I am­se­ri­ously go­ing to re­lax

Time to chill with the chil­dren

Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS -

Some may think I’m crazy, but I have found my­self look­ing for­ward to these school hol­i­days. Yes, I know, three bored kids at home for two weeks in the mid­dle of win­ter seems night­mar­ish, but I am­rel­ish­ing the time with­out the nor­mal rou­tine.

No look­ing for lost shoes, no rac­ing to make lunches while also try­ing to get the fire to take off, and no hur­ry­ing the teenager out of the bath­room.

I don’t have to dou­ble check the boy is wear­ing un­der­pants, or left his py­ja­mas un­der his uni­form, I don’t have to de­frost the car, or make sure there is no home­work hid­ing un­der beds.

Those of you ac­quainted with me will know I’ve had a bit of a rough time over this last term; I’m tired, run down, and still slightly be­wil­dered. I now have a huge new­found re­spect for vet­eran solo par­ents. Ev­ery day has been a chal­lenge; there is no di­vi­sion of blue and pink jobs in my house now, they’re all pur­ple.

I have been run off my feet. The only way I’ve found to get by is to be su­per or­gan­ised, which un­for­tu­nately flows against the cur­rent of my DNA!

So nat­u­rally, I’m ex­cited about this time I now have to re-group, re­lax and spend qual­ity time with my chil­dren. We are go­ing to read, play games, watch movies and bake. We will make messes, paint master­pieces, sleep in and cud­dle.

I am­go­ing to en­joy the im­por­tant things in my life, slow down, be sloth-like for a while and try not to stress about next term or the next year! ◗ Suzie Sykes, mother of three, fly­ing solo.

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