but I don't know that I am but I need you to understand this. Don't go too hard me.'
Knowing this, helps you not be quick to judge on their complaint but instead rearrange their day to include rest time. They don't need full day plans, they do need quiet play added into their day and time outdoors to recharge and rest, just like we do as adults. Do it together and the whole family will feel well rested and refreshed for the new term to begin.
As parents we need to not feel guilty given our family rest periods throughout the day.