I THOUGHT I’D START this note with a trip down memory lane. As this is a magazine for parents, I’d like you all to reminisce about what life was like before you had kids. For some that may be a mere couple of years ago, for others much longer than that. The reason for this exercise is to remember weekends without kids – when Saturday mornings were for brunches, sleeping in, hangovers and staying in your pyjamas all day. Some weekends you’d go out on BOTH nights (wild times), spend Sunday dreading Monday, but being thankful that you still had all those hours to do nothing.
Then you had a baby, and sleep deprivation became the new hangover, having a ten-minute power nap was a gift from the gods, and you still stayed in your pyjamas all weekend because you just couldn’t be bothered. Baby grew up and needed constant entertainment and attention, so play dates were arranged, parties attended, classes signed up for. Sleep improved but the weekends were lost, and as young kids became big kids, their social life made yours feel like a nun’s. And you still had to drive them around, cheer them on the sporting field, and deal with their other shenanigans.
This issue is all about the weekend! You know you can’t laze around, so do something constructive and fun with your family – be it outdoorsy day trips (p10), city activities (p16), or short breaks (p70) over those three-day weekends; and we also found creative classes to attend (p22) like learning to play the ukulele or soap making to make weekends go by faster. There are 52 weekends in the year so use them wisely!