There is one easy answer, Susan. Sell the kids. Supposing that this is not an option, plan on many more holes in walls, ceilings and doors, so you may as well find out how to fix them.
On this immediate problem, what is the ceiling made of and how big is the hole? There are just too many options to try to tell you how to fix every possible problem. If you can manage to find an issue of Family Handyman from about a year ago, the major article in that issue was on patching holes. But let us know about this hole and we will give you some direction. Henry in MI