January is almost over. At the beginning of the school holidays it felt like the six weeks holidays would go on forever and now it is almost over. My 5 year-old daughter is starting school next week, and my 3 year-old is going to be starting a preschool program for a few hours a week. After a very slow January I think I may get a shock having to get back to school lunches, school/preschool drop offs, and leaving the house before 9am! If I am being honest, getting dressed anytime before 10am is going to be a shock to my system.
Once the busyness of preparing for Christmas was over we settled in to a very slow, relaxed holidays. For several weeks I didn’t have a car so was stuck at home unless I wanted to walk to the park or local shops. Days were spent playing outside, eating, baking, reading and attempting to avoid too much housework. Some days the kids stayed in pajamas all day, and very rarely was I dressed before 10am (or later). My husband and I spent two nights in the city without the children for a blissfully quiet break. We all seemed to enjoy just pottering around the house after a busy year.
I took the chance to toilet train my youngest. It has been a very long process but finally I think that he has the hang of it. So nice, and so much cheaper, without all of the daytime nappies.
While it was slow and pretty relaxed, there have been some challenging moments. My 5 and 3 year-old’s haven’t spent that much time with each other for a long time and we had many, many fights between the two. My son felt the need to wreck most things that my daughter was playing with. I have also had a very challenging time with my son’s behaviour. He seems to have a natural urge to hit and scratch people (primarily me and his sisters) when he isn’t happy about something. Trying to find a way to stop this has pretty much proved impossible so far. It pushes all of my buttons and is so tiring having to constantly stop him from hurting his sisters or me.
As much as I have (mostly) loved having a quiet summer holidays, I am ready for some alone time again. I am craving silence and I am desperately wanting to get back to some exercise. I have only made it to the gym once in six weeks.
The last week I have been preparing for school. Buying and washing uniforms, baking snacks to have in the freezer for school lunches, picking up school books, and helping my 18 year-old apply for the course she is starting next month. This weekend, like many parents I am sure, I will be contacting the school books, labeling everything, and trying to work out how I will get back in to the rhythm of school lunches/drop offs/pick ups again. It has been 13 years since I last had a child start school. Most of the last 6 years my teenage daughter go herself to school so it really is going to be a bit of adjusting for me. I am not an organised person at the best of times.
How was your January? Are you sending your children back to school or have a child starting school next week?