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Best Practices for School Holidays

Good evening everyone! 

Here at Chicago Collegiate Nannies, we are always grateful to celebrate American holidays like Labor Day to honor the hard work that our fellow men and women put into making our country great. Plus, it's great that kids have a day off (especially at the start of school) to relax and spend time with family and friends. Thus, this week's Nanny Tip of the Week is all about best practices to have whenever your kiddos have a day off of school. For many nannies, having school holidays can change the schedule and be somewhat overwhelming; but, we hope to give you some tips to help those days off not seem so overwhelming! Please enjoy this week's nanny tip below!

1. If school is out, make your activities that day related to the holiday! - Whether it's Labor Day, President's Day or another popular holiday, prep a few fun activities both indoors and outdoors that commemorate that special day. Even if the holiday seems somewhat random, get creative with a fun craft, baking project or art piece to get in the spirit of the day.

2. Take time to teach your kids the history and meaning behind the holiday - Have kids that don't know the story behind why we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.? This is a perfect opportunity to have a time to teach and educate your children about the importance of some of our country's greatest holidays. Make the teaching time interactive with a storybook, reenactment of historical events or even researching some of the culture behind the holiday to help your kids learn something new while they are out of school. You can also encourage them to share what they have learned with their classmates when they return to school!

3. Find local events throughout the weekend or day off to celebrate - Chicago is full of events for nearly every major holiday, especially Labor Day. Be sure you plan to attend one of these events on their day off and make a whole day of it! Check out the link here for more details on some fun events going on Labor Day weekend: http://www.choosechicago.com/articles/view/labor-day-weekend-in-chicago/1558/

4. Take the time to give back - Several major holidays that students have off of school commemorate the service of our military. Find opportunities to write thank you cards, visit veterans in assisted living centers or even attend a special event with your kids. This teaches them the importance of these significant holidays while also giving them the chance to connect with important men and women that have served our country courageously.

Thank you all so much for taking a few moments to check out this week's Nanny Tip of the Week. We hope that you all take the time to think creatively and savvy whenever your kids have days off of school and that you have fun learning and creating new memories on their days off! We can't wait to bring you another great nanny tip next week and hope to hear more from you as readers about what else you recommend to do on days off. Our team hopes you thoroughly enjoy your Labor Day weekend and have a wonderful week!

Best,

Samantha Carney

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