Normally, my blog is written pretty early in the morning, but not today. Today it is already after 6.30pm, dinner is done, two kids are in bed and I’m chilling on the couch with the News on the TV in the background.
So, it’s not quite ‘peace and quiet’ but my brain is finally at peace and giving me the opportunity to sit and write my parenting thoughts.
And, it does make me think about my school holiday routine.
In reality, my kids have been great today and yesterday. Playing, haircuts, some TV, some soccer, some time on the computer, help with jobs and chores, and also peace to do my own work as I’ve needed… And yet I still sat down this evening and thought – yay, quiet time.
It doesn’t even make much sense, I haven’t been craving time away from the kids, I haven’t been struggling, and I’ve got heaps done …. But it’s not routine. That’s the only difference that I can fathom.
Sitting down to write this blog is my daily routine, and it’s taken me 12 hours to get to this place.
I know my personality well, and I know that having a routine is really important to my happiness and well-being, and yet the nature of a holiday is that it is relaxed from routine.
How are you struggling these holidays? Is it the routine? Are the kids fighting already? Are you spending too much of your energy on things that don’t come naturally? Are you trying to find problems when there aren’t any? Are you feeling guilty that you have to work through the holiday?
These are all relevant situations, but completely fixable – I’m taking on new clients for July and August so don’t be shy about getting in touch.