Why I love the School Holidays

I know that many parents dread the school summer holidays. They worry about childcare, the endless drudge of finding something to do with their kids and the expense of it all. I can totally identify with that. However, I just love the school summer holidays for a number of reasons:

We don’t have to get up and have an argument about breakfast, being late and socks

I don’t need to wear my watch

Myself and the children are free from all the anxieties and stresses of school. I find the whole business of school extremely difficult

We get to do some brilliant fun stuff like experiments, bike riding, painting and reading without any time restrictions

I get to see my children, to enjoy them, the see them learn and to hear their jokes

It’s fantastic seeing them play together, we are often so busy that they don’t get a great deal of playtime

This is a magical time for me and the holidays are just not long enough. I feel incredibly blessed to have children, it took us nearly 2 years of trying for us to conceive our eldest and having worked through much of the time when my eldest two were young I didn’t get to spend as much time with them as I would have liked. I feel like the holidays are my only chance to really get to know them and enjoy their childhoods. Time goes so quickly and it wont be long before they are off on holidays with their friends and they wont want to go crabbing with me or cycle to the playground.

Enjoy this time and try like I do, to create a personal image bank of memories. Store each moment, good and bad in your mind and use those memories to get you through the low points in your life. My children were born from love, I love them with all my heart and so I love the holidays.

In 1904 a really well known English folk song was first recorded. The song has origins which can be traced back to the seventeenth century. It’s a song all about love and naivety and rising above troubles. Folk singer Jim Moray has recorded a beautiful version, for me it’s the soundtrack to this summer:


4 Responses

  1. Carly Morson 24th July 2013 / 8:42 am

    What a lovely post, I too love that we don't need to set an alarm for 6 weeks…although I do have to work from home (which is a tricky balance when the kids are there full-time) I do love that they're here with me. And I will be able to get the odd afternoon off to take them somewhere fun.

  2. Mrs Fox 24th July 2013 / 10:02 am

    I completely agree with you. When I don't have to get up and get them to school in the morning I am a far nicer mummy. And I love all the fun we have in the holidays. I pick mine up at 1.30 today and then its "freeeedddoooom!"

  3. Jen Walshaw 24th July 2013 / 11:03 am

    I adore the summer holidays too. We are much more relaxed without a timetable!

  4. Mums do travel 25th July 2013 / 7:34 pm

    This is such a lovely post, and it chimes exactly with how I feel about the holidays. If only they were longer!

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