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.
I cannot believe we have been on the summer holidays for a week already! It’s been a crazy but happy week.
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.
Do you find it hard to get your children to talk about their day? Find out how I have got my children to open up about their day at school.
“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 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.
Six weeks of our summer holidays have been and gone. Six weeks of fun, family time, water fights, days out, the odd squabble here and there and just being together. I’m so going to miss my babies.
I am having one of those days. A Bad Mummy day. The babies aren’t listening to a word I say, they just seem to leave destruction in their path hence my patience is running very very thin.
Today I attended the funeral of my Great Uncle. He was my wonderful Nan’s younger brother by 14 years and my Great Aunts twin. They now are the only surviving two of six children. Very sadly one of their other brothers only died 3 months ago. So today brought back many emotions which are still so very raw.
Another week of our summer holidays has flown past. Soon the babies will be back at school and I can already feel that dread starting in the pit of my stomach.