AD­VICE FROM AN OLD PAR­ENT

Warwick Daily News - - Weekend - WORDS: DENISE RAWARD

The days are slow but the years are fast. It’s what old par­ents tell young par­ents when they’re in the midst of barely cop­ing with young chil­dren and the un­fold­ing util­i­tar­ian ver­sion of their lives.

Most young par­ents par­tic­u­larly dis­like that one be­cause they fear fast years can only be made up of hun­dreds and hun­dreds of slow days and that old par­ents have for­got­ten how slow those days can be. Of course they have.

Then just when you get the kids to school and claw your­self back into paid work, even if it’s part-time or on the mummy track, life throws the next thing at you: school hol­i­days, weeks, some­times months, of unfilled days for par­ents to jug­gle – if they’re lucky, be­tween them.

Some­times you might tag team with other work­ing par­ents or en­list rel­a­tives to help out but it’s likely it will be you who’ll fill many of those unfilled days. Per­haps those days grind a lit­tle faster be­cause of work and guilt and maybe the pres­sure to do bril­liant par­ent things in the time you have.

But when the unfilled days some­how end, you re­alise it was the time that was bril­liant and that what­ever you did with your chil­dren be­came bril­liant too just be­cause you were to­gether. School hol­i­days, par­tic­u­larly those where kids want to spend time with their par­ents, are fi­nite. Scram­ble as best you can but savour them, for they do not last for­ever. The years are fast.

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