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Posted by School Run Mum on 27/06/2012. Tags: School Run Mum Parenting

text re imageI think something strange happens to time in the final week of term. Each day seems like a week, each morning seems like a day with kids and parents dragging themselves ever more reluctantly out of bed, and each afternoon seems like an endless battle to calm fraying nerves and pacify exhausted children.

There is such a sense of an ending about these last few days. School work starts to come home, school trips and concerts take place and any sense of routine well and truly disappears out of the window. The kids are a terrifying combination of exhaustion and excitement and the parents are just exhausted! It can be a challenging time, to say the least, and the finish line of FRIDAY - no matter how many sleeps there are left - just never seems to be getting any closer.

But let's try not to get too overwhelmed by the goal of finishing on Friday. Let's try to enjoy those little concerts (even if our own child refuses to participate and stands in a corner frowning - or is that just me?). Let's look patiently through those copy books and craft folders and admire all the wonderful work our chilldren have done this year. And let's help our children to enjoy these last few days with their classmates before they finish up for the summer (or leave the school for good in the case of Sixth Class going on to secondary school or Montessori children heading off to primary school).

And when we wake up on Monday morning, thrilled to not have the chaos of the school run, let's enjoy those few extra moments of peace and quiet before we have to start getting everyone ready for their various summer camps and play dates. Yes, alright, there may be a fleeting moment sometime around next Thursday when we will start to regret being so organised and having an activity planned for every day of the holidays, making the summer months even more hectic than term time. But, remember that we did it for a reason - to keep our children active, happy and entertained -  and giving them different experiences in which to learn.

School may be out on Friday - but in many ways, it never really ends does it?!

Have a wonderful summer!


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