So are you a working parent or a stay at home Mum or Dad? Or perhaps you are a work from home parent like here at Linku2 Support Office (which is why we can't seem to get regular on our blog posts!!)
As we know there are always two sides to the argument as to the benefits of both. After all if you are a stay at home parent then you are always available to support and be with your child. One of the main times this is of benefit is when your child is sick. However, it's not always an advantage to either of you if you spend too much time together.
Parents do need different stimulation than their child and the child benefits hugely from spending time with their own age group and in different surroundings. Even stay at home parents should send their child to preschool or a stimulating holiday programme both for the child to learn and develop and just as much for time out for the parent!
For those parents who have no choice but to work full time, it isn't necessarily a bad thing for the child. Full time in a preschool or after school programme and choosing a variety of holiday programmes and activities can be very beneficial in their development and the lack of time during the week away from parents can be made up for if you spend real quality family time with your children at the weekends either getting out and about doing some great local activities or just being at home reading, talking, cooking or sharing tasks and when you are able to get away on holidays.
When looking for a school holiday programme look for either one that offers a wide variety of activities to interest and stimulate your child, otherwise perhaps focus on a specific interest of theirs and run with that. For example they may be mad on drama and so a programme teaching the acting and theatre skills and experience can be great and often these have a show at the end where they can proudly show to you what they have learned over the programme dates.
Otherwise a sport is always good for them. There's a wide range of opportunities from soccer programmes to trampolining and tennis. Or just get them out in the great outdoors or completing a craft.
There's a real focus from most programme managers to get the kids away from the computers and smart phones and back to the good old basics for stimulation like getting dirty, building things, creating and really using their imaginations.
If you have any thoughts on working or stay at home scenarios or particular holiday or term classes and programmes you feel are worthy of a mention please do let us know ...
They come around four times a year and next thing you know holidays are here again! We keep you up to date on great holiday activities, school holiday programmes, different ways to keep the whole family entertained, also term time topics, and educational advice and support!