Spring break is a great time to reset the clock, as it were, on your family life. And, of course, we literally reset the clock on Sunday when we “spring forward” as Daylight Savings Time ends.
It’s also a great time to take a breathe and plan for what’s ahead, while enjoying your family.
Here’s our to-do list:
- Reset the clock on Sunday and use the week to let everyone’s body clock adjust. This means that we will try to have the kids keep their schedule of getting up in the actual morning and going to bed by 9 p.m. So often, they get completely out of wack, making the return to school impossible.
- Change the batteries in the smoke detectors. (Because that’s what we’re supposed to do every time we change the clocks, but we often forget to do it.)
- Form a plan to make it through the rest of the school year. When are those exams? When are the STAAR testing dates? What days are we off? And when does this school year end?
- Unplug at least one day. Two Austin moms created a new game that puts away the devices and helps you talk about online and social media safety in a thoughtful way.
- Take those iconic bluebonnet pictures and do it safely.
- Get a better handle on what college might look like for the 16-year-old. We’re going to be playing around with Austin-created SchooLinks and actually opening all those brochures that he’s accumulating.
- Plan out our summer of summer camps (and in our case driver’s ed). If you haven’t yet looked at our camp guide, take a look at campguide.austin360.com.
- Schedule our family vacations. Where do we want to go and do we have any money? (Not a clue and no — would be those answers).
- Clean out and declutter a bit. Do anyone’s swimsuits, shorts and flipflops still fit from last summer? Read my guides to organizing your closets, pantry and garage that could apply to any room in the house.
- Enjoy spring break. There are so many things to do with kids this spring break. Find my list here and add to that some outdoor adventures like going on a family hike and checking out the new Alamo Drafthouse at Mueller. Or if Easter is your holiday and you like a picture with the Easter Bunny, schedule that adventure.