It can be hard work at times when you have to spend a lot of time with your child over the school holidays. You may need just as much as space as your offspring!
When you child is at school you have a routine. You know what you are going to do and when you want to do it. Having to listen to your child’s needs can cause either freiction or resignation.
Simply coping with the extra work can also be a problem.
If your child wants to do something one day – and you have a different agenda - then both sides need to be flexible and listen.
If the discussion is to do with work it could be that your child is simply feeling a little tired and may want a break. He or she may have had a late night and be feeling a little weary and not feel like working. It is not worth picking a fight – so negotiate a settlement.
Listening can mean understanding your child point of view. It does not, however, mean giving in if you are sure you are right.
It is not always easy to be organised when you feel you have to take into account the wishes of your ten year old. You are trying to build your child up and encourage sensible well planned work.
If you prefer to shop before you drop the children off somewhere – well that is your prerogative You don’t have to throw away all your powers.
Try to be friendly. When next year’s holidays come around your child will be thinking about senior school. Between the period of the Sats tests in May and going to secondary school you child will grow socially, emotionally and physically.
So over this holiday period before the eleven plus examinations gives the family an opportunity to work together, peacefully, towards the eleven plus.