‘Well done, Mum!’ An end of Summer Holidays poem

Today is the not insignificant day that my kids return to school after the end of a wonderful summer break.  Each year, it brings out mixed emotions in me.  On the one hand, a quiet delight that I get a break from being 24/7 carer who is asked a question every few minutes, yet on the other a large sense of sadness that the much needed, long stretch of no-agenda, chilled out, ‘kairos time’ with my two children has come to an end.

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Day out to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, 2014

OlympicParkCollage4700 days ago, my family took the hour’s journey by train up to that hallowed, slightly awe-inspiring place called the ‘Olympic Park’ to see the Paralympic Games in 2012.  After weeks of watching it on TV from our town that is only 20 miles north of London, and dying to catch some of that incredible, never to be repeated, unadulterated exhilaration and optimism that oozed from Olympic Park, we finally got to get a taste.

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Dreading the Summer Holidays? Think again….

“The clock, for all its precision in measurement, is a blunt instrument for the psyche and for society” Jay Griffiths

Two years ago, I wrote this post as the summer holidays drew to a close.  If I’d read the newspaper article that inspired it earlier, I most definitely would have posted it before the holidays: it’s a fantastic reminder of the priceless value of down time that the 6 week break brings and that our kids so desperately need.  So, for those of you feeling a tight knot in your stomach building as the term draws to a close, read on! It won’t make the sibling spats and interruptions every 60 seconds any easier, but it will help you see value in those 6 weeks…. Continue reading

This time last year….school’s not out – but it darn well should be!

A year ago exactly, I wrote the post below.  You’d be forgiven for thinking me lazy in re-posting it, but I have good reason, honest!  I was reading Suzanne’s post Are we nearly there yet? from 3childrenandit earlier this week which reminded me of this.  When I re-read it, two things struck me:  one, that nearly all of it I could’ve written today to the letter, even more so since I’ve been juggling work with end of term-itis this year, and two, one key thing has changed for the better – and its a good ‘un!  I’ll let you read the post first, and then i’ll tell you what it is…… Continue reading

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