School holidays are upon us. Again.
And again, we spend ages compiling a list of ’20 Fun, Educational, Creative Activities we are going to do for the Holidays”…and then we do maybe, um, two of them? And by the time school rolls around again, my daughter will inevitably ask, “But Mum, when are we going to make papier mache masks for our drama production of Sleeping Beauty? And we never went rock wall climbing like you said we would…and what happened to a nature walk in the Botanical gardens, a book scavenger hunt in the library, making our own playdough and face painting?” And then that background choir music that always seems to follow me around everywhere, sings in my head “Lani, you’re such a loser mother..oooooh ooh oooh. Bad mother, bad mother, bad mother.” I really hate school holidays…locked in a house with five children is not everyones idea of a fabulous time. No matter how fabulous those children are. So I’ve made myself a list to remind myself why I should love them.
1. I don’t have to get up early to make school lunches and harass children out the door. Instead I can stay in bed and write until 11am. (Which is what I did on DayOne. Instead of ‘making papier mache masks…)
2. I dont have to be super-consistent with the laundry since children don’t need school uniforms, which means I can lie on the sofa and read a book all afternoon. ( Like I did on DayTwo. Instead of that nature walk. Who needs nature anyway?) A child complains they have nothing clean to wear? No problem. “Stay in your pyjamas all day. And now look, oh its nighttime again. And you dont need to change! Yay!”
3. I dont have to badger children to go to bed early…brush teeth, read a story, pray, go to the toilet, drink some water, do the special hug and kiss, read another story, another kiss goodnite, drink some water, go to the toilet dammnit go to bed already! No. I dont have to care what time they go to bed since they don’t have to get up early So I can stay up all hours, go to a movie with the Hot Man, surf the net, write some more and be oblivious to the fact that children are still up playing XBox at umm…1am.
Three very good reasons why I should be happier that its school holidays. And to shut that ‘Loser Mother’ choir music thats screaming in my head, I even did some baking with the children today. Maybe we will all survive these holidays. Without too many mental mother breakdowns.
See – dont they look happy as they have a cooking lesson and make snickerdoodle cookies?! Right, thats enough creativity for one day. Back to the XBox folks!