How is it possible that the Easter Holidays are upon us already? Or again? Lets be honest the last 12 months have flown by. Now I love my daughters dearly. I really do. However I fear the holidays like no other time. Yes we are all tired and yes we all need a break. But the truth is those hours that Ellie is out of the house really helps us all reset with each other. We need that time apart to enjoy being together. Is that just me?
I understand that I don’t yet know what has hit me. With Ellie only being at preschool 15 hours a week and not yet in full time education I have limited right to dread the holidays. But I do dread them. Honestly they are becoming a genuine phobia.
I have come to the conclusion that the holidays are a con invented by schools. Everyone needs the odd week off and having that time at regular intervals is recommended. But they don’t need 2 weeks at time and they certainly don’t need SIX WHOLE WEEKS BACK TO BACK IN THE SUMMER! Can you small the fear yet? I think schools do this to calm to moaning parent. To soothe the irritated child. Are you fed up with a teachers approach to your child, or lack of approach? Is you child sick to death of the sight of the classroom, their friends, the teachers? Well there is nothing like appreciating what you have than being forced to spend time with your family when you wouldn’t normally. And like all parents I will no doubt approach the holidays with the energetic enthusiasm of a doping gymnast only to realise that during the school holidays everywhere is busier, everywhere is more expensive and everywhere is pretty much crap.
In the interest of surviving this next two week period of
torture time together I have formulated a Mums Survival Kit. A selection of must have items all mums need to get through this difficult time.
Get that chocolate out. Open it when the kids aren’t looking and can’t hear. Make sure it is a family size because you are going to need all the endorphins it can release! No this won’t help with your diet but there are bigger forces at work here people!
What? You thought this was for the kids? No, it’s for you. Oh please don’t tell me anyone was foolish enough to give chocolate up for lent? I hope anyone that did at least did it to raise money for charity? No? Well shame on you.
It makes no difference what your go to drink it but stock up on it. Immediately. Currently mine is gin but just to be on the safe side I also have red and white wine being delivered. You can never be too cautious.
Make sure that subscription is up to date. You are going to need Auntie Netflix! For both you and the kids. Don’t kid yourself, there are only so many times you can get the glitter and paints out, you are not a blue peter presenter. Embrace who you are.
Hungry House on Speed Dial (Other delivery services are available) 😉
Now I am a huge home baker. I make as much from scratch as I can. But even I need a night off sometimes and often this desperate need for a rest takes me by surprise. Get that delivery on speed dial and save yourself some time and stress. It also means if you are out and about actually enjoying yourselves you can phone in an order before heading home. If you time it right you will all but have dinner on the table when you get home.
You will require copious amounts of this. In any form you like. Hell, get it in all forms to be certain. You should be warned the chances are that this will loose effect in the second week which is why you will need so much. You will be doubling up.
So there is my survival kit. I think if you follow my simple steps the holidays should pass without too much pain. If you drink enough gin may not even remember it! Have I missed anything?