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With the annual school holidays looming, many parents, grandparents and carers the world over will be anticipating the children breaking up from school and the added busyness that that brings.  Are you looking to the holidays with eagerness or bracing yourself for a stressful time?

Some stresses can be avoided.  Many people plan their finances so that the stress of not having enough to make ends meet is one they avoid.  Other stresses, such as an interview for a new job, cannot be avoided, and so are best met head on, with preparation.  School holidays and times when the family is together more are no exception.  Here, I would suggest that following a few basic principles can make the difference between a generally happy home and one where the stress can become distress.

Throwing children back on their own resources (i.e. telling them to go and play instead of providing them with entertainment all the time), will help them learn independence and resilience.  It will also give you time to look after your own needs and get a bit of 'me' time.  After all, it's your holiday too, isn't it?  :-)

Rob Oglesby MBACP (Accred) B.A. (Hons) BSc | Ashwood Therapy

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School Holiday Survival Guide

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