So we are well into February half Term and like all other half terms I start off with the best intentions. I WILL take the kids out for walks (no matter the weather) easier said than done when you’re a Mum who hates anything other than scorching sunshine! I WILL keep on top of homework (because listening to H read the same school book everyday for a week is so exciting)! Anyone else found themselves spelling things out phonetically to other grown ups since kids started school?!
Anyway, I always see these Mums on Facebook, Instagram etc who have “taken the kids to get sushi” or “we took the kids skiing in half term”! Yes, you all know the ones…. the sort that give you mother guilt that you do not do enough with your children. However like most of us, people only show what they choose to show on social media. This doesn’t include the meltdowns ( both Mum and child)… the fact that a “family skiing holiday” actually meant “we took the kids with us but booked them up for the hotel crèche all week”
I am a full time Mummy. I know I am very fortunate to be able to do this, I wouldn’t be able to without my incredibly supportive Mr.
It is what I always wanted to be and has exceeded my expectations. I couldn’t imagine going off to work whilst my little ones are still “little” and leaving them in the care of someone else. Someone else who sees them play, someone else who hears their funny but rude comments, someone else they call for when a graze needs cleaning or a sibling fight broken up. (As I write this there is currently a major cushion fight going on)
The kids don’t care how much we pay to take them somewhere, they’d actually prefer the freedom of a walk in the woods.
My Husband & I have definitely learnt that boys are like dogs, they benefit from getting out, letting off steam and being allowed the freedom to whack anything and everything with a stick or if that fails the couch cushions make a pretty good wrestling ring on the living room floor.
My youngest is 10 months and a GIRL so that will all be new to me, what will future half terms hold, making bead necklaces, colouring in oh so neatly between the lines, days out to the ‘Build A Bear Workshop’ !!!!!!! Oh god I hope she’s a tomboy!
But for now our half terms will continue to consist of sibling arguments, getting out when we can, prying their little hands off the Apple TV remote and then all of us detoxing from the FGTeeV YouTube channel.
Throw in a few seconds of Play Doh and den building and we’ll be fine.
Oh and play dates. We do do those occasionally (only with people we really really like)!