School holidays are here. Before I had kids I figured school holidays were only important once your kids went to school. Not so, I tell you. Pre-schoolers and school holidays don’t mix, they are rough on mum’s of pre-school aged kids. No doubt parents of school kids are muttering ‘just you wait’! But here’s why the two don’t mix.
The usual activities stop
Our schedule is reasonably full with playgroup, swimming lessons and library story time. Come school holidays, those things come to a grinding halt. There goes the pre-established morning or afternoon activity. The outing that you rely on to break up the day, kill a few hours, is gone. Your poor weary brain has to come up with plan b. But plan b options are limited. Bringing me to my second point.
Kid friendly places are overrun with big kids
Once you resign yourself to coming up with plan b, you realise all the kid friendly alternates are packed with school kids. I know, they have every right to be at the local indoor play centre, park, pool, the library, zoo, aquarium, etc. The thing is crowds are tough on little kids and their parents who need to keep track of them. Little kids are often in awe of big kids. Rather than play, they watch on in wonder. Plus, all the ‘school holiday’ activities are firmly aimed at school aged kids, meaning they won’t work either. Play dates become the best option, but compared to rocking up to playgroup, that’s much more logistically challenging.
Parents of school kids flood social media
All of a sudden parents of school age kids start complaining about their kids fighting and bickering and the house being messy and noisy. There are count downs until school goes back, hashtags like #schoolholidaypsychosis pop up on social media and whingening about answering constant questions and hearing the dreaded ‘I’m bored’. Let’s be frank, I don’t mind parent’s complaining about their kids driving them bonkers. I get it, because that’s what it is like EVERY DAY when you have pre-school aged kids. We just don’t have the sanity saver of counting down the days until school goes back.
My eldest lad starts school next year. I’m kind of excited about it, having two kids to entertain on my non-work days will seem like a walk in the park. Maybe that means my dislike of school holidays will continue? Who knows! For now, I’ll look forward to school returning so our schedule can go back to normal.
School holidays, love them or hate them?