School holidays are synonymous with “children at home” after a long period of school, children take advantage of this period to have fun and play. However, parents often run out of options to fill all of their children’s free time, and the ideal is always to seek entertainment mechanisms.
With children’s routine changing during the holidays, it is to be expected that the parents’ routine will also change. Many work most of the time, others use the part of the day when the children are at school to do the housework – There are also, those who work Home Office.
To entertain the children, in fact, is not an easy task. With all the energy they have to spend it is necessary to use their mother’s creativity and provide as many activities as possible, so that these days of rest are well enjoyed and fun, and not exhausting.
The Buticabeira space, famous for being the largest open-air children’s buffet in São Paulo, invited three mothers for a chat about their children, work and the alternation of routine throughout the school holidays.
Jaqueline Cintra (29) has four children and points out that vacation is the most complicated part of the year, since it is not only the school that goes on vacation, all extracurricular activities also go in. So there’s no football, no English, no music class. The children are fully available. Therefore, she tries to make the most of all the available resources “Electronic devices are released for a longer period of time. The grandparents’ house also breaks a branch, the advantage of having a park almost on the side of the house helps a lot”. So says Jaqueline.
She also points out that it is always good to be aware of the use of electronic devices “When the children take the cell phone, or the video game, it’s very hard to let go, so I always try to deliberate a time for each thing, so they can do other activities. My children are interested in absolutely everything – even glacier documentaries (laughs). So I use it to create games, drawings, and it gives you creativity”.. Says Jaqueline, referring to the importance of developing a certain ingenuity with children.
With Jaqueline, this alternation in routine began with her firstborn, Murillo, who is now 12 years old. Since then, she tries to perfect her entertainment techniques every year. “I already feel like a vacation expert (laughs)” It concludes.
On the other side we have Iolanda Christy (26) who is still adjusting to the holiday routine. The chef and mother for 3 years, is adept at planning ahead, so she can reconcile work and still devote time to enjoy the holidays with her son”. Well, for the holidays, I’m even programming myself in the notebook. I intend to take him for a walk on my free days, when I won’t be busy with work, I booked a walk on the beach – which he loves, painting comics at home, taking him to the park, riding a bike, these things”. The chef advocates interactive games, preferably outdoors. “Fred (son), doesn’t stay entertained long with drawings, so I try my best to keep up with him”. Say it.
When the schedule tightens, Iolanda also turns to her grandparents to balance the little one’s work and vacation. But it’s not always that this resource is necessary “When we’re not working outside (Iolanda and her husband Eduardo Garbim) I end up doing my homework anyway. So working and paying attention to him gets a little harder, and even with the drawings released for him to watch, what he really likes is to accompany me, so I get a little space for him to play by my side – he likes to pretend he’s cooking with me, and in these hours anything goes to entertain him (laughs)” .
Iolanda and Jaqueline, are married and during the holiday period can still count on their husbands’ help and support. But for the confectioner Suzanny Aquino (30), the situation is different. Suzanny, the solo mother of two boys, works mostly at home and says that the biggest difficulty is to meet all the demands and still give attention to them.
“School vacations totally influence my routine, I’m a solo mom and I work at home. I’m a confectioner, and I use my time at school to sort out my things, like going to the market, banking and working on orders. When they are at home, I have to take them with me most of the time”. Report Suzanny. She also says that she takes advantage of the period to spend some leisure time with the boys.
“When they’re at home, they like to play ball in the garage, watch movies, play video games and sometimes get entertained on their cell phones. Léo(the firstborn) is starting to read some books, but still, he likes to play with his little brother, they both have a lot of energy to spend”. The confectioner, who, like the other mothers, worries as much as possible about dodging the children’s tedium and providing activities for them during the holidays, tells us.
It is not always possible to travel with the children, so like the mothers above, it is up to the fathers to look for ways out during this period. With a vast knowledge in entertaining the children, the Buticabeira space separated some tips that can help and stimulate creativity:
- Recreational activities: Paint, run, jump rope. It’s always good to remember to keep children moving. This phase of development, the child tends to be very energetic. It is important to stimulate the activities that work the attention and the disposition.
- Playing with other children: Children are used to having their schoolmates to play. In the holiday period, arrange with the other parents to provide a meeting between them – or even with cousins, siblings and neighbours.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for support: Sometimes some unforeseen events happen, and with children at home, it can get a little difficult to resolve certain things. Ask grandparents, relatives or close friends for help.
- A time for youThe holidays are also the chance to spend that extra time with the little ones. Enjoy going to the park, cinema, playing together and interacting to the fullest.
By Sandro Christy
In the forties, a man who later had a granddaughter named Vera planted a jabuticabeira tree in his backyard. After decades, during a conversation, Vera and her friend Fernanda realized the need for a charming and intimate place to hold their children’s party. It was there that the Buticabeira space was born, today considered the largest open air children’s buffet in São Paulo.
Very different from conventional buffets, arcades and electronics leave the scene and give way to the tree circuit with cart zip line, rope bridge, suspended ladder, spider web and a climbing wall six meters high, all sharing space with leafy and fruit trees. The coolest thing is that all the activities serve children and adults. Besides children’s parties, the backyard with retractable roof receives social and corporate events, with a family atmosphere and a touch of elegance.