I love the school holidays. There. I said it.

I love the school holidays. There. I said it.

It seems to be terribly fashionable at the moment to bemoan spending time with your own children and I’m sorry but I just don’t get it. I think I must have missed that memo. I remember a time when it was en vogue to make yourself out to be some perfect Stepford Wife/SuperMum which was equally as baffling to be fair but now the trend seems to have gone in the opposite direction. So much so in fact that parents like me who just plod along actually enjoying their own children are made out to be at best lying or at worst, just plain odd.

Don’t get me wrong, there are times when my brood have me pulling my hair out. I wouldn’t be human if I said otherwise, let’s face it. It was only yesterday that my window cleaner actually commiserated with me for having so many children under my feet. As a stranger (literally) looking in it must have looked like a mad house to him but I honestly wouldn’t have it any other way. I love having all of the children at home in the holidays.

I think it’s great that parents now feel that they can be completely open about their supposed failings. The thought of having to pretend that everything is perfect all of the time and only ever presenting an edited version of our lives is quite frankly ridiculous. I’m sure there are times when we all feel the need to have a moan and offload. In fact, sharing the low times can actually be a comfort, if anything else just to know that somebody somewhere has been through the same thing as you before. But surely like in all things in life, there can be a balance? When did parents become so competitive about celebrating their perceived failings and pretending to hate having to spend any time with their little horrors?

I’ll be honest, I have been counting down the days until this half term and it has felt like a bloody long time! We’ve purposely not made many plans for this holiday too. The children are worn out after such a long term at school and they needed time off just to be. And do you know what? It has been lovely. Noisy yes. But really lovely all the same. Call me odd, but I will miss them all so much when they go back to school on Monday. In fact, call me what you like, I’m not ashamed to admit just how much I love being with my children. So there.

11 thoughts on “I love the school holidays. There. I said it.

  1. Corinne says:

    What a lovely post! I completely agree, people have suggested I’m insane for wanting to home school and suggested sending them to nursery at least so I have time away from them. I do want to job share with my partner so that I have some time being an adult and having a job but I love being home with my boys too. I also hope for a couple more children to add to my brood, I love a noisy and busy house!


  2. PhotoPuddle says:

    Great post. I’ve loved half term too. My daughter is at pre-school and I think I’m really going to miss having her around when she’s at school five days a week next year. I already miss her when she’s at pre-school.


  3. Only Best For Baby says:

    I absolutely agree. I’m a stay at home Mum by choice and have ended my corporate career to be with my child. I have no family near me (my parents and sister live in New Zealand) and my husband works long hours. Yes, it can be tiring. But the love of my life is my beautiful baby. Having had a touch and go start to her life in NICU I treasure every second with her and I know how lucky I am to have her with me.


  4. Natalie says:

    This is a perfect post for my new blog which is hoping to explore being a Mummy and being a person too- I love love spending time with my little one but do think that time is made even more special by the some time we spend apart- or am I just kidding myself?

    Check out my first blog and let me know what you think…please!!!
    x x x


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