I love the school holidays. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!
We live rural, so the idea that I don’t have to drive anywhere, there are no sports practices, no school drop-offs or pick-ups is absolutely fantastic. Of course, it also means that I don’t get any time off … but that isn’t so bad as it could be.
No routine – normally would just freak me out, but sometimes it’s actually what you need just so you can figure out again and get re-motivated with what really works for your family. What I have learned after a week of holidays? TV really doesn’t do good things for my children. I love it in little bits, and a movie in the afternoon for the kids is great, but starting the day with TV just doesn’t work for us.
At 5.15am, my six year old came in to ask if it was morning time yet … I was not impressed. His brother was soon awake (they share a room), and they were talking and playing, and kept coming out to check when it was morning time. Not a happy start to the morning! The problem was that they were waiting for the time when they could turn the TV on, I hadn’t even realised that not having a ‘morning routine’ had inadvertently created another kind of ‘morning routine’, and not one that I’d had any say in!
The great thing about children though is that with the “NO TV” dictate from mum this morning, they went and got some board games out, and are currently arguing about whose turn it is to roll the dice … but at least it’s not an argument about the TV channel.