Quality Time: Making the most of weekends as a family
The 6 weeks of summer is now starting to feel like a distant memory with the kids back to school and the various after school activities beginning again.
Getting back into a routine can initially be a bit of a challenge but you can continue some of your summer fun by making the most of quality time with the family at weekends.
If you are at work all week, the main problem with weekends is that you use them to catch up on all your household chores, life ends up getting in the way and that 48-hour window just passes by in a blur of washing and cleaning.
But, with a bit of planning, you can take back control of your weekends for some good old family fun.
I am a firm believer that doing at least one activity together as a family can bring you closer, whether it be playing a board game indoors on a rainy day, jumping in the biggest, muddiest puddle you can find or taking a walk through the forest or along the beach.
Round the kids up and get them helping out with the chores, with the promise of some outdoor fun when you have finished. Mine are quite adept with a duster and the vacuum cleaner and they even enjoy my least favourite job – pairing socks!!
Once you have finished it is time to get out and have some fun...
Autumn is my favourite time of year for outdoor adventures and we love nothing more than crunching through fallen leaves and hunting for conkers that have fallen from a giant Horse Chestnut tree.
It is also the best time for finding wild berries in hedgerows and apples fallen from trees. Give the kids a plastic tub and get picking, promising them the chance to make and eat a scrummy blackberry and apple crumble with lashings of custard as a reward when you get home.
Why not marvel at the spectacle of green leaves turning rich reds and yellows, making it the perfect time to be out and about with a camera. Let the kids get behind the lens or take some slo-mo videos of them throwing leaves into the air or rolling down a really big hill. The gardens and colours at National Trust sites are at their best in the autumn season and they also run activities to keep the kids interested.
Autumn is also the perfect time to visit the beach, which we avoid like the plague in the summer as it is far too busy, but often get lovely warm weather in September and are always surprised by how quiet the beaches are. If there is a nip in the air, take your bike or scooter for a ride along the prom instead.
How do you make the most of your weekends to have quality time as a family? Let us know in a comment below, or let us help with some inspiration for family days out!