Having kept the kids entertained all summer long both Paul and I are beginning to tire of playing referee to squabbling siblings never mind having to carry out the endless requests for this, that and the other which they want now, like right now!
Trying to teach patience and understanding to an over-zealous four-year old is much like trying to explain quantum physics to the dog, pointless! Whilst trying to motivate an eight-year old to help carry out chores around the house requires an infinite amount of patience and quite possibly a cattle prod for good measure.
With the sun blazing and the kids complaining of boredom we got ourselves out of the house for a play on the park and a blast on the beach where we then kicked a ball around and sunned ourselves on the sand for a while.
It’s amazing how much of a difference a little bit of fresh air can make not only for children but for us adults too.
The kids can run free whilst us adults walk and talk whilst enjoying the summer sun in peace together. The endless arguments and aggro fizzle to a distant memory leaving all of us feeling refreshed and ready to return home a little less fraught.
There’s only a few days left of the summer holidays, I haven’t a great deal planned other than a trip to the local soft play and bounce house.
I am quite looking forward to returning to a routine. Mornings spent tidying the house, sorting the laundry and getting on top of the chores before showering in peace.
Sitting in the kitchen, a steaming hot coffee in hand listening to the radio play as I sit warm and cosy whilst watching the rain drops having a race down the patio doors…
Flicking through magazines, catching up on the soaps, sewing, taking the time to write a half-decent blog post, listening to uninterrupted Music, practicing the piano, reading a book or even better, sharing a brew and the banter with my best buddy Dee…
I guess these are the things that I’ve been missing but I sure haven’t missed them half as much as I’ll miss my little ones come Thursday when they start back at school.
There are times when it would be tempting to sail away from the chaos that is our household. There are times when I wonder whether being a parent will ever get any easier, whether my children are slightly higher maintenance than others, whether this madness is normal?! It’s my chaos though, my kids, my family and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
“Sail away with me honey
I put my heart in your hands
Sail away with me honey now, now, now
Sail away with me
What will be will be
I wanna hold you now”
David Gray – Sail Away
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