Are you happy your kids are back at school?

Date: 8 September, 2017
Tags: back to school

I am.

There, I said it.

At a time when there are lots of women posting on social media about how awful this time of year is being happy about your kids going back to school can make you feel like you're a horrible mum. But I don't think you are. I think it's normal to be happy about back-to-school. I think it's a wonderful time of year and by the end of the summer holidays I am itching for my boys to be back in school.

Six weeks is a long time. When you're used to your kids being at school every day with the occasional week off six weeks can seem like a lifetime.

Don't get me wrong - I love my boys. At the start of the summer holidays it was lovely to have them at home every day. I didn't get much blogging done but my boys were home and we were spending lots of time together. We taught LP how to ride a bike, we played board games, we visited Venice and London (amongst others) and we went to a family wedding. But as the fifth week rolled around, and the boys were spending more and more time under each other's feet, I noticed the bickering increase. The boys were no longer happy to be together - they wanted to be out of each other's way. Or more to the point my eldest, BP, wanted to be on his own for a while. Having just turned 13 he needs his alone time and having his younger brother "annoying" him was just not okay.

LP learned to ride his bike during the summer.

Arguments, physical fights, they all started to happen frequently and by the time the last weekend arrived I was ready to pull my hair out. I was exhausted, my mind couldn't take it any more. Not only did the boys need alone time but so did I.

They went back to school on Wednesday (6th September) and it was THE BEST DAY.

I dropped LP off at school and drove the car home, the car was so quiet. As I walked into the house I stood still and listened.

The silence was heavenly.

I could sit on the sofa with a hot coffee in hand and know that I'd be able to finish it without interruption. Despite wanting to get back to blogging I found myself wanting to sit in the quiet and enjoy the peace. And that's the wonderful thing about being a stay-at-home mum to school-aged children. You do get that break and we get used to it. 

When the kids are at school you get to enjoy peace and quiet. You get to go out in the car if you choose to and have a shopping day. You get to remember who you are without the kids around your feet. You are NOT just mum. And that is exactly why the summer is so trying, you don't get that time to yourself that you've become used to.

Being relieved that they're back at school is not you being selfish or being a "bad mum", it's just you being thankful for getting that alone time back. You shouldn't feel guilty. You are entitled to want time to yourself, after all everyone else gets alone time don't they?

No matter what anyone else says I will always be happy for back-to-school time, and I refuse to feel guilty for that.

How did you feel when the kids went back to school?



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