Am I the only one who feels like this? School holidays

(51 Posts)
YouareNOTfat Mon 02-Sep-13 13:52:48

I feel as though I hear a lot of people saying that they dread the school holidays, or can't wait for the kids to go back.

I don't feel like this at all, don't get me wrong ds drives me mad at times, but I'm going to miss him like mad when he goes back.

Might he because I'm back at work too, but I love the holidays, no routine, freedom, it hasn't been as difficult as I thought keeping him occupied, and I've saved a fortune in petrol and after school care.

Am I the only one who can't wait for the next holiday.

foreverhot Mon 02-Sep-13 13:55:09

I like them too. Don't get me wrong, I have moments of sheer stress I can actually feel my veins pulsating, saying that, I do enjoy having a total lack of routine.

I'm not looking forward to the packed lunch making, home work, early mornings and all the chaos it brings!

Roll on half term grin

Beastofburden Mon 02-Sep-13 13:55:29

yy to back to work blues, did you see that funny article on the BBC?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-23864719

I take August off with the DC every year, saves me a fortune in childcare but also keeps me sane. I adore my month of downtime.

First day back today. Can you tell I cant concentrate and am doing no work and just blogging on MN from my desk today [embarrassed]

dingledongle Mon 02-Sep-13 13:55:57

I completely agree with you! It is not a popular opinion but I love having the kids home.

I agree there are days when it is hard and it always takes a few days for people to get to know each other again when the holidays start but overall I hate the school run and when the daily grind starts all over again!!!!

Tiredemma Mon 02-Sep-13 13:56:22

I hate the six weeks holidays. Far too long.

CaptainSweatPants Mon 02-Sep-13 13:57:12

Think is though it's only a few days until the weekend & then you've got 48 hours to enjoy them again grin

Viking1 Mon 02-Sep-13 13:59:20

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SmiteYouWithThunderbolts Mon 02-Sep-13 14:00:12

I love the first 4 weeks of the summer break, then we all start to get sick of the sight of each other and tempers start to fray. From that point on, I look forward to the start of term for their sake as much as mine. My boys have gone back today and dd starts reception tomorrow. I missed the boys today but it has been LOVELY having a much more peaceful house with only dd and ds3 at home. Tomorrow I think I'll break my heart sending dd in for her first day.

BrianTheMole Mon 02-Sep-13 14:00:50

I've really enjoyed the holidays. Its hard getting back into that school run routine again.

littlemisswise Mon 02-Sep-13 14:01:54

My children are easy to keep occupied, always have been. My sister's kids on the otherhand are not and I can understand why she counts the days down till they go back to school.

Everyone's children and lives are different.

miffybun73 Mon 02-Sep-13 14:02:05

YANBU, I've absolutely loved the school holiday.

DS has already been at school for a year so is going into year 1.

DD starts the nursery class on Thursday (15 hours a week)

They get on so well together so it's been lovely having them both at home together.

elliejjtiny Mon 02-Sep-13 14:02:24

Me too. I wasn't sure about this summer as DS4 was born just before the holidays and he has health issues so we couldn't go out much. We've had a great time though. We've made dens, played with shaving foam, all sorts of things.

I love spending time with the DCs but am ready for them to go back.
I am self employed, and over the holidays I have been able to earn £8 (minus about £10 of materials) confused
They eat All.The.Time, so whenever I'm not buying or preparing food I'm loading, running or unloading the dishwasher. I won't miss that.
The thing that has been least conducive to a productive work environment has been the constant background bickering.
I need to focus to do my work (author and storyteller), which is nigh on impossible when every 5 minutes I can hear the sound of sniping, shrieking, doors slamming etc. They have had friends round, which I'd hoped would buy me some reciprocal child-free time to work, this did not happen.
When I'm with them it's great, we've had lovely walks, picked fruit and cooked with it, done mad science experiments etc. but I have learned from this holiday that no matter how good children are, they are not compatible with working from home.

MamaTo3Boys Mon 02-Sep-13 14:04:38

I love having the kids at home and Miss them when they go back to school (even though they stress me out to the point of nearly crying at times)

However, I HATE the lack of routine, I just can't function without it. I have to be a bit slack with it over the holidays though as the kids like to laze around in the mornings, but it drives me insane haha

I really wanted to LOVE this summer holiday as dd2 starts full time on Weds. Unfortunately both kids came down with chickenpox 2 weeks apart so a large amount of the holidays was spent stuck inside instead of doing all the fun things we had planned.

I also find I like the routine of term time. I guess I also like the time to actually get some studying done instead of trying to squash it into tired evenings.

rowrowrowtheboat Mon 02-Sep-13 14:12:36

I want another week before DD1 goes off to school. Just a few more ads doing nothing more than hanging around the Ouse, garden and park.

Think the weather has really helped the holidays fly by though.

BsshBossh Mon 02-Sep-13 14:13:14

YANBU. I love the summer holiday too. We mix things up with family holiday, DH takes time off after that, a couple of week long camps eg drama and gymnastics for DD, friends and family staying over... The time whizzes by.

YouareNOTfat Mon 02-Sep-13 14:13:28

I can see why it would be impossible when working from home.

The holidays are just so chilled out, we've been sleeping until 8 some mornings, we went shoe shopping one evening when the shops were quiet and got in at 9, loved that it didn't matter. We've been in the park all the time feeding the little family of swans, picnics, I even enjoy theme parks though! Weather hasn't been half bad either.

Beastofburden Mon 02-Sep-13 14:13:56

I think TBH that i found the school holidays harder when i was a SAHM. Now I WOH I really enjoy the privacy of being at home, the lack of a boss, of structure, etc during the holidays. The work element isn't as bad as the workload in the office!

I would say it's because they are older, but DS2 at least isn't- his disability means he has remained mentally around 2 despite being 17.

I think if I were comparing school holidays to a term-time routine where I was at home, they would seem hard work. As I am comparing them to a routine where I work FT, all I can see is how nice it was at home enjoying my garden sad

YouareNOTfat Mon 02-Sep-13 14:16:10

Oops just realised that there is another thread on this going.

LadyBryan Mon 02-Sep-13 14:19:00

I adore the schools holidays grin

If I thought it was best for DD I'd home school in a heartbeat.

Flossiechops Mon 02-Sep-13 14:20:20

That's the thing though op many parents have to work through the holidays and don't get time off. Therefore juggling so much time off with child care is a nightmare. Fwiw I love spending time with my dc but I also look forward to them going back by the end of 6.5 wks. It's far too long imo.

yoniwherethesundontshine Mon 02-Sep-13 14:21:52

It depends loads on age, now DC are older its a pleasure to have them round.

Yonihadtoask Mon 02-Sep-13 14:22:00

I don't mind the school holidays at all now.

BUT - I am a SAHM, only have the one DS who is 15. DH works mostly from home.

So the past six weeks have been a total lazy fest smile

I found the school holidays extremely hard work when DS was much younger and I was a LP with a job. I had to make childcare rotas up months in advance - as I couldn't afford to pay for all the care in the holidays.

Much nicer now smile

Oh, and the roads are quieter.

Beastofburden Mon 02-Sep-13 14:22:57

flossiechops my stress levels have gone right down since I did a deal that says I save up my leave and have August off to do my own childcare. It is bliss. I can recommend it.

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