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My relationship with school holidays has changed in the years since they became something to contend with. I had been lulled into a false sense of security by full time private nursery, where the only days they were closed were Christmas and New Year…
Our first year experiencing the joy of school holidays, both my husband and I were working full time. This made the holidays more hassle-filled than joy-filled. We muddled through the first six months of the school year, juggling, as you do. Then came the relief of maternity leave for me! That would solve all our problems, surely…
Of course, this meant that the next school holiday coincided nicely with the arrival of our daughter, so holidays remained firmly under the heading stressful.
And, our solution to the summer holidays that year? Moving to America… Yes, really!
By the end of that summer, the boys were ready to kill each other and we were all desperate for a return to the routine of school.
And now? In this new life of ours, with me as a stay at home mum, holidays should simply be a wonderful break from routine shouldn’t they? A time for lazy mornings and fun filled afternoons; an escape from the school run and homework.
Except of course, they are more often filled with a refrain of I’m bored.
The truth is, school holidays are hard work. While I love the escape from the school run and the general feeling of being in rush, keeping three children entertained is a challenge!
I should be grateful that both the TV and the Wii cannot hold their attention for too long, but some days, I would be very grateful if they did.
So, having now experienced several school holidays, this is what I know:
1. Children will always be bored.
2. Siblings bicker. All the time.
3. When the weather is bad, they want to go outside.
4. When the weather is good, they want to watch TV.
5. You still won’t get a lie in.
6. Holiday homework is torture for parents.
7. You can never have enough craft supplies, or wine.
8. Routine is good.
9. My children love school.
10. You will need a holiday to recover.
Don’t get me wrong, I look forward to the holidays and I thoroughly enjoy having more time together as a family. But, by the end of them? I’m very grateful for the return of the school run!