Summer socks and a vrot banana
Tips for staying sane this summer.
Scott Dunlop
Here come the summer holidays! Already my children are counting down the hours until they say goodbye to their teachers, and, if you’re taking a break, you’re probably ticking off the days, too.

Here’s a top tip for summer:

That final lunch box you pack, on the last day of school? Don’t forget to unpack it! Trust me, there’s nothing worse than a banana which has been sitting in a school bag, fermenting, for several hot summer weeks: it’s almost impossible to remove that smell.

Tip two:

Those school socks you’re so happy you won’t be washing for a while? If you have a son, check under his bed. Sons and school socks have an odd relationship with the undersides of beds. No matter how many times you leave a trail of jelly tots to the laundry basket, he WILL leave them somewhere in the dark, keeping dust-bunnies for company.

If you’re a little lazy, like me, you’ll be rejoicing that one or two bath times will be skipped: your kids have been swimming all day, and surely chlorine is a better dirt-buster than silly old bath soap?

There will be padkos stuck to car seats, ice-cream stains on carpets, and the irreparable erosion of the lawn under the assault of sprinkler games and grubby feet.

In case you’re wondering how to avoid the messy business of holidays, don’t! Enjoy the lapsed rules, relaxed routines and the lazy, hazy days of summer.

Why not share your top tip for making life easier during the holidays and you could win a R250 voucher.

The winner of the voucher for Handmade Birthdays is Camilla Hazel. Congrats!

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