Parents on edge: you don't have to overstimulate your child during the holidays

Overworked parents: don't have to overstimulate your child during the holidays

Can we do nothing during the break? Sure. More and more parents choose not to plan anything during this break week. No organized outings, no queues at the museum or crowds at the cinema. And the little ones can come out on top. 

Whether it's a day off, a break or a holiday, it's unmissable, the agenda is full. Tickets have already been reserved for an afternoon at the museum, which will be followed by lunch at the brand new family restaurant which has an indoor games module, then a visit to the marine animals of the Aquarium. And it starts again the next day with a slide outing on a tube. Who said that spring break is for relaxing? 

The pleasure of being bored 

Being bored from time to time is normal for a child, reminds the site Naître et grand. It allows him to stimulate his creativity and to listen to his desires and his tastes. 

However, some children feel helpless when they are bored because they are used to doing structured activities and are often surrounded by other children. “When a child manages to play alone in his moments of boredom, he also develops his autonomy”, ensures on the other hand To be born and to grow. strong>Schedule nothing 

That doesn't mean being bored all week! Many parents have chosen not to plan anything, but to spend time with family all the same. This is particularly the case of Catherine Bouchard, the mother entrepreneur behind Atelier Clémentine. Creator of educational material, she has absolutely nothing on the agenda during the break. “It's as the days go by: we'll play, cook, maybe go cross-country skiing or skating, but that's it,” she says. 

Same story in the household of Gabrielle D-L, mother of a teenager, a nine-year-old boy and a two-year-old toddler. “The two big ones like to relax at home. We risk finishing our working days early, eating homemade pizza and making popcorn while watching a movie. No pressure or performance anxiety compared to the coolest camps and activities,” says the one who reconciles the children's days off with teleworking. 

“With all the leave to be taken unexpectedly, we can't miss work during the break,” she continues. Even less go on a trip. A day out is expensive with three kids. You have to make choices.

Overwhelmed parents: you don't have to overstimulate your child during the holidays

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Take white-time 

Take a break from the agenda, in turn encourages Julie Tremblay-Potvin, co-founder of the De Saison wellness platform. His advice: give yourself periods of white time. “It’s unorganized family time. To stop, take a break from work and reconnect with your environment,” she enthuses.

While the recommendation is primarily aimed at parents, it also has benefits for children. “These days of walking outside, observing nature, taking down screens are often children's favorites since we are fully present for them,” says the mother of two boys aged five and eight. 

Can't take a day off? Build white time into your schedule. “It can be an hour or just 20 minutes.” Thus, by lowering expectations, we also reduce possible disappointments or frustrations. 

“We go at our own pace and, above all, we take the pressure off of having to organize the children's days off,” adds Julie Tremblay-Potvin. We're taking notes! 

The toolbox

  • What if we meditate? The practice of mindfulness meditation is a tool that can help children from the age of four to relax and get to know themselves better. Our favorite app is Little Bamboo. The pluses: the speech is positive, the female voice is soft and the first short sessions are free.  
  • If you fancy a last-minute activity, head to the municipal library to stock up on books and comics for the kids to occupy themselves! Phew! You can even borrow video games (as a reward)., whose 10 12-minute episodes are available on ICI Hosted by Pierre-Yves Lord, the series is aimed at the whole family and celebrates children's literature. 
  • A day in pajamas: this is a little pleasure that invites you to slow down and relax at the House. We push the idea further by taking a nap in the afternoon, in order to recharge the batteries. 
  • We favor free outings: a free swim at the municipal swimming pool, a walk in the open air (make it a rally to get the kids interested!), go skating, etc. No need to set a goal: the goal is to have a good time together.

It's going well go? She is good! The series “Parents à boutte” aims to make families who are out of breath feel guilty in the context of the pandemic. On the program: advice, updates, and toolboxes on a ton of themes. To be continued in the Inspiration section.

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