I was quite looking forward to the summer holidays. A chance to spend six whole weeks with Meg, a chance to have exciting days out and try new things.
I even made a spreadsheet.
This is actually something I would always recommend, if you don’t want your weeks to descend into disorganised chaos, however much it might make you feel like you are dying a little bit inside to be planning every inch of your summer break. You don’t have to go the whole hog like me and plan themed weeks but it’s always nice to have a running theme!
The week before the holidays started I sat down and gathered together all the leaflets we’d been sent from Meg’s school which showed local events and holiday clubs. I made myself a large cup of tea in my favourite geek mug and I scoured the internet. The idea was to have one or two days out a week and then for the rest of the time to be filled with activities and crafts.
It all started perfectly well with our bug week. We had the perfect mixture of structured time and free time and the kids seemed to really enjoy themselves which was lovely.
Then it all went a bit chaotic and I never quite managed to regain control. Meg didn’t want to do the activities I had planned. Eli refused to get changed out of his pyjamas which really hampered our attempts to get out of the house on time. I had to spend various days being ferried backwards and forwards from the hospital.
But, do you know what I discovered?
I liked it.
I have enjoyed being able to ask the kids what they want to do each day rather than enforcing my plans on them. Wanting to go to the park and make grass angels for 20 minutes whilst everybody walks past and thinks I’ve gone stark raving mad…no problem!
I have taken pleasure in random trips to the beach with nothing but the clothes on our backs.
I have delighted in eating biscuits for breakfast.
I have adored not getting dressed, just because we didn’t feel like it.
…and oh so much more than this.
Mostly I have learned that the 42 days of summer can just be about having fun and being together as a family. Not about achieving every activity under the sun.
My top summer tip: go out and really make the most of this precious time. Whatever you choose to do!
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