Don’t feel bad if you can’t wait for the school year to start again.
You shouldn’t guilt trip yourself if you’d really like to just arrange something as simple as a morning coffee with a friend or colleague, or simply make some ‘me’ time.
True, you couldn’t wait for the school holidays to begin what seemed like only a few weeks ago, however now it’s perfectly obvious that cabin fever has kicked in, play dates really aren’t holding the same allure and you’ve spent weeks, aside from the family holiday, boxing and coxing. Back to School for millions of children is leaving you sighing with relief.
The holidays throw a spotlight onto the eternal struggle parents have to balance the two parts of themselves. On the one hand you can’t wait for those long stretches of time you can have together with your children doing all the fun stuff, and on the other hand the holidays constantly remind you that you want to retain your independent life, to have time to think and plan and to get back to your regular working pattern.
After all the reason you are working is likely intrinsically wrapped up in making family life better
Parenthood is a tough gig, alongside it’s utter brilliance it can also be exhausting and relentless, not least at the end of the school holidays. The way the academic year is set up is hardly a stress buster for parents. Recent changes will allow head-teachers to set school holiday dates instead of having to adhere to a centrally administered system. This will help somewhat, allowing families a little flexibility, what it will not address is all the pressures on families, that would require a fundamental change in the mapping of the whole school year.
If you work full-time, you are already likely have a childcare solution in place based around term time hours, but that plan goes out of the window in the holidays. Many find themselves in the summer holiday spending six weeks using up all those full and half days that have been squirreling away in preparation, combined with the calling in of favours from friends and family.
Freelancers often end up turning down a project or delaying it’s start
Home-based? On paper you look like you were best placed but it’s not as simple as that. At Riverside Cares we are especially sensitive to these pressures and for years have worked closely with families to try and figure out the best solution for their needs, whether it’s sharing a Riverside nanny between two families or dipping into our temporary user service to fill in the gaps. We will launch this Autumn
a new concept which allows you to work in clusters. Drop us a line if you’d like to join or hear more.
So as Back to School signs pop up everywhere and our autumn daytime parenting sessions resume, you can settle back to the usual routine ….but hang on theres another holiday in a matter of weeks!