What are you planning for the upcoming school holidays?
For me it’s a relaxed approach without many plans. I enjoy taking time off from driving, time off from responsibilities, time off from set schedules. But I have a few things in my list to get done before the holiday starts.
- Lambing (daily lambing beat to check the ewes)
- writing and editing ( my book needs to be finished by 5th Oct)
- packing and organizing ( my adventure race is this weekend)
- groceries, and food for my race
- final easy training rides before race (to keep the legs warm, and my bum used to the bike seat)
- managing my dog after her surgery on her knee (apparently we are on total bed rest which she doesn’t take to naturally)
- Organise final scenes for the musical I’m directing, and deliver information to cast
- kids after school activities continue as normal
- parenting coaching evening on Thursday
- ………. And on it goes
When my lists start looking like this, I know that I’m in a mini panic mode, and I also know that I’m over-committed. The best thing about having a list like this is that I know there is an end date. I have 4 days to work through the list, or I don’t get those things done.
As a parent, it’s not sustainable to have lists like this indefinitely because you start fraying at the edges with your children, but over a short period of time it you can really get a lot done if you need to, and it isn’t detrimental for your children to see you move through these crazy busy moments.
Just remember to temper the stress and busy with moments of clarity and calm, like a deserved coffee at your local, or an extra 10 minute lie in on one of the days in the week. Keep your temper with your kids too, remember they are also leaving a busy term behind and they are tired and getting run down.