Pondering the Future

1st August 2013 2 Comments

The school holidays so far have been action packed; festival going, pony riding, rock climbing, chicken wrangling, potato printing, swimming, art gallery visiting. We have only had just over a week off. I wonder if I am too ambitious. However, there is a reason for this. I’ve come to realise that for children its not about the things you provide in terms of toys etc but rather its all about the days out and the experiences that you give them and I am determined to make the most of every minute of my time with them.

But what happens when the two eldest are back at school and I’m left with little Ned (hopefully sleeping in the afternoon)? Will he still want to continue doing lots of stuff or will it become a bit of a drag for him?

Things are going to be radically different again for me in September as I have decided to abandon the childminding and much of my freelance PR/ writing work to concentrate on being a domestic goddess, look after my children and try to write a novel. I must admit that now its actually happening I’m really quite frightened. I’m worried about my ability to actually write a novel especially whilst balancing a toddler. I’m also really concerned about our finances. Will I be hoisted by my own petard?

Longer term though things are requiring thought. What will become of me when little Ned goes off to school himself. I cant see myself dressed up in gym gear on the school run heading off to the cafe at the gym and pretending I’ve had a hard work out. The finances may eventually work so I can head off back into the world of museums, but, will anyone still want to employ me competition is fierce and I’ve been out of action for a while. Should I retrain as a teacher? Should I resign myself to domestic matters and a bit of personal writing? Maybe I could actually become a better cook? What does the redundant archaeologist/ parent blogger do? I’m so used to being a productive worthwhile person, will being a mum be enough?

Answers on a postcard please.

Claire Walsh

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  • Mike1727 1st August 2013 at 7:07 pm

    You have a degree, organisational skills and pr type experience. There are jobs out there,they may not pay well immediatelybut they will pay.

  • Muddling Along 7th August 2013 at 9:33 am

    Don&#39;t rush things – focus on now and what you&#39;re going to be prioritising for the next 6 months and let the future gradually work itself out<br /><br />And try and remember that you are fab and be kind to yourself

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