It is a favourite American saying about Wednesday – Hump Day – and it means that today is the day that you get over the ‘hump’ of the working week and then the rest of the week is a slide down to the weekend. I don’t know where it comes from, and in fact heard it when I was at high school from my Canadian physics teacher, but it is a true phenomena no matter where it comes from.
Today is the day – where the wheels come off your new routine.
Today is the day that tears really start in earnest.
Today is the day you are most likely to lose your temper in the week than on any other day this school term.
It is the 3rd day of a new routine, for you and your kids, and tiredness is rampant. Your cup is empty, and the early week excitement has definitely waned.
I have already in my own house had to explain again and again, why my kids are NOT ready for school, even though they think they are.
- have you cleaned your teeth?
- your hair isn’t brushed
- have you made your bed?
- have you filled up your drink bottle and put it in your bag?
- put your drink bottle in your bag!
- …….. etc etc
And actually the above script would have been used 4 times over by the time all the kids hassled me in the shower, as I was getting dressed, while I was trying to listen to my 5 yr old listen to his reading book… and at every other free minute that they had.
The thing is – kids want to play, and what they’ve just realised is that when you go to school suddenly there is less time in the day to play than there was in the school holidays; And for some kids who are naturally spontaneous and revel in novelty – by the time you get to Wednesday they are OVER routine and organisation – it is literally exhausting for them, and you will have more issues with this child than any other on the infamous ‘Hump Day’.
So – what can you do:
- Look after yourself – I harp on and on about this but it is IMPOSSIBLE to be a proactive, positive parent if your cup is empty and your Mum Glow non-existent. Seriously take some time today to do something that is JUST for you – buy that chai tea during a break today, go for an evening walk, read a chapter of your favourite book, get out to a yoga class at your local gym…..
- Smile, and find the humour in the stressful situations thrown at you.
- Be understanding of your child’s needs – is an argument worth it?
Note – 2 & 3 only work if you have done number 1!
It will pass, after today it is a slide down to the weekend, and I suggest that you put as little demands on your children this weekend as possible – they too need to refill their cup with play, spontaneity and fun.