Why it's okay to want your kids to go back to school

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My boys went back to school on Tuesday and I couldn't be happier. They've driven me mad with their constant bickering, physical fighting, and the need to be entertained for every second of every waking moment. It's exhausting. And it's okay. Last week I couldn't wait for my kids to go back to school, and there is no way I'm going to feel guilty about that.


We love our kids, obvs!



LP has just taken an interest in tap-dancing (since seeing Lord of the Dance) and is so cute when he starts trying to tap around the kitchen, moving his legs as fast as they will go. His arms flail about and he has the biggest smile on his face, and I cannot help bursting out laughing every time he does it.

BP, while quiet a lot of the time, on occasion will do something lovely. Like make a drink without being asked, or offer to go to the shops for us. He is a lot less active than LP (being almost a teen will do that!) but can be just as entertaining.

My life has been enhanced by my boys in ways I never knew possible until I had children. They brighten my days and make me smile.





  • The kids are Job One. So, to be quite candid, if they need me, I do my utmost to make sure I'm there.

Susan Rice






Your kids' funny little laughs, the way they get excited about a cardboard box arriving at the front door. They make you smile on a daily basis and you wouldn't be without them.

But...

That doesn't mean they don't drive you mad. From the bickering with their siblings to need to be eating something at least once per 10 minutes it is draining having them at home.




I have to referee every day. LP and BP's fights are getting more physical and someone always ends up in tears. No matter how many times I tell them to stay away from each other they still get back together and before long are fighting again. *sigh*





Activities, activities, and more activities


The kids have spent the best part of six (or more) weeks at school, being bored to death with maths and english, and they crave entertainment. They want to have exciting days, they want to be surprised and have fun. And you?



You're tired just thinking about it. You're busy enough every day, what with the motherly duties of keeping a household running, and now you have to deal with the kids being at home. Every. Day. The house won't survive the holidays without some days when you won't do any cleaning at all!





No more early mornings!



The first thought in your head on the last day of term is "great! no more early mornings!"

But of course you are so wrong. When the kids have school holidays they suddenly find the ability to get up early. You were the one dragging them out of bed at 6:30am on school days and now they're up at 6am with bright eyes, waiting for the wonderful activities you've planned for them.




No school runs


For at least a week you're not going to have to hurry the kids out of the door and into the car so you can get them to school on time. No yelling at them to find their shoes. No screaming because you can't find their school bag. And no rush-hour traffic.

Then you remember all the other driving you've got to do. Driving to the theme park, to see the family, to the local soft-play centre, and now the kids are going to be in the car with you the whole time.




No peace


When the kids are at school you can take advantage of that lovely moment when you get back home after the school run and the house is quiet. When you can sit down with a hot cup of tea and listen to the news without interruptions.

But during the holidays it's impossible to get even 10 minutes to yourself. You're making snacks, entertaining the kids, and trying to keep the house running without thinking about yourself for a moment. By the time the kids go to bed you are exhausted and are ready for bed yourself. 



Back to school


The kids are excited to see their friends, which means they'll actually get out of bed when you tell them to. You won't have to listen to their bickering any more because they'll be at school for the majority of the day and out of each other's hair. That also makes after school more pleasant too because they haven't been winding each other up all day. 



No activities planned for the day, no driving to do (apart from the school run), and that lovely hot cup of tea/coffee waiting for you on your return home after drop-off. 

The peaceful house, and being able to get the housework done in an hour all make great reasons to want your kids to go back to school. 





  • Kids flourish if we get them to school every day. 

Connie Smith





So stop feeling guilty about it and look forward to getting the peace and quiet back. 
I know I was!


What's the first thing you will do for yourself when the kids are back at school?

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18 comments:

  1. I really enjoyed sleeping a bit later and having the week to do all sorts of fun stuff with my daughter. I also really enjoyed that first day when she was back to school! #pocolo

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  2. I kind of felt the same towards the end! I prefer the relaxed morning though have to say :) Thanks for hosting #PoCoLo

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    1. Haha, I know what you mean. I'd love a *real* lie-n, not getting up until 9am would be heaven! ;)

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  3. I knew our daughter was getting restless at the end of the easter hols, and when I asked her if she was looking forward to seeing her friends again (even though she'd had a couple of plays with friends), she said yes, with feeling!! She was with her childminders for the first week, who she adores and took the pressure off me. Even with just a week with me, she was getting itchy feet! Thanks for hosting #pocolo

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    1. I think that's the weird thing isn't it? Once they're used to being at school and away from parents for a while they get used to it, and so they end up just as ready to go back as we are! ;)

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  4. I haven't experienced this yet but it's all set to change in September! Eeeek! #pocolo

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    1. Ooh exciting times then Jaki. It won't take long for you to be ready for them to be back after the school break. ;)

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  5. I took my son back to school yesterday for his last ever term and my last term as a school mum, for me it's the opposite, i hate term time as it means i don't see my son as he is in boarding school in the UK and I'm in Dubai. We had a lovely half term and I'll see him again in 6 weeks time for the summer holidays and move him into his new home #PoCoLo

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    1. Yes I can imagine that's quite difficult. I'm so glad you had a good half term Suzanne, and good luck to your son for the next stage in his life. :)

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  6. As a youngster I loved school as it gave me something to do. Now I'm a life long learner and blogging keeps me occupied as well as the babies. #PoCoLo

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    1. I think that's the thing isn't it? If we enjoy school we become life-long learners like you said. Enjoy that time with your babies! x

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  7. I couldn't wait for mine to go back - good grief what a palava the holidays are! #PoCoLo

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    1. Oh I know! My boys have just one week left at school until there's another half term! AARRGH! ;)

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  8. Peachy isn't of school age yet so I can't relate. For now every day is chaos. Yeterday she figured out that the kitchen cupboard actually open. As a result dinner was half an hour late as I spent a large portion of the prep time trying to keep her out of the pantry. The only way I managed to accomplish anything was by allowing her to empty the cupboard that contains all of our plastic shopping bags. Time for more child proofing I think. Sorry for the late comment. #PoCoLo

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    1. Ah you have all the school holidays to come. :)
      I remember those days though, fighting to occupy an inquisitive toddler while trying to get chores/housework done. Good luck with the child-proofing! ;)

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  9. It's good to have a break from routine and to enjoy each other's company and foibles, but then again it's so good to get back to routine too. Love the idea of LP tap dancing around the kitchen, sounds like a great activity for everyone :)

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    1. Hehe, yep he made me smile Steph. You're right though, while it's good to have a break from routine it feels SO good when they go back! I bet that sounds awful doesn't it? haha! :D

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