Making the most of time off when you have children

Time off from work when you have kids should be enjoyable, relaxing and rewarding for both you and your family.

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When you have children, time off from work can be a bit tricky to navigate. While it’s vital that you make the most of your time away from the daily grind, it’s even more important to make sure that your children are disrupted as little as possible, and that you coordinate your days so that you can make the most of any extra time with them.

Here, time-off experts from Stag Weekends share their professional tips and advice on how to make the most of precious time off from work when you have children.


Forward plan

Planning your days in advance helps to ensure that your children are always properly looked after, as well as offers some structure for your whole family. It allows you to find the right childcare solution if you’re not able to pick your children up from school, while also leaving no one in the dark about plans and where they need to be/what they need to do.

As well as this, planning also encourages you to take part in plenty of different activities during your time off, and spend time with as many loved ones as possible. Time off without planning can be overwhelming, so this is the perfect first step when it comes to making sure that you distribute your time evenly amongst friends, family and different activities.

Utilise your evenings & mornings

If you work a 9-5, evenings and mornings are usually off the cards when it comes to activities and social occasions with your friends and family. Not only are you waking up early every morning to get ready for work before potentially going ahead with the morning commute, but you’re also working a long day before needing to get plenty of rest in order to wake up on time the next day.

Luckily, time off from work eliminates this issue and opens up your mornings and evenings to a plethora of different activities including family meals and pub visits with friends.

Why not take the kids out for breakfast before school? Or meet your friend for a lunchtime coffee? Make the most of your entire day by properly utilising both mornings and evenings without being exhausted!

Take time for yourself

Time off from work needs to be just that, time off. This means turning off your work phone, ignoring emails, and trying to focus your brain on something other than work. If even a small fraction of your day is plagued with work, then you’re not really making the most of your time off.

Do what you enjoy! Whether that is relaxing in a hot tub with your partner and a glass of wine, or booking tickets for you and your mates to go to a football match, your time off is about you and what you want to do.

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