Most kids in our area went back to school today. Mine are headed back tomorrow, and frankly, I’m really looking forward to that.
Now, don’t get me wrong I have had a helluva lot of fun with the kids these past 2 weeks, and we have really spent some quality time together, but I think next holidays I’m going to do some things differently.
Right now, as I sit here typing I’m tired. Like, can’t think straight tired (probably not my best idea to be writing right now, but what’s a serious mumma to do?).
It got me thinking why I feel this way.
And the answer…. cramming so much in to the school holidays.
This was one of those holidays where we weren’t going away, so I guess I equated that with pack it full of fun-filled activities for the kids so they’re not “missing out”.
In general, I have a rule that I don’t make any doctors or therapy appointments during the school holidays to give the kids (and myself) a little break.
Well, next holidays I’m making a rule too….
Now, don’t get me wrong, I really did have a lot of fun with the kids, and we got to experience a lot, but is it really worth it to be this tired just as they’re about to start school?
Here’s just a sample of all the things we packed in to the past 2 weeks:
- Met and fed baby goats
- Spent time hanging out with family
- Went to 4 discos
- Met Queen Elsa, Princess Anna and Kristoff
- Had playdates with friends
- Rode our scooters and balance bikes
- Went to the cinema…TWICE
- Had bus adventures
And I attended a 1 day workshop with Dr. Ross Greene, author of “The Explosive Child”.
No wonder I’m bone tired!
Thankfully the kids don’t seem to be feeling any effects from our schedule, so that’s great. But next holiday there is definitely going to be some down time.
Here’s My Plan for Next School Holidays:
- At least 1 pyjama day each week
- No rearranging the house!
- Some quality family time that isn’t busy
- Some “me” time
- Reading a good book that is NOT about child development
How do you spend your holidays with your kids? Are you go, go, go or slow, slow, slow?