School Holidays and Me

Right well that’s another school holidays done and dusted.

I LOVE it when my kids are off school. I LOVE being around them every day. I LOVE that all four have different and funny personalities which I find so entertaining. Yes they drive me mad, extremely on occasions, but we’re all a bit mad here anyway!

I’ve learned to switch off to it, if they get a bit out of hand I find a few little threats will usually do the trick – eg ‘if you carry on doing that, you won’t be doing [insert favourite outing or activity here]. For my teen the threat of confiscating his Laptop or X Box usually suffices…. or even better, his mobile phone – THAT is glued to him at all times, unless of course I need to call him then he suddenly never hears it! Actually, these holidays for him have been spent with a particular girl (more on that subject in another blog) so the threat of not being allowed to meet up with her has been a great deterrent!

My gorgeous girl can get very loud at times but she’s generally very good and I have my twins at home mostly in any case so nothing different there. I find the TV can sort out minor irritations – switch on the kids TV channels and they’re happy as Larry for a while (who is Larry by the way?). My children like watching telly. Why is it that parents are made to feel inadequate if we let our kids watch TV? I don’t really see what’s wrong with it – in moderation. We surely can’t be expected to entertain them all the time? Pretty impossible if you ask me.

Having my children at home is something I look froward to. I don’t find it a nightmare or an inconvenience like some parents. (Yes I do know people that feel like that), I understand of course why some mums dread the holidays for whatever reason but for me I relish it. Maybe it’s because I’m a bit daft and I enjoy my childrens’ company (that sounds slightly sad), or maybe it’s because I’m a bit lazy and hate the morning rush of the school run – actually this is definitely a major contributing factor – I can’t stand rushing around trying to get all the kids organised in the mornings. It’s like they move in slow motion. Seriously. And the running about backwards and forwards to the school, especially with my twins being at nursery therefore having the lunchtime school run too.. erugh – so annoying! My Other Half thinks it’s ok though… ‘well it’s not like you have much else to do do you?’ he commented once! Erm….Excuse me?!! Typical man comment.

No, I think the main reason is that I’m a soppy old fool and I simply just miss my children when they are not with me. Plus I’m acutely aware of how quick childhood passes too.

It feels like yesterday that my 14yr old son was born. He is so grown up now it’s scary. He’s not a little child any more. He will always be my baby, that goes without saying, but those years have flown by, in the blink of an eye. I look at my other three and already they are growing up way too fast. Someone please put the breaks on!!!! My girl will be eight this summer and my twins will be four! I want to hold on to their cute, innocent loveliness for as long as I can. I wish I could bottle it up and save it for when they have grown up and left home, then breathe it in.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s nice to have some free time when they are all out at school. Time for me and time to focus on new things I have going on in my life right now. But my children are my life. It’s what life is ultimately all about, right?

Anyway, moving on. Getting back to these Easter holidays – we have had a few days out. Teen went to the Tate Modern for a cultural day with aforementioned girlfriend and her parents. My girl had a sleepover. We had a trip to the cinema and a farm. We had friends over. We had some days when we did nothing (we’re not made of money you know!). We had my dad stay with us for a few days and we also had a tummy bug.

Never a dull moment.

I don’t manage to get much else done though…… but we can’t have everything can we?

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