The long summer school holidays are coming up and this can be a difficult time for both parents and children, especially if you’re a single parent family.
Now I’m newly single again, negotiating six weeks of childcare time is going to be even harder than usual. I try to keep other school holidays as work free as possible but doing next to no work for six weeks just isn’t realistic with one income. Luckily Belle is now old enough to pretty much entertain herself, but it still means six weeks of trying to prise the iPad out of her hands while she’s sat in front of the TV with half a loaf of brioche balanced precariously on the arm of the sofa.
As a single parent who works from home, knowing how much time you really can spend working over the summer is tricky. If you work too much, you lose out on quality time with your children and they will inevitably get bored and restless as soon as you aren’t giving them your undivided attention. Sending them away to a camp or an activity day while you work costs so much these days that sometimes it hardly seems worth it and I feel as though I may as well have written off working altogether and watched TV with Belle under her blanket.
On days where I have time to take Belle out, it’s a whole other summer holiday hurdle trying to work out where to go and what to do. If you have children of different ages it can be a nightmare trying to find something that appeals to the whole family that isn’t Burger King. Belle enjoys most days out we have but trying to think of original activities is not my strong point. You all know how I feel about organised crafts. Most childhood memories are created in the summer holidays, so having at least a few memorable days out each summer is really important.
If you’re not planning any holidays abroad or you just fancy a nice treat, Thorpe Park is a great place to take kids of all ages for a fun day out and some memories. Thorpe Park boasts rides suitable for everyone from the Saw ride and other super-fast rollercoasters, to the little train ride which Bee and Belle had the most fun on together when we went last summer. Plus of course there is the new Angry Birds Land, which is proving popular with kids of all ages…
If you fancy going but you’re a bit strapped for cash this summer, never fear! I’m giving away 5 free entry passes worth £58 each, so £290 in total, for one lucky family to enjoy. All you have to do is enter using the Rafflecopter for your chance to win. Good luck!
Disclosure: We are Thorpe Park ambassadors. We have received Merlin annual passes in return for sharing our news and views but all opinions are my own.
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