Right now is the time during half-term when I’m really, really, so, so glad there’s no school for a week.
To be accurate, this moment is on Friday night, a school day, and so arguably it’s not actually half-term yet. Ask me my feelings in four days time, and I might not be filled with such Pollyanna-esque joy.
This morning my son didn’t want to go to school, and a big part of me didn’t want him to go either. As we left our front gate, I had a vision of a large back-pack, and an endless fine-sanded golden beach. Bali, perhaps. We could go and live there; there’d be no school and we’d just read books and play and re-find our souls.
Or Wales. When things seem bleak I often consider absconding to Wales. Here, to be precise.
My son needs a break, and while we may not be going far afield, here are 5 reasons why half-term rocks – written before the actual experience of half-term can cloud my judgement.
- You can sleep in. Children allowing, of course. My son has been clinging to his duvet every morning this week. I have hopes for tomorrow, although it’s possible that both my children will be so super-excited they’ll be eager to greet the dawn.
- There’s TIME. Time to play with lego, dig holes in the garden, watch dvds, bake cakes, read books, play computer games, walk places. Time. Endless, endless time. Bed time, though. That’s a good time.
- There’s little schedule to keep to. You don’t have to rush your children from one thing to another.
- You can really get to know your children; listen to them. Allow conversations to unfurl.
- Siblings can spend time with each other. Ah, the sibling relationship – that’s always a joyous one, isn’t it? Well, obviously, it’s not going to be perfect, but when brothers and sisters do get along it is a lovely feeling.
Obviously, any one of these points can be a double-edged sword, but that is in the nature of family.
Here’s to happy half-terms, and making it to the other-side.
Right now, I’m filled with optimism!