As a full time working mum, the summer holidays don’t change much for me, except when we take a holiday or time off with the kids it’s pretty much business as usual (thanks to my awesome wee mummy and some additional childcare) with an exciting family trip to the school gates on Evie’s first day back.
But I think it’s important to view things from different angles, to consider other people’s perspectives and not just assume that we all have the exact same approach or thoughts – we’re all different.
So I asked a good chum of mine for some thoughts on “Back to School” from her viewpoint as an awesome mum of three boys…
“Everyone has their own feelings about their children going back to school. I know parents who would prefer to home school, I know parents that get upset when their children go back to school. I know grandparents that mind them all over the holidays and can’t wait to get the break but feel awful admitting it. I know stay at home mums who want to jump for joy that first day back because they knows they’re going to be able to breathe for a few hours and get their minds back to where it should be. (I know this mum because I am her). I honestly, truly had been counting down the days until school started.
When my eldest went back on Tuesday I was shouting “1 down, 2 to go!” The “middle one” started back on Wednesday and, yep, I was shouting “2 down, 1 to go!” I have a 3-year-old starting nursery on Monday, for 1 hour per day and I can honestly say, I cannot wait! He also cannot wait! That hour for us both will be glorious. We need a break from each other.
It has been a fun, love filled, long, worn out summer. We have had a wonderful time, together and with family and friends. But… I am exhausted.
I have felt myself this past 2 weeks losing my mind. My children have decided they no longer need to listen, they have decided that routine is not for them and that their house is a dumping ground.
I would consider myself a pretty laid-back person. Usually I can laugh my way through the tantrums. But, this past 2 weeks, I have cried my way through the tantrums. I have found myself on the floor of my landing, with my hands in my head, begging God to take over. The good thing about that is, He’s a God that likes to strengthen, He is a God who feels my struggle and knows exactly what we all need.
Ha-ha! I know reading this, some may doubt it, but I love my children very much and I am very blessed to have them and I in no way am looking rid of them. But, for my sanity and theirs, we all need a break, we need routine and we need to miss each other for a minute.
The two big ones are loving school and loving being back in contact with their school friends. My eldest is even enjoying homework!!!! And so far, I am loving the routine and the early nights.
So, whether you’re sad or glad to see your children go back to school, enjoy it! And don’t forget to pray for the teachers (they’ll need it).”