I know school holidays get a lot of bad press but here are ten reasons I actually like school holidays.
More Time With My School Kid
While we have moments when the children are bickering over the same toys or he’s eaten everything in the house and is still moaning every 5 minutes that he’s “still hungry”, but I do miss my precious little dude some days while he’s at school. I don’t feel like he’s entirely “mine” now that he goes to school and has this whole other life that I don’t feel like I’m part of, so I’m looking forward to having him around 24/7 (for a couple of weeks).
I’ love not having to get dressed, nor get him dressed, or his little sister dressed by any particular time. Last school holidays Mr school boy was most amused when we had days that in the evenings they had a bath and we all changed out of our Pajamas into different Pajamas.
NO SCHOOL UNIFORM!
Kind of linked with Pajama days is I totally underestimated how much of a pain having to have a school uniform clean, dried and laid out every day. I also now appreciate how intensely my own mother would fret over lost items of uniform! They are NOT cheap to replace!
When we don’t have to get up to go to school we get into a lovely habit of sleeping until about 8:30 most mornings and then just snuggling in bed until 9am. It’s blissful curled up like kittens in bed with my two special little people and looking at the time and thinking “The school bell would be about to go and we’re still in bed!”
Not having to watch the clock
From 2 pm onward every school day I’m keeping one eye on the time. That last hour before we head off is often spent wandering around, not really sure how to use that time.
Not having to wait around at school
I didn’t realise how much time I would spend just hanging around at school waiting. Waiting for the bell to go, waiting for the teacher to take them all inside, waiting for the teacher to let them all out again, getting to school early to avoid being late and waiting. Waiting… waiting… waiting… At least I’m getting a fair amount of crocheting done while I wait and Miss 2 year old enjoys playing in the Junior play area at school.
Being able to make plans
Another problem with having to be at school at 9 am and 3:30 pm is the challenge of then making plans for the day! During the school holidays I’m happy to go visiting friends, even if they live a fair way away, because we can take as long as we like to get home as both of my little people are travelling with me!
School holiday activities
It seems like every day there are different activities on in our community to take the kids to. Mostly free activities that we can decide that morning whether or not to make the trip out to them.
The kids can play together
This positive does kind of cancel itself out though, because the time he “saves” me entertaining her for me, is made up for breaking up sibling squabbles over toys and space.
I’m not saying that school holidays are easy and stress free, so it does just seem so much more acceptable on a Tuesday at 9pm to have a glass of wine once the children are (finally) asleep when it’s school holidays.