Before I became a parent I worked with a lady who would tell me all about the adventures her daughter and grand-daughter would get up to at the weekend. Her daughter worked full-time Monday to Friday so the weekends were family time. It was their time to visit places, go on adventures and just be together. The memory of all these stories is something that I brought forward into my parenting style.
Juggling family time
Both Mr Boo and I knew that I would have to return to work when we had children. And with each new addition we have rejigged the working hours/childcare accordingly. However, on the days when the children were home we have always done our best to occupy them. From movie days, games and activities at home. Adventures, days out and visiting new places.
The mum guilt possible played a big part ensuring that I spent quality time with them. Guilt from going out to work and leaving them in childcare (which they loved but didn’t ease the guilt any less). Now I work from home so the guilt as such has eased in some respects. However, now with two children in full time education and Piglet at preschool five mornings a week. I’m very aware that weekends and school holidays are even more precious as I couldn’t spend the additional time with them even if I wanted to.
I miss my children whilst they are at school/preschool. I love to plan things for them at the weekend or different adventures on holidays. But this is our family time and I won’t apologise for wanting to spend time with them.
I’m a planner
A Facebook memory notification popped up last week with a groan about not being able to do something over half term. I’m planner. So for the week or two weeks before half terms I am organising what adventures we will get up to. If you message me at the start of the half term or the night before to arrange something you are going to be out of luck. It’s quite obvious when the school holidays are happening so if you can’t plan in advance then I’m afraid I can’t help you.