I have an almost two-year-old and a not-long-turned-five-year-old, so I've been blissfully unaware of what dates the school holidays fall on every year, but there's one question I've always had for those with school-age children: how on earth do you keep them entertained during all those school holidays? And also, what do you do about work? (Make that two questions.)
Making sure their holiday days from daycare are sufficiently filled with just-as-fun-as-daycare activities is stressful enough, and it's making me dread the stints at home that are coming when my daughter starts school.
I feel like I've had a taster of what's to come with the weekends, which seem to have at least 15 more hours in them than a regular weekday or workday when you're flying solo - especially when your kids wake up at the crack of dawn and still refuse to go to bed at a reasonable time at night even after you've 'worn them out' with physical exercise all day and cut off sugar and screens long before lights out.
By 10am, my husband and I have usually already taken the kids to the park, the shops for groceries, for babycinos, for banana bread, for bike rides, broken up multiple fights, taken some cute sibling pics and by that point, I'm craving my first sit down and five child-free moments of mindless scrolling on Instagram. And I'm supposed to run this schedule for two weeks' straight come school holidays?
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