The school holidays seem to go on forever sometimes don’t they?
You love your little ones, but they seem to be impossible to tire out at times! You spend weeks upon end running around after them or tidying up after them. You may have had a trip to the emergency room or two for when they got that bit too excited. Or perhaps a few possessions seem to have gone missing after your yearly camping trip. They can be little terrors at times. But it’s all part of the fun really.
Now the kids are (finally) back at school, you can re-engage with your normal, adult life. Pick up where you left off before the holidays and resolve to get everything done this time that you’ve been putting off all summer.
Find yourself a new hobby
It seems strange how quiet things are once the children return to school. You almost start to wonder what you did before the holidays. Your summer seems to have been taken up by the kids 9-5 for as long as you can remember now! That just means it’s time to pick up a new hobby to distract you. Perhaps you could start going to the gym or power walking with some mums that live nearby. Maybe embrace your creative side with pottery classes or life drawing clubs. Even if you just dig your nose into a good book, take the opportunity to indulge in some “me-time” during this quiet period.
Get your home looking shipshape
There is always work to be done on the house, but somehow it always seems to be pushed to the end of the to-do list. Take this time to prioritise your home. You can do some DIY yourself including painting, shelve-fitting and home decorating to spruce up the place. Make small, simple changes that can add greatly to the value of your home. Not only will you feel more content with the place you live in, you will be setting yourself up for a more financially stable situation in the future.
Rekindle the romance
Romantic picnics and day dates suddenly become nothing but a distant memory when the kids are on holiday. Actually, ever since the kids have been on the scene the romantic gestures seem to have gradually faded away. This is natural and nothing to stress about – it’s hard not to focus on your little bundles of joy when they are speeding right into you! But it is so important for you and your partner to take some time to yourselves. Remember why you fell in love. Maybe take a day trip to the beach and just walk along the sand. Maybe book a meal at a fancy restaurant; it’s been awhile since you got all dressed up. And maybe, just maybe, you can book yourself a romantic weekend getaway. Hopefully, your parents or neighbours will agree to watch the kids for the weekend. That way, you can spend a few days snuggled up in a log cabin in the middle of nowhere.