Scarlett and Sonny’s Sensory Summer of Inclusive Adventure

DSC_0914It’s that time of the year again! The summer holidays! Six fun-filled weeks dedicated to making myself and my children RICH.

Now I don’t mean financially, to be completely honest as a family we have very little, I have been raising my children on my own for nearly five years now with no financial contribution from their father. I have my lovely little job running Through Scarlett’s Eyes from which I derive copious amounts of pleasure and I have support from the government. So when I talk about making us rich,

I mean rich with experience.  Every element of what I consider a rich life has to do with how I spend my time, not with the things I own.

DSC_0754The six weeks holidays to me is my catching up time, long days, lazy mornings, minutes, hours, days and weeks where I can be with my children. I see them everyday when they come home from school but this is completely different, we have no structures or rules binding our times. No where myself or them have to be for a certain time. To me the summer holidays is like freedom, freedom to adventure.

I have and always will be a ‘do-er’ of things, unless I have lots put in the diary then I feel empty. I am constantly sourcing new and exciting things to do with them, and they are ever so appreciative of the variety that I inject into their lives. We never have a dull moment, we never get bored and we find joy in the simplest of things.

DSC_0969So this summer we are going to milk every single second of it and we have a diary jam packed already. I am going to be documenting all of our adventures, sharing all my tips on how parents can make summer as pain free as possible!

I vowed never to let Scarlett’s sight impairment ever hold us back, and along the way I have found that we can get a lot of support with certain activities that I would like to share with you!

FREE STUFF! We all love a free day out and I am a savy sourcer of fun free activities, so I am going to talk about how I find out about such events and what plans I put in place before hand to ensure any visits are as enjoyable as possible.

DSC_0010INCLUSIVITY! How I can make days out enjoyable for both Sonny and Scarlett, as you can imagine they have very different tastes in what they consider to be fun, so I am going to demonstrate how to find a great balance to make sure both faces are sporting a big fat smile.

ACCESSIBILITY!  Where and how you can get support. There are many ways in which event organisers can help to make the family day out as easy as possible. From free carer tickets, queue jumps, pre-warnings there are lots of ways you can make the trip much easier for yourself and your children.

DAYS IN THE HOUSE! These can be as fun as the days spent adventuring, creativity, imagination, internet resources and bag of enthusiasm can make for a very exciting day in the home.

DSC_0528SURVIVAL KITS! How I use a variety of methods to help get us through days where one or both of the children are perhaps not feeling the activity as much as you hoped, there are many environmental factors that can contribute to this. But I am never beaten and I am always thoroughly prepared.

TIME FOR ME! This should never be a neglected area and I always make sure I have plenty of me time. It is all about the balance and I think parents should do the same, make a little bit of time for yourself to follow your own passions, because I am not just a parent I am a person too. The balance that I have makes me a very happy person, which makes for very happy kids.

By the time the summer holidays is over I am going to feel like a billionaire! High five!

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