The holidays are fast approaching, 6 days to be exact!
This will be my first experience of being a mom during the 6 weeks holiday. I feel a mixture of emotions. One half of me feels excited to spend this time with the girls to allow the bonding process to deepen.
The other part of me is thinking:
1. How am I going to keep three young children occupied every day, all day, for 6 whole weeks?
2. How am I going to keep calm, sane and my sense of humour intact?!
The girls are excited about the prospect of no school or nursery and (hopefully) plenty of fun. They have asked a couple of questions about what we will be doing during the break and I am sure these questions will only increase the closer we get.
I’ve got a few activities penciled into the calendar. Baking, plenty of trips to nanny and granddad’s house, cutting and gluing, parties, play dates and swimming lessons. However, I’m sure this list will be done and dusted all within the first week of the holidays.
What I am really looking forward to is taking the girls away for the first time. We are not going to do anything too grand. We have heeded the advice of our Social Worker and are planning a few days away by the coast. I am praying for hot weather so we will be able to build sandcastles, eat sandwiches (probably with sand in them) and paddle in the warm sea. Whilst acknowledging that a change in routine and familiarity can bring disruption and insecurity. I’m hopeful that during our time away we will create happy memories and we will use this opportunity as a time to bond and relax.
So for those out there that have experienced parenting through the 6 weeks, advice on how to keep sane and keep the children entertained would be gladly welcomed.
This post has been written for the #WASO at The Adoption Social.