I’m so glad it’s half term. This first half of school term has been hard work especially as it is the first time I’ve ever had to do this. I’m sure by the end of the holiday, I’ll be glad that my daughter is back at school but for now, I’m so happy!
I can’t believe how tiring going to school is and making sure I’m on time with my daughter. It’s been a long time since I’ve had to be on time every single day. Its not like nursery where if I’m a little late its ok. I have to be on time. I have to make sure that both girls have had breakfast and are ready about an hour earlier than when they were at nursery. And it’s a good one hour round trip there and back twice a day.
I know, I know, I’m just moaning everyone has to do it to get into work every day and I used to do it too. But its different and a new experience with kids. Not only do I have to get myself ready and presentable but also 2 mini me’s who both have their own idea of what they want to eat for breakfast, which spoon they want, what they want to wear, whether to wear shoes or boots or obviously sandals now that is cold and wet! Not forgetting, the million and one urgent questions they need to ask just before we leave which stops them getting ready and out of the door on time.
And then my actual working day doesn’t start until I get home at 9 (even though I’ve been up for any least 3 hours before that) and I have to make sure I get everything done by 2.30 when I have to be ready to pick the girls up, make dinner, sort their bags out, get them washed and into bed by a reasonable time so that they’re not tired by morning! Once all that’s done I’m shattered. I don’t want to do anything let alone finish cleaning up.
Anyway, I’m sure I’ll soon get into a routine and get used to it. But for now I’m glad to have a break.
Inspiration to keep me going for the week! A quote from Dorothy Law Nolte (12.1.24 – 6.11.05), an American writer and family counsellor:
Children learn what they live
If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn. If children live with hostility, they learn to fight. If children live with fear, they learn to be apprehensive. If children live with pity, they learn to feel sorry for themselves. If children live with ridicule, they learn to be shy. If children live with jealousy, they learn to feel envy. If children live with shame, they learn to feel guilty. If children live with ENCOURAGEMENT, they learn CONFIDENCE. If children live with TOLERANCE, they learn PATIENCE. If children live with PRAISE, they learn APPRECIATION. If children live with ACCEPTANCE, they learn to LOVE. If children live with approval, they learn to like themselves. If children live with recognition, the learn it is good to have a goal. If children live with SHARING, they learn GENEROSITY. If children live with HONESTY, they learn TRUTHFULNESS. If children live with FAIRNESS, they learn JUSTICE. If children live with KINDNESS and CONSIDERATION, they learn RESPECT. If children live with security, they learn to have faith in themselves and in those about them. If children live with friendliness, THEY LEARN THE WORLD IS A NICE PLACE IN WHICH TO LIVE.