Summer holiday Love it or loath it 13

I took the boys to school this morning, which calls for a celebration in itself.  But I was shocked to hear the amount of parents bemoaning the holidays and saying “roll on September”, even more so as there children could hear them say this.  I appreicate not everyonbe enjoys the holiday time as much as I do, but really why would you be so misaerable to spend time with your children.  I judt don’t understand why people would have children if they didnt like spending time with them.

Anyway on to the holiday planning.   I actually started this blog with a very similar post all those years ago and back them I was a control freak and an obsessive, who was still under the impression that I could plan our lives to the ninth degree.  We had spreadsheets and charts and laminated activity stickers (oh Yes I was that anal), do go and have a look, we have come a long way baby.

Yesterday after dinner, we sat at the table and brainstormed our summer activities and made a chart (which I pinched the idea from Cathy at Nurturestore).

So today is the last day of the school term for both my boys and I am so excited to be sp[ending the next six weeks in their company.  I know that there will be up and downs and many days when I want to lock either them or me in a room, but I am determined to make the most of it.  What about you?



13 thoughts on “Summer holiday Love it or loath it

    • Mum in the Madhouse

      Trish @ Mum’s Gone to » I hope to feel the same way as you when mine are teenagers. I really enjoy their company and hope to continue feeling this way

  • cathy @ nurturestore

    Yay for summer holidays! I’m excited to have lots more time to spend with my girls too. It’s great to have a change in routine and be able to focus on having fun. Hope you have a wonderful summer Jen.

  • Wendy Constantinoff

    Just replied to your tweet. I cannot understand it either. When mine were at school I loved being at home with them. They are grown up now but even then some parants grumbled about them being at home. Now I hear it at school from parents of children I teach.
    Their excuse seems to be that they get bored or squabble. Mine always seemed to find loads to do.

    Hope your break from school routines is good and that the weather stays fine

    • Mum in the Madhouse

      Wendy Constantinoff » Mine do get do fight, but it tends to be just the first week, when they are decompressing and finding their balance again. Shame on these parents letting their children know that they feel like this

  • Emma

    I’ve never understood why Parents act like that either….we have a lot of it at our school. I have to work for half of the Summer holidays but I make sure that I take all of the others off and I can’t wait to spend some quality time with my girl!!! Sure that you and the boys will have lots of fun xx

    • Mum in the Madhouse

      Emma » I do try not to judge people, but what really upset me is the fact that people say these things in front of their children. Shame on them

  • Emily O

    Good for you Jen, I love your organisation. I’m so excited about the hols and it will be lovely not having to get three young children out of the door in time for the school run every morning. My boys are exhausted (3yo is at pre-school now) and really ready for a break. I have lots planned for us to do together and life is more harmonious when all three of them are at home. When one or two are missing the remaining sibling(s) play up. Complex family dynamics. I hope you’re feeling a bit better now and roll on the summer x

    • Mum in the Madhouse

      Emily O » I think you are so right , remove the stress of the school run and most familys are a little more relaxed. Enjoy your summer

  • Tracy Cazaly

    I love the holidays with my girls even though I know there will be days when I will be driven mad from bickering but the idea of no school runs, no clock watching on a daily basis is just great! We do have quite a lot booked up with 3 sets of grandparents and family scattered across the SW but I also cherish those days when there is nothing on the calendar and you can just ‘do whatever, u feel like doing’, sometimes the girls love nothing more than cuddling up and watching a good movie with a treat!!

  • Susan Mann

    My boys haven’t started school yet, so I’m not one to comment but my oldest starts school next month. However because I work it won’t quite be the same. Probably make it harder for me to leave for work each morning. x

  • Alice

    I love that chart! I’m bookmarking this for when it’s my turn to plan activities on summer holidays (which feels like years away but I’m sure it’ll come all too quickly…)

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