1. The mind needs a break
Your kids work hard all year. They commit themselves during the school day to academics and during the after school programs to writing music, creating art, prepping for olympics, training capoeira and other great, exciting things. In order for them to appreciate everything they work so hard to achieve, they need time to unwind and relax. It's exhausting being that awesome!
2. Going outside:
During the year, kids don't spend enough time running around outside. Even when they do, it's limited. Breaks mean they get time to just run and roam in a safe space. It means releasing energy that is pent up so they can learn better. Kids also learn by doing. Running around a playground allows them to explore their surroundings and learn directly from their environment.
3. Discover the world!
Whether it's traveling far or staying in NYC, taking a break means kids at our programs get to take field trips to museums, shows, city parks and even an amusement park. Getting outside school walls allows them to expand our horizons and be excited to return to share what they've learned. Consider taking a mini day trip over the weekend during Spring Break so kids can see more of the world, even if it's just another part of NY. The change of scenery will do everyone well.
4. Hanging out with friends and family:
During the school year, kids don't get to see their communities nearly as much as on break. They're in a school environment and interact with their friends within the context of tests and high pressure learning. When on break, kids should be encouraged to hang out with their friends and family in no-pressure situations where they just need to focus on having fun and being silly. Try to go visit a friend or family member with your kids after work, even if it's only for an hour.
5. Seeing Mom or Dad work is important
If you're able to, take your kid to work one day over their break. This allows them to see what you do all day. It is also an excellent opportunity to talk about what they want to be when they grow up and what path might lead them there. It's important for kids to see their parents enjoying a career. This is how they will learn to find a career that brings them joy. Before long, your little one will be making choices related to their career path so it's never too early to start this dialogue.
Spring break can be lots of fun but sometimes it takes a bit of planning on the part of you, the parent, to ensure that it is truly a mental break for kids. You've got a ton on your plate so be realistic about what you have the energy for. Even a one hour daily break in routine during spring break can make a big difference in helping your child truly relax and be more focused during the school year.