As a school kid the holidays stretched out like an endless, unlimited time for fun & play, but as a parent they’ve had me slightly anxious as to what we should do. Should I be organising endless activities? Should I be organising playdates?
December was incredibly busy for us. On top of the usual Christmas madness, we had a wedding to go to, plus we tacked on a quick trip to Uluru the weekend before Christmas (who does that?). Zelda decided that the 23rd December was a great day to stop sleeping through the night. She hasn't slept through since! Lulu came down with a fever that lasted 3 days and left her feeling flat for the first week of 2017.
Needless to say, post Christmas we have just collapsed. The only thing I have managed to do is re-organise the play room, making more space for play while Nick put together the trampoline Lulu received from us (no way Santa’s getting that credit). The reorganised playroom has been fantastic. It’s either been too hot or too rainy to play outside and so Lulu continually requests for us to play in the playroom. She does make believe play and it all happens around us. While she was unwell she took to ‘having a relax’ in her cubby under the desk in the playroom. The relax has sometimes turned into a sleep. Most days we’ve been at home, in the aircon. Not doing much.
But I was still feel a little guilty that we aren't doing more. That we haven't had play dates. That I haven't caught up with anyone for coffee. Until a friend called and asked if Lulu wanted to go to the Reptile Centre with them. I said yes! They ended up having Lulu for lunch and a long afternoon play too. It was wonderful. Maybe I don't need to worry about endless days at home that involve more iPad/tv watching than play because eventually they will balance out?! How do you handle the school holidays? Do you hunker down at home or are you far more social than we have been?