It is that time of year again when parents across the country begin their countdown to the summer holidays. The time where schools are closed, childcare has to be arranged and some parents are forced to accept the fact that they will need to have the kids at home for 6 weeks. Sounds like I'm being a bitch, right?
You'll see some parents moaning and groaning on social media about how their kids are doing their heads in and they 'can't wait for them to go back to school'.
For me - It might as well be Christmas!
6 weeks off work. My evenings and weekends back to being my own, rather than being filled with planning lessons or marking exam papers, books and assessments. I'll get to actually see people and spend time with them, not worrying about how I will get through my to-do list once Jake is in bed.
Most importantly? I will be free to enjoy time with Jake. I'll be able to say 'Hey! let's just stay in our PJs this morning' or 'Let's go to the park before lunch'. I'll be able to do activities like painting and baking with him because I won't only see him between 5am and 7:30am or 5:30pm and bed time.
For me the summer holidays are the only 6 weeks in the whole year where I don't have to work. I don't have to think about work. I don't have to get to work. I don't have to rush to get home from work and I don't have to plan what needs to be done for work. The only time - all year!
Inevitably, some work will happen. I'll have to prepare for September - the new classes and the new topics. I'll need to get my head around the new GCSE requirements I have yet to teach. But mostly, I can't wait to just be 'mum' and have some time to do the things I need - I might even get to have my hair done!
Right now, though, I am going to just relish in the fact that if I can get throgh 7 more working days then I can relish the 6 weeks stretching ahead of me filled with quality time.
What are you looking forward to the most this summer? What plans do you have?