August. The kids are off, you may have some time off too, now is the month to have some fun!.
THOUGHTS ON AUGUST
There’s definitely something in the air in August – things seem easier when the weathers nice, and people are generally happier.
This month is a great time for holidays, outings, relaxing, and generally getting some down time before its back to school/work in the autumn.
Although we are in holiday mode, it’s also important to recognise that just around the corner is school – and therefore one of the best things to get done as soon as possible is the back to school prep – that way you can sit back safe in the knowledge that you are prepared.
Being organised will really help you to be calmer in a month where calm should rule!
THINGS TO DO IN AUGUST
#1 – BACK TO SCHOOL PREP
I hate to be the bearer of bad news in this holiday time, but as I mentioned above, there is one major thing that does need you attention this month, and that’s back to school…..
However much the holidays seem to stretch before you, the fact is that school starts either at the end of this month or at the start of the next, and so needs to be thought about now so you are prepared and don’t wreck the end of the holidays with panic shopping and organising things.
Here are a few things to think about:-
- School uniform – have you got the right sizes, the right amount, and is it all labelled?
- School Bag – is it still OK for this coming year?
- PE kit all washed and OK size wise etc…
- Stationery – for older children you will need to ensure that they have the right supplies, both to take to school and for their homework (also ensure that they have desk space or an area that they can work in when they get home).
- Any paperwork has been dealt with – have you sent back forms to school, sorted out lunches etc…..?
- Have a list of what needs to be taken on day one – that you can tick off nearer the time.
- Any items that are newly required for this year – like a new after school club that requires kit, or an art class needing a portfolio case etc…..
- Lunch box – do you need to replace?
It seems like a lot, but over the holidays doesn’t have to take a lot of time at all. If you are out and about, you can pop into shops and get uniform and supplies in bits (or even online which I tend to do so it doesn’t take any time at all!)
#2 – PLANS FOR YOURSELF
I like to take time when I am holiday to check in with myself a bit, as it can be a great time to once again see the bigger picture of your life and not get dragged into the day to day stuff for a while.
Why not take an hour or so to reflect on whats coming up, what you want to achieve by the end of the year etc….
When you are switched off from work and on holiday, its a great time to really work out whats important to you and whether you are on the right track.
Who says that creating goals should just be for New Year! (I actually prefer to think in terms of the school year for my year anyway, as January can easily get lost in sorting out things post-Christmas).
#3 – PROJECT, ANYONE?
If you take time off over the summer (especially for looking after the children while they are off), then there may well be some extra time that you can use to get specific projects done.
If you have to sort out your childrens bedrooms, clothes etc… – then why not get it done now – save hassle later.
It’s also quite nice to have a project to complete over the holidays with your children, as this gives days that may well be wasted a little bit more purpose.
It doesn’t have to just be things like sorting bedrooms, it can be fun stuff too:-
- Fussy eaters? Or inquisitive types? Why not try a new food each day/week – get them cooking – even create a recipe file with their favourites – a great resource for you when planning meals during term time!
- Catch up on books, crafts etc.. on rainy days – make a piece of art for their room with a simple canvas and some paints/pens.
- Give them new experiences – learn to ride a bike, go on a grown up day out, visit friends you rarely see, go on a boat, windsurf etc…. – whatever their age, children can learn something and this keeps them excited and interested in learning more (and having fun while doing it!)
OTHER THINGS TO LOOK AT IN AUGUST
If you can’t get away – or don’t have holiday time to take from work, think about having a mini break from home at the weekend – use your home as a base, forget housework and day to day stuff, and go for outings – it will feel like you’ve had longer off than usual (and with a bank holiday to look forward to at the end of the month you can’t go wrong really!)
If you haven’t planned anything specific as yet, why not look at whats on in your locality as so many events happen during this month.
If you can’t find anything specific that catches your attention however, think up some days out/activities for yourselves:-
- Picnic in the park – take a blanket, pack a great meal, and a book/games – make an event of it
- Day trip – get in the car and explore a town or countryside that you haven’t been to before
- Walk – Find somewhere nice and go for a wander – perfect if there’s a family friendly pub at the end!
- Take a train – Forget driving, there’s so much to explore that’s a quick train ride away – what about the beach, or a city etc….
- BBQ Party – get the paddling pool out, get guests to bring some food so you don’t really have to cater and simply have a free for all party at yours – easy and fun!
Think outside the box and you are bound to have fun!
- Birthstone = Agate
- Flower = Gladiolus
- Zodiac Signs – Leo July 23rd to August 22nd, and Virgo August 23rd to September 22nd
- The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Eisteddfod in Wales, and the Notting Hill Carnival are usually held in this month if you fancy a trip!
AUGUST TO DO LIST PRINTABLE
This is part of my 12 page printable with all the months of the year on – a great way to stay on track with your goals and things TO DO.
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It’s available in the OMH Printables Library – the place where all free printables from the site are kept. Simply enter your email to become a member and get instant access. Hope you enjoy!
Whatever you do this August, have fun, do new things, and don’t forget to forward plan for the start of the new school year – you will then have the best holiday ever!