The kids went back to school today. On the one hand? Sigh of relief, tick! Sneaky trip to Starbucks for a cuppa, tick! Peaceful house, tick!
On the other hand? Music turned up loud to break the silence, yup. Nagging feeling that it wasn’t quite long enough, uh huh. Countdown to summer begun, big yes!
I’ve noticed something over the last year. I now look forward to the holidays as much as, if not more than, the kids.
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed our holiday time before that, but I always began the holidays with a slight feeling of dread. How could I possibly keep three kids, of such different ages, occupied for weeks at a time? On my own.
Of course, there are days when I’d cheerfully send them back to school, but mostly, the freedom that comes with the holidays is just wonderful. Lazy mornings, no rushing, fun days out.
That I could get used to.
I wonder of it’s because I’m getting better (more relaxed) at this parenting lark? Or is it because the kids are getting older?
I suspect it’s a bit of both.
A year ago the thought of taking all three kids on a day trip, on my own, was the stuff of nightmares. Far too stressful. But after a wonderful summer last year, where I braved the day trips and survived (in fact, more than survived), I’m not scared anymore.
Sure, there will always be the odd disaster or meltdown (and not always from the kids), but as a foursome we do okay.
And, what a difference even a few months can make. Especially with the wee girl. She’s calmer, better behaved and more independent. The stroller is only required if we’re walking a long way, or navigating very busy streets. I’m no longer a pack horse. And my eldest can help out!
Most importantly, we have fun. A lot of fun.
So, having just enjoyed a wonderful family holiday in New York (more to follow on our fabulous few days!), I am now starting to gather ideas for our summer bucket list. The kids loved visiting NYC, and they were great. Well behaved, interested in the sights, excited and enthusiastic. They walked for MILES!
They are growing up, and it opens up so many wonderful opportunities for holidays and days out.
Beach days, lots of swimming and camping are all on the cards again, but now city breaks and sightseeing are back.
Roll on summer!
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