It hardly seems possible that as I sit here and write this, we are almost a quarter of the way into the year and Easter is approaching at a speed faster than I think we are all comfortable with. This time last year we were on the countdown for the Little Man to be starting school and here we are, twelve months later and he has almost six months of schooling under his belt already. Time is going so fast.
Getting School Holiday Prepared
School holidays have been planned well in advance in this house. I’m fortunate enough to only work part-time. Having said that, my part-time is mornings, so that is still every day that we have to take into consideration that we will need some sort of childcare during the school holidays. So, you can see why we need to be organised!
Obviously, this isn’t the first school holidays we have had to arrange. But the first one we went away to Portugal for a week and so we had annual leave already allocated for that. I am lucky enough that I get most of Christmas off, so that wasn’t a major issue. On the couple of days that my husband and I had to work, our wonderful parents stepped in, to look after him during the mornings, then, of course, I am home to take over in the afternoon.
With only limited holiday it has been a case of sitting down with the calendars and allocating out annual leave as evenly as possible, but between us and with the help of our parents, I’m pleased to say we are sorted for the year. Summer was worrying me a little due to us having six weeks to consider, but thanks to some careful holiday planning, my wonderful managers and some home working out in place, we are sorted there too.
Time For A Rest
The point of this post wasn’t to go on about how we have arranged a child care for the year but to focus on how lovely this last half term has been.
I guess I was a little dubious about what to expect. To put things into perspective, this time, I had three days at home with the Little Man and my husband had the other two. By the end of the term, Little Man was beyond knackered. Each day it was the biggest of challenges to get him out of the house in the morning. He’d had enough and was ready for a rest. Whilst I was looking forward to it, I was also wondering how I was going to keep him occupied at home on my own when he was so used to going out every day.
I wanted him to rest. I didn’t want to make plans for every day. I didn’t want our schedule full from the morning until the evening. I wanted to make sure he could chill out when he wanted and get the rest he really needed from being on the go all day, every day when he’s at school. And, some may say I’m mad here, but I wanted him to get bored. I wanted him to realise that you can feel bored but then find something to do, at home. So, the three days I had him, we actually only went out once and that was to see my Mum and Dad. The rest of the time, we spent at home and we loved every single minute of it.
Fun At Home
Do you know? I didn’t tidy or clean the living room for an entire week. We had all of the toys out. We had all of the Playmobil, the Lego, the board games. Sure, I tidied up at the end of each day to make it respectable and less of a trip hazard but this was our play area and we embraced it. We had a lot of fun over those few days and it was because I totally embraced it and stopped worrying about the trivial things.
It was so nice to get up in the morning and not have to rush around to be somewhere. We did everything in our own time. It didn’t matter that my floor was covered in Lego. It didn’t matter that my living room table was now home to the Ghostbusters crew and the Marshmallow Man. It didn’t matter that my cushions were everywhere because they were apart of Little Man’s Lego City. We were having fun, together at home and that was all that was important.
We had minimal episodes involving tantrums. We laughed, we giggled and we played. We loved being at home together. I had the best few days with my Little Man and I was genuinely gutted when Thursday came around and I was the one getting up to go to work. I was jealous of my husband and would have happily traded places with him to have another couple of days with my mini-me.
Having said that, he had a party to go to and a play date with his cousin at the local farm park that had been planned, so don’t worry, he’s had his fair share of fresh air this week too. He got the best of both worlds. It worked out brilliantly. For all of us.
A Great Week
I think it’s important for children to spend time at home. These days there are so many options out there to keep the kids entertained. Places to go and things to do, but it’s not always necessary. I can imagine if you have more than one child, having them all at home, every day for the duration can be a bit much, so I understand the need to get out. But it is possible to have fun at home too, for a couple of days. I think you just have to let your guard down a bit and just go with the flow. Don’t worry about the mess for a few days.
At first, when I realised that all of my Annual Leave was to be used on school holiday cover it was a bit disappointing because that left no time for me to take a day if I needed it for anything else, but after last week, I’m not bothered now. We have a lot to look forward to this year and I am lucky that I get to spend so much of his school holidays with him, not all parents can do and for that, I count my lucky stars.
Can you believe I took just one photo all week? I really didn’t think about picking up the camera. I lived in the moment and I loved every minute. Now I’m off to have a mega clean and tidy up before we are back to the old routine. But I’m looking forward to Easter already.
How was half term for you? How do you manage it if you are a working parent? Let me know in the comments.
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