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Talking About Parenting: Spring Break a different experience this year

Chris Kovatch

Spring break is upon us. It is the time of year where school children count down the days until they get a week of freedom. This year looks to be a much different experience as the nation wrestles with our current health issue. I do believe that there is far enough coverage of this topic and this will be the last time I mention it in this article.

What I do want to focus on is what we plan to do on Spring Break this year. We generally do not leave town during this time off but opt to stay around the house and make day trips to various locales. Our family is fortunate that Christi’s job runs with the school year and she always has this time off and is able to do various activities with the kids.

I always joke with my kids that we are going to spend Spring Break doing spring cleaning at our house. While this isn’t entirely true, we will definitely spend some time doing some decluttering.

We plan to spend some time at our local parks. Time outside in the fresh air and not glued to an electronic device is a must. I am fortunate that my kids love to play outdoors and use their imagination. 

More often than not these escapades involve pulling every toy out of the garage and leaving them for me to pick up, but I feel like this is an acceptable trade-off.

We generally like to visit museums and the zoo as part of our Spring Break activities. While this may be done on a much more local scale this year, it is still something we would like to do.

Finally, we will likely spend some time just hanging around the house. Board games and puzzles are big in our family and I see a number of those occurring in our immediate future.

The common denominator in all of these activities is family. 

We make every effort to spend time together and enjoy each other’s company. While attitudes and tempers may flare at times, the fun times definitely outweigh the challenging ones. 

I hope all of local students and teachers have a great spring break!

 

Chris Kovatch is a resident of Orange County. You can reach him at news@orangeleader.com