3/10/17

Ah March break is just around the corner for us, some of you may already be enjoying the time off. Breaks always help us unwind, put aside the day to day, rest our bodies and our minds. In just a couple of more weeks my kids will have no school or real routine for a little over a week (including weekends) and neither will I. Despite not having to get up at 6:30 AM to rush the older ones off to school, March break is definitely made for the kids.

Us grownups are only here to take care of them and make sure they have an amazing week off, right? As much as we would all love to be that perfect super parent every single day, we need to take it easy and allow the kids to be kids. Electronic devices are nice to have but what can they do that doesn’t include having to charge up? Think Duracell.

  • Entertain with battery powered toys. Younger kids don’t always have access to the latest technology like their older siblings or parents may have, reintroduce the love of battery operated toys.
  • Create a memory book without using your smartphone. The Fujifilm Instax camera (available at Walmart) is a great option to allow your kids big and little to take some great shots without taking over your smartphone (and filling up your camera roll!).
  • Print out fun. The internet is a vast library of ideas; why not print out some fun colouring and activity pages for your little ones!
  • Travelling and want to keep the little ones quiet? Battery operated portable music players for kids preloaded with their favourite tunes can keep those back seat meltdowns at bay.
If all else fails, go for a board game. It gives kids a chance to learn (taking turns, team playing etc), spend time as a family and they are also fun. You can find fun battery operated games like Trolls Operation, Toilet Trouble or Despicable Me 3 Operation from Hasbro at Walmart.

We can’t trust that our kids won’t flip out once or twice despite our best efforts over March Break, but we can trust Duracell to power our kids favourite toys and games to help make us make it through with less #MarchBreakMeltdowns.
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78 comments:

  1. My tip is to keep my kids busy & also some downtime too- I try not to schedule every waking moment, but try to do something fun each day.

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  2. When my girls were young I would book time off of work and we would go and enjoy the many exhibits that were going on around town and go for a road trip, and just have some fun family time!

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  3. I try to plan out a special activity for each day, like going sliding, seeing a discounted movie, going to the library, etc.

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  4. Lots of outside activities weather permitting building snowmen sledding hot chocolate

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  5. I try to get them involved planning what we will do.

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  6. Time outdoors every day, keep the snacks flowing.

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  7. My #MarchBreakMeltdowns tip is plan ahead. Makes plans for outings with friends and family. And have a few back up options for when things don’t go as planned, like weather.

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  8. Make sure that the kids have playmates to play with. Either at your place or theirs.

    Besos Sarah.

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  9. Puzzles and art kits are great to keep those lil hands busy!

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  10. Plan ahead , ask the kids , ask other local parent what they are doing for ideas , try googling free activities and the name of your city or events for kids and your city !

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  11. Keep them entertained with activities, some busy ones and some quiet ones and make sure they get time to do whatever they want to do themselves.

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  12. Bring snacks during all outings to prevent meltdowns due to hunger :-)

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  13. Have a bunch of outings planned for the week. Little day trips. Have a few fun activities planned also. Have lots of snack foods on hand. Stick paper, pencils, colouring book, crayons, little toys to keep people happy.

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  14. We make sure to do things that will make our children happy such as go to the park, paint, draw, read, watch their favorite movie and play games :)

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  15. Head to the local library for all the free events and if worse comes to worse rent a ton of FREE videos.

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  16. we plan ahead, see what free local events there are, like things at the library, free skating/swimming, free movie night

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  17. Lots of outside activities and give work list if board.

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  18. Playdates and outside activities help during the March break.

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  19. Take the kids outside and tire them out.

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  20. To avoid #MarchbreakMeltdowns check what is available at local museums

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  21. I think it is a good thing to include kids in the planning for the week so they feel apart of it and hopefully it will help to reduce the meltdowns.

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  22. My best #MarchBreakMeltdowns tip is to keep busy, bit also ensure that everyone get enough rest.

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  23. Just let them play , since you know it comes around every year , make a March break basket and fill it with stuff the kids may want , like treats and tickets to things they would want , throw in some gift cards , take the year to make it so it isnt a lump sum payment out of pocket

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  24. Make plans with another family so you have teammates. Things are easier with multiple adults.

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  25. i try to have some schedule , not too rigid but so the kids know we are not playing tablet games all day lol

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  26. Have lots of activities planned and make sure the kids get plenty of sleep.

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  27. I try to make sure they have plenty of rest and try to stick to a routine as much as possible.

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  28. prep the kids in the morning letting them know what the day will look like

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  29. My tip is to get them outside burning energy every morning and have a plan for the day, a rough estimate of activities and downtime.

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  30. My best #MarchBreakMeltdowns tip is to take the kids outdoors a lot so they can run around.

