How Not to Break on Spring Break — One Moore Thing

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Happy spring “break” everyone! Or maybe it should be happy “spring” break. However you would like to address it, the fact is that all kids everywhere are off of school for the next few days.

Some of you are going away, or as one of my girlfriends calls a vacation with kids, a change of sink and to you I say more power to you, may the cocktails be plentiful and the meltdowns minimal. But for those of you like myself doing a staycation, this article is for you.

Here are my tips on surviving spring break without breaking:

1. Get your stay-cation friends together. Do your kids think that they are the ONLY ones not going somewhere amazing and tropical this week? Mine do too. Let’s prove them wrong. Get your friends who are also homebound together- order pizza, put a movie on for the kids and let the grown ups drink wine. Win-win-win.

2. Go on a day trip. We thankfully live in a place where crazy cool and inexpensive day trips are plentiful. DC, Baltimore and Annapolis are great places to explore in a day (without sitting in a car listening to animated DVDs in surround sound for hours).

3. Try something new. Always wanted to try dim sum in DC’s Chinatown? Find a new bike trail? Want to see who has the best breakfast in Annapolis? Now is the time. Find out what your kids have always wanted to try (and what you do too) but life has always been too busy to do and put it at the top of the staycation to do list.

4. Try something old. Want to just slow it down and bake cookies together? Do it. Gilmore Girls marathon? Do that too. Life with kids can be so constant; I now see it as a gift to take a long weekend and just enjoy it. The practice of being still and unwinding is essential to everyone’s happiness. Pop the popcorn, put your phone away and put on Netflix and you will actually feel everyone’s stress level lower.

And if you are like me, your staycation will include at least one kids well check-up/follow up/grooming appointment. But we will try to lump that into a mini adventure too. The whole idea is to take the time to be a little more present so however you do that is an automatic victory. And if your kids still are complaining remind them one of the biggest pros of the staycation: not having to wait for four hours for a ride at Disney World (#truestory). And if you find that you run out of time this long weekend to do everything on your dream staycation list? No need to worry. I hate to break it to you... but summer break will be here soon enough.

Katie’s essay and tangent collection about motherhood, life and imperfection, Happy Broken Crayons is available on Amazon now. Thank you for reading. You are the (queen) bees knees. Happy happy holidays and happy happy new year to you. In setting your hopes for 2018, please think about your word. I can’t wait to hear it. Xoxo

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MooreFam SKatie Yackley Moore is a freelance writer, yoga instructor and a momma of four navigating life and a separation and finding herself in the process. She adores coffee shops, laughing until it hurts and impromptu dance parties. Her work has appeared on Scary Mommy, Mamalode and HuffPost Parents. She has published a journal entitled "Dream a Bigger Dream" and the children's books "You Are a Warrior" and "We are Family" and just finished her first novel. Catch up with her between tea breaks at The Naked Momma and on Facebook.

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