But as we enter into the last week of term here in Victoria, I am really looking forward to spending some quality time with my two gorgeous daughters during the summer school holidays.
In the past, school holidays – and the lead up to them – were chaotic as I sorted out how I was going to juggle work and the care of my children. I hated it.
I tended to only have enough annual leave to take a few days off during each round of holidays, so these days were crammed with as many activities as possible so I didn’t feel like we were missing out on anything.
But now that I am no longer working in the office, I feel in totally luxury. It’s amazing!
I guess I have really changed perspective and come to appreciate the little things since making the decision to resign from my job.
I remember while working full time, or even part time, the countless occasions I heard the words while waiting at a department store checkout “Bet you can’t wait for school to go back, hey?” only for the mum in front of me to answer “Oh yes!”. I used to get so annoyed. Me on the other hand, I always felt like I was living on borrowed time as I tried to enjoy the few days I had with my children.
Now I feel so grateful for the time I have to spend with them. There’s nothing that needs to be planned, except for an activity here or there to keep them entertained. Is this what I have been missing out on? Why do so many parents complain about their kids being home for the school holidays? This is pure bliss!
No lunches to be made, no after school or weekend activities that we need to rush out to. Sure, there’s bound to plenty of squabbling between siblings, but we have that anyway, whether it’s school holidays or not! We can take each day as it comes and just enjoy our time together.
How do you feel about the approaching school holidays?