But the first bit (where I currently find myself) is NOT fun. It made me feel marginally better today meeting up with friends in exactly the same situation and listening to other mums around me finding the beginning of the holidays equally stressful. I just wish they could figure out the loving and enjoying part a bit quicker!
Sleep would no doubt help. Slightly later bedtimes as a holiday treat should surely equally later starts in the morning. Why, after nearly 10 years of parenting I would imagine this could ever be the case I have no idea. I guess I am living in eternal hope. When in reality I know full well all that happens (with my children anyway) is that they still wake up far too early and then are overtired, grumpy monsters the next day.
Is there a solution? I am not sure. But the only thing I have come to learn is that irrespective of whether I feel like a lazy day at home, my boys need to be run ragged. So today I took them out to two local places* where they could run free and have proper boy fun playing in woods, building dens, using sticks as weapons (they are boys – this is what they do!) and spending time with friends. Happily Becky joined me with 3 out of 4 of her children, along with other wonderful friends and the children all got filthy dirty and hopefully sufficiently worn out.
The solution for me is different. Being run ragged is not my cup of tea. By day, the company of good friends helps to maintain my sanity. And good friends continue to feature by night, as the wonderfully lovely Ruth proved by dropping off a bottle of Pimms and lemonade to my doorstep this evening! I love my children even if they drive me crazy. And I love my friends too!!!
* two lovely local places are