You love having the kids home.
You really do.
Everything’s exactly how you planned. You’ve got muffins baking, play dates galore, you’ve got every Pixar movie ever made lined up and ready to go.
You’ve got improving outings planned for every second day, and laid-back mornings where no-one’s having to be told to put their shoes on 28 times, and today you’re having popcorn for lunch.
Oh yes, you love having the kids home.
But by day three it’s beginning to dawn on you that these school holidays aren’t exactly the way you imagined them in your stressed, end-of-term-time reverie.
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For a start. The holiday fairy dust has not magically made Grumpy Kid and Sulky Kid start getting along. In fact, spending so long within the same four walls is making them turn more than a little feral, and you might have actually had to stop Grumpy from sitting on Sulky’s head several times today. That wasn’t in the brochure.
And that trip to the zoo? After the first excitement has worn off, the kids were mostly interested in snacks and the playground. And the animals were hiding. You might as well have taken them to the local park.
But still, chin up. There’s a lot more fun to be had, and it doesn’t require expensive ticket prices.
So you’re planning an indoor movie-marathon picnic, because who in the heck doesn’t love one of those. You dug out some baking bits and tried to interest the kids in baking some cookies. But they’re much more interested in EATING the cookies, and are quite happy to leave you to bake them, thanks. So you’re in the kitchen, yelling, “Don’t start Frozen without me!” and pausing from beating the cookie batter to separate scrapping children, and getting flour all over everywhere in the process.
That scene didn’t feature in your daydreams.
But redemption is at hand as you all snuggle down under floor doonas to, you know, actually watch Frozen, and you’re not sure of the exact moment, but you seem to have fallen asleep and woken up under a cushion tower, with Sulky sitting on your head.