My social media streams are full of parents bemoaning the start of the the school holidays. Don't get me wrong, I have joined in with this despite looking forward to the end of term. And it doesn't get any easier as they get older. You move from needing to entertain them all day every day to them not wanting you around but at the same time, somehow, being unable to let you get on with your own stuff. For example, I have just done my last solo supermarket trip for a while. Yes, we can all have everything delivered these days but I quite like to mooch and decide on meals, whilst listening to Audible on my phone. Goodbye to all that. For the teen and pre-teen, a supermarket trip is a multi opportunity. Fleece mum for stuff they don't need, persuade her to buy unsuitable food they don't need. And to try to kill each other in the aisles, using trolley/bare hands. Ending with the embarrassing mum at the checkout in whatever way comes to mind.
The same goes for writing undisturbed at home. Despite a notice on my 'office' (for which read dumping ground) door, my two claim the right to enter and whitter at me whenever they like. They never do this to their father when he works at home, I might add. I wondered if he is fiercer but I suspect they just know which side their financial bread is buttered on.
So, I will only be posting sporadically for the next few weeks. I know I only post once a week but I do like it to be current and - if you can believe this - give the matter some thought (!). And my ability to do this during the holidays has previously not been good. Although this year, both of my children are far more keen on sleeping in than previously whilst I still have to get up for the dog!
I wish you a happy summer, with or without children in the mix. I will still be posting regularly on Instagram @debcyork and Twitter, again @debcyork.
For the dog's take on the summer, follow @missbonniedog on Twitter!