By Beatrice Akite Wanyama
An idol mind is the devils workshop’, so we are told. Additionally, the common idiom that empty tins make a lot of noise speaks volumes on how we spend our time. The time of the year to bond with the family is here. With the festive season eminent in everything in the public, it is wise to plan for the long holiday. However, many a parents might be in a dilemma on how to keep the children on holiday busy. As the children on holiday spend more time at home, they are bound to get bored; not because they have nothing to do, but because they have been living a ‘time-tabled’ and routine life at school. One may ask then, should we time-table the children at home? Yes, I would suggest.
Rhetorically, have you ever been in a dilemma and confused on what to do, in that you simply deal with whatever comes your way? It is very vital to have a plan for the day: let the holiday makers have a time-table and a routine schedule to know what they have to do and follow each day that passes. In summary, make sure the holiday makers have a plan and an agenda for each day. This helps to know for example; what time to wake up, eat, play and have other activities. When one has a time table, they are better placed than one who waits for ‘whatever comes’ their way: purposelessly, in simple terms.
Ojilong Ronald, the E-Commerce Manager at Summit Consulting Limited and a parishioner of Our Lady of Africa Church Mbuya says the holiday time is well thought of when there is an arranged program. He tells parents to consider December a time for relaxation from the long-hectic year long school life. Starting from the root which he terms home, he suggests putting a side time to get to know relatives. This will involve travels to visit family members and relatives in the villages and in different locations. On the other hand, he suggests the need to expose the young to the outside world. Though some might consider this a luxury, Ojilong commends outings for holiday makers to expose them to the world; this is because it tickles their minds as they meet new challenges and are exposed to a new environment.
As the holiday makers are not living in isolation, Ojilong suggests that the leaners should involve actively in community activities; for example, participating in church activities, general cleaning of the community and community out reaches among other community events. How active are they in the community, is the question he leaves as food for thought. Importantly, he recommends taking short courses and trainings, especially in life skills. Considering the computer era, he suggests training in computer applications as what they would have learnt at school may not be enough. Also, engaging in fitness is one thing he considers important as it does not only help the holiday makers to keep busy, but helps in relaxation of the brains.
Barbara Oketta, the Dean of Studies, Kira S.S recommends attending vocational trainings over the holiday. Besides being more responsible at home, she also suggests getting more involved in church activities. Above all, she advises leaners who have been engaged in practical skills, clubs and subjects not to abandon them but continue to exercise their skills.
Likewise, Anyole Manu calls upon the holiday makers to put importance in social activities during the holiday. He suggests engaging in fellowships and volunteering in church activities for the holiday makers to not only gain some skills but polish up their skills. Besides, he commends learning a particular skill and a new language. Much as the vacists might be thinking of getting white collar jobs, Anyole suggests generating some income by maximizing on one’s skills to sustain them; for example craftsmanship. He suggests making art pieces among other things. Besides, he encourages helping the younger ones at home. ‘Put your mind and hand to use,’ he advices.
Holiday could be the best time of the year, but it could also be the worst time of the year. When the young are not kept busy, they are bound to engage in different disastrous activities. They will resort to all kinds of movies, visit anyone due to boredom and engage in unimaginable acts. Having a plan to check on disasters during holiday is a remedy; make the holiday fruitful.
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