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  31. I avoided meltdowns by taking my kids to the library for story time they loved that and the mall had activities for the whole week There really was no melt downs for us I got lucky there

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  32. My tip is to provide a lot of options! Victoria Ess

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  33. Lots of play outdoors and indoors we play a lot of board games.

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  34. My best tip to avoid March Break meltdowns has to be to get outside! Whether it is cold or, if you are lucky, warm, get the gear on your kids and yourself and go for walk, take the dogs out, encourage them to help shovel the snow, whatever it takes to get some fresh air!

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  35. Keeping up a routine help us lots!

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  36. My tip is to plan outings and indoor activities in advance. Be prepared.
    Florence Cochrane

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  37. Have lots of crafts and movies for them.

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  38. Don't overload your child with too many activities and make sure they get lots of sleep.

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  39. KEEP the reg routines!! Bedtimes stay the same etc.

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  40. My tip to avoid a #MarchBreakMeltdowns is to plan activities and keep them busy so they don't say those dreaded I'm bored words

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  41. Not being too structured helps. They have free play during regular weeks, so March break just means more time to use their imaginations.

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  42. Plan some fun activities,and Netflix shows the at the whole family will enjoy. #MarchbreakMeltdowns

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  43. I like to have a complete craft box on hand with activity ideas and supplies to avoid the March Break meltdown.

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  44. My tip is to take advantage of free local community events like skating and swimming during March Break.

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  45. I think it's important to balance out the types of activities. Do visits with friends & family. Athletic outings like skating & tobogganing. Academic outings like a science centre. And at home down-time of reading, baking, boardgames & Netflix.

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  46. My best tip is to keep the kids busy. Plan lots of activities and crafts.

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  47. My tip is to keep everyone busy. I love baking with my grandkids when they are here during spring break!

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  48. I keep them busy with arts and crafts projects.

    Donna L.
    naloe@hotmail dot com

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  49. Make a list of things you would like to do during the break and involve all the children in picking something they would like to do. Be flexible if activities are weather related and have alternative activities just in case. Have fun and get everyone involved to avoid #MarchbreakMeltdowns

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  50. I find getting outside every day, no matter the weather, can really help with meltdowns!

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  51. have lots of activities & games & crafts on hand for maximum distraction (winnie)

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  52. I found that you need a balance of activity and downtime. Snacks, drinks and distractions help too -- LOL!

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  53. My best tip is to keep them entertained. Don't give in to their meltdowns..

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  54. I avoid #MarchbreakMeltdowns by planning to keep my kids busy with trips to indoor play centres/ pools / library etc.

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  55. Plans lots of activities, take them out to movies, do cooking at home with kids, crafts indoors, schedule playdates. Library is great too!

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  56. I plan at least one physical activity a day so they get a really good sleep!

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  57. plan lots of activities, crafts & games to do ahead of time, also look into free community events such as skating/swinmming/etc.

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  58. Plan a variety of activities with combination of both outdoors and indoors. Involve the kids in the planning process so they have ownership of the activity and they will take the extra effort to make it work.

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  59. plan for flexible activities that can take place indoors and outdoors. Like library excursions, trips to the zoo or geocaching

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  60. We try to keep busy busy busy during march break. There's always lots of local activities around your city, there's lots going on at our mall this week and it gets the kids so excited. We pick a special treat (pizza) and the kids have to be good all week and then we order it on Friday or the weekend. Works every time. haha

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  61. To avoid meltdowns I find I have to keep the kids on the same schedule as If there were school

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  62. Plan activities for the first part of the day and early afternoon, by then kids are tired and they will be nice and calm for the rest of the day , so that you can also have a bit of peace and quiet every day

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  63. My best tip to avoid #MarchBreakMeltdowns is to "schedule" the kids some alone time to play alone or together or outside. don't try to be the morning , noon and night entertainment for them.

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  64. Plan ahead and organize lots of activities to keep the kids busy.

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  65. We always need to get outside and get dirty even if its raining!

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  66. Outdoor activities are a great way to release energy and avoid meltdowns!

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  67. Be flexible with plans. You never know what the weather will hold.

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  68. Create an activity jar with slips of paper that have fun tasks on them like create a game, go on a scavenger hunt, or build a fort on them. When boredom hits have them pull a task out of the jar.

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  69. My tip is to PLAN ahead - have activities ready and things to do!

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  70. Although structure & planned activities are great; some down time and just letting kids be kids and have time to do what they want to do is my tip.

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  71. Mine is just let the kids have a little time to breathe on their own. Do restful things like colouring or reading. It a rest and it makes a difference.

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  72. I try to make sure they get outside time every single day, even if it means jumping in the rain puddles.

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  73. I always make sure I have a healthy snack with me, and try not to keep them out longer than necessary

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  74. Lots of fun activities and outdoor time

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