School holiday bliss

School holiday bliss - Ever-changing Life of a MumSchool holidays often sparks a look of fear and dread in many parents.

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?

16 thoughts on “School holiday bliss

  1. Yep, I agree! School holidays is bliss and I love the time with my kids. I do feel lucky that I won’t be juggling work (beside from one hour a week) over the summer break. Looking forward to it 🙂

  2. I understand. I don’t have kids (but wanted them) so think any time with them would be precious. I do realise though that 24/7 they can be a bit much so do understand some parents’ antipathy!

  3. While my boys aren’t in school yet, preschool takes up a lot of their time. I’m looking forward to spending that extra time with them. I think the key is to keep them busy! Merry Christmas! x

  4. My daughter starts kinder next year (she’s done a few hours a week at 3yo kinder this year, but has two full days a week next year – gah) and I am so nervous! Not for her – she’ll be fine and I actually wish she’d been born a month earlier so she could go to school – but for me. I’m going to miss her so much! And so will my almost-2yo son. But the one on one time with him will be nice. I’m not really answering anything or adding to this conversation, am I?

    • I understand what you are saying Emily. That one-on-one time is really important with kids. I have loved spending time with my Miss 5 on her days off from kinder because I know she’s off to school next year and I won’t get that time back again. When baby #3 arrives next year, it will be great for me to have some one-on-one time with bubs while my other two girls are both at school. Enjoy your time too!

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