As the song goes, we aren’t actually going on a Summer holiday until nearing the end of August but I used these lyrics to attempt to break up a fight between the boys whilst I was running round like a blue arsed fly getting ready for some guests to arrive. Only there was an extra bit on the end, “and its going to be f……..g great”, sung with harsh sarcasm, I am blaming Lucy Davies for my lapse there.
School has now broken up for six weeks (we are four days in), so whilst we are not going on a Summer holiday until the end of August, we are on a Summer holiday so to speak, or at least the kids are. I’m guessing (or maybe hoping) that nearly every parent in Britain has mixed emotions about the holidays. On the one hand it is great to say goodbye to the school run for a few weeks as well as the uniform and associated paraphernalia of school. However, as you have gathered from my introduction, school holidays for me mean fighting, lots of it. Whenever I get the vague feeling that things are going well, something always happens to counteract this.
On Monday we went to the library, somewhere where we should frequent but don’t. Neither boy (unlike myself) enjoys reading. Indeed a few years ago when I suggested a trip to the Roald Dahl museum, older boy declared that he would rather get killed. Around the same time he announced that fiction is a waste of time, cause it isn’t even real. Therefore, during our library visit I was bowled over when the librarian managed to persuade both boys to join the Summer reading challenge. Furthermore, I nearly collapsed in shock when older boy decided to start working on his holiday project. Things were looking good. Of course all good things come to an end and within a couple of hours we had the usual arguments resulting in an Xbox ban.
A little while ago I read something about having a (obviously virtual) happiness bank to combat feelings of depression and hopelessness, the principle being that you store every good moment in the said bank regardless of what happens next. I for one think this is a sound idea to apply to school holidays as well as life.