I know that it’s irrational but sometimes I do feel guilty when I have to work through the school holidays.
I actually have a great job that I do enjoy and I’m very lucky in that I can drop the kids off at breakfast club in the morning and be finished in time to collect them from school at 3pm so during term time, I’m happy. School holidays are different though because I often feel like they’re missing out because I’m working. This means that I tend to come home at 3pm and try and fit a whole day’s worth of activities in to the space of a few hours!
Even when I have the week off with them, I feel as though I should be trying to cram as much as possible in to make up for the times they’re off and I’m at work.
Like I said, I know it’s irrational because the kids clearly don’t feel that they’re missing out and we always have the weekends together at either end of the holidays but still, I can’t help but feel bad sometimes.
This week has been a bit different though as I’ve been off work but we haven’t been out and about every day like we usually would be. We’ve spent a lot more time at home than we usually would and even our trips out have been close to home.
We’ve had a couple of bike rides, a trip to the park, a walk into town and a visit to the local leisure centre to play on the trampolines but that’s about it really as far as outside activities go.
The most fun we’ve had has been at home – we’ve baked bread, cakes and cookies, we’ve sewed pockets for teddy bears, knitted some squares for the blanket Miss Frugal is making, played Lego, had a board game afternoon, enjoyed a popcorn and movie afternoon and a indulged in a lay on the sofa and watch TV afternoon.
In general, we’ve done all the things that the kids enjoy doing and I’ve loved it.