So today, after 6 weeks, after 42 days my children have returned to school. I’m not one of those parents who celebrate their children returning to school or jump around the house with joy. I’m actually a parent who loves her children being around. Don’t get me wrong it’s not been all plain sailing. We’ve had bad days, strops, arguments, bored days, all the usual things our children bring. But all these moments have been with me and the good moments far outweigh the bad ones.
Half term this year has been a bit of a strange one. I have been with the children all week yet I don’t feel I spent time with them. The goal of the week was to get through to Friday. My precious Nans funeral.
Miss 9 has become Miss 10. Having a ten year old means I now have been a Mummy for a decade! The things I have learnt in this time, the things I never imagined to have happened and how my little family are my world.
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“What have you been up to today?”
Does this sound familiar to you? It’s the usual reply I get from my children at the school gate. That or “it was boring”, “not a lot” the list of non committal answers is endless! I, as you do, know that these answers aren’t true. You also know yourself how you feel when you’ve finished a day at work, you don’t want to be bombarded with questions.
Miss 8 can bottle things up. I always know when she’s worried about something as she gets stroppy, short tempered and she’s very hard to live with. It breaks my heart as I just want her to talk to me. Yet often I’m sure she doesn’t always realise something is wrong herself.
Miss 8 asked me today “Why are you so mean?”. A question which stopped me in my tracks and tore at my heart. Massively. I walked out of the room wanting to calm down and gather my thoughts before responding.
So we are back into the swing of school life after our six weeks off. I am exhausted. School runs, after school clubs, homework, trips. Then remembering all those forms I need to sign and money that needs to make its way to the office! I don’t know whether I am coming or going and wish we were back in the lull of our beautiful summer.