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Feeling Frazzled? Welcome To The Summer…

schools out

One of my friends made a comment which made me think, ‘Yes, this is exactly how I feel…’.  She said a lot of mums seemed to be quite frazzled right now as the school holidays were in full swing.

Holidays should be nice…

Those of you, my readers, who have school-age children – do you remember that feeling of relief you had at the end of the school year?  The joy of not having to run your morning schedule with military precision to make sure that, despite of all the unexpected that your children may present you with, you still get to school on time?

Being late in our school is really frowned upon – and quite rightly so, may I add.

Those who are late, not only have to queue at the front office to sign in, they also have to give a reason for their lateness. The school keeps a log of these – I  wonder whether at  the end of the year they vote for the most ridiculous excuse…

I hate being late – for anything.  We were late for school only once last year and I can tell you, it was extremely stressful and embarrassing, not the least because the reason for our lateness was that the night before my son had buried one of his school shoes somewhere we couldn’t find it the following morning… Isn’t it just incredible how much stress one small shoe can cause?  But I  am digressing here…

We are nearly half-way through.

With school holidays getting to the half-way mark, the relief from a few weeks ago is long gone.  I now seem to be feeling increasingly frazzled ad apparently many other mums are feeling the same.  Thinking about it – it’s no wonder.  The children are at home all day (not literally, they do go out a lot – I mean ‘at home’ as opposed to ‘at school’) and unless we have relatives who are happy to have them for at least some of the school holidays, we are fully responsible for keeping our children occupied.

Does your summer resemble this?

Picture this – and I know many of you know this all too well – you have taken some time off work to be able to look after your children during the summer and suddenly you realise you can’t do anything you need, want, or have planned to do…

Or you work from home and try to combine getting your work done with running the household, cooking (we can’t expect the children to live on toast and jam all day long, can we) and keeping the children happy.

Or you don’t work and were really looking forward to spending more time with the children, but you are starting to run out of ideas and energy… And the children don’t necessarily help make you feel better, do they?

I do try to think of fun activities and I take the children for days out, but it’s impossible to do that all the time.  As a result, we have days when one of the first things I hear in the morning is ‘I’m bored’. They haven’t got out of beds properly yet and they are bored!

Sometimes, it is too cold and wet to go outside to play (I can understand that). Or it may be too hot to go outside to play. Or they went outside yesterday already…

Their friends are away, so there is no-one to play football with. They lost to their friend last time they played a game on Xbox, so it all has become pointless now…

And, apparently, they have read every single book we have at home (not true, by the way) and going to the library is just too much effort.

School will be back soon…

I am seriously considering getting some maths or English workbooks out and telling the children to do some schoolwork if it’s too hard for them to think of fun things to do… I  can’t be the only one responsible for their summer happiness, can I?

If you are starting to feel frazzled this summer – take heart, you  are not the only one. In a few weeks’ time, the children will be fully occupied at school again (it may be worth reminding them about that next time they start complaining), so just hang on in there and enjoy the rest of the summer as much as you can.

 

 

2 thoughts on “Feeling Frazzled? Welcome To The Summer…

  1. Isn’t it interesting that the children are beginning to hope summer never ends and parent’s are ready to have them back on schedule. Being a grandmother, I get the best of both. Here’s to parents of small children!

    1. Hi Candess, thank you for reading. I think it is grandmothers like you, and grandfathers, that help so many parents keep their sanity during the summer holidays… So here it is to grandparents, too! 🙂

